As counting in South Africa’s general election progresses, partial results have reaffirmed predictions of an ANC victory.They also indicate the rival COPE party will not pose the kind of challenge to the ANC’s power that some had forecast. At an early stage it had claimed less than eight percent, while the party led by presidential candidate Josef Zuma’s was on at least 60 percent. It is all but inevitable that an ANC-dominated parliament will elect Zuma president. His nearest rival is Ellen Zille, whose Democratic Alliance secured around 22 percent of the vote in early counting. Election officials estimate the turnout 76 percent – the same as 2004, when the ANC won 70 percent of the vote. One man questioned in the street put it simply: “We know more or less what is going to happen. The ANC is going to win and the rest is going to be second and third.” Another voter laid out her expectations: “The party that is going to take part and rule over South Africa – I just pray and trust that they will be fair towards the people and, as they promised, they must deliver.” It will not be clear until counting is completed on Friday if the ANC has secured the two-thirds majority needed to change the constitution. Some analysts say it wants to do this to strengthen its grip on power.
Only unknown in South Africa vote: extent of ANC victory