ANC’s control of Gauteng’s three metros under threat
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:53:18
The African National Congress’ (ANC) control of Gauteng’s three big metros is said to be seriously under threat, with the results so far showing the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the lead in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.
In Ekurhuleni the DA is firmly in the lead with just over 50% of the vote, with the African National Congress (ANC) at 37%.
In Johannesburg the DA has 44%, while theANC has 40%.
In Tshwane the ruling party is trailing the opposition by two per cent, with both parties securing over 40%.
However, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) predicts that the ANC will win 44% of the vote in Tshwane, just two-percent more than the DA’s.
In Johannesburg, the prediction is that the ANC will win 46%, to the DA’s 39%.
In Ekurhuleni the CSIR predicts a 48% win for the ANC.
The EFF currently occupies third spot in all the three metros.
The battle for control of the country’s municipalities has entered a critical phase as vote counting fast approaches the 50% mark.
The DA has won two councils, both in the Western Cape and has retained Midvaal in Gauteng.
With a quarter of the voting districts having declared their votes, voter turnout is estimated at almost 59%.
As the results continue to trickle in, political leaders are setting their eyes on the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC)’s results centre’s leader board in Pretoria, to monitor their parties’ performance.
Countrywide, the ANC leads with about 50% of the overall 25% national votes counted so far.
The opposition DA is trailing on 35%, whilst the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has so far not made significant inroads and has won about 6% of the votes nationally.
In Gauteng, DA is in the lead in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni with the ANC on 44%.
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