ANC leads with 58% in early count
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Pretoria - With a little more than 3.1 million ballots counted shortly after 04:00 on Thursday, the African National Congress had garnered 58% of the 2011 local government election votes.
Shortly after 04:00 on Thursday, the Independent Electoral Commission had counted 3 111 329 votes cast by 937 209 voters.
With more than 23m registered voters, it was still too early to tell whether the figures available would be an indication of the final tally or how many wards and proportional representative votes would be secured by the respective parties.
Of the 3 111 329 there were 57 515 spoilt votes and 3 053 814 valid votes.
A total of 1 773 928 votes had been cast for the ANC, while the Democratic Alliance had garnered 903 589 votes or 29.59%.
The Congress of the People had at this stage received the third highest tally of votes with 97 397 votes cast for the party led by Mosiuoa Lekota.
The Inkatha Freedom Party had secured 74 722 votes while the newly formed National Freedom Party, led by the IFP's former national chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi had secured 54 886 votes.
According to incoming figures, the ANC has secured 122 seats nationally at this stage, the DA 67, Cope one and the IFP one.
More votes for DA in Tshwane
It was not clear which wards these were, but the Democratic Alliance's Tshwane spokesperson said that the party had secured 37 of the 105 wards in Tshwane, with results still outstanding.
He said the DA previously only had 24 seats in the Tshwane Metro.
From figures supplied by the IEC, attempts by the ANC to regain control of Western Cape municipalities did not appear to bear fruit.
According to IEC figures the ANC had secured 26.9% of the total vote in the province compared to 62% for the DA. This was based on 583 889 votes cast by 197 385 voters in the province.
The seats for six municipalities in the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape had been finalised with the ANC holding the majority on five. The Laingsburg municipality saw the DA and ANC each gain three seats, with Cope winning one.
A ward in Randfontein west of Johannesburg was the first to complete its vote counting. The ANC won 57% of the vote and the DA 43% in that ward. Nine people were registered in Ward 74802011.
Seven of them voted, with the ANC receiving four votes and the DA three.