Pretoria - With around 17 percent of votes counted after the general elections in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) was living up to its title of ruling party.
By 06h30, the ANC had 984 749 votes, followed by the Democratic Alliance with 505 550 and the EFF at 159 996. While votes in many big districts are outstanding the voting trends seem to follow the current status quo in South African politics.
The Freedom Front Plus had 69 623 votes.
With less than a quarter of votes counted in South Africa's border provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the African National Congress (ANC) was leading the pack of political parties seeking seats in these provincial legislatures.
Early results captured on the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) system, show the ANC leading in Mpumalanga where around 20 percent of votes cast had been counted.