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The Electoral Commission of South Africa has declared the results of the country's 6th democratic national and provincial election free and fair. See how the announcement unfolded.

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11 May 21:17

RAMAPHOSA'S FULL SPEECH: 'This election confirms that freedom does indeed reign in South Africa'

Twenty five ago, millions of our people exercised their democratic right to vote for the very first time – and in doing so set our country firmly on a path of freedom and progress.

Their actions represented the fulfilment of a solemn pledge made decades before in the Freedom Charter, which said that: “No government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.” That first vote was a tribute to the heroic struggles waged by successive generations of gallant women and men, to the hardships they endured and to the sacrifices they were prepared to make for our freedom. Today – 25 years later – we are here at the invitation of the Independent Electoral Commission to witness the announcement of the official results of the sixth democratic general election.

Having observed millions of our people casting their votes patiently, enthusiastically and peacefully three days ago, we now have a greater appreciation of what President Nelson Mandela meant during his inauguration on 10 May 1994 when he said:

“Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.”

11 May 20:14

Ramaphosa quotes Mandela after winning SA vote: 'Freedom does indeed reign in SA'

President Cyril Ramaphosa commended South Africans and the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) as the country closes a chapter on the 6th national elections.

Ramaphosa, delivered the keynote address at the IEC’s results announcement ceremony at the Tshwane showgrounds on Saturday evening.

He quoted South Africa's first democratic president, the late Nelson Mandela during his inauguration in May of that year: "Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement," read Ramaphosa, as he praised millions who went to voting stations to participate in the national democratic elections.

"Many of our people braved the rain and cold to cast the ballot that will determine the future of our country," he said.

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11 May 19:08

'It was the most complex, highly contested since 1994' IEC on 2019 elections

The rise of social media added a layer of oversight to the Electoral Commission of South Africa's voting process during this year's election, commission CEO Sy Mamabolo said during his speech on Saturday evening. Speaking at the announcement of the final results in Pretoria, Mamabolo said these elections were the "most complex, highly contested and logistically demanding" since the dawn of democracy.

11 May 19:01
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Lots of applause as Ramaphosa is called to the stage.

He says 25 years ago millions of people exercised their democratic right.

"25 years later we are here at the invitation of the IEC to observe the results of the 6th administration.

"Freedom and democracy does indeed reign in South Africa.

"This week the people of SA have had their way, pays his respects to two families who lost their loved ones on Election Day."

Ramaphosa also praises the IEC, SAPS, defense force and home affairs staffers.

He also thanks leaders of other political parties and admits there were lots of harsh words exchanged and contestation among parties. - Tshidi Madia

11 May 18:52

What the 6th Parliament will look like

With all votes counted, parties will now look to fill their seats in the Sixth Parliament.

The ANC, with just over 10 million votes, secured 230 seats in the Sixth Parliament. The ruling party did however lose 19 seats.

The DA also lost 5 seats, having won 84 seats in 2019 elections compared to the 89 seats they won in 2014.

The EFF almost doubled their Parliament presence, going from 25 to 44 seats after getting 1.8 million votes in the 2019 elections.

11 May 18:49

Western Cape:


FF Plus - 1

ACDP - 1

GOOD - 1

EFF- 2

ANC - 12

DA - 24

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North West:

FF Plus - 2

DA - 4

EFF- 6

ANC - 21

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FF Plus - 1

DA - 3

EFF- 4

ANC - 22

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Free State:

FF Plus - 1

EFF - 4

DA - 6

ANC - 19

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ATM - 1

ACDP - 1

MF - 1

NFP - 1

EFF - 8

DA - 11

IFP - 13

ANC - 44

11 May 18:36

Northern Cape:

FF Plus - 1

EFF - 3

DA - 8

ANC - 18

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FF Plus - 1

DA - 3

EFF - 7 

ANC - 38

11 May 18:31


ACDP - 1

IFP - 1

FF Plus - 2

EFF - 11

DA - 20

ANC - 37

11 May 18:29

IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini is now announcing the results of the 2019 elections, starting with seat in the Eastern Cape:

ATM - 1

FF Plus - 1


EFF - 5

DA - 10

ANC - 44

11 May 18:26
South Africa remains a shining beacon of democracy
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The results of South Africa's 6th democratic national and provincial election has been declared free and fair
11 May 18:17

IEC Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says these elections have been the most complex, highly contested polls in SA’s history. "We’ve come through these elections as a stronger institution, a stronger country".
11 May 18:06
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WATCH LIVE: Fanfare as IEC makes final election results announcement

The Electoral Commission of South Africa is announcing the results of the 2019 general elections.

11 May 17:58
President Cyril Ramaphosa has just arrived
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The Electoral Commission of South Africa is about to brief the nation on the vote results.
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The margin of the ANC’s election victory is within the range anticipated by most analysts and has buoyed financial markets.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is now expected to implement structural reforms to revive an economy that has expanded by less than 2% annually for the past four years.

11 May 14:50
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Duarte says they have agreed to the audit of results put forward by smaller parties and are awaiting the outcome.

They look forward to the IEC's response. While it's unfortunate that there has been an objection, they do need the answers they ask for, says Duarte.

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SG Ace Magashule says SA's democracy is maturing and is evident in the 48 parties contesting elections.

This is a wake up call for the party to continue building.

Once they have analysed their results they will have another press conference where they will present facts.

11 May 14:35
The ANC say they are happy with results because they came from a low base. Looking at where they were in 2016, they have gone up. The party says this is a huge boost of confidence.
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The party, says Duarte, needs to correct their mistakes and move quickly to deal with corruption and take the country on a high path of growth and development.
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Duarte: This election has been about an ANC that people want. They want an ANC that is united and in its unity remains true to the values and principles on which it was founded.
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The party commits to a sustained programme of renewal to stem selfishness. They have no doubt that a lot still has to be done and are humbled by the messages sent by the people.
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Duarte says they will improve their services, build infrastructure and create jobs. The party is pleased with their results in the Northern Cape which oppositions claimed they would win. In Gauteng the party received the majority of votes.
11 May 14:21
ANC's Jessie Duarte says south Africans have consolidated their gains to freedom. South Africans have risen to the occasion and demonstrated that out democracy is maturing. Citizens have put their trust in ANC to lead people to a better life.