Zuma congratulates Obama

US President Barack Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Picture: AFP
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JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday congratulated his United States (US) counterpart Barack Obama on his second term on behalf of the government and people of South Africa.

The president said the country was confident that America would continue to play a positive role in developing Africa.

Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Coorporation, Clayson Monyela, said, “President Zuma said we value our relations with the United States and look forward to strengthening bilateral corporations in the years to come. President Zuma also reiterated that the United States has an important role to play in Africa’s development.”

Earlier in Chicago, Illinois, Obama moved to inspire America after being elected to the White House for another four years.

He beat republican rival Mitt Romney, but it is still unclear whether he won the key battleground state of Florida. 

Obama delivered his victory speech in his hometown, telling Americans they could achieve anything if they were willing to work hard.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love… you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

But the prospect of partisan gridlock in a divided US congress remains.

While the democrats hold the Senate, the republicans have retained control of the House of Representatives.

Nevertheless, the president said he was optimistic.

"Despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I have never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America - and I ask you to sustain that hope.”

Obama’s commanding speech followed that of a gracious Romney.

The Republican spoke in Boston, Massachusetts, thanking the nation for its support.

“I don’t think believe that there has ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years.”

Romney also wished President Obama well.

“This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”

Meanwhile, Obama supporters continue to celebrate his victory, with some Americans living in Cape Town saying they have set the bar high for him as he enters his second term in the White House.

Eyewitness News came across a group of US citizens at the American consulate in Tokai.

The group applauded as they listening to Obama's first re-election speech.

Geordie Bracken said he has high hopes.

He feels America's economy should dominate the president’s agenda for the next four years.

“I think this is a good day for the country.”

Obama supporter Mona Ewees admitted she was worried Republican candidate Mitt Romney would win.

“I was very nervous. I didn’t sleep for two days.”