Results declaration expected at 6pm

100% of ballots have been counted and a final declaration will be made this evening.

IEC results board in Auckland Park. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The final results for South Africa's fifth democratic election have been captured and a final declaration will take place this evening.

One hundred percent of the country's ballots were captured late on Friday night, with the Gauteng province being the last region to be completed.

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The African National Congress (ANC) won with 62.16 percent of the vote, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has 22.22 and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have 6.35 percent of the vote.

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While eight of South Africa's nine provinces went to the ANC, a number of smaller parties had battled it out.

Congress of the People (Cope) President Mosiuoa Lekota has conceded the leadership squabble between him and former party leader Mbhazima Shilowa cost his party.

Lekota addressed the media at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s results centre in Pretoria on Friday after it emerged his party had lost heavily in the polls.

He honoured his promise to eat his hat if Cope finished lower than before, but says it's not yet time to throw in the towel.

"We will emerge from this campaign confident that the future must be easier than the past and that the majority of our problems lie behind us."

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At the same time, analysts say the EFF has emerged as the breakthrough party in this year's election.

Julius Malema's party won over six percent of the national vote, out-performing newcomer AgangSA and becoming the official opposition in two provinces.

Political analyst Professor Adam Habib says it looks like the EFF has taken votes away from the ANC.

"A large number of people who were angry with the ANC and who felt they were not in a position to vote for the DA, have thrown their hat in with the EFF."

While DA leader Helen Zille says 20 percent of her party's votes in this election were cast by black people, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy Steven Friedman doesn't believe the DA took votes away from the ANC.

"It seems reasonable that most if not all of the ANC drop went to the EFF rather than the DA."

Meanwhile, DA's Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer has called for unity after a tense run-up to this year's election.

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He attributed a clean governance campaign to the party's overwhelming victory in the province, where more than 1.2 million people voted for the DA.

Meyer says it's time to develop the Western Cape.

"We have grown in all communities in the Western Cape. The ANC, by contrast, has seen its support decline further. The ANC's efforts over the last five years to make the Western Cape ungovernable failed miserably in this election."

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