10 May 2014

South Africa: ANC Humbled By South Africans' Confidence

The African National Congress (ANC) is excited and humbled by the confidence that South Africans have in the organisation, says ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Speaking to SAnews on Saturday, ahead of the final announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Mthembu said the confidence and trust South Africans have in the ANC is not misplaced.

"We will continue to double our efforts to work for the people of this country together with them so that one day, as the National Development Plan (NDP) says, we will be able to better the lives of all our people as we have started in the past 20 years," Mthembu assured.

According to the preliminary results released by the IEC on Friday, the ANC received an overwhelming majority of the ballots with 62.16 percent of the vote.

The party received 11 436 654 votes, which was less than the 11 650 748 votes (65.9%) it received in 2009.

Except for the Western Cape, the ANC took the lead in all other provinces during this year's national elections, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which secured 4 089 043 (22.22%).

Although the ANC could not seal the majority votes in Western Cape, an optimistic Mthembu said it's not a lost case and promised that the party will try again to take the province in 2019.

"We have given it our best shot but the people of Western Cape have spoken, that's democracy in action, and we respect their voice. We will try in 2016 during the local government elections, hopefully then our structure would have been solidified.

"Come 2016, 2019, we would be able to take the province again," Mthembu said with confidence.

Mthembu said the ANC has also undertaken to double its efforts and look closer at working better with local government.

He acknowledged that while many ANC councillors were doing a splendid job, there were many more that were not, which results in service delivery protests in some areas.

"Where we have failed is that we have not spoken to our people in some municipalities. That's why people take to the streets, unfortunately burn things and their own assets, which is something we decry every day," Mthembu said.

The IEC will at 6pm today release the final results of the General Elections at its ROC in Pretoria.

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