As excitement mounts with almost 95% of the votes being counted in South Africa’s Local Government Elections, the floors of the Independent Electoral Commission’s results center on Friday saw the mingling of politicians, sharing moments of laughter.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe was spotted milling about the floor sharing conversation at the table of the official opposition and other political parties.
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) in its observer mission during the elections said it was pleased that the elections took place peacefully.
“Gone are the days of no-go areas and the real danger of life and limb for having different political views,” SACC Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana told reporters.
He however extended condolences to those who died prior and after the elections.
The elections have changed the political landscape, Mpumlwana said. “Indeed the emerging results suggest that we are entering a new phase of our constitutional democracy. The age of coalition governance. This is likely to test our maturity as political parties being no longer to guarantee the realisation of only the promises of their manifestos.
“Negotiation and comprise will have to be the way of doing business,” he said.