'Etolls, Nkandla behind dwindling ANC support'
The DA’s claimed victory for Tshwane, with Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni a tight competition.
PRETORIA - As African National Congress(ANC) leaders continue to closely watch result, they are now conceding Nkandla and e-tolls have affected the party's support in Gauteng.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has already claimed victory for Tshwane, with their projections showing they will be the biggest party there.
But things are also not certain with Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni as both the ANC and DA are neck-and-neck.
When asked if he thinks e-tolls played a part in how people voted in Gauteng, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says, "E-tolls were a major issue in the national elections, the sentiments are still there and they [the electorate] react to that."
#Elections2016 Mantashe says ANC will continue to engage middle class voters in Gauteng who were unhappy about etolls. CM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 5, 2016
On whether the Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla affected the party's support, Mantashe adds, "They are factors, but they are not the sole factors that are costing us."
Most political party leaders have left the results centre, but ANC leaders are glued to their screens watching the number closely.
The IEC says with 86 percent of the vote counted at around 8pm, the ANC has 42.53 percent of fhte vote, the DA 41,85 percent of the vote, while the EFF has 11,51 percent.
The ANC has described the DA's pre-emptive announcement on the capital as disappointing, while DA leader Mmusi Maimane says his party is now talking to smaller organisations about a coalition in Tshwane.
But the IEC says there's nothing wrong with Maimane's pre-emptive announcement.
Earlier, EFF leader Julius Malema vowed there would be no coalitions with the anc.
In Johannesburg, 78 percent of the vote has been counted. The DA has 41.8 percent of the vote, the ANC 41,63 percent and the EFF has 10,51 percent of the vote.
On a national level, the ANC has won control of all councils in the Northern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga, where 100 percent of results are in.
However earlier today, the DA secured the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, but is still entering coalition talks.