DA Premier candidate for Gauteng Mmusi Maimane at the IEC Election Results Centre in Pretoria. 080514. Picture: Chris Collingridge 186

Pretoria - The ANC enjoyed an early lead in the City of Tshwane, according to preliminary election results released by 6pm on Thursday.

Out of the 151,911 votes counted, the ANC won 93 397 (61.48 percent) and the Democratic Alliance had 34 239, or 22.54 percent.

The Economic Freedom Fighters were third with 9.90 percent of the vote with 3721 of the ballots, while the Freedom Front Plus had 2.45 percent.