Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance was leading the municipal election race for Cape Town with 73% of the votes, compared to the ANC's 22% after more than two thirds of the vote was captured on Thursday afternoon.
"This is where we are with 72% captured, and 65% audited," provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson said.
The DA earlier enjoyed a far greater lead, but the gap was narrowing as results from the closely contested Cape Flats came in. Among the wards still outstanding by the end of the afternoon were Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain.
The city was the outstanding result of the Western Cape's 30 municipalities. Elsewhere in the province, the Democratic Alliance made dramatic gains and won an outright majority in 13 municipalities.