Meanwhile, DA leader Helen Zille returned home to Cape Town to a hero’s welcome.

She said the party would be looking to form a coalition.

Analysts say this is likely to be with Cope, formed by dissident ANC supporters of former President Thabo Mbeki who resigned last year after losing a power struggle with Mr Zuma.

Much has been made of the ANC getting two-thirds of the vote, the majority needed to push through constitutional changes.

But the ANC has said it has no intention of changing the constitution as it co-authored it – and Mr Zuma is set to become the country’s next leader as parliament elects the president by a simple majority.

Mr Zuma, a populist who spent 10 years in prison during the apartheid era for ANC membership, faces challenges including a struggling economy and soaring violent crime.


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