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Battle for control of JHB continues as results trickle in

The DA is leading with 42.07 percent, while the African National Congress is on 41.48 percent.

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa takes a look at the official results board of the 2016 local government elections in the IEC national results center in Pretoria on 5 August 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's been 66 hours of vote counting at the Independent Electoral Commission National Results Centre and the battle for control of Johannesburg continues.

With 94 percent of the votes counted for the city, as at 7am the Democratic Alliance (DA) is leading with 42.07 percent, the African National Congress (ANC) is on 41.48 percent.

In Tshwane, the DA is on 43.6 percent, the ANC has 40.9 percent and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is sitting on 11.53 percent.

While some of the bigger metros have taken a while to finalise their results, the outcome in many others was known yesterday.

In Johannesburg, which is 86 percent complete, as of 7am, less than half of the 135 wards have been counted - this is because the numbers from some voting districts in many areas have not been captured.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane announced yesterday that according to their sums, the party would emerge with the majority of the votes.

In Ekurhuleni, there are just seven wards of the 112 to be captured, while the ANC is leading, it has not secured an outright majority, coming in at under 50 percent.

The DA managed to secure Cape Town with 66.6 percent. The ANC was second with 24.36 percent of the vote in the Mother City.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA won 46.71 percent of the vote while the ANC got 40.92 percent.

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

Yesterday, 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.