Published: Sat, May 11, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

South Africa waits for results after polls

South Africa waits for results after polls

The party that wins the most seats in parliament selects the country's president, who will be sworn in on May 25.

But the result would be the party's worst national showing since Nelson Mandela led the ANC to victory in the first multi-racial polls after apartheid ended in 1994.

But for many voters, disillusion with the political system can be traced to the continued inequality that South Africans face, despite the country being one of the richest on the African continent.

The news organisation's election analyst Dawie Scholtz said the ruling party's vote share had been dragged down by lower turnout and declining support among the black majority.

The ruling party won 62% of the votes in 2014, but indications are that they will drop to 56% this year.

"All party members are 100% behind him", he said at the national elections centre in Pretoria. This seemed to signal that the ANC was no longer guaranteed re-election nationally and in most provinces.

Preceding the special voting, people in the diaspora had been availed the opportunity to cast their ballots a week ahead of the main process back home. "No man. A lot of black folks are still suffering", said Wilson Mnenbe, a 24-year-old fashion designer in Johannesburg's central business district. The ANC is nearly certain to remain in government in all the eight provinces it controls, including Gauteng.

Ramaphosa, 66, took office last year when Zuma was forced to resign as president by the ANC after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption allegations and economic woes. The tallies put the ANC at 57 per cent in the parliamentary race, with the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) at 22 per cent and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at 10 per cent.

The Western Cape is the only one out of nine provinces not controlled by the ANC and the DA is looking strong to retain the province although the Cape Town metro results are still largely outstanding. He denies any wrongdoing. Its leader, Mr Malema, has ramped up the rhetoric on expropriation of white-owned farms without compensation and this has resonated with the masses, most of whom are farm workers and their descendants. "Despite the challenges we are encouraged that any outstanding matters will be resolved by the party liaison committees and the IEC", Legote said.

He said he didn't support a re-run of the vote "at this stage".

The DA has controlled the Western Cape since the 2009 vote.

But while the ANC won the election by a large margin, 35 smaller parties jointly filed a complaint with the electoral commission complaining of irregularities and say an audit of the vote must be conducted, possibly even leading to a rerun of the election.

If the ANC does secure those votes, then they haven't been held properly accountable for 25 years of criminal mismanagement, and there's also a greater chance that they will take hold of key provinces and metros around the country.

Enforced land redistribution has also been adopted as a policy by Ramaphosa's government, therefore alarming some investors.

The EFF, whose lawmakers often dress in red overalls and plastic hard hats to show their allegiance to the working class, emerged as a kingmaker in 2016 elections in metropolitan areas like the administrative capital Pretoria and commercial capital Johannesburg, where it backed DA candidates.

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