– ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela made a surprise appearance as a guest of honour at the ANC’s final elections rally being held at Johannesburg’s Emirates Park Stadium on Sunday morning.
Shortly after religious leaders delivered their messages, Madikizela-Mandela was wheeled on to the pitch in a golf cart, in much the same way her by then frail, late former husband, Nelson Mandela, was brought into the stadium for the party’s final rally ahead of the 2009 elections.
Madikizela-Mandela embraced and kissed leaders on stage before sitting down between President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, in a row reserved for the party’s top six leaders.
ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile welcomed supporters that filled the 45 000-seater stadium, urging them to go out and make their crosses on ballot papers on Wednesday.
"Don’t say you love the ANC. Your love means nothing if you don’t vote on the 3rd of August," he said. "You must go out early. Let’s not vote too late. Let’s come early and vote for the glorious movement of our people, the ANC," he said.
Mashatile welcomed the crowd, many of whom were clad in yellow ANC T-shirts bearing Zuma’s face, to “the mighty Gauteng province, the head office of the ANC”.
Mashatile’s welcome was followed by messages of support from the ANC’s alliance partners.
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