South Africa’s ruling party held a wide lead over its rivals in election results on Thursday. This virtually assures a victory for the movement that has dominated politics since the end of white “minority” rule 20 years ago. The African National Congress was leading with nearly 63 percent of the vote after about three-quarters of 22,000 voting districts had been counted, South Africa’s election commission reported at nightfall.
“We will get a majority vote, we are just not sure by how much though,” the South African Press Association quoted the ruling party’s secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, as saying. Voter turnout was 72 percent in this election, compared with 77 percent in 2009 and 88 percent a decade earlier. CCTV’s Guy Henderson reports from Pretoria with details.