Pretoria - The ANC retained control of Limpopo on Friday, but with fewer votes than in the previous election.
According to preliminary results, the party won with 1 149,350, which represents 78.60% of the provincial vote.
The African National Congress in 2009 had garnered 1 265 631 votes which was a 84.88% victory.
The capturing of results in the province concluded on Friday.
A total of 1 462 186 valid votes were counted. The number of spoilt votes was 18 409.
Voter turnout in Limpopo was 60.72%.
The Economic Freedom Fighters snatched second place from the Congress of the People.
Cope became the official opposition in the province after the 2009 elections with 7.53% of the vote.
Preliminary results on Friday showed the EFF had taken over with 156 982 votes - 10.74%.
Limpopo is the home province of the EFF's leader Julius Malema.
Cope dropped to fourth place with 12 573 votes - 0.86%.
The Democratic Alliance came in third place with 94 724 - 6.48%.
The DA's support in the province appeared to have increased.
The party came third in 2009 with 51 856 votes - 3.48%.
Limpopo is also the home province of Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele.
Her party had spent some time campaigning in the province, but received only 5 198 votes - 0.36%.