A woman casts her vote for the general elections at the Presbyterian Church ballot station in Dobsonville, Johannesburg, on May 8, 2019. - South Africans began voting today in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment. The ANC has won all the past five elections, but todays vote is set to be an electoral test on whether the party has staunched a decline in popularity. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)
Gauteng, the richest prize in provincial politics, remains in the balance as the ANC early on Saturday morning breached the electoral threshold of 50% support.
With only a fraction of Gauteng's 2 727 voting districts still outstanding, the state of play at 08:15 was:
- ANC: 50.05%
- DA: 27.63%
- EFF: 14.61%
- Freedom Front Plus: 3.61%
- IFP: 0.87%
The only parties that have increased their support since 2014 are the EFF and the FF Plus, which will both have more members in the provincial legislature than before.
The ANC (minus 3.6 percentage points) and the DA (minus 4.09 percentage points) have both lost support.
News24's projection, based reliable and representative figures, for the top three parties in Gauteng however remains stable:
- ANC: 50%
- DA: 27%
- EFF: 14%
The biggest growth in townships around Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekhuruleni was notched up by the EFF, with big jumps south of Johannesburg and in Soweto.
The ANC's biggest losses ranges between 4 and 7 percentage points.
The DA lost marginal support and gained marginal support around Pretoria.
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