NFP secures 17 seats so far
Pretoria - The three-month-old breakaway National Freedom Party had secured 17 seats throughout the country by 09:00 on Thursday.
"We didn't expect this at all. This party is still at infancy," said party convenor Evans Sosibo.
"We are very happy because this sets a solid foundation for us in the 2014 election."
The NFP is a splinter group from the Inkatha Freedom Party, which has obtained 28 seats so far.
The NFP said it was doing best in KwaZulu-Natal, where it had obtained 51% of the vote in the Dumbe municipality and 56 in the IFP stronghold of Nongoma. It had taken the Motereng metro, in North West.
Sosibo said sources on the ground claimed the NFP had secured Cleveland, in Johannesburg, but this still had to be confirmed.
"It's obvious that our campaigning went well, especially in KZN. We will definitely be celebrating this weekend," he said.
The United Democratic Movement had secured five seats, four of them in the Eastern Cape.
UDM official Jana Warffemius said it was an improvement from the 2006 municipal elections.