Tlakula: Voter turnout reflects thriving democracy

Pretoria - The 73.43% voter turnout during the general elections showed that democracy was thriving, IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said on Saturday.

"Today we celebrate two decades of democracy and conclude the fifth democratic national and provincial elections we can confirm to the world democracy is well and thriving in this land," she said at the announcement of the final results in Pretoria.

"Even as we made our choices, it is a powerful reminder of what binds us together."

It was on 10 May 20 years ago that former president Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the country's first democratic president.

"As the whole world watched on 10 May 1...our freedom was the celebration of the entire world as our president reached out to friends and foes alike," Tlakula said.

"Today we affirm our nation's commitment. "

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