Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: ANC dodges a spray of bullets, DA slumps and EFF keeps on trucking

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After months of anticipation, the 2019 elections are finally over and the results are in. South Africans have had their say, whether by casting their vote for the party that represents them best, not voting at all, or going to the polls and spoiling their ballot.

In a few hours, we will know the official results that will determine the next five years of South Africa's political future. From what we know so far, it seems that Cyril Ramaphosa has managed to pull the ANC back from the edge of the abyss while the DA will retain its 22% of the vote and the EFF and Freedom Front Plus has grown significantly (the latter received more votes than ever before in its history).

In our weekly Friday Briefing, News24 assistant editor for in-depth news Pieter du Toit unpacks what exactly happened when the nation went to vote on Wednesday. Editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson considers the one chance President Ramaphosa now has to get it right and political analyst Ralph Mathekga explains why the ANC is the big winner this election, despite the odds being against the party.

The briefing is packed with analysis and fascinating facts about the election results, more of which can be found on News24's special elections site.

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Alet Janse van Rensburg

South African main opposition party Democratic All

Pieter du Toit

What exactly happened on Wednesday? It seems South Africa chose to give the ANC a light tongue-lashing, while DA support declined for the first time ever. The EFF keeps chugging along while the Freedom Front Plus is making a comeback. The national results centre in Pretoria was an interesting place to be on Thursday night.



Ramaphosa's one chance

Adriaan Basson

The people have spoken. They have handed President Cyril Ramaphosa one chance to save South Africa and clean up the mess left by his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. The ANC's electoral victory has been the country's gift to Ramaphosa, a trade unionist-turned-millionaire-businessman who played the long game and remained in Zuma's slipstream during the "nine wasted years".


South African main opposition party Democratic All

ANC's project 'forgive me' pays off

Ralph Mathekga

Both the two main opposition parties have fared dismally in this election. As things stand, the best case scenario for the DA is to walk away with exactly the same amount of support the party went into the elections with. By attaining just less than 60% of the votes, the ANC has indeed managed another stellar performance in the greater scheme of things.


A woman casts her vote for the general elections a

Is it time to overhaul the voting system?

Mandy Wiener

Instead of having blind faith in the IEC and how it has been doing its work for the past 25 years, this election is showing us that we need to place it and the process of how we cast our ballots under increased scrutiny.




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