ANC Wins South Africa's General Election Again but with Lesser Vote Share

  • The African National Congress (ANC) has yet again won the South African general election on Saturday. However, its vote share fell. Experts say this is an indication of people’s anger towards the political elite due to increasing cases of corruption, scandals, and still persisting racial inequalities, especially after the ANC assumed power in 1994. ANC got 57.5% vote share (a fall from 64% since 2014). After winning his second 5-year term, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a speech “Let us now work together, black and white, men and women, young and old to build a South Africa that truly belongs to all that live in it.” Interestingly, vote share of the main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) also fell from 22% in 2014 to 20.8% this time. Vote share of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) increased from 6% in 2014 to 10.8% in 2019. Election Commission has said that voter turnout for Wednesday’s general election has dropped from 73.5% in 2014 to 60% this year.