Coali­tion gov­ern­ments only so­lu­tion for SA

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - This Week You’re Saying... - Sandy John­ston, Nel­son Man­dela Bay

Although SA is not a one-party state, the ANC has, for the most part, rep­re­sented a one-party gov­ern­ment.

With its ram­pant cor­rup­tion, it has shown it­self to be rot­ten to the core and un­abashedly in­com­pe­tent – it is ab­so­lutely not in­ter­ested in per­form­ing even the most rudi­men­tary func­tions of good gov­er­nance at any level.

With the “mon­ster of avarice” on their shoul­ders, mem­bers have turned on each other – their “hege­mony” now splin­ter­ing into factions.

SA has ar­rived at the point where re­spon­si­ble power-shar­ing (coali­tion gov­ern­ment) has proved the only fea­si­ble an­ti­dote to the ANC’s ram­pant abuse of power – the prob­lem is, the DA, the main player in all rul­ing coali­tions, is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rapid loss in voter sup­port ow­ing to poor lead­er­ship, the im­pend­ing loss of its only icons and vi­sion­ar­ies (He­len Zille and Patricia de Lille), in­fight­ing, and dis­agree­ments over merit-based and af­fir­ma­tive-ac­tion strate­gies.

With all this, the DA, as the ral­ly­ing point for re­spon­si­ble coali­tion gov­ern­ment, has “taken its eye off the ball”.

With the gen­eral elec­tion only nine months away, the ANC is in to­tal dis­ar­ray.

It tried “pa­per­ing over the cracks” by putting Cyril Ramaphosa in charge – quickly shown up as win­dow dress­ing.

In its cur­rent state, the ANC will bleed elec­toral sup­port more rapidly than ever.

We have an ar­ray of smaller par­ties and we have the DA, who it was hoped would con­tinue to be the cham­pion of power-shar­ing, be­ing, as it is, the his­tor­i­cal leader of coali­tion pol­i­tics.

At the end of the pro­gramme’s usual expose on head­line-mak­ing news, Carte Blanche com­pere Devi Sanka­ree Goven­der posed the ques­tion, “In the light of un­fold­ing events in the NMB metro, do coali­tion gov­ern­ments have any fu­ture in SA?” The an­swer is sim­ple and un­equiv­o­cal –it most cer­tainly does! The re­cent un­seat­ing (le­gal chal­lenge pend­ing) of the DA-led coali­tion in the metro coun­cil and its re­place­ment by a coali­tion of the ANC, the EFF and Mongameli Bobani is clearly an abuse of the demo­cratic sys­tem, re­sult­ing in im­promptu pub­lic demon­stra­tions and the lo­cal elec­torate go­ing into a state of shock at the turn of events (the ANC’s pre­vi­ous stint, end­ing in 2016, ren­dered the metro un­govern­able, in bil­lions of rands of debt and an in­fra­struc­ture in tat­ters). The events in the NMB metro are in no way an in­dict­ment of re­spon­si­bly-run coali­tion gov­ern­ment, prov­ing, as it al­ready has in its (al­beit) short his­tory, a highly ef­fec­tive an­ti­dote to cor­rup­tion and poor gov­er­nance lev­els, and an em­i­nently suitable model for SA’s cul­tur­ally and eco­nom­i­cally di­verse peo­ples.

(The ANC) have turned on each other – their ‘hege­mony’ now splin­ter­ing into factions

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