ANC moves past 10 million mark

Friday, April 24, 2009
By: 
Bathandwa Mbola

Pretoria - The ANC has surpassed the 10 million vote mark, according to the leader board set up at the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) results centre.

At around 3pm, ANC supporters cheered and clapped as the party recorded 10 200 502 votes out of the more than 15 million votes counted.

However, the party has lost some of its majority, dipping below it's earlier 67 percent to 66. 59 percent.

The Democratic Alliance is second in the lead with 2518152, and Cope has received 1171678 votes.

Meanwhile, results for the hotly contested Western Cape will be announced later this evening, BuaNews has learned.

"All the results have been captured into the system. Auditors have been called in to finalise the process. We will later then announce who will control the Western Cape legislature," said the provincial electoral officer, Reverend Courtney Sampson.

DA leader Helen Zille told BuaNews that her party was hoping to gain 15 percent of the votes which would translate into a 30 percent increase from the last elections.

The African National Congress has, however, won Robben Island where former ANC struggle veterans and heroes, including former President Nelson Mandela, were detained during apartheid.

The current Western Cape results are as follows: the DA has 796 570 votes, the ANC 484 055, Congress of the People 117 459, the Independent Democrats has 363 637 votes and the ACDP has 22615 votes.