Gwede Mantashe. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)
Cape Town - The ANC ended its long election campaign with a message to supporters on Monday to observe the electoral code of conduct and to go out and vote.
"We recommit ourselves to the electoral code of conduct and call on all our members and supporters to ensure that they abide by its regulations," said African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe.
He asked party members to resist any provocation, saying any violations could leave them subjected to ANC disciplinary procedures.
"The ANC is neither undemocratic nor intolerant and thus we must continue to protect the right of all parties to contest elections and for the people to cast their votes in a peaceful environment," he said.
The party has been pounding the streets and pavements in the hopes of obtaining a majority in all eight metros, and increasing its support where it is the opposition.
Mantashe said the party had complete confidence in the Independent Electoral Commission's work.
Maimane accused of lying
"It is in the interest of the ANC that the elections are free and fair and the will of the people is properly reflected in the election results," said Mantashe in a statement posted to Twitter after his press conference in Johannesburg.
Mantashe reportedly accused Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane of lying about voting for Mandela, noting that he would have been 14 at the time.
The DA dismissed the claim with Maimane's spokesperson Mabine Seabe saying that the leader never said that he voted in 94.
"He voted for the first time in 1999," said Seabe.
At the time Mandela was campaigning for the ANC.
"He was therefore voting for Madiba then," he said.
"He is talking about a brand and values that Madiba stood for."
'Every vote counts'
He said Mantashe was just politicking because the party was shocked by the prospect of losing in Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Ekurhuleni - metros the DA hopes are in the bag for them.
Mantashe urged all South Africans to go out and vote.
"We must encourage all our supporters to go to the polling station. We must demystify the notion that the ANC has already won. Every vote counts and every one of us must be counted."
Special voting started on Monday and will continue on Tuesday.
General voting happens on Wednesday at 07:00.
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