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'DA may enter into coalitions'

Helen Zille says the party will evaluate each council where a coalition may be necessary.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille gave her reaction to the preliminary results shortly after arriving at the IEC's provincial results centre on 4 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the Democratic Alliance (DA) will evaluate each council where a coalition may be necessary, individually.

Zille earlier arrived at the Western Cape Results Centre and said numbers were looking good.

There appears to be a hung council in Bitou Municipality.

At around 11am, the DA has 48 percent, the African National Congress has 40 percent and the Active United Front (AUF) has more than five percent in the municipality that borders the Eastern Cape.

In hung councils, there is no outright winner and coalitions will need to be formed between larger and smaller parties.

Speaking generally, Zille said coalitions would be considered.

"The DA has a lot of experience in managing coalitions and I think we're quite good at it. We can't make a general rule about coalitions or every single council. When we see the result, we will have to decide how we are going to plan for each council, which coalitions we will enter and which coalitions we won't."

ANC Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs was also at the results centre.

He said, "I think we're just monitoring numbers as they trickle in. We will send a comprehensive statement once all the results are in. We are happy with the results in the wards where we have been successful."

Jacobs says while it's still early days and the tallying process has still not been completed, the party is keeping a close eye on the results board.

"We will monitor those areas [where we've been successful] and add reasons why we haven't been successful in the rest."

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GAINS AND LOSSES

While there have no major municipal election upsets in the Western Cape, initial results indicate significant losses for the ANC in several municipalities.

By 10am, 67 percent of the province's voting districts have been completed.

That said votes in townships across Cape Town metropolitan municipality have not yet been captured.

As preliminary results for Western Cape stream in, Eyewitness News has compared some of the biggest parties' performances this year to 2011.

In the City of Cape Town, the ANC seems to have lost 12 percent of the vote while the DA looks to have garnered at least 10 percent since the last municipal poll.

In the unsettled Oudtshoorn, the ANC looks to have lost 16 percent. The DA here seems to have made gains of about nine percent.

While in Swellendam, both of the major parties have gained voted this election, with the ANC about three percent up and the DA about seven percent stronger.

*Editor's note: Figures will change as vote-counting continues.

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