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ANC looks set to keep hold of Gauteng

After holding onto an uncomfortable majority lead since late Friday, the African National Congress (ANC) has managed to retain Gauteng with 50.14%, with 99.7% of the votes counted.

ANC supporters arrive at Ellis Park Stadium for the ANC Siyanqoba Rally in buses. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After holding onto an uncomfortable majority lead since late Friday, the African National Congress (ANC) has managed to retain Gauteng with 50.14%, with 99.7% of the votes counted.

The party dipped below the 50% mark during the counting process, prompting talks of a coalition government in the province.

The ruling party's lead in Gauteng had been hanging by a thread since vote counting began.

After taking a knock on yesterday and going below 50%, opposition parties were pleased that Gauteng could be governed through a coalition government.

The ANC's lead dropped again on Saturday morning, but then rose above 50%.

But its members said that the province would stay in ANC hands.

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