DA takes early lead in major Metros as results emerge

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 4, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken an early lead in a number of the country’s major Metro’s as results from Wednesday’s highly contested local government elections continue to roll in.

According to the latest figures, the party, although still trailing the African National Congress (ANC) nationally with 30.9% versus 51.6%, lead in Nelson Mandela Bay (53.0% vs 35.5%), the City of Cape Town (71.7% vs 19.4%), Tshwane (43.1% vs 41.3%), City of Johannesburg (43.5 vs 40.8%) and Ekurhuleni (46.0% vs 40.8%).

The ruling party however leads in Buffalo City with 53.0% compared to the DA’s 33.9%, and in the Mangaung with 50.0% versus 30.1%. No results for eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal have been made available.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape, the DA has taken control of the highly contested Kouga Local Municipality with 57.2% versus the ANC’s 40.0%, while the ruling party continues to lead in the remainder of the province. It has also managed to retake the highly contested Ward 30 of Nelson Mandela Bay from the United Democratic Movement (UDM).

Overall support for the ruling party in the Eastern Cape still ranks above the DA 67.2% compared to 20.2% with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) well behind in third position with 4.7%. With just over 33% of votes counted so far, the red shirts maintain third place nationally with 6.8% followed by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on 4.1% and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) on 1.0%.