ECG leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, on Sunday congratulated President Cyril, the African National Congress Party (ANC), and the all South Africans for the peaceful elections on May 8th.
The elections—which were described free, fair and legitimate both by local and international observers—saw the ANC winning with 57.51 percent over the vote, while the Democratic Alliance won 20.76 percent and the Economic Freedom Fighters won 10.79 percent.
The remaining forty-five parties together won 10.94 percent, though most of them did not win enough to earn a seat. With the most votes, the ANC will have 230 of the 400 National Assembly seats, 19 fewer than before.
The DA will have 84 seats, five fewer than before. The EFF has almost doubled its number of seats, from 25 to 44. The Freedom Front Plus will have 10 seats, up from four, while the IFP will be back with 14 MPs, up from 10. The African Christian Democratic Party also grew and will have four MPs, up from three.
In his message, Prophet Bushiri said:
“On behalf of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa on the fresh mandate which South African people have, once again, given the African National Congress (ANC) to lead in running the affairs of this great nation.
“I also want to commend all other political parties that gave democracy its deserved face by participating in this election. I would be failing in my duty, of course, if I don’t salute all South Africans that braved the cold and participated in this election through casting a vote. You are our heroes.
“As a church, our role, mostly, stopped at praying to God for peaceful and credible elections and, also, encouraging congregants to exercise their civic duty of voting. I stand, here, as a happy faith leader knowing that God, indeed, has answered our prayers.
“We will continue praying for our leaders, asking God to give them strength and courage in this long and winding journey of running affairs of the state.
“God bless you, and God bless South Africa.”