Campaigning for South Africa’s upcoming election reaches a climax Sunday with mass rallies by the ruling party and one of its most potent challengers.

The African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela which has governed the country since the end of apartheid in 1994, is holding its final rally in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park rugby stadium. ANC supporters, wearing bright yellow T-shirts gathered at the stadium, which has a capacity of 62,000, to hear South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and other top officials.

Thousands wearing bright red T-shirts went to a competing rally in Soweto, Johannesburg’s largest black township, at Orlando Stadium by the Economic Freedom Fighters, a populist, leftist party. Firebrand leader Julius Malema, who split from the ANC, is set to address the rally.

A supporter wearing facepaint showing the emblem of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) sings as she attends their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa's political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A supporter wearing facepaint showing the emblem of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) sings as she attends their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa's political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) wear t-shirts showing President Cyril Ramaphosa as they attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa's political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) wear t-shirts showing President Cyril Ramaphosa as they attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A supporter of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) wears a hat referring to former President Nelson Mandela by his nickname
A supporter of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) wears a hat referring to former President Nelson Mandela by his nickname “Madiba”, at the party’s final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa's political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
African National Congress supporters arrive at the Ellis Park stadium for the final election rally of the ruling party in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
African National Congress supporters arrive at the Ellis Park stadium for the final election rally of the ruling party in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, attend their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa's election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party arrive for their election rally at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019, ahead of South Africa’s election on May 8. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
African National Congress supporters arrive at the Ellis Park stadium for the final election rally of the ruling party in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa's political parties on Saturday swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election in which the ruling African National Congress might find its greatest challenge from within. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
African National Congress supporters arrive at the Ellis Park stadium for the final election rally of the ruling party in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties on Saturday swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election in which the ruling African National Congress might find its greatest challenge from within. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa's political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) attend their final election rally at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, May 5, 2019. South Africa’s political parties swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s election. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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