South Africa Election 2024

A general view of ballot boxes during South Africa’s general election. Image: Lihlumelo Toyana/AFP

LIVE: What’s happening in the Gauteng vote count? – LATEST

A look at the latest numbers from the Gauteng province, home to the greatest number of voters in South Africa.

South Africa Election 2024

A general view of ballot boxes during South Africa’s general election. Image: Lihlumelo Toyana/AFP

As vote counting continues around the country on Thursday, here’s a look at the latest numbers from the Gauteng province, home to the greatest number of voters in South Africa.

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The big early story is that the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) overall vote tally appears to have dropped considerably compared to its 2019 results.

Slow vote count

In early counting in KwaZulu-Natal, Jacob Zuma’s MK party has eaten dramatically 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%.

In the Western Cape, the early vote count suggests the Democratic Alliance (DA) will retain power – and that the ANC may even struggle to remain the official opposition in the province.

In Gauteng, the vote counting appears to be going slower than around the country.

At 11:20, according to the IEC website’s official numbers, only 161 of 2 797 Voting Districts have been completed.

The ANC led the way with 36.85% of the vote counted, followed by the DA (30.09%) and EFF (10.9%).

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