Pretoria – As polling stations across South Africa closed at 21:00 on Wednesday, attention shifted to the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) national results operations centre in Pretoria, where results were expected to start filtering through.
The cavernous hall at the Tshwane Showgrounds in Pretoria West was decked in the IEC’s blue and white colours, and filled with IEC officials, observers, political parties and media.
There was a steady buzz of activity as everybody assembled in the hall waited for the real action to begin.
Political party leaders started to arrive, with Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa being seen taking their seats.
People stared at the massive electronic screens, with the one for national results flanked by another showing each party for each province.
More to follow.