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S.Africa’s Zuma dedicates election win to Mandela

Published on May 11, 2014 6:12 AM
South African President Jacob Zuma celebrates the African National Congress victory in the national election in Johannesburg on May 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African President Jacob Zuma Saturday dedicated his ANC’s landslide victory in this week’s elections to Nelson Mandela, 20 years to the day after the late liberation leader’s inauguration.

“We dedicate our victory to Madiba’s memory, and pledge to continue taking forward his legacy and that of his peers and forebears,” Mr Zuma said, using Mr Mandela’s clan name.

The party’s 62.15 per cent share of the vote meant an “overwhelming mandate” for a fifth term in government since the end of white-minority rule, said Mr Zuma, speaking publicly for the first time on the vote results.

Nostalgia for the father of the nation, who died last December, helped bring support for the ruling party in Wednesday’s polls despite a series of corruption scandals, galloping unemployment and economic doldrums.

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