EFF supporters celebrate

The party is holding a rally to thank its members for their support during the general election.

EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at the IEC's National Elections Results Centre in Pretoria on 10 May. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) supporters have descended on Innesfree Park.

The party is holding a rally to thank its members for their support during the general election.

The newly fledged party obtained 6.5 percent of the vote, equating to over a million votes.

They also received 25 parliamentary seats.

EFF songs can be heard around the park as supporters clad in party colours dance and celebrate their party's performance.

This supporter says he's amazed at the EFF's results.

"I'm actually overwhelmed hey, like I'm speechless, I don't know what to say but we've been waiting for this time since we started, you know? So it just shows that in the future, we gonna expect more you know. It's not gonna take us time to actually run South Africa. "

Busses are already streaming in here as thousands of EFF supporters from all over Gauteng come to celebrate with their leaders.

Party leader Julius Malema is expected to deliver a speech later.

Meanwhile, the EFF's Western Cape convenor says he's excited about being sworn in to the provincial legislature next week, but didn't think he would be doing it for his party alone.

The party won just more than two percent of the Western Cape votes in the elections, giving the EFF a single seat.

EFF Western Cape's Nazier Paulsen says, "I thought there would be many more of us going in but the first election one heads, you know it's a bit of a reality check, you realise that electoral politics is a lot tougher than we imagined it to be."