Thina Nzo breaks down why coalition politics in Johannesburg were initially successful, but became less so following ongoing battles and reneging on various agreements, preventing representatives from focusing on service delivery and political oversight as particularistic party interests were placed over the interests of citizens and constituencies.
Political coalitions have always been a part of political history, particularly in developed local democracies. Their purpose is to allow for political parties in hung-councils to come together and reach an agreement that enables them to govern peacefully when there is no majority rule.
Coalitions require the art of co-operation and compromise for all parties involved to reach an amicable consensus that serves them and their entrusted constitutes best. In a Utopian world of politics, coalitions would be amicable for the balance of power and accountability.