28 April 2009
President-elect Jacob Zuma has assured the country that his new administration would be a government for all South Africans.
“Working together we will make it a government for all South Africans,” Zuma told journalists after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the results of South Africa’s general elections in Pretoria on Saturday night.
Zuma, who will be inaugurated as President on 9 May, said South Africa needed a government that knew what to do in order to tackle poverty and build on the successes of the 15 years since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.
“We were serious when we said we want government to have direct contact with the people of South Africa,” he said, vowing to improve service delivery while ensuring that only competent people were employed in the public service.
Zuma congratulated the IEC on delivering another efficient, free and fair election.
The African National Congress (ANC) received 65.9% of the 17.6-million valid votes cast, securing 264 seats in South Africa’s National Assembly, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 16.6% of the vote (67 seats in Parliament) and the recently established Congress of the People (Cope) with 7.4% (30 seats).
Regarding the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the President-in-waiting said the government would ensure that South Africa hosted the best ever tournament.
He said he had spoken to Fifa President Sepp Blatter earlier on Saturday afternoon to assure him that the new administration pick up from the current administration in its preparations for the event.
“We are convinced that we will make a success of the tournament and that we will impress the world with our abilities as a host for an event of this magnitude,” he said.