South Africa and the concept of coalition governance
CAMPAIGNING for the 2019 general elections by political parties – though not officially declared – is underway. In fact, some political parties including the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have already made it known that they have shifted the gear.
The campaign has so far shown cracks in the coalition between those parties that had a pact after the 2016 municipal elections, most notably the DA and the EFF. A glimpse into the manifestos of the two parties shows no similarities between them. The events of the past week in Parliament and the utterances of the EFF over Nelson Mandela Bay metro also bear testimony.
What is obvious is that parties in a coalition do not each want to be seen to be overshadowed by the other.
These has given credence to some scholars’ belief that coalitions in political circle are highly volatile and unstable for various reasons.
South Africa is characterised by political parties with divergent views on pertinent issues such as the economy, land reform and others.
But the EFF and its once sworn enemy, the ANC, are seemingly finding common ground on certain issues such as the land question and the economy. Or is it a question of the ANC not willing to be seen to be ineffective when dealing with certain matters described as “sensitive”?
The recent developments make an interesting political matter to follow and we are watching with keen interest.