East London – ANC supporters in the Eastern Cape have started trickling into Buffalo City Stadium for its provincial Siyanqoba rally on Sunday.
Dressed in party colours, ANC supporters sang struggle songs as they made their way to the stadium.
The party's acting communications officer in the Eastern Cape, Judy Ngoloyi, said she was confident the party would attract great numbers to the 16 000-seater stadium.
Thato Ntili, an ANC supporter, said the rally was a victory celebration. "We are going to win Buffalo City Metro outright. We don't have competition," he said.
Premier Phumulo Masualle is expected to address the crowd.
East London has historically been a stronghold of the ANC. But the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have been campaigning vigorously in the metro.
EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu and DA leader Mmusi Maimane have visited the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the past weeks.
In the last local government elections the ANC won the metro outright with a 69% majority. The DA lagged behind with 20% vote.
It was expected the ANC would retain the metro.