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Still 'overwhelming' majority for ANC

2011-05-19 22:08

Pretoria - The ANC remains South Africa’s dominant party and its 62.5% lead is a reflection that it still enjoys an overwhelming majority, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

"This is because the ANC is the political home of all our people. It's a family. Having a protest does not amount to anti-ANC," he said at the Independent Electoral Commission’s results centre in Pretoria.

"When you have a fight with your family, it doesn’t mean you turn your back on them."

He said the ANC’s "family" had come in huge numbers to exercise its democratic right.

"The people can see that our policies to change their lives is taking root. They can see we are with them," he said.

He thanked IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam and chief electoral officer Pansy Tlukula for running a "brilliant, military operation which I understand is the best in the developing world."

He said the ANC would have a huge celebration on Saturday night in Gauteng to celebrate its "obvious" victory, but would not elaborate at this stage.

Comments
  • HopefulXpat - 2011-05-19 22:20

    Well, congrats ANC. You still have the masses in the North which you keep uneducated through bad governance, but beware; there is a storm rising in the south... Also take note that the DA made strides of 5-20% in virtually all the metros. Yet another indication that educated people are drifting away from the ANC. The tides they are a-turning...

      aa gone - 2011-05-20 04:04

      OVER HALF MILLION SPOILT VOTES.MOST LIKELY UNEDUCATED.HENCE LIKELY VOTES THAT MOSTLY WOULD HAVE GONE ANC.MANY WHITES SAW THIS ELECTION AS A CHANCE FOR DA TO MAKE BIG GAINS N VOTED.MOST DISSAPOINTED ANC DID NOT VOTE RATHER THAN VOTE DA.IN GENERAL ELECTION IF MOST ANC VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS,LIKELY TO C ANC EXTEND ITS LEAD. ONLY 40% TURNOUT FOR THIS ELECTION.

  • Stox - 2011-05-19 22:22

    A political party cannot be seen as a family. It should be seen as a business supplier, where if it fails in its duty, you move to the next one for the sake of efficiency. If a family member lets you down repeatedly, you stick by them. This can't happen in a democracy as you lose competition and so incentive to perform.

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-19 22:43

    Overwhelming is the right description. It is rather overwhelming that the electorate did this to themselves. Well done brothers - another 5 years of hell.

  • edvermaak - 2011-05-19 22:44

    One day ye shall learn. ANC bible: Tribulation. Ch 10 Vs 4 - 11.

      edvermaak - 2011-05-19 22:48

      The versus read as follows: F You Voters. Thanks for nothing and now ye shall be screwed for eternity. That shall be your reward. May Malema bless you with the Mandela, Zuma and the Mantashe. For ever and ever... Ar,,,,, men....

  • Puplic Eye - 2011-05-19 23:25

    Hopefully the ANC will sort out their act and start building towards a better South Africa. Well Done ANC. Wish you all the best.

  • Andries Pretorius - 2011-05-20 02:53

    If it is a "family" then why are you singing about killing your family? You speak with forked tongue!

  • Mikus - 2011-05-20 06:06

    Predictable - sadly yes. Flying In the face of overwhelming proof of grotesque corruption the majority of South Africa's voting public simply have to be stolid masochists. Perhaps the DA should adopt a policy of T-shirt and Kentucky handouts and throw in fully charged cattle prods to move the process along a little faster.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-05-20 06:59

    Of course, if the ANC lead government doesn't start paying their bills to Aspen Pharmacare, which the owe a whole lot of money to according to this article, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-13/aspen-battles-payment-delays-from-south-africa-for-aids-drugs-ewn-reports.html, they might not be getting ARV's. Then they'll find themselves with a double mess on their hands - enormous protests, and the possibility that their voter support base might be thinned quite substantially before the next elections. Hope their 'strategist people' are taking that into account, rather than falling over backwards patting themselves on the back!

  • ilollipop - 2011-05-20 07:08

    It is harder to stop a slide than it is to get going upward.

  • Jeremy - 2011-05-20 08:54

    this is a clear indication that stupidity is the majority in this country... And for those dumb people that dont understand what I mean; Poor people voting for the ANC is like Chickens voting for KFC...

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