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Maimane prepares to tackle Tshwane coalition

Mmusi Maimane says he believes just like in Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA will be the biggest party in Tshwane.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane alongside Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga. Picture: Christa Eybers EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Earlier this afternoon, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has claimed victory in Tshwane, Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema has vowed there will be no coalitions with the African National Congress (ANC), and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it can smell the end of the 2016 local government elections.

On a national level, the ruling party has won control of all councils in the Northern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga, where 100 percent of results are in.

Earlier, Mmusi Maimane announced that his party would be the biggest in Tshwane and that work has now started to talk with smaller parties for a coalition.

He says he believes just like in Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA will be the biggest party in Tshwane.

"As the situation stands at the moment, we will be bigger than the ANC."

An emotional Solly Msimanga, who will be mayor of the capital if these projections are correct, says hard work has paid off.

"It is a bit of an emotional day. We have run a very, very long and hard race in this campaign."

Maimane says work has now begun to get smaller parties on board for a coalition.

ANC head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane says it's disappointing that the DA has a tendency of announcing results prematurely.

In Tshwane the IEC says with 86 percent of the vote counted at 8pm:

The ANC has 42.53 percent

The DA has 41.85 percent

The EFF has 11.51 percent

'DA JUMPING THE GUN'

The ANC complained to the IEC yesterday about the DA announcing results before the figures were made official by the IEC.

Nomvula Mokonyane says the DA is jumping the gun.

"It was too early and very unfortunate. The results have not come in. We know that there are wards that have not been captured in Tshwane, and we know that there are more than seven voting districts that are also being verified."

With the ANC and DA neck and neck in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, Mokonyane says the ruling party is not scared.

In Johannesburg, 78 percent of the vote was counted at 8pm:

The DA has 41.8 percent

The ANC has 41.63 percent

The EFF has 10.51 percent

At the same time, the IEC says there's nothing wrong with Maimane's pre-emptive announcement.

It's held a briefing saying it expects the final results for Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni later tonight.

The electoral commission's Terry Tselane says there is nothing wrong with the DA announcing projected figures in municipalities, as information has been made freely available for all to keep track of.

The ANC was less than pleased with the DA yesterday after its leader announced its victory in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

The IEC has however said it is yet to confirm the overall results which are expected to be in tonight.

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