ANC sweeping home with 62 per cent

By admin
09 May 2014

The ANC has an assured victory in South Africa's fifth ever democratic elections. The party is currently at 62% of national votes.

With vote counting nearly complete, the ANC was assured of a sweeping victory of about 62 percent in Wednesday's polls, while the DA said its support had grown by a million votes.

The DA's score was hovering around 22 per cent, with a slight boost still expected from ballots cast abroad, after results were received from 96 per cent of the country's voting districts.

The official opposition increased its majority in the Western Cape to 58 per cent, and notably won all nine wards in sprawling Mitchell's Plain.

But the Democratic Alliance failed to shake the ANC's supremacy in the other eight provinces and the ruling party was comfortably holding on to its outright majority in Gauteng. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, a member of the party's national executive committee (NEC), said she believed it would use its mandate to speed up service delivery in poor areas -- a key campaign issue that saw violent protests in townships such as Bekkersdal before voting day. "There is a need obviously to accelerate everything we are doing. I think in the next five years we have no choice but to accelerate service delivery in the areas we have identified," she said at the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) main results centre in Pretoria.

'It is no longer about celebrating -- hard work lies ahead'

Of the result she added: "[I'm] very elated. I think we have done very well under difficult conditions."

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said the ANC was humbled to have surpassed the 10 million votes mark and would repay citizens by redoubling their efforts in government.

"It is no longer about celebrating -- hard work lies ahead. We need to hit the ground running," he said.

The DA's campaign manager Jonathan Moakes said the party was fairly satisfied to see its national vote share grow by about a third.

"We got 16.7 percent in 2009 -- we are probably on track to get just over 22 percent, so I think it is an increase of about a third," he said.

"In absolute numbers we are probably going to increase by approximately a million votes."

In the 2009 elections, the DA received 16.66 percent of votes.

"I think there are some good results. Within our expectations we are pretty happy," Moakes said.

The Economic Freedom Fighters won just over a million votes, putting its result just above six percent on Friday morning after its vote count rose.

The far-left outfit launched less that a year ago was close to claiming ten percent of the vote in Gauteng and in North West, home to the strike-ridden platinum sector, it secured just over 13 percent of votes.

The IEC said voter turnout was at about 70.8 percent -- defying predictions that voters would stay away en masse to punish the Zuma administration for misspending, slow delivery, and sluggish economic growth.

Following a complaint from the DA, the IEC conceded that ballots had been mishandled in Gauteng, and said the police would launch a separate investigation into the matter.

IEC deputy chairman Terry Tselane stressed, however, that the ballot papers had already been counted, and that the incident would not impact on the provincial result. The DA was not contesting this.

"There seems to have been a breach into terms of making sure those ballot papers are brought back to our municipal warehouse," Tselane said.

After electoral tents were torched in Bekkersdal on Tuesday, an IEC centre was set alight in Alexandra township on Thursday night.

Police said they had arrested 31 people and the motive for the arson was not clear.

- Sapa

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