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Some Tshwane residents confident ANC will retain the metro

Residents say they remain confident that the ANC will retain Tshwane as this is part of its norms and values.

Thousands of ANC supporters filled the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on 31 July for the party's final rally ahead of the upcoming local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien

PRETORIA - Some Tshwane residents in one of the crucial battleground municipalities remain convinced the African National Congress (ANC) will retain control.

One man says he's satisfied with the ANC's leadership.

"We'll retain the City of Tshwane, it's our cultural norms and values in the ANC that we'll retain the City of Tshwane as the ANC. Many opportunities come from the ANC."

Some residents here have also warned that fresh protest may erupt if the Independent Electoral Commission announced what they call unfavourable results.

ANC took an early lead on Thursday as vote counting continued in local government elections where it faces the risk of losing control of key cities for the first time since coming to power.

The party, which toppled white apartheid rule after the country's first democratic elections in 1994, is up against its stiffest electoral challenge to date against the backdrop of high unemployment, a stagnant economy and controversies surrounding President Jacob Zuma.

With five percent of the votes in so far at 7am, the ANC held a 54 percent lead, against 33 percent for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and five percent for the Economic Freedom Fighters, which is participating in only its second election.

The ANC won 62 percent in the last municipal elections in 2011 while the DA garnered 24 percent.

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