The Herald Lose like a winner! That is the lesson from South Africa’s recently held elections.
What contesting parties won, they won with grace; what they lost, they did so with dignity. The African National Congress (ANC) won re-election with a reduced majority; the Democratic Alliance (DA) was voted official opposition, but lost five seats; while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) gained 19 additional seats.
Although for the ANC, the result was the worst-ever since independence, President Cyril Ramaphosa — with dignity — quoted South Africa’s first democratic president, the late Nelson Mandela, who spoke with grace during his inauguration 25 years ago: “Let freedom reign.