While the ANC was happy with the election victory, it surely could not be beside itself with joy. The 2019 national election results were the worst in the party's electoral history. They reached the lowest level of support ever at 57.51% nationally; Its loss of support of 4,64 percentage points between 2014 and 2019 is the worst it has ever suffered; and lost 18,21 percentage points in Gauteng in the same period.
The president elect, Cyril Ramaphosa, has an enormous task ahead of him. While the public have been taken by attempts to exact accountability from the corrupt and captured through the various commissions of inquiry, the president has a battle on his hands to revamp his party.