Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday thanked the more than 11 million people who voted for the ruling party in the fifth democratic elections.
“No community in our country should live in turmoil,” Zuma said at the Electoral Commission's results operations centre.
“To those who did not make it – losing is part of the democratic process. In democracy you win and lose.”
The ANC mustered 62.15%(11 436 921 votes), according to final results released on Saturday.
He extended the ruling party's gratitude to those who voted for the ANC.
“Also important to note – the people are never wrong.
"They make their determination on observation – we should all respect their will,” said Zuma.
“The ANC is humbled in this victory by the confidence this majority shows."
The ANC will form a government that will serve "all the people of our country regardless of who they voted for.”
Zuma also thanked people who, despite living in violent hotspots like Marikana in the North West, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape and Bekkersdal in Gauteng, still went out to vote.