Ramaphosa encourages unity after historic ANC setback

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In the wake of the ANC’s historic setback in the 2024 general election, pres. Cyril Ramaphosa urged party leaders on Sunday evening “to work together in the public interest”.

The ANC lost its absolute majority for the first time in 30 years and now sits with just 159 seats in the national assembly.

Mosotho Moepya, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), said on Sunday after the results that the last election “was the most difficult yet”.

During his speech, Ramaphosa said that South Africans had made their voice heard, “whether we like it or not”.

Support for the ANC fell from 57% in 2019 to just over 40% in the last election.

The new parliament will meet within the next two weeks when a president must be elected.

Since no party could win a majority vote nationwide this year, the ANC will need outside support to support Ramaphosa’s re-election as president.

Ramaphosa did not reveal much about the ANC’s intentions regarding a coalition, but did emphasize that all parties must now work together.

He also requested that the results of the election be respected.

The IEC said earlier that it had received 579 objections from political parties about the election, dealing with everything from the voting process to the announcement of the results.

During a press conference on Saturday at the results center in Midrand, the MKP threatened with violence, should the results be announced on Sunday. This is because the party believes there were “numerous irregularities in the counting process”. The party demanded a re-election.

The DA’s leader, John Steenhuisen, reiterated the party’s commitment to work with the ANC – if only to prevent the ANC from forming a coalition with the EFF and MKP, which the DA calls a “doomsday coalition”. is labeled.

He describes undertakings in the EFF and MKP’s manifestos to nationalize privately owned land and the undermining of the judiciary’s independence as an “attack on the Constitution of South Africa”.

Fikile Mbalula, ANC secretary general, told AFP that the ANC is currently in talks with “everyone”. He added that the ANC hopes to reach an agreement as soon as possible.