There was an obvious sigh of relief from the ANC which emerged as the winners, albeit with a reduced majority. There were some introspective frowns of concern from the DA for its mixed bag of results, and celebratory high fives by the EFF for its growth in several constituencies.
And from the IFP and Freedom Front Plus, smiles of satisfaction for their encouraging gains that confounded many.
All the other so-called fringe parties were, frankly, “also-rans” in this crowded national contest, with 34 of them losing their deposits for their dismal performances.
Some are crying foul, claiming the elections were not free and fair - a classic case of sour grapes, as some political analysts observed.