Pretoria - The African National Congress was leading in the fifth democratic elections with over four million counted votes nationally by midday on Thursday.
By noon the ANC had 4 800 185 which was 62.76% of the counted votes.
The official opposition Democratic Alliance had 1 759 824 votes, making up 23.01% of the counted vote.
Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters, one of the new kids on the block, was in third place so far with 362 063 votes making up 4.73% of the counted votes.
A political party needs about 47 000 votes for a seat in Parliament...and this would mean that the EFF could get at least six seats in the National Assembly so far.
Other debutante parties, such as Agang SA, the Workers and Socialist Party and the Patriotic Alliance were not doing as well as the EFF.
Mamphela Ramphele's Agang had so far received only 15 785 votes, which at this stage did not qualify the party for a seat in Parliament.
Sushi-king Kenny Kunene's Patriotic Alliance received 9 547 votes nationally and Wasp 3 683.
The Inkatha Freedom Party at midday had 176 061 votes, making up 2.30% of the total votes counted, while its break-away the National Freedom Party had 116 662 (1.53%).
The United Democratic Movement had 82 645 (1.08%), the Freedom Front Plus had 76 589 (1%) of the vote and the Congress of the People 60 003 (0.78%).
Other veterans of Parliament, such as the Pan Africanist Congress received 15 060 votes and the African Christian Democratic Party 42 827 votes.
A total of 7 648 948 votes had been counted so far.
Speaking to News24 at the IEC’s national results operations centre in
Pretoria, Mantashe said the ANC is watching the results very closely.
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