Pretoria - The African National Congress on Thursday described its lead in the elections as a good start and hoped for improvement.
"We can only improve from here," said secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the national results centre in Pretoria.
The party was confident of achieving its goal of a majority vote.
"We will get a majority vote, we are just not sure by how much though."
Mantashe expressed concern about the Western Cape, where the Democratic Alliance was leading. However, the ANC was making inroads.
"Hopefully we will do much better than the last time," he said.
Party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the ANC was humbled by the support shown by South Africans and they would continue to serve the country better.
"We will work to better the lives of our people. This confidence people have in the ANC is not misplaced."
Mthembu said the party would continue to lead until the last results came through.
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