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All eyes on Tshwane, JHB as vote-counting enters home stretch

The ANC says it’s hopeful the party will do well in Tshwane and JHB as the counting continues.

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

PRETORIA - Events at the IEC centre have entered the home stretch, with all eyes on Tshwane and Johannesburg.

With 98 percent of the results counted nationwide as of 9pm, the African National Congress (ANC) has control of 156 councils, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) a has 18 and the IFP six.

The ANC has also won control of all councils in the Northern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga, where 100 percent of results are in.

The DA has secured most to Western Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay.

The ANC says it's hopeful the party will do well in Tshwane and Johannesburg as the counting continues.

The ANC hopes the numbers will change in their favour in Tshwane, where the DA has already declared victory and is now in talks with smaller parties for a coalition.

But also in Johannesburg, where it's neck and neck.

Mantashe says it's not all doom and gloom. He says he's proud of how the party has performed in other parts of the country.

As of 9pm, the ANC is ahead with 42.74 percent, the DA has 41.66 percent and the DA has argued that its projection see the party coming out top in that metro.

But only 87 percent of the vote is in.

In Johannesburg, as at 9pm, the DA is in the lead there with 79 percent of the vote counted:

The DA has 41.85 percent

The ANC has 41.55

The EFF has 10.52 percent.

Earlier, the ANC conceded that Nkandla and e-tolls have affected the party's support in Gauteng.

Opposition parties say they believe they have taught the ANC a lesson during this year's elections and have proven that it's possible to dethrone the ruling party.

While the ANC is still in the lead overall, it has seen a loss of support in the country's big metros.

In some of the other major metros, in Mogale City, the ANC secured 48.84 percent, while the DA got 34.88 percent and the EFF has 11.65 percent.

In eThekwini, the ANC has a convincing 56,01 percent and the DA bagged 26,92 percent.

The IEC says that hopefully all results will be out by midnight.

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