Security tight as Ramaphosa expected to attend IEC results announcement

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Security detail is increasing ahead of president Cyril Ramaphosa’s arrival at the national Results Operations Centre (ROC) in Tshwane.

Ramaphosa is expected to attend the official results announcement of the National and provincial elections by the Electoral Commission (IEC) on Saturday evening.

His attendance was confirmed on Friday by the Presidency, as the country awaits the official pronouncement of what has been referred to as the most contested general election in South Africa’s 25 years of democracy.

48 parties in total contested the National election which is the most number since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

Ramaphosa’s party – the African National Congress – has retained its position as the governing party, managing to gain 57.5 percent of the total votes counted, a 5 percentage point decline compared to its showing in the 2014 National and Provincial Election.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) came second and third, with 20.8 percent and 10.8 percent respectively.

The IEC’s official results announcement is expected at 18h00 on Saturday.