Coalitions revisited

- | 4 months ago

NOT that long ago, South African commentators sympathetic to the DA were celebrating coalitions as the wave of the future.

I suspect that this flowed from their realisation that the DA would not in the immediate future win absolute majorities in many municipalities outside the Western Cape, rather than a clear-eyed take on coalitions as such. The 2016 municipal elections saw the DA scoop a temporary triple propaganda victory.

With a mixture of coalition allies and tactical voting alliances, DA mayors came into office in Tshwane, the executive capital of South Africa; Johannesburg, its economic hub; and Nelson Mandela Bay, the ANC’s historical heartland in the Eastern Cape.

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