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With 75% of votes in districts counted, ANC leads the pack

The ANC has taken the majority of the 106 councils confirmed so far, with 83 going its way.

Inside the IEC's Western Cape results centre. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With three quarters of the vote counting process now complete, control of 106 of the country's councils has been confirmed.

The African National Congress (ANC) has taken the vast majority of them, with 83 councils going its way nationally by 4pm.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) was far behind, with 18 councils.

The Inkatha Freedom Party is the only other party to have won councils, nabbing 5.

But the three most contested metros in South Africa, namely Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg, are still far from being called.

The number crunching continues at the national results centre in Pretoria where the Independent Electoral Conmmission is hoping to have a significant number of results in by later this afternoon.

Political party leaders have kept their eyes glued to the screens as they monitor developments across the country.