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DA scoops 15 municipalities in Western Cape

The results are based on 90% of the vote that has been processed and checked.

Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate for Cape Town, Patricia de Lille. Picture: Christa Eybers / EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says the Democratic Alliance (DA) has won control of 15 municipalities in the Western Cape with nearly 64 percent of the vote.

The African National Congress (ANC) has emerged without controlling a single municipality and garnered just over 25% of the vote.

These results were announced by the IEC a short while ago.

They are based on 90% of the Western Cape vote having been finally processed, checked and double-checked.

While the IEC has seven days to formally declare the results the picture's unlikely to change much.

Provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson says: "The results at this stage are not complete for the province, but we are well on our way, very close to 90%."

The DA has come close to achieving the 65% majority it wanted in the province.

While the ANC has not won control over a single municipality, it secured a total of 167 seats to the DA's total provincial holding of 331.

With results for three municipalities yet to be calculated, so far there are seven hung councils, which will trigger coalition talks here.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), looking for a foothold in its first local government elections, managed a total of 12 seats in the Western Cape, thanks to the proportional vote.

Nearly three percent of voters chose the EFF over other parties.

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