South Africa: ANC supporters celebrate election victory
African National Congress (ANC) supporters celebrated in the streets of Soweto, Johannesburg on Saturday (May 11) after the party swept to victory in South Africa’s general elections.
Soweto is the country’s biggest township and where many of the country’s political battles were fought.
The township’s historic Vilakazi Street, a main tourist attraction, is the only street in the world which was home to two Nobel peace prize winners – the late President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Despite the ANC’s victory, it was the worst electoral performance by Mandela’s former liberation movement, which has governed South Africa since the country’s first free election marked the end of white minority rule in 1994.
Results showed that ANC secured 57.5% of the parliamentary vote, the Democratic Alliance (DA) picked up 20.8% and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters took 10.8%, the Independent Electoral Commission said on its website.
The ANC had not previously won less than 60% of the vote in a national poll.
The ANC’s seats in the 400-member parliament fell to 230 from 249. The main opposition Democratic Alliance also saw its number of seats fall to 84 from 89, while the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters gained 19 seats to 44.