Tensions are running high in Nelson Nelson Mandela Bay with 77% of the vote counted and the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the lead.
The latest results show DA leading with 49.52% ahead of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), who are sitting on 39.41%.
Speaking at the IEC results centre in Zwide on Thursday, ANC Provincial Executive Committee member Lungisa Andile said there was no need to panic and the party was not considering any coalition.
“We are not panicking, our people went out when it was raining in the cold. Our strongholds are coming along if you look at Motherwell, which is going to change the situation. If you look at the issue of wards we are leading, we have taken 36 wards in the metro, we are not panicking,” said Andile.
He said the ANC had shown resilience while being under “attack from the white monopoly capital represented by the DA”.
He added that the ANC was not disappointed about losing wards in the Northern Areas which the party had been campaigning hard for in recent months.
“We are not disappointed, we knew which areas we were going to win. We understand that belt is a difficult belt and its going to take time for us to make inroads in that area,” he said.
Since the arrival of ANC mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan the party had hoped to win support in the area.
Meanwhile, DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip expressed mixed emotions and said there was still a long way to go.
“I’m feeling anxious and optimistic, but I’ve been in this movie a long time and its still a long way to go. So we need to check every single result and make sure it’s exactly what our party voting agents got and that nothing irregular happens.”
He said the DA had so far won the wards they had expected to win.
“The media and the commentators who thought we would lose the Northern Areas because of Danny Jordaan, it made no difference. So I’m delighted with what has happened in the Northern Areas, it vindicated all our hard work and it also shows that the people in the Northern Areas are tired of being marginalised,” said Trollip.
– African News Agency (ANA)