Pretoria - President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans and political parties to accept the results of the general elections which saw the ANC retain power with 57% of electoral support.
Ramaphosa was speaking at the announcement of the election results at the Electoral Commission of SA’s national results operation centre in Pretoria.
He expressed gratitude to leaders of political parties that contested the elections for their conduct which he said contributed to the peaceful political climate in the build up to the election.
“Yes there was a lot of contestation. There was a lot of exchange of wonderful words to each other, difficult words, and harsh words to each other, but we were all in a contest. Our people have now spoken and all of us are called upon to accept the word and the will of our people irrevocably,” Ramaphosa said.
Fourteen parties have secured seats in the National Assembly, with Aljama party - with one seat - and the African Transformation Movement - with two seats - being among the new entrants.