#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – May 09 – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is set to win South Africa’s fifth democratic election by a significant majority, debunking speculation that the party would be severely tested this week.
At midday on Friday, after an estimated 97.96 percent of votes had been tallied, the ANC was the outright leader with 62.2 percent of the count.
The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), was sitting on 22.19 percent in second place.
Addressing the media on Friday, Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that counting in the country’s fifth democratic election was nearly complete.
“We are nearly home,” Tlakula said.
In three of the country’s nine provinces, results have been finalised. Officials say the counting in the other six provinces is at an advanced stage.
The IEC is expected to announce the results on Saturday.
“With 97,96 percent of results captured, we are confident of being able to announce the official results tomorrow,” Tlakula said.
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#AceNewsServices – JOHANNESBURG – May 02 – Tens of thousands of people have attended a rally in support of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg, as the country gears up for general elections on May 7.
The rally, dubbed Siyanqoba (we are going to win) on Sunday marked an end to the campaign trail of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
Addressing a packed crowd at the FNB stadium, Zuma said he was “ready to move South Africa forward.”
“South Africa is a better place than it was in 1994 thanks to the programmes and policies of the ANC,” Zuma said.
ANC supporters, many of whom had slept overnight outside the stadium, formed a sea of yellow as they came out in support of the party that led the movement against apartheid and has dominated politics since 1994’s historic elections.
A stark contrast to the Zuma’s heated election campaign that escalated into violence on Wednesday, as Johannesburg police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to stop armed supporters of the ruling ANC from attacking an opposition rally.
African National Congress (ANC) activists hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at police and members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) who held a march for jobs near the ANC’s headquarters in the city centre.
Police responded with force and formed a human barrier between supporters of the rival parties and arrested four people for public violence.
“The march was fairly peaceful until our members were pelted with stones and petrol bombs” from the ANC side, said police spokesperson Katlego Mogale.