An African National Congress (ANC) supporter arrives to attend a campaign rally of South African president, and president of the ruling party, at the Manzolwandle Sports Field in rural Kwa-Ximba, on March 31, 2019. - South Africans will go to the polls for national elections on May 8, 2019. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP)
Less than three weeks shy of the May 2019 elections, here is what some of your political parties got up to on Good Friday.
The governing party's Gauteng region intensified their campaign through various platforms, including door-to-door campaigns, sectoral work, public meetings, one-on-one engagements, and social media.
ANC head of elections in Gauteng, Lebogang Maile, took the election campaign to the opening of the Rand Show.
"We are officially opening what is called The ANC Pavilion. This consists of Thuma Mina House, ANC Studio and ANC Heritage House.
"The presence of the ANC at the Rand Show is part of our drive to interact with the voters and to persuade them to come out in large numbers to vote for the ANC on the 8th May 2019," Gauteng spokesperson Tasneem Motara said in a statement on Friday.
The activation of the ANC pavilion, which is open to all members of the public for the duration of the Rand Show, is aimed at:
- Increasing the visibility of the ANC on the ground through interaction with supporters and undecided voters.
- Increasing ANC brand awareness amongst the voters with special focus on engaging the youth.
Gauteng premier David Makhura was spotted campaigning at the Word Praise Christian Centre International Church, while ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe took his campaigning to Ellis Park Stadium to address the Universal Church of God at the start of the Easter holiday.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, on what they dubbed 'EFF Red Friday', took their campaign to all spheres of society. This included churches, toll gates, the Rand Show and door-to-door campaigns, to name a few.
Gauteng EFF chairperson Mandisa Mashego and deputy president Floyd Shivambu were both spotted at the Grace Bible Church service in Soweto.
In a statement on Friday, they said they hoped citizens would pray for peaceful elections which would see the ruling ANC voted out of power.
The opposition party took their campaign straight to church.
Party members, Phumzile Van Damme and Bridget Masango spent their day at the Solid Community Church while party leader Mmusi Maimane promised a change in this country at his address in the Christian Revival Centre in Crossmoor, Durban.
Gauteng premier candidate Solly Msimanga, who was at Grace Bible Church in Soweto, hoped that this would be a reflective period for South Africans.
"Perhaps it is time that we look at sacrificing for our fellow people. Let us pray for good leadership in our country and we are looking forward to seeing you in the weeks to come," he concluded.