ANC seals Ekurhuleni metro

The ANC has retained control of the Ekurhuleni metro, with 48.64% of the vote.

FILE: Thousands of ANC supporters filled the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on 31 July for the party's final rally ahead of the upcoming local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien

JOHANNESBURG - With all the votes now counted in Ekurhuleni, the African National Congress (ANC) has won the metropolitan municipality with 48.64% of the vote.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is second with 34.15% of the vote and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is third with 11.23%.

This means that the ANC has failed to win 50% of the vote in any of Gauteng's three big metros.

Ekurhuleni is key to South Africa's economy.

It houses the OR Tambo International Airport and is SA's manufacturing hub.

The metro results in Gauteng are going to be a nasty surprise for the ANC.

While some polls indicated it could lose Tshwane, the party seemed confident of getting above 50% of the votes in both Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. It now looks like it lost its majority in both of those metros.

This shows urban voters are very frustrated with the party. It now need to start working on a strategy to win them back.

But ANC leaders may find themselves locked in a battle of who to blame for this.

President Jacob Zuma's supporters will claim it was a fault of the Gauteng ANC itself, but the province will say the siight of billboards bearing Zuma's face actually worked against it.