Zuma takes swipe at opposition, media

The president spoke at the ANC's celebration party in the JHB CBD.

President Jacob Zuma (L) with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (R) at the ANC celebrations on 10 May 2014 held in the Johannesburg CBD following the party's win in the 2014 national elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties spent too much time putting ANC down and didn't manage their own campaigns effectively, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

Speaking at the party's Siyabonga celebration party at the Library Gardens park in Johannesburg, he said that was the reason for the poor performance by opposition parties.

Independent Electoral Commission Chairperson (IEC) Pansy Tlakula on Saturday officially declared the results of South Africa's fifth democratic general elections.

The ANC secured 62,15 percent and 249 seats.

Zuma said it's been an election and a half, with many parties bowing out of Parliament.

He thanked alliance partners, volunteers and all supporters for giving the ANC another "overwhelming" victory.

The president said he's surprised by how much of a concerted effort there is to put the ANC down.

"Who can defeat us if we are with the people? Those who are not with the people - the people will not vote for them."

Zuma said the opposition focused on the ANC's failures instead of focusing on their own campaigns.

"The opposition forgot to talk about themselves over the campaigns and spent their time talking about the ANC."

He also took the opportunity to take a swipe at the media.

"The ANC worked hard. The people have spoken much louder than those who have been speaking in the media."

Zuma said the media has given the ANC a bad name.

"Columns and analysts who appeared on TV put the ANC down with an aim to influence the people of this."

The president said the country has a good story to tell from the past 20 years.

"South Africa is no longer the same South Africa as it was before 1994, we have changed South Africa."

He said the ANC will start working on its plans for change as soon as possible.

"We must celebrate tonight, but tomorrow we must begin the process of speeding up change."

He also gave a stern warning to his new Cabinet.

"Those who will be deployed, they are going to work hard. Those who don't work hard, they have no reason to stay in their deployment."

The president finished off his address with song and dance.

"I propose a toast to all the people of South Africa who voted for the ANC," he said.