Zuma Dances to Victory in SA polls

AFRICAN National Congress leader Jacob Zuma appeared before a cheering crowd, as his party headed for a clear victory in South Africa’s general election.


Zuma — set to be the next president — said the ANC had put across its policies and people had understood.

With about half of all ballots in, the ANC had about 66% of the vote. But it is still not clear whether the party will retain the two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to push through constitutional changes.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has about 16% and the Congress of the People — formed as a direct challenge to the ANC — is trailing with about 8%.

The DA was ahead in Western Cape province, which is currently controlled by the ANC, with almost 50% of the vote.

Election officials put turn-out at between 77% and 80%. Formal election results are not expected until later on Thursday or on Friday.

In Johannesburg, crowds of ANC supporters attended a celebration rally.

“I would like to thank you for tonight,” Jacob Zuma told the crowd, after dancing on stage.

“We went to the voters of this country, talked to them and put across our polices — and they have understood what we are saying,” he said.

DA leader Helen Zille said her party was pleased. “We are just above 50% in the Western Cape, that is what we were hoping for because it means we have doubled our numbers since last time,” she said.  — BBC.

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