ANC wins South Africa election

The African National Congress has won a

commanding victory in South Africa's general

election, partial results show.

With about 80 per cent of the results in, the

ANC has 63 per cent of the vote, followed by

the Democratic Alliance on 22 per cent.

The BBC's Andrew Harding says inequality,

unemployment and corruption are big

problems but the electorate has shown it has

not lost faith in the ANC.

The Economic Freedom Fighters party is in

third place with 5 per cent.

The electoral commission said voting passed

off peacefully in most areas, with turnout at

just over 72 per cent.

The elections are the first since the death in

December of Nelson Mandela – the country's

first black president – and mark 20 years

since the end of white-minority rule.

Dissatisfaction with the government has been

growing over high levels of unemployment, a

lack of basic services and allegations of

widespread corruption.

Our correspondent says the ANC is likely to

use its impressive mandate to try to drive

through its National Development Plan –

rejecting nationalisation, and emphasising

investment and infrastructure.

The business-friendly plan has alarmed South

Africa's powerful unions – some of which may

soon break away to form their own party, he


He adds that, on 5 per cent, the EFF are no

threat to the ANC but their aggressive

populism will keep ministers on their toes,

and South African politics more abrasive than


The DA has increased its share of the vote

from 17 per cent in the last election to 22

per cent, according to the latest results.

Early on Thursday, DA leader Helen Zille told

AFP news agency that she expected her party's

final vote to be around the 23 per cent


"We'll see how it goes. Of course, we hope it

will be more. We did as much as we could,"

she is quoted as saying.

The DA has been trying to make inroads into

the black electorate – its support is mainly

concentrated in the Western Cape which has a

large white and mixed-race population.

Those born after the end of apartheid in 199

were able to cast their ballots for the first

time, although only a third of those entitled

to do so had registered to vote.

An ANC victory would return President Jacob

Zuma for a second five-year term. He was

dogged by allegations of corruption in the

build-up to the election after an independent

inquiry found he had "unduly benefited" from

an expensive government-funded upgrade to

his private residence.

Speaking as he cast his vote on Wednesday,

Zuma said he thought "the results will be very

good", but added that the campaign had been

"very challenging".

In the last election in 2009, the ANC saw a

slight drop in support, polling 66 per cent of

the vote.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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