Immigrants have been accused of taking jobs that should go to South Africans.
At least two people have been killed during the recent wave of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops.
South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, held a wide lead over its main opposition, the Democratic Alliance, and the Econoic Freedom Fighters, by Thursday evening's election tally, according to the country's election commission.
South Africa's 2014 elections coincide with the 20th anniversary of the nation's first all-race, democratic elections.
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Twenty years after their nation's first all-race presidential vote, South Africans will head to the ballots on Wednesday, May 7, to elect a new leader.