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Initial results indicate significant losses for ANC in WC

By 10am in the City of Cape Town, the ANC seems to have lost 12 percent of the vote.

The ANC's mayoral candidate for Cape Town speaks to journalists at the IEC's regional results centre on 4 August 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - While there have been no major municipal election upsets in the Western Cape, initial results indicate significant losses for the African National Congress (ANC) in several municipalities.

By 10am, 67 percent of the province's voting districts were 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 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 Democratic Alliance (DA) looks to have garnered at least 10 percent since the last municipal poll.

In the unsettled southern Cape Town of Oudtshoorn, the ANC looks to have lost 16 percent. The DA 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.

ANC REMAINS DEFIANT

The ANC's Cape Town Mayoral Candidate Xolani Sotashe does not believe the party's leadership struggles have damaged their chances at the polls.

Sotashe says he does not believe the saga around sexual harassment allegations against Provincial Chairperson Marius Fransman has impacted on the ANC's results in the province.

He says the DA ran a very strong campaign, but claims it involved using state resources.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has rubbished the claim.

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