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#Elections2014: Zuma thanks South Africa

The president has thanked the millions of South Africans who voted for ANC back into power.

President Jacob Zuma addressed hundreds of supporters at the ANC's celebration party in the Johannesburg CBD on 10 May 2014 following the party's national election victory. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has thanked the millions of South Africans who voted for the African National Congress (ANC) and for putting the party back in power with an overwhelming majority.

The president was speaking at the Siyabonga celebration party in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday night after the final voting results were declared at the official Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s results centre in Pretoria.

Despite a more than three percent drop in support since the 2009 elections, there was no element of disappointment in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday evening.

Hundreds of ANC supporters, dressed in the party's colours, watched on as political stalwarts including Winnie Madikizela-Mandel, Gwede Mantashe and Zuma appeared on stage.

Zuma says the ANC is humbled by the country's support.

"The ANC is here to stay. The ANC was there when all of them were not there and it will be there when all of them are no longer there."

The president also promised his new cabinet will focus on speeding up change for all.

"We cannot disappoint our people who not disappoint us, even once."

Watch: Official election results announced

TLAKULA'S VOTE OF THANKS

Political parties, observers, delegates and the media attended the final declaration of the country's fifth democratic elections on Saturday night, where four days of hard work for many at the centre came to an end.

Pansy lakula announces the final results from South Africa's fifth democratic general elections on 10 May. Picture:Talk Radio 702.

IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula thanked all parties for participating in the provincial and national elections.

"I would like to thank all political parties, who participated in this election, for their support and cooperation in making these elections a success."

She also took time to thank her staff for making the elections possible.

"Special word of gratitude also goes to the electoral staff who, as always, went above and beyond to serve our nation with pride."

National Election Results 2014.