South Africa: Ramaphosa celebrates election win as ANC maintains comfortable majority

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa celebrated his general election victory in Pretoria on Saturday, with 57 per cent of the votes, giving the African National Congress (ANC) its fifth consecutive win. It remains the only party to rule South Africa since the end of Apartheid in 1994. Footage shows the results being announced by the Electoral Commission of South Africa and the audience... Еще, including Ramaphosa, celebrating. «Let us now work together, Black and White, men and women, young and old, to build a South Africa that truly belongs to all who live in it as proclaimed by our forebears,» the president said in his victory speech. «Let freedom reign, and let democracy reign and let the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement as the first democratically elected president of our country Nelson Mandela said.» The ANC’s majority was the smallest since it came to power in 1994, however, as the party reels from years of corruption scandals which have damaged its image and led to Ramaphosa’s predecessor Jacob Zuma’s resignation in 2018. The party won with 70 per cent of the votes in 2004 and 62 per cent in 2014.

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