Advanced democracies with coalition governments and strong committees understand the necessity of developing rules and institutions to mitigate executive unaccountability
In this new era of coalition politics, there needs to be a healthy balance between legal and institutional frameworks
Cape Town mayor says his party must do all it can to thwart ANC-EFF coalition efforts as the latter will destroy South Africa if in power
For politics to benefit us all, we will have to build practical wisdom. In other words, we must be focused on ethical behaviour
If South Africa is moving from being a dominant-party system to a more vibrant, multiparty democracy, as these elections indicate, then coalitions are going to have to become the norm
After a whirlwind two weeks, the Democratic Alliance’s ‘win’ of metros is no celebration as members fear the coming tide of instability
No clear winners after weeks of jostling for 160 hung municipalities
Three days and three nights of skulduggery keep the Son of Man out of Durban’s mayoral parlour
We will all bear the brunt of a political landscape that is less about governing and more about the satisfaction of personal interests and vindictive opposition
South Africa’s 66 hung municipalities have to constitute councils or face a rerun of elections
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is understood to have been part of talks that swung the agreement, which is a ‘governance plan’ rather than a coalition
The EFF has decided to close all talks with the ANC; meanwhile, the DA has not made any headway in talks with ActionSA as time runs out for councils to elect leaders
Of South Africa’s 213 municipalities, the ANC attained a majority in 161. Meanwhile, there are 66 hung councils that will need to be governed through coalitions
The low voter turnout in the local polls is something our leading parties must take to heart as they look to rebuild their relationship with the electorate.
Oscar Mabuyane tested waters with the ANC provincial executive committee regarding a possible coalition with the DA during a special meeting on Thursday
Steady growth and an increase in its number of seats make the Economic Freedom Fighters a potential kingmaker in councils across South Africa
With at least 66 hung councils so far, coalitions are on the agenda as ANC and DA majorities tumble
Battles between the parties affect their ability to deliver promises to the electorate
The party hopes to take both Gauteng and the Northern Cape from the ANC, albeit through coalitions with other opposition parties
The DA launched its 2019 election campaign last week. It will focus on winning Gauteng, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape.
The United Democratic Movement’s Mongameli Bobani therefore remains mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay
Bhanga has been announced as one of the party’s premier candidates but he faces many challenges in this hotly contested province
Mbalula said the ANC’s partnership with other political parties was not a coalition but issue-based co-operation
A few scenarios are most likely though they will each have very different outcomes
The DA leader said on Tuesday that the party was in talks with other opposition parties to deepen co-operation ahead of the national elections.
An abandoned agreement could spell doom for the AIC and ruling party coalition.
The partnerships in municipalities will be tested as the parties decide on budgets and priorities
So far it has dealt with its losses with propaganda, delegitimising dissent, threatening revolts in co-operative councils and, worse, killings.
Coalitions should mean that the skills and expertise of a broad spectrum of people, regardless of political affiliation, will be called upon.
The Democratic Alliance is set to get the backing of the Economic Freedom Fighters through a mysterious pact the two political parties agreed to.
Citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg will have to wait a few more hours to see who their mayors will be.
‘The result shows that the main opposition parties were put in the pound seats by the ANC voters who didn’t show up on election day.’