President Jacob Zuma on Thursday toured the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)’s National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria and greeted all political parties except the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
About 85 percent of the results have been captured nationally and the ruling party has won almost 63.01 percent of the vote.
The Democratic Alliance remains the official opposition with 21.85 percent of the vote and newcomers, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), are in third place with 5.48 percent of the vote.
The EFF’s Floyd Shivambu says the party isn’t bothered by Zuma’s snub.
“Zuma knows that the rise of the EFF is his downfall. We are trying to deal with issues of national importance, we can’t be greeting criminals.”
While touring the centre, Zuma met a young boy who he asked who he would vote for when he grows up.
When the boy pointed at him, he chuckled loudly.
Zuma left the building but will return once result counting has been concluded.
Meanwhile, the EFF’s Western Cape premier candidate Nazier Paulsen says his party has done well for a newcomer.
“We would have wished for a higher percentage, but we’ll take what we can get and use that as a foundation going forward.”
Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils says he is impressed with how well the EFF has done in its first general elections.
Kasrils, one of the founders of the so called ‘Vote No’ campaign, said he voted tactically but has not revealed who he supported.
The campaign encouraged people to vote for smaller parties or alternatively spoil their ballots.
He said the EFF has a bright future ahead.
“I think they have done astonishingly well. They are going to bring excitement and life to Parliament.”