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Government coalitions are a potential nightmare for voters

by Thys Khiba
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Government coalitions are a potential nightmare for voters

By Thys Khiba – Editor-In-Chief – While the governing party, African National Congress (ANC) of Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa has disappointed many of its voters, governing coalitions are appearing as a high risk for service delivery and stable public service and administration.

Indeed the governing party has become postcolonial disappointment and frustration to the eligible voters.

Not so long, the ANC-led and the DA-led coalitions in the Nelson Mandela Bay and City of Johannesburg metros are a clear picture of a collapsed coalition. The ongoing change of mayors and speakers in various metros including the City of Mangaung, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane are another great example of political leadership instability of government coalitions.

Before, we continue to talk about more about this governing approach, we can safely say that coalitions are a nightmare for residents of local communities.

With the ongoing political fights that these metros suffers from and faces from time to time, political sabotage and factions are also delaying basic service deliveries such as water supply, refuse removal, sewage collection and disposal, electricity supply, street lighting and municipal roads and storm water drainage.

Also, given the fact that South Africa is a diversity nation with many voters of the governing party being disappointed by the party, no political party will govern with more 70% voters.

Government coalitions are a potential nightmare for voters


The same approach of governance could be used for
provincial and national governments.

If politicians like Julius Malema, Cyril Ramaphosa, John Steenhuisen and Herman Mashaba really cared about the future of this country, they should discuss the impact of government coalitions that creates political leadership instability.

Political instability is another subject under macroeconomics that pushes investors and private sectors away. The absence of economic players harms the potential of job-creating economy.

The same unemployed young and old people are expected to vote for politicians who are prioritising political contestation in the of their political ideologies.

At least they should be a very thin line between politics and bureaucracy. The level of professionalism in the public sector is more disappointing than level of party affiliation.

The direction and direction of how municipalities should be governed shouldn’t be influenced by one political party and leader.

In a matured government coalition system, politicians would appreciate that officials are qualified to do the job of delivery services to the deserving citizens.



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