Pretoria - Election results came in at a steady pace from across the country on Thursday morning, but two major cities - Johannesburg and Cape Town - were slow out of the starting blocks.
The Western Cape, the country's second richest province, was still in a better position than Gauteng, where major metros had reported little vote counting by Thursday morning, with the City of Johannesburg still to submit data.
By 08:00 at the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria, of the 2 941 333 registered voters in the Western Cape, 1 192 280 votes had been counted on the national ballot, and 1 165 602 on the provincial ballot.
Nationally, the Democratic Alliance had 728 152 votes (61.07%), the African National Congress had received 360 622 (30 25%), and the Economic Freedom Fighters 22 180 (1.86%).
On the provincial ballot in the Western Cape, the DA received 735 326 votes (63.06%), the ANC 339 691 (29.14%), and the EFF 19 546 (1.68%).
In 2009, the DA won the province with 51.46% of the vote, followed by the ANC with 31.55%. Cope came third with 7.74%.
Up to and including voting day on Wednesday, Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman said he was confident the ANC could retake the province, while on Tuesday at a rally in Cape Town, DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told supporters the DA would win the province and increase its majority.
With the City of Cape Town still in limbo, it remained to be seen which way the province will break for certain.
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