Johannesburg - The ANC in Gauteng expressed its gratitude
to voters on Friday for keeping the party in power.
By 21:00 on Friday, the ANC had secured 53.68% of the
Gauteng provincial vote, with 98.64% of the province's votes counted.
"A humble thank you to all voters in Gauteng who
came out in their large numbers to exercise their democratic right and
responsibility to elect a government of their choice," spokesperson Nkenke
Kekana said in a statement.
"The ANC provincial leadership is pleased with the
election results and appreciates the show of continued confidence and a clear
mandate for ANC to govern Gauteng."
The win ensured that the ruling party remained in control
of Gauteng, the fourth-largest economy in Africa.
"The overall tally of votes so far show that Gauteng
and KwaZulu-Natal each contributed about 2.5 million votes out of the 11.4
million ANC won nationally," Kekana said.
"The ANC does not take any vote for granted."
The national provisional results showed that the ANC had
62.18% of votes, with 99.94% of votes counted.
Kekana said the ANC in Gauteng intended to tackle all the
issues that were brought to its attention during the election campaign.