EFF supporters hold their hope high to reign in some municipalities as they greet their leader Julius Malema Photo:Chester Makana/ANA

Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC) continued to lead with a 67 percent of the vote in Limpopo, while the Democratic Alliance (DA), with 9.51 percent, trailed the Economic Freedom Fighters by lunchtime on Thursday as results trickled in.

The EFF had received 16.88 percent of the counted vote by lunchtime on Thursday, indicating that the party was gaining ground and set to retain its status as the official opposition party in the province.

Limpopo is EFF leader Julius Malema's home province.

Malema cast his vote in Seshego outside of Polokwane on Wednesday.

Results showed that the EFF was ahead of the DA in municipalities such as Blouberg, Lephalale, Elias Motsoaledi, Greater Tubatse and Polokwane.

The EFF got 27.96 percent compared to DA's 4.58 percent in Polokwane.

The ANC led with a big margin in the newly-planned municipality with 84.64 percent, while EFF had 8.49 and DA at 0.85.

Residents of Vuwani and surrounding areas had boycotted the new municipality, arguing that the Municipal Demarcation Board never consulted communities on its plans to form a new municipality.

The EFF took over from the DA as Limpopo's official opposition after the 2014 general elections.

African News Agency