2024 General Elections: Stellenbosch University Professor Predicts Under 50% Votes for ANC

2024 General Elections: Stellenbosch University Professor Predicts Under 50% Votes for ANC

  • The African National Congress and South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa cast his vote in Chiawelo in Soweto
  • He voted at Hitekani Primary School and was thronged by many community members as he arrived to vote
  • Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu from the University of Stellenbosch's School of Public Leadership predicted that the ruling party would not get a majority
  • South Africans made jokes about Ramaphosa not returning to the Union Buildings as a president after the election season was over

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, has covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years.

Cyril Ramaphosa voted in Chiawelo in Soweto n Elections Day
Ramaphosa cast his vote in Soweto. Images: Chris McGrath/Getty Images and Phill Magakoe/AFR via Getty Images
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CHIAWELO, SOWETO— African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa voted in Soweto on election day. Stellenbosch's Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu told Briefly News that the African National Congress may not win by a majority.

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Ramaphosa votes in Soweto

According to @ewnreporter's tweet, the South African president arrived at a packed Hizrkani Primary School in Chiawelo, Soweto, on 29 May. In the video, the president is surrounded by a crowd, with his wife, First Lady Tshepo Motsepe, walking by his side. He shakes a few community members' hands.

Stellenbosch professor predicts less than majority for ANC

Professor Zwelinzima Ndevu from Stellenbosch told Briefly News that the ruling party may not clinch a majority victory.

"The ANC is the most nervous party in these elections; they have been in power for 30 years, and while there is evidence of improvement in the lives of the citizens, lack of development in some parts of the country is still there.
"The elections today will be a test of whether people are satisfied with the progress made or not. I think it will still receive majority votes, but it may not be sufficient for them to govern alone, so there is a huge possibility that they will get below 50%, which will be for the first time in a democratic dispensation," he said.

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South Africans weigh in

Netizens shared different views of Cyril Ramaphosa's voting.

Intrusive Thoughts said:

"When you vote, Remember the corruption and loadshedding of the current national administrations. This will continue if you keep them in power. Vote wisely!"

Saartjie asked:

"Votes in Soweto but has a multimillion-rand mansion in Cape Town? For the show."

MrReliable asked:

"Why is he skipping the queue? He's no longer president of the country mos."

Frans Mpahlele Sekonya said:

"Kanti, we have a first lady. Yoh."

Eastern Cape residents prevent the community from voting

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that a community in the Eastern Cape prevented residents from voting.

Community members protested over a land claim and blocked the streets with branches and rocks.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za

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