FF Plus: Party coalitions rising

2011-05-11 18:50

Cape Town - Opposition party coalitions could become a bigger feature of local government politics after May 18, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder predicted on Wednesday.

Speaking at a parliamentary media briefing exactly one week ahead of South Africans going to the polls in the country's third municipal elections, he said this depended on turn-out.

"If all opposition voters [turn out] to cast their votes... and ANC voters stay away from the polls, for the first time certain metro councils, and a number of local councils, can be governed by coalitions."

Analysts and observers have speculated in recent weeks on the extent to which traditional ANC voters, dissatisfied with service delivery in certain areas, might withhold their vote come election day.

In the 2006 municipal elections, the ruling party captured an overwhelming majority of the 283 councils up for grabs.

Mulder said that up to now, coalitions had not worked because the ANC was so strong.

"I think that after this election, for the first time, in certain areas, we'll see coalitions operating, giving political power to smaller parties."

He also warned about opposition parties creating what he called "unrealistic expectations" among their supporters.

"I'm worried about unrealistic expectations created by [opposition] political parties that might have short-term gain, but, in the long run... cause disappointment when the results come in," Mulder said.

  • GATVOL - 2011-05-11 19:46

    Dr Mulder is right,if the ANC masses stay away due to dissatisfaction at their parties lack of delivery,then there will be hope for opposition politics through coalitions

      Dave - 2011-05-11 20:06

      Suddenly Mulder makes sense

      za101 - 2011-05-11 20:24

      vote no for tolls in gauteng.

  • Jaimo - 2011-05-11 20:07

    ACDP and FF are confessing Christian parties, but beside common ground there should be 'common opposition' linking other parties to strengthen an opposition.

  • farmworker - 2011-05-11 20:08

    Thanx for alerting us now we see, as if we didn't. Either way thanks for the advice we will know much better not to stay way. Infact I think is the same reason I need to put to my friend, and everyone that if they abstain they are giving the DA/FF a chance to have a say

      Winston - 2011-05-12 11:42

      Get back to plowing your field!!!! And by the way, THANK YOU FOR POINTING OUT THE BLATANLY OBVIOUS...

  • Boer - 2011-05-11 21:27

    Ag Pieter Mulder jy praat nou weer k#k.

  • SNOTKOP - 2011-05-11 22:53

    FF Plus, the last remnant of the old NP order that hasn`t joined the ANC.

      Goddok - 2011-05-12 05:58

      Kry jou feite reg hy is 'n Adjunk Minister in Zuma se kabinet, 'n sell-out!!!!!!!!

      Judicator Enclave - 2011-05-12 10:46

      History and facts: Regarding the FF+ : The Freedom Front was founded in 1994 by Genl. Viljoen. In 2001, Dr. Mulder became the new leader as Genl. Viljoen retired. In 2003, the Conservative Party, Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging and the Fedaral Allience, joined the Freedom Front and became the Freedom Front Plus as it is known today. Regarding the NP: The National Party was formed in 1914 after the establishment of the Union of South Africa. They came to power after the 1948 elections and governed solely until 1994. After various negotiations and our first democratic elections, they entered into a Government of National Unity with the ANC. In 1997, the NP withdrew from the unity government and reinvented themselves to become the New National Party. Under the leadership of Marthinus "Kortbroek" van Schalkwyk. In 2005, all of the NNP memebers of parlaiment, became members of the ANC. Thus the NNP disolved and became part of the ANC. So the last remnant of the NP is already part of the ANC, which is probably why their service delivery is not up to standards. The ANC's ranks are flooded with a bunch of sheeps in wolves clothing.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-11 23:13

    Pieter - Ek dink jy is te eerlik vir politiek!

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-11 23:14

    Ek laaik jou tog nogsteeds!!

  • Snymenski - 2011-05-12 05:53

    Taht certainly is wishful thinking. Even if all the opposition parties contested the elections under one banner they would not unseat the ANC. It may only divide the municipalities more evenly. But not even I can see the UDM, ff+,Inkatha in bed together.

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  • Are_U_Sure - 2011-05-12 20:24

    "Opposition party coalitions could become a bigger feature of local government politics after May 18" ... now why did they not think of that previously? O wait, sit 5 Afrikaners down around a table. Very quickly you will have 6 new churches and 8 new political parties. However, on occasion, they may agree on one thing, that occasion being very rare, but on that occasion it can become quite interesting.

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