ANC wins North West by wide margin
Pretoria - The ANC led the election race in the North West with 74.99% of the votes, while the DA was far behind at 16.14%, according to IEC results released by 09:00 on Friday.
The ANC got 1.8 million votes, compared to the DA's 395 648. The Congress of the People took third place with 70 231 votes (2.87%) and the African Christian Democratic Party 24 505 votes (one percent).
The Democratic Alliance increased its share of the vote in Rustenburg to 42 785 (20.38%) from 15.69% in 2006, but fell far short of the ANC's dominance of the municipality. The ruling party retained it with 153 039 votes (72.89%).
The Congress of the People received 5 857 votes in Rustenburg, giving the party one seat in the municipality.
Independent candidates got 5 397 votes (1.69%), obtaining two seats.
The ANC obtained 55 seats and the DA 15 of the total 76 seats.
The North West includes the Ventersdorp municipality, the home of late AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, which went to the ANC with 26 221 votes (81.22%). The DA got 4 492 votes (13.91%), followed by the Congress of the People with 1 053 votes (3.26%) and the African Christian Democratic Party with 43 votes (0.13%).