As counting of the votes in the municipal elections continued on Friday, the ANC maintained its lead in the Ekurhuleni metro municipality ahead of the second-placed DA party.
At least 73% of the total votes had been counted in Gauteng province by Friday morning. The ANC led with 44.91% followed by DA at 38.72% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in third place with 10.97%.
Ekurhuleni was the only metro in Gauteng where the governing party led the DA, compared to Johannesburg and Tshwane where the two parties had been in a fierce contest since Wednesday.
The DA led in Tshwane with 43.91% while ANC trailed on 38.72% early Friday. In Johannesburg, the ANC was at 41.91% and the DA at 38.72%.
The EFF, dubbed “the kingmaker” as election results tricked in from the metros, has so far garnered 10.57% and 10.81% of votes in Tshwane and Johannesburg respectively. Both the DA and the EFF have said they would not form coalitions with the ANC.
– African News Agency (ANA)