African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu has on Friday said that the ANC’s preliminary lead nationally in results from Wednesday’s government polls prove that people of South Africa still trust the governing party.
“We are quite humbled and very happy that people of South Africa still trust the African National Congress. Of course we have had setbacks in areas like the Nelson Mandela Bay, but we are magnanimous in victory and also magnanimous in defeat because we are democrats,” Mthembu said at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) national results operations centre (NROC) in Tshwane.
“At national level, the people of South Africa have, in their majority, still voted for the African National Congress. As you can see, we are standing at over 50%. We are now at over 54% nationally and that amounts to over 13 million votes that people of South Africa have given to the ANC – out of the 26 million voters we have in the country.”
By 8:05am, the IEC’s live results boards in the NROC indicated that the ANC was at 54.22%. The Democratic Alliance was following at 26.48% and the Economic Freedom Fighters had garnered 7.96%.
These figures are from 20 713 (91%) of the 22 612 voting districts in South Africa.
– African News Agency (ANA)