An IEC operations workstation at the national results operations centre in Pretoria.
JOHANNESBURG - The race for the big metros is hotting up.
With almost 40 percent of votes counted, the ANC is ahead nationally.
It&39;s won 10 municipal councils with the Democratic Alliance securing three.
But the DA is ahead in the key battleground cities.
In Johannesburg -- with 17 percent of votes counted -- the DA leads with 46 percent.
The ANC is close behind with 39 percent while the EFF has 9.5 percent of the vote.
It&39;s a similar story in Tshwane.
With just over 20 percent of votes counted in the capital, the DA leads with 49 percent with the ANC in hot pursuit at 39 percent.
In the fiercely-contested Nelson Mandela Bay, around a quarter of votes have been tallied.
The DA leads with 57 percent, followed by the ANC with 33 percent while the EFF has won almost 4 percent.
And in Cape Town, the DA is well ahead with 71 percent, with about a third of votes counted in the Mother City.
There are no results yet for eThekwini.
Traditionally, results for highly-populated areas are the last to come in in these metros, so these numbers could still change significantly.