South Africa: Joburg's Mayoral Election Shows Up the Toxic Nature of SA Coalition Politics

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As 2019 closes, South Africans need to honestly and robustly confront the toxic nature of our party-political environment.

I will not miss the diatribes and often xenophobic utterances of former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, but this moment (especially as South Africa heads to the local election polls in the next 18 months) requires us to consider how politics serves South Africa badly.

The outcomes of the mayoral vote in Johannesburg should not surprise South Africans. The "new dawn", to a large extent, has been circumvented by the slow pace of justice. Charges that hang in the air, but are never articulated or pressed home against those implicated in the commission of State Capture and the treasonous conduct of lining one's own pocket at the expense of the republic.

Geoff Makhubo will now lead the country's largest metropolitan centre and a city that should be a key driver for growth and opportunity in a South Africa that desperately needs it. The success of the African National Congress in Johannesburg is simply through their efforts to out-manoeuvre the Democratic Alliance and to have the ability to commit and provide incentives so that smaller political parties would align themselves with the ANC instead...

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