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ANC and DA neck and neck in Buffalo City

04 August 2016 - 05:33 By Roxanne Henderson
President Jacob Zuma addresses the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) on March 18, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. COSAS hosted their 'Learn Without Fear' convention rally at Orlando Stadium.
President Jacob Zuma addresses the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) on March 18, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. COSAS hosted their 'Learn Without Fear' convention rally at Orlando Stadium.
Image: Gallo Images / City Press / Leon Sadiki

The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) were neck and neck as early results rolled in for Buffalo City on Thursday morning.

According to the Independent Electoral Commission's results map‚ the metro was split between the two parties‚ with the DA taking a very slight lead.

At 3am the DA held 45.87% of the vote and the ANC held 45.7%. The EFF had to be content with the remaining 3‚74% of the vote.

Residents in one of the metro's wards‚ in Cambridge‚ took to the streets in a fiery blockade on Wednesday. The protest in the East London township was fanned by the perceived imposition of an ANC candidate on the local branch‚ side-lining the grassroots choice of candidate in the process.

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ANC Eastern Cape secretary Oscar Mabuyane branded the protest as "treason"‚ after casting his vote in the metro.

He said to blockade and denial of other people's right to vote was tantamount to undermining the state and urged the police and other law enforcement agencies to "deal with that situation".

The counting of votes continues.

Live results, cool maps, fierce battlegrounds: follow the local elections on our web app:http://bit.ly/2apwZKU

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