The DA now has 28.48% of the vote, which is lower than its share of 30.78% in 2014.
Over the past year the government under Ramaphosa has downgraded ties with the Jewish state, recalling its ambassador over "the ongoing violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination".
The leading opposition party, the democratic Alliance (DA) to put, therefore, slightly from 22 to nearly 24 percent of the vote.
ACCORDING to the Electoral Commission, they have passed the 90 per cent results capture mark at 10.30am today with results from 20 632 of the 22 924 voting stations captured.
"I can confirm that counting is going well at our voting centers around the province", he told VOA.
"We got into the race for significant change", said EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee.
Speaking to us in Ashburton, these residents say they hope their voice will help improve the country.
The populist, leftist Economic Freedom Fighters also made official graft one of its main campaign issues and increased its share of Wednesday's vote to just over 9%.
But Susan Booysen, a visiting professor at the Wits School of governance, said "it is a lower percentage but it is way higher for the ANC than it would have been had Zuma been still in power".
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The ruling party won 62% of the votes in 2014, but indications are that they will drop to 56% this year.
Razia Khan, chief Africa economist at Standard Chartered, said in a report: "The belief is that a poor showing for the ANC would embolden Ramaphosa's opponents and risk a potential leadership challenge".
The IEC is set to announce final results on Saturday. The partial results show it at eight percent.
"This is an election that will really offer the ANC a last chance to kickstart economic growth", said analyst Daniel Silke. It's a voice that has been lost for the five years we are in.
"Soweto represents to me the home of the struggle against apartheid and it is where we are now struggling against corruption and for a new government", Maimane said after casting his ballots.
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and the ANC were swept to power with a landslide in the country's first multi-racial elections that marked the end of white minority rule in 1994.
Initial results showed the ANC ahead, but with a much slimmer lead than it had held in previous elections - and also turned up surprises, in the form of allegations of double-voting and in the unexpected success of a small party that critics say has a white nationalist agenda.
The ANC has been confronted by deepening public anger over its failure to tackle poverty and inequality in the post-apartheid era.
"They ate a lot of millions", 26-year-old Anthony Molele said of the ANC's many corruption scandals.
"[If you've] missed the boat - it's of no value to the country because we all need to vote", the elderly man explains.
Young people queuing to vote spoke of their difficulties in finding jobs, with unemployment at 27 percent.