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1.8m votes, 44 seats: South Africa's EFF celebrates support growth

1.8m votes, 44 seats: South Africa's EFF celebrates support growth

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<p>South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters, <span class="caps">EFF</span>, have thanked voters for reposing confidence in them by giving them more seats in the next National Assembly.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">EFF</span> gained ground in the May 8 elections, its second presidential and parliamentary election. The party grossed 10.7% of the vote, up from 6.3% five years ago.</p> <p>In a statement issued today (Monday 13, 2019), the party extended: “deep and sincere gratitude to the people of South Africa who came out in the numbers to vote on 08 May 2019.</p> <p>“We pay special attention to all who voted the <span class="caps">EFF</span>, increasing our electoral support by 70% across the country.</p> <p>“We do not take it for granted that in each of the 09 provinces more people believe in the <span class="caps">EFF</span> than they did in 2016 and 2014. It is a sign that our revolution is on course and soon it shall be realized and accomplished.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">EFF</span> Statement of Gratitude on Electoral Growth. <a href="https://t.co/knw4Ue92Sf">pic.twitter.com/knw4Ue92Sf</a></p>— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) <a href="https://twitter.com/EFFSouthAfrica/status/1127817903955480577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The ruling <span class="caps">ANC</span> despite winning the polls, slipped to holding 230 parliament seats, while the main opposition Democratic Alliance now holds 84, the <span class="caps">EFF</span>’s 44 means they maintain their spot as the second main opposition party. </p> <p>They gained nineteen more seats in the legislature with over a million and half votes. Incidentally, the <span class="caps">ANC</span> lost the exact number of seats despite winning the polls.</p> <p>In South Africa, the president and parliament are not elected directly. The number of votes won by each party determines how many representatives are sent to the national 400-seat legislature. The president of the country is the leader of the party that gets the most votes.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"> South Africa president vows to fight ‘bad, deviant party members </h2> <p>President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday vowed to purge his party of “bad and deviant tendencies” as he prepares to appoint a new cabinet following a victory in national elections.</p> <p>The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled since the harsh apartheid system of racial discrimination ended 25 years ago. The party won 62% of the vote in 2014.</p> <p>Low voter turnout of 65% in the May 8 election also reflected the frustration of many South Africans after corruption scandals around the <span class="caps">ANC</span> that led former president Jacob Zuma to resign last year under party pressure. Turnout was 74% in 2014.</p> <p>Current President Cyril Ramaphosa in his first speech to supporters since the election win said he will not appoint leaders who work “to fill their own pockets.”</p> <p>He told thousands of supporters in downtown Johannesburg that “we are going to end corruption whether they like it or not.” The revelations by a government commission investigating graft, often aired live on television for fascinated South Africans, “must be things of the past,” the president said.</p> <p>Ramaphosa, however, is believed to be facing a revolt within the party by Zuma allies, one that could surface in the coming weeks as he decides on the makeup of his new government.</p> <p>Observers have said South Africa’s economy, the most developed in sub-Saharan Africa, would be further weakened if Ramaphosa is removed by his own party. He narrowly won the party leadership in late 2017, weeks before Zuma was pushed out.</p> <p>Ramaphosa on Sunday urged <span class="caps">ANC</span> leaders to not hang the party’s “dirty linen in public” and said the party must be renewed “so that we cleanse it of all the bad and deviant tendencies.”</p>

We do not take it for granted that in each of the 09 provinces more people believe in the EFF than they did in 2016 and 2014. It is a sign that our revolution is on course and soon it shall be realized and accomplished.

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