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ANC and DA butt heads over the fate of Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says the ruling party is confident that it will remain in power in Nelson Mandela Bay.

As the IEC reaches the final stretch of vote counting, Mkhize says the ANC is positive that it will retain control in hotly contested metros.

Initial results indicate significant loses for the ANC in Johannesburg and Tshwane, which he attributes to democratic evolution and various political changes.

The dynamics of elections has changed... There's a whole amount of contest that is going on and we've had our own issues internally.

Zweli Mkhize, ANC's National Treasurer

He says in the future parties will need to work together and alluded to many countries where this is the norm as democracies mature.

Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:

Meanwhile, DA leader Mmusi Maimane believes the ANC's odds aren't looking good in Nelson Mandela Bay.

He says that there's a strong chance that the DA will push ANC out of the metro, as it has shown great momentum and growth.

According to Maimane, the DA's progress in Tshwane and other voting districts shows the party's potential to bring the ANC below 50%.

He explains that the municipal vote represents a referendum on President Jacob Zuma and the future of South Africa.

Listen to the the full conversation from The Midday Report from Stephen Grootes:

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