Power pol­i­tics plague coali­tion gov­ern­ments

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Sam Dit­shego

COALI­TION gov­ern­ments are in­vari­ably un­sta­ble and lead to grid­locks. The mayor of Mo­gale City Michael Holen­stein was re­moved by a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence with 39 against 38 votes.

It means one or two of the EFF or DA coun­cil­lors were bought off or the EFF is no longer happy with the DA mayor. This was the sec­ond DA mayor in less than a year.

By the way, some of these EFF and DA coun­cil­lors are dis­grun­tled for­mer ANC mem­bers who left the ANC be­cause they were over­looked for po­si­tions in the ANC.

There is also a pos­si­bil­ity that IFP or Free­dom Front Plus coun­cil­lors could have been bought off. How­ever, sus­pi­cions should be fo­cused on EFF and DA coun­cil­lors, es­pe­cially those who were ANC mem­bers prior to join­ing the EFF and DA and still har­bour sen­ti­men­tal at­tach­ment to­wards their for­mer po­lit­i­cal party.

It is a big po­lit­i­cal gam­ble for all the par­ties, es­pe­cially the ANC, and to a lesser ex­tent the EFF and DA, if fresh elec­tions could be called be­cause of the grid­lock at Mo­gale City mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Prospects of a po­lit­i­cal come­back for the ANC don’t look good and can there­fore not be guar­an­teed be­cause of the scan­dals that have rocked the party.

And once a for­mer rul­ing po­lit­i­cal party loses elec­tions be­cause of per­ceived cor­rup­tion, it is dif­fi­cult to stage a come­back.

More­over, for­mer Botswana leader of the op­po­si­tion, Dr Ken­neth Koma’s PhD the­sis in Moscow in the 1960s re­vealed that po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Africa lost sup­port and power af­ter 20 years. And the ANC has been in power for more than 20 years now. A typ­i­cal ex­am­ple is Fred­er­ick Chiluba’s Move­ment for Mul­ti­party Democ­racy gov­ern­ment in Zam­bia which was in power from 1991 un­til 2012. It took over from the United In­de­pen­dence Party of Ken­neth Kaunda which was in power for 27 years.

There are gov­ern­ments which rig elec­tions or are propped up by western gov­ern­ments and are dif­fi­cult to un­seat.

The EFF is in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion and holds a dou­ble-edged sword. Some peo­ple ac­cuse it of get­ting into bed with the devil while oth­ers are of the view that it pulled a smart po­lit­i­cal move by en­ter­ing into a coali­tion with the DA.

With the loss of the may­oralty by its coali­tion part­ner the DA in Mo­gale City, it faces prospects of its coun­cil­lors fac­ing crit­i­cism for hav­ing been bought off to vote with the cor­rupt ANC.

The DA is per­ceived as a party that safe­guards white in­ter­ests and priv­i­leges. More­over, He­len Zille’s not-all-as­pects-of-colo­nial­ism-were­bad tweet is not mak­ing the DA smell like roses, es­pe­cially among African vot­ers. How­ever, in the white, coloured and In­dian sub­urbs, the DA is guar­an­teed a big­ger share of the vote if the cur­rent racial­ist block vot­ing pat­terns are any­thing to go by.

Africans seem not to be po­lit­i­cally con­scious be­cause they seem not to be aware of the ex­is­tence of the PAC and what it stands for.

They should give it a chance if proper po­lit­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion can be car­ried out by the par­ti­san In­de­pen­dent Elec­tural Com­mis­sion. The stakes are high in the en­vis­aged elec­tions in Mo­gale City and in the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. Kag­iso, Mo­gale City


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