It has become increasingly clear that the country needs to start thinking of life without Ramaphosa - and the ANC - in charge.
Stable coalitions will depend on strong democratic values being embedded among political elites.
Unable to change the country’s vulnerability to shifts in the global and regional economy, the new prime minister Matekane has few economic levers to pull.
Parties must forego ideological rigidity and compromise for the common good, says Mpho Phalatse about making coalitions work.
The failure of the 2021 post-election deal is a missed opportunity for the African National Congress and Inkatha to work together.
Metros may be a graveyard for political ambition. But if parties or individuals succeed, the rewards are considerable.
The election results raise the real possibility that the ANC could be looking at another defeat in the 2024 general elections.
Turnout was low. But not equally so across the board. Patterns show it was not a statement by all voters – it was a message from ANC supporters.
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.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most – but voters might split their votes.
The stalemate in Tshwane is a manifestation of coalition arrangements that serve the partisan interests of parties, to the detriment of citizens.
Moeketsi Majoro’s installation as Prime Minister is welcome. But it does not guarantee much needed political stability in an era of complex coalition politics.
Political mistrust is high as the country looks to the next municipal elections in 2021.