With just over 76 percent of the votes counted the ANC was still leading nationally with 57.22 percent on Friday morning.
The DA was second with 21.83 percent and EFF third (10.09 percent).
The IFP and FF Plus were hotly contending fourth place with 2.93 percent and 2.45 percent respectively.
The ruling party had received just under seven million votes while the DA stood at 2 647 238.
The EFF had received support from 1 223 377 voters thus far.
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Provincially, Gauteng was proving to be problematic for the ANC who were leading by just 50.54 percent with 55.97 percent of votes counted. Of those votes the DA had garnered 607 140 (27.38 percent), while the EFF had received 313 685 votes (14.15 percent) at the time of going to print.
The EFF was sitting as official opposition in Limpopo (122 148 votes), North West (167 008 votes) and Mpumalanga (137 258 votes).
In the Western Cape, with 95.5 percent of votes counted the DA led comfortably with 54.93 percent of the votes compared to ANC’s 29.06 percent and the EFF at 4.05 percent).
Meanwhile, president Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to walk about at the regional operations centre in Tshwane on Friday morning.
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa was due to address the media later in the afternoon.
Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan was expected to lead the briefing.
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