Johannesburg - As the electoral vote count hit the magical three million mark, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe rubbished talk of a possible provincial coalition government - saying the party "contested to win".
Mabe was speaking shortly after the Electoral Commission's (IEC) leaderboard, shortly after 9am, showed the ANC edging past the 1.8 million votes received, with the DA at 870 000 and the EFF at 276 000.
The ANC performed poorly in Gauteng at the 2016 Local Government Elections.
The DA received 38.4%, while the EFF, contesting its first local elections, gained a commendable 11% in Gauteng.
Most opinion polls released this week have predicted a coalition government after this year's elections, with predictions that no party would be able to reach the magical 50% mark to form its own Cabinet.