From News24 editor Adriaan Basson who is at the IEC's headquarters in Pretoria: ANC bigwigs in tense poll discussions
Top ANC leaders were holding tense meetings behind closed doors at the IEC results centre in Tshwane as the ruling party was still polling at less than 50% in five of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities.
ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and senior party members Jeff Radebe, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Andries Nel were locked in serious discussions in an IEC boardroom as the party’s Eastern Cape branch announced it was challenging the result in Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
This after DA leader Mmusi Maimane declared earlier in the day that his party would poll between 46% and 47% in the municipality, making it the largest party in Port Elizabeth.
Although the ANC was far ahead in the national vote with 54% of the support, the party had not yet broken through the 50% mark in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.
In Cape Town, with 83% of votes counted, the ANC was lagging behind with 22.4% of the vote, opening the door for DA-led coalition governments in these metros.
In the photo: In the background (meaning, not the man resting his eyelids in the front!), Jeff Radebe, Zweli Mkhize and Andries Nel can be seen deep in conversation.