ANC accepts defeat in Nelson Mandela Bay

The African National Congress has also withdrawn its complaint over the results in Nelson Mandela Bay.

FILE: ANC mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan and Eastern Cape chairperson Phumulo Masualle. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

PRETORIA - With the results process currently at a virtual standstill, one of the big elections developments overnight has been the African National Congress (ANC) deciding to withdraw its complaint over the results in Nelson Mandela Bay.

It has accepted defeat in that metro with 98% of the votes counted there.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu said: "We have had a discussion with our structures and we've approached the IEC and took a decision as the ANC that we should withdraw the dispute in Nelson Mandela Bay because we are magnanimous in victory. Equally, when we are defeated, we accept defeat."

LISTEN: Election update on Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane made the announcement that their projections show the party will secure the biggest number of votes in the metro

Maimane said his party would be the biggest in Nelson Mandela Bay, saying that early projections showed the party would clinch about 46 percent of the votes in the metro.

But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe criticised him for making this announcement at the IEC.