The EFF were among the biggest winners of the general elections, receiving 10.79% of the national vote, shy of a few thousand votes to reach their real target.

The aggressive campaign the red berets embarked on across the country paid off as they almost doubled their support of 6.35% achieved in the 2014 elections. This also almost doubled its seats in the National Assembly from 25 to 44.

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