As vote counting continued on Thursday morning, the DA appeared some way ahead of the ANC in the country’s three most closely contested metros: Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.
In Nelson Mandela Bay, which saw a bruising campaign between DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip and the ANC incumbent Danny Jordaan, the DA had 55% of the votes counted, which would give it an outright majority if the lead held through to a complete vote count.
In Tshwane, the DA was leading the ANC with 46.5% to 40% shortly before 10 am, with the EFF lying third with 9.25%.
Results for Johannesburg indicated that the DA was convincingly ahead before a technical glitch made the results disappear from the electoral commission’s electronic scoreboards and website. However, high density areas such as Soweto had not been counted yet.
In Cape Town, where a DA victory had been fully expected, the party was sitting at 71%.
James Selfe, the chairman of the DA’s federal executive, said the party seemed set to claim its biggest victory yet in this stronghold. He added that the party was projected to retain Midvaal with an increased majority as well.
“The early results show growth for the DA across the board in South African municipalities, and we are buoyant as we await the newest results that come in,” Selfe said.
– African News Agency (ANA)