Crisis over coalitions in metros is no good for anyone in South Africa

The popularity of the coalition government concept coincided with the phase in our nation's history where the ruling ANC was becoming increasingly arrogant, refusing to listen to any objections to how it ran the affairs of the country.

In the National Assembly and provincial legislatures, it would simply use its majority to push through policies, legislation and decisions that were clearly wrong and even unpopular. "First go win elections," would be the arrogant refrain of ANC MPs to the opposition as the ruling party used its majority in parliament to frustrate attempts to censure then president Jacob Zuma following the public protector's damning report on the upgrades at his Nkandla homestead.

It was such behaviour by the majority party that made coalition government seem increasingly attractive to commentators and sections of the public.

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