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The incumbent President of South Africa and ANC candidate Cyril Ramaphosa has won the just concluded South African election with a reduced majority.
This is the first time the ANC has won an election with less than 60% of the vote in a national poll.
According the Independent Electoral Commission’s website, the poll results on Saturday shows that the ANC secured 57.51% of the votes in Wednesday’s general election,while the Democratic Alliance (DA) garnered up 20.76% of votes and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters polled a total of 10.79%.
The ruling party’s win at the election helped the party to secure enough seats in parliament to give President Ramaphosa another 5 years term in office, but may not be enough to battle the party’s rivals who objects his reforms to galvanize the economy and counter graft.
This is the worst ever performance by the ANC who has for long won elections in a land slide,and has ruled south africa since 2004 with Late Nelson Mandela as its first presidential candidate.
Also The provisional results indicates that the ANC won a tight provincial race by 50.19% of the vote in Gauteng, where South Africa’s biggest city and commercial centre Johannesburg and the administrative capital Pretoria are located.
Ramaphosa was sworn in to office as President on February 2018, he replaced Jacob Zuma who had corruption charges leveled against him.
President Ramaphosa has worked effortlessly to re-engage ANC voters whose support has suffered some form of set back due to efforts that has failed to yield the desired results in addressing corruption, unemployment, and the imbalance in housing, land and other sectors.