Gwede Mantashe wants bigger increase for ANC

2014-05-08 10:53

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ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe has described the party’s performance so far as a “good start”, but said he was worried about its showing as he wanted a “bigger increase” in figures.

The ANC was still dominating as election results continued to trickle in from various voting districts this morning.

The party is edging towards the 4 million mark and is followed by the DA at about 1.6 million votes.

Mantashe would not speculate about the ANC’s target. The party is over the 60% mark but its majority will only be known when the results are finalised tomorrow or on Saturday.

“We are hoping to increase the momentum. We must win massively,” he said.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, whose party now stands at about 22%, said her party “could not have worked harder” in the build-up to the elections.

“We have grown nicely so far. We will see how it goes,” she said.

Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have secured about six national parliamentary seats with more than 300 000 votes received so far.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the figures told a story of what would happen in the next five years. But he said he would wait until a clearer picture had emerged before commenting further.

“It’s time for us to listen and everything is now in the hands of South Africans,” he said.

Cope and Agang SA were not doing very well, with 53 000 and 13 000 votes counted in their favour so far.

Cope got more than 7% of the vote in 2009 and the internal squabble that hobbled the party over the past five years have hurt it at the polls.

The counting of votes continues.

» Click here for the live election results.

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