Zuma vows to serve all, regardless of party

2014-05-10 20:33

President Jacob Zuma has expressed his “shock and disgust” at the killing of an ANC party agent in KwaZulu-Natal, and promised that his party will do everything in it’s new term of office to serve all South Africans, regardless of the party for which they voted.

Speaking at the official announcement of the results of the 2014 general elections in Pretoria, where the ANC retained its majority despite losing 15 seats in the National Assembly, Zuma condemned the “callous” shooting of ANC party agent Winnie Mhlongo outside a polling station in KwaDukuza.

The final tally for the elections saw the ruling party drop its majority from 264 seats in the National Assembly to 249. Newcomers the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) garnered 25 seats, replacing the troubled Cope as the party to watch.

The results have catapulted the EFF to the position of the official opposition in Limpopo and North West, where the ANC retained its majority.

The DA increased its seats in the National Assembly from 67 to 89. It retained control of the Western Cape and has overtaken the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal to become the official opposition in the province.

Zuma, who assured South Africans that the ANC would use the next term to ensure that everyone lived in “decent” human settlements, thanked the 18 million voters who cast their votes and said they had “spoken eloquently on which party should govern”.

“We are delighted and humbled that they have yet again chosen the ANC.

“We are particularly moved by the fact that we accept this overwhelming mandate from our people on an important day in our country’s history ... which marks the 20th anniversary of the day on which President Nelson Mandela took the oath of office as the first president of a free and democratic South Africa,” said Zuma.

Zuma dedicated the election victory to Madiba, who died in December last year.

He pledged to continue forging unity in the country, in memory of Mandela and his peers.

“This election victory has reconfirmed just how deeply rooted the ANC is in the hearts and minds of the overwhelming majority of South Africans.

“We read this vote of confidence to be a strong sign of approval of the good work that we have done in the past 20 years in general and the past five years in particular, in building a better life for all,” said Zuma.

The results, said Zuma, reaffirmed that the ANC remained the only true hope for the majority of South Africans, particularly the poor and the working class.

“In this regard, we will use our majority to implement policies and programmes that further improve the quality of life of all, especially the poor, as outlined in our 2014 manifesto,” said Zuma.

The ANC would continue to use its majority in government to deliver services such as water, electricity, roads, schools, clinics, good schools and “all amenities that enable our people to live in decent human settlements, in both urban and rural areas”.

He thanked international observer missions, the defence force, police and the Independent Electoral.

“We also wish to acknowledge the cooperation of communities that had been identified as hotspots, such as Marikana in North West, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape and Bekkersdal in Gauteng. Although having raised some concerns, they were still able to participate in the elections without hindrances.”

Only 13 of the 29 parties that contested the elections will be represented in the National Assembly. Zuma said: “Losing is part of the democratic process. Also important to note is that the people are never wrong. They make their determination based on their observation and experience. We should all respect their will,” said Zuma.

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