The ruling ANC and the main opposition DA are projected to hold their positions as the leading political parties in South Africa, following the recent national and provincial elections.
According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Friday morning, 10 May 2019, the African National Congress (ANC) had won 57 percent of the votes counted so far, while the Democratic Alliance (DA) had 21.8 percent and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had 10% of the votes. Only 78 percent of the national and provincial election votes have been counted so far.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) had 2.89 percent and Freedom Front Plus (FF+) had won 2.48 percent as the counting continued, the elections body said.
The EFF, however, is expected to grow its base following their breaching the one million vote mark, the IEC noted.
The small but white-led FF+ party has slipped behind the Inkatha Freedom Party of Mangosuthu Buthelezi into fifth place, with a mere two percent support of the vote.
Full results are expected to be announced on Saturday, 11 May 2019, the IEC said.
The ANC received more than 62.1 percent of the votes during the last elections held in 2014 while the DA and EFF received 22.2 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively.