Pretoria - Democracy has won once again in South Africa, IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam said on Saturday.
"South Africa's multi-party democracy is increasingly being recognised by the international community," Bam said, announcing the results of the 2011 local government election.
Bam said South Africa was a country where political battles were fought in the "ballot box" and one admired for "reputation of credible elections".
"South Africans have once more shown us the way, thank you South Africa.
"We have passed this test cum laude. Our democracy is dynamic... every election vote is important, competition and contestation may be difficult but that is healthy," she said.
The election saw a massive surge in the number of people who took part, with turnout measured at 57.6%.