FACTBOX - Reaction to South Africa's election

Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:02am BST

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(Reuters) - Below are some quotes from politicians, analysts, voters and newspaper editorials on South Africa's election which took place on Wednesday:

JESSIE DUARTE, ANC SPOKESWOMAN

"We do not want to declare yet but this is an early indication of a decisive victory. There are a lot of voting stations that have not been counted yet so it is premature to declare. We'll declare when 90 percent (of the votes) are counted."

EDITORIAL IN THE TIMES NEWSPAPER

"After years of distant leadership from above, the people have risen up and reclaimed their place in the political life of our country."

"The government that is formed after this election will truly belong to all."

ADAM HABIB, POLITICAL ANALYST, UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

"I think it could go either way for the ANC in terms of the two-thirds majority. They might just miss it ... but it's too early to say."

"We anticipated a closer race between COPE and the DA, we thought maybe the DA would be one or two percent above COPE, but obviously the DA is much more ahead."

EDITORIAL IN THE STAR NEWSPAPER

"Whoever becomes our president, our (provincial) premier, ruling party and opposition must rise to the challenge. We have heard the campaign talk -- now we want new patriotism and action."

RITA MSELEKU, 53, UNEMPLOYED

"As old people we are not asking for much but some assistance from the government. We want better service at the hospitals and we want to be safe. I hope that the party that I have voted for will be much better than the previous government but politicians will always be politicians. You cannot trust everything they say."

HERRY NKOSI, 39, ACCOUNTANT

"I'm giving the ANC one last chance to deliver and I am hoping that they will deliver this time and if they don't, things will have to change next time."

GILBERT SIPHO MLAMBO, 67

"I am ok with Zuma and I want them to improve on the services that they are already giving. I was with the old man (Nelson) Mandela from the start and I will never change. He fought for our freedom and everybody knows that. I will not vote for opposition parties because I do not like them, they just make noise."

"I want the government to fight crime, tar our roads and keep townships clean."

EUGENE VAN ECK 29, RADIO DJ

"I voted yesterday and I feel liberated and looking to the next four years. Rome was not built in one day and opposition parties have done well and will keep the ANC on its toes. These parties have taken a stand against corruption."

"We need new leaders and new blood as young South Africans. We want a leader like Mandela or even someone like Obama who inspires people. Its too sad that corruption goes hand in hand with politics. Greed has consumed the ruling party but still people are loyal to Madiba (Mandela)."

(Reporting by Phumza Macanda in Pretoria and Zimkhitha Sulelo in Johannesburg)

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