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Pretoria - The ANC has pulled ahead of the DA in Tshwane by less than a percentage point as results of verified votes surpassed the 50% mark on Thursday evening.
The ANC, for the first time on Thursday, moved into the lead with 42.87% of verified votes while the DA lagged slightly behind with 42.72% and the Economic Freedom Fighters claimed 10.52%, according to the IEC.
At 17:30 on Thursday, 51% of Tshwane's votes were verified by the IEC.
The results thus far indicate that the ANC has lost ground in the city since the last local government election in 2011.
In 2011, the ANC had 55.32% of the vote compared to the DA's 38.65%.
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News24 analyst Dawie Scholtz has projected a final result of 42% each for the ANC and DA in Tshwane with about a 2% margin of error.
Turnout has become a key factor in the close competition between the two parties, said Scholtz.
"In Tshwane it's an 18% differential, so we're talking about 73% turnout in the suburbs and 55% turnout in the townships," Scholtz told News24.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring Johannesburg, 68% of voters in suburbs cast their ballot while turnout for the city's townships was 52%, according to Scholtz.
The race to win Johannesburg has also been close with the ANC at 42.02% and the DA with 42.09%. After 17:30 on Thursday, the number of votes verified in Johannesburg stood at 43%.
Scholtz forecast earlier on Thursday that no party in Johannesburg would surpass the key 50% mark.
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