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2024 Election Outcome: ANC Secures Majority

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za

4-minute read
02 June 2024 | 20:03 CAT

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In a crucial election since 1994, South Africans have once again utilized their democratic rights. The IEC recently released the seat distribution for the National Assembly, solidifying the ANC’s position as the dominant party. Despite losing 71 seats, The ANC won 159 seats, the DA got 87 seats, the recently established MK party earned 58 seats, and the EFF acquired 39 seats.

IEC Chairperson Mosotho Moepya announced that the elections were deemed to be free and fair despite facing various challenges.

President Cyril Ramaphosa echoed this sentiment, describing the outcome as a triumph for all South Africans. “This is a victory for all of the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa stated.

He praised the IEC’s professionalism and excellence in conducting the election, emphasizing the robustness and durability of South Africa’s democracy. He further called on the nation to respect the people’s choices and urged a collective effort to prioritize the country’s future.

Even though the election’s integrity has been officially supported, some parties have still not fully accepted the results without dispute. In the last 24 hours, a grouping of political parties, which includes the MK party, gathered for a meeting at the National Results Operating Centre. They stated they wouldn’t acknowledge the outcomes until their issues regarding purported irregularities and tampering were resolved.

Under ex-President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, the MK party alleged that two workers from an ICT company linked to the IEC had been detained for irregular activities.

Nevertheless, both the IEC and the Minister denied any knowledge of such arrests.

Meanwhile, tensions escalated as Jacob Zuma tried to enter the venue during President Ramaphosa’s victory speech. Security personnel stopped him from entering, guaranteeing that the President’s speech continued without disruption. Despite being suspended from the ANC, Zuma, who is still a divisive figure in South African politics, continues to have an impact on the political scene.

The democratic process of South Africa has been highlighted during the 2024 elections for its liveliness and intricacy. The ANC’s success reinforces its standing, but the rise of the MK party and the ongoing presence of other opposition parties show the ever-changing political landscape in the country.

As South Africa progresses, the attention will be on tackling the raised issues and guaranteeing that the democratic process stays transparent and inclusive.

To conclude, the 2024 elections have once again proven the strength of South Africa’s democratic system. The ANC’s majority victory, along with the IEC’s dedication to a fair election process, signifies a new stage in the country’s path towards a more inclusive and representative government. In spite of the obstacles, the elections have shown the lasting power of South African democracy and the united determination of its citizens to influence their destiny.

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