Jan Gerber | Coalition collision course: Political maturity is required

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The writer argues that political maturity will be needed to make the arrangements in the metros work.
The writer argues that political maturity will be needed to make the arrangements in the metros work.

While Monday's events in Gauteng's metros might well be a sea change in South African politics, it will be far from plain sailing for the opposition parties, argues parliamentary reporter Jan Gerber.

The feeling was palpable, even sitting over 1 000 kilometres away following events virtually, that there is a changing of the guards.

But let's not get carried away. Monday's events in Gauteng's metros and eThekwini, precipitated by the ANC falling below 50% nationally in an election for the first time, were wrought in the crucible of realpolitik and petty brinkmanship.

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