Updated: February 27, 2021
South Africa’s rulinghas maintained its majority in parliamentary elections.
The ANC had secured 57.7% of the national vote in Wednesday’s election with 94% of the ballots counted Friday evening.
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The opposition Democratic Alliance came a distant second with 20.6%.
Local newspapers said it was the ruling party’s worst electoral performance since it was voted into power in the country’s first multiracial elections in 1994.
It was also the first time that the ANC’s support has dipped below 60% in a national election. In 2014 polls, the party won 62% of the vote.
In addition, it was the country’s lowest-ever voter turnout at just over 65.5%, according to South Africa’s Electoral Commission.
In the 1990s, people waited in line for hours and more than 85% of registered voters showed up at the polls.
It is a victory for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who came to powee after the ANC forced scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma to resign in February 2018.
Ramaphosa, 66, helped negotiate an end to apartheid before going on to become a wealthy businessman.
He has promised to weed out corruption in the ANC and get the economy back on a higher growth path that would bring jobs and relief to millions of South Africans.