Local government elections are about advancing people power said African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma.
Zuma spoke to thousands of supporters at the ANC’s Siyanqoba Rally at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
The local government elections have been widely seen as the most hotly contested since the dawn of democracy.
The ANC’s final push for the hearts and minds of South Africans was always going to be a show of force, and a showcase of the country’s diversity.
Supporters packed the Ellis Park stadium as they did the adjacent Johannesburg stadium and five other stadiums across the country.
The aim to demonstrate the ANC’s might and appeal to South Africans to return the ruling party to run municipalities.
The ANC knows it’s not going to be easy.
Opposition parties have made it clear they are out to take some of the metros and municipalities under ANC- control.
But the ruling party is confident it will retain the Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.
While the election campaigns were driven by party leaders, local government is at the coalface of service delivery.
It is clear that the ruling party has pulled out all the stops to win this election.
The party is hoping for a huge turnout at the ballot.