The 2009 elections are over. Voting is done, and the ANC won. No surprises there.
What I am incredibly excited about is that the ANC did not get the two-thirds majority required to alter the constitution. We have a good constitution here in SA (in fact, it could be the best in the world) and I don’t think anyone should be changing it anytime soon.
So victory #1 goes to the people who allowed our democracy to stay competitive. Nice going.
I am also extremely impressed with the DA and there outcomes. They won the Western Cape (the only province not won by the ANC).
Victory #2 goes to them for maintaining the position as the main opposition to the ANC.
But for me, the overwhelming excitement of the 2009 elections was a combination of a few things:
Cope winning ± 30 seats in parliament.
The IFP dwindling in to almost nothing.
Smaller parties just about disappearing.
The three things above prove to me that we are in a very active, thriving democracy. The numbers may indicate that the ANC feel a mere 3 seats short of 2/3 majority. But there are indicators that tell us that we are doing OK.
I think that having 18 parties in parliament is a bit ridiculous. That was the last elections. This time round it’s been whittled down to ±10 parties. That is a much more manageable number in my opinion.
All in all, I am proud to be South African and to have voted in the 2009 elections. You should be too.
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