South Africa Elections 2024 vote

The story as votes continue to be counted around the country is that the ruling ANC tally has dropped compared to the 2019 results. Image: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

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The story as votes continue to be counted around the country is that the ruling ANC tally has dropped compared to the 2019 results.

South Africa Elections 2024 vote

The story as votes continue to be counted around the country is that the ruling ANC tally has dropped compared to the 2019 results. Image: RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP

The early story as votes continue to be counted around the country is that the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) support appears to have dropped considerably compared to its 2019 results.

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Meanwhile, in terms of the overall picture at midday on Thursday, only 4 086 of 23 293 Voting Districts have completed counting (17.54%) with a total of 1 818 742 votes counted.

The ANC leads the way with 770 889 votes (42.95%), followed by the DA (452 945 votes for 25.24%) with the EFF in third (154 378 votes at 8.460%).

As a reminder, in the 2019 elections the ANC finished with 57.5% of the total vote.

KwaZulu-Natal

In counting in KwaZulu-Natal, Jacob Zuma’s MK party has eaten into the ANC’s dominance and holds the lead at the time of publishing.

In 2019, the ANC recorded 54.52% of the total vote in KwaZulu-Natal, but was down at 21.43% in early counting this year with the MK party at 42.71%.

Western Cape

In the Western Cape, the early vote count suggests the Democratic Alliance (DA) will retain power.

The DA had 48.90% of the vote at last count, with the ANC on 21.50% and the Patriotic Alliance (PA) on 11.70%.

Gauteng

In terms of Gauteng, the country’s biggest province in terms of voters, vote counting has been slow with only 8.54% counted to date.

The ANC have a marginal lead, but that picture is expected to change.

NOTE: These are early numbers and are NOT final. However, they do give a good indication of what the final count may reflect.