Coalition governments only solution for SA
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