Floyd Shivambu of the EFF at the IEC Election Results Centre in Pretoria. 080514. Picture: Chris Collingridge 223

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) election results centre in Pretoria on Thursday evening.

He was flanked by ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy secretary Jessie Duarte, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane and his bodyguards while journalists scrambled around him.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe explained to Zuma how the ruling party was performing in terms of votes received across the provinces.

“I can only report about the ANC, not about anything else,” Mantashe said, resulting in Zuma laughing.

Zuma, wearing a yellow jacket, joked, laughed and shook hands with leaders of political parties.

Journalists waited for him to reach the Economic Freedom Fighters' desk, but he went the other way and proceeded to greet IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula.

EFF commissar Floyd Shivambu laughed and asked journalists why they thought Zuma would pass by and greet EFF members. The party was formed by former ANC Youth League members.