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Ramaphosa says elected councillors now have to get to work

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africans at the IEC local government elections results announcement, emphasising that the elected councillors are now tasked with getting the work done.

The presidency issued the address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the announcement of the 2021 local government elections results, which was held at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) centre in Tshwane on Thursday, 4 November 2021. Ramaphosa began by acknowledging that the day marked another milestone in the advancement of South Africa’s democracy, noting that the local government election had been contested by a record 325 political parties and almost 95 000 candidates, of whom more than 1 500 were independent candidates.

He also thanked the 12 million South Africans who cast their ballots in the election, and for performing their civic duty that contributed to strengthening and consolidating the democracy. The president also congratulated all South Africans for holding an election that was peaceful, free and fair. Ramaphosa stated that the people have spoken, and that it is now up to the elected councillors to get down to work.

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