The Democratic Alliance posters were not a bolt from the blue. They were consistent with messages the party’s current leadership has been sending out for some time.
South Africa’s political parties would do well to learn from Ireland, where the three largest political parties negotiated a coalition treaty that stipulated mechanisms for conflict resolution.
It’s not convincing to argue that the political parties would not be able to campaign as they have done in the past.
Leon mulls over the Democratic Alliance’s biggest challenge: ‘how to maintain its majority support among minorities, and increase its meagre voter share among the black majority’.
The existing electoral system has attracted extensive criticism for rendering elected representatives unaccountable to those who elected them.
The trouble is that the ANC’s branch structure, designed initially as a means of grassroots democracy at work, is in a mess.
The problem for the Democratic Alliance is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
Local government elections in South Africa have traditionally been characterised by low voter turnout.
Each black person and woman may be an individual but, because they are black and women, they face obstacles which whites and men don’t.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most – but voters might split their votes.
The government was initially praised for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic but powerful interests could now be pushing its containment plans off course
The stalemate in Tshwane is a manifestation of coalition arrangements that serve the partisan interests of parties, to the detriment of citizens.
The book is set to heighten the debate about the future of the party, whose dominance has been in decline since 2009.
Coalitions work best when parties in the partnership are aligned politically.
There is no moral equivalence between apartheid’s use of race categories and their continued use by the democratic government.
Political mistrust is high as the country looks to the next municipal elections in 2021.
Successful coalition governance ultimately depends on political maturity and the ability to govern across divisions.
The white liberal establishment, both inside and outside the Democratic Alliance, holds on to its race-blindness by distorting the South African idea of “non-racialism”.
Mmusi Maimane’s resignation highlights one of the core problems of democratic South Africa - the assumption that the only way to do anything is the way white men did it in the past.
South Africa’s parliamentary system would make it difficult to achieve a fusion of parties.