Shortly after dawn, Zuma meandered through a city taxi rank handing out flyers and urging potential voters to turn out at the polls in their numbers.
“You mustn’t make the ANC lose because you don’t want Zuma. We must put our anger aside and vote ANC … don’t hurt the ANC because of Zuma,” he said.
The party has been plagued by divisions, with the outcomes of provincial conferences regularly challenged in court.
This has, in the lead-up to elections, provided a challenge for the ANC, which is trying to project an image of unity.