Ruling ANC back in power in South Africa as the country’s ‘Born Free’ generation chose not to vote
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) secured a reduced majority of 57.51 percent of the votes compared to the 2014 previous election.
The latest election were the 6th parliamentary and provincial council election in the country’s 25 of constitutional democracy.
The main opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA), won 20.76 percent and contrary to the ruling ANC and DA, the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) increased its votes from 6.35 percent in 2014 to the current 10.79.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Africa Union election observers declared the election free and fair.
The turnout in South Africa’s twin parliamentary and provincial elections, reduced to 65 percent compared to the 73% registered voters five years ago. Some six million young people, often called “born frees” as they did not experience the racist apartheid regime which ended in 1994, did not register to vote. Many analysts commented at the National Results Operations Centre at Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria, that young people are angry over the economy and corruption, hence they boycotted the election.
Faction in ANC over the result
On its reduced percentage of majority rule, the ANC’s elections head Africa Union defended the party and said the ANC would have scored less than 40% of the votes if Ramaphosa was not elected in 2017 as ANC president.
“That’s nonsense, people are electing the ANC. It’s not about any individual. How do you predict that? Is Comrade Mbalula saying I was not going to be part of the campaign if the leader was somebody else?” ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule hit back as he disagreed with Mbalula.
Twenty-seven people were arrested in North West province for contravening the Electoral Act, but were later they granted bail, a News24 report said. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials said last Thursday
nineteen people were arrested in three KwaZulu-Natal municipalities for “double voting.”
Mmusi Maimane, the DA leader, raised concerns after reports emerged that there are people who voted twice. Other opposition parties also raised similar concerns and sent the IEC a legal letter in that regard.
I love Izmir and Istanbul
Former Cape Town Mayor and the founder of recently launched GOOD Party, Patricia De Lille told IPA.news the election has been completed largely free and fair and the vote rigging will not change the result. The GOOD Party leader also shared her feeling about Turkey. “Despite the bomb blasts, I visited Turkey many times. I feel Turkey is my second home, I love Istanbul and Izmir,” she said. She said her party secured few deputies in the national parliament.
The rise of Afrikaaner party
Afrikaans-speaking VF Plus party, also known as Freedom Front Plus or FF+, increased its votes from 0.90 percent to 2.38 percent compared to 2014 election. VF Plus doubled its 2014 support in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, and Mpumalanga provinces. VF Plus’s popularity is seen as coming from voters who are disgruntled with the DA, who also disagree with the government’s proposed policy of expropriation of land without compensation.
Here’s how South Africa’s parliament will look, in terms of seats in the National Assembly:
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