Johannesburg - Cosatu members will vote for the ANC unconditionally, its president Sdumo Dlamini said on Sunday.
"We as Cosatu... attach no conditions to the ANC. We are going out to vote to defend our own lives with our votes," Dlamini said in a message of support at the ANC's final election rally at FNB Stadium.
He said the Congress of SA Trade Union's 2.2 million members would vote for the ANC in the upcoming polls.
This, despite criticism of some cabinet ministers by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi in the past week, and Cosatu's difficult alliance with the ANC in the past year.
Also delivering a message in support of the ANC, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande urged workers and the poor to vote for the party.
He called on the ANC to make sure its councillors kept "in touch" with their communities and strengthened local government and ensured core municipal functions were not outsourced.
"We want to say to the ANC, let's make sure all our councillors [are] always in touch with our people," he said, adding that councillors should meet their constituencies once every three months.
Nzimande also called on the ANC to stick to the resolution adopted at its 52nd National Congress in Polokwane, to halt the sale of municipal land.