SA politics does not favour coalitions

Mutual hatred is a big reason for the failure of coalitions in South Africa


Not that long ago South African commentators sympathetic to the country’s main opposition party, the DA,  were celebrating coalitions as the wave of the future.

I suspect that this flowed from their realisation that the DA would not in the immediate future win absolute majorities in many municipalities outside the Western Cape, rather than a clear-eyed take on coalitions as such...

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