Johannesburg (Sputnik) The African National Congress (ANC), which has been the ruling party in post-apartheid South Africa since 1994, has won the country’s general election with 57.51% of votes, with the party experiencing a drop in support, showing the election’s results as its worst performance since the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.
Later in the day, the Electoral Commission stated that the African National Congress Party has won a majority in the parliamentary election. The party, however, experienced a drop in popular support, having seen a decline of 4.65 percentage points from the 62.15% it obtained in the previous general elections in 2014.
Democratic Alliance (DA) opposition party has also seen a drop in support, gaining 20.76% percent of votes. Left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EEF) party came third in the election, enjoying the most growth overall.
The ANC victory comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that even though 25 years have passed since the abolishment of apartheid, South Africa’s black population is not entirely free. In addition, white citizens also voiced their indignation with the government’s policies which have forced them out of their homeland.
Last year, South Africa announced plans to redistribute farmland, largely owned by white farmers, among black citizens, who comprise three quarters of the state’s overall population.
Prior to Cyril Ramaphosa taking over as South Africa’s president, the position was held by Jacob Zuma who was forced to officially resign in February 2018 due to pressure from the African National Congress Party.
Corruption and South African Politics
Shortly after the reports about the ANC victory emerged, Patrick Bond, professor of political economy at the University of the Witwatersr and Wits School of Governance, told Sputnik that President Cyril Ramaphosa managed to achieve his target as he “desperately sought ruling-party unity.” However, despite the party’s victory, the president was still challenged politically by corruption, according to the professor.