As campaigning came to a halt on Sunday, South Africans will decide which party best represents their interests at Wednesday's polls.
The African National Congress (ANC) held their final rally at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, with thousands of supporters flooding the venue in their their black, green and yellow attire. The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), attracted thousands of supporters at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters filled up Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
This election has proven to be the most highly contested since the first democratic elections in 1994, with speculation that any losses against the ANC would be a turning point in the country's political landscape.
702's John Robbie spoke to political analyst, Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, regarding the political climate ahead of the significant vote.
Listen to the conversation below:
I sense a bit of internal conflict in the hearts of ANC members, I think there's a lot of displeasure with the current president but also a lot of love for the ANC.— Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst
Maluleke said Julius Malema's political party will perform well as the party is a new entrant..
My sense is that the EFF will not lose because they are participating for the first time. Even if they get a small percentage, it will be 100% over what they got.— Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst