DA, EFF Coalition Should be Pursued and Promoted

2016-08-04 23:50

Anyone claiming that the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are too different ideologically to such an extent that working together in a coalition government is not possible is peddling fiction. People who promote that point of view fails to recognize the role of contraries in human progression. Having DA and EFF governing together is the quickest way to defuse tensions in our society. Both parties represent different spaces of our existence. The fact that people are worried about a DA EFF government is the reason why the Nelson Mandela ideal South African society remains an alien and alienating idea.

Coalitions are not always sources of discomfort. Diversities vitalizes as they cross-pollinate and help us move forward. If we are a true nation—or even one with prospects—we should all have the understanding that all political parties doing well during elections have the ability to work together. Through successful campaigns they engaged communities and therefore carry the aspirations and dreams of diverse citizens in our society. With that they have the ability to lift our society to great heights.

Politics should not always be about closing borders to opponents especially in an ideologically inchoate society. In the advanced societies, leaders have shown the ability to bury the hatchet

Life is essentially driven by contraries. If progress in our society should be made, those who differ staunchly with each other should be open and willing to recognize each other. Reality in South Africa, unlike other African countries is multi-faceted. Diversity and the spirit of different perspectives is in our DNA.

In our advent as a society in 1994, with Nelson Mandela as our leader, we were animated by the prospect of living together, fraternizing as a people with shared aspirations and common destiny.

Great countries are dreamed and then carefully and deliberately build. In most cases the building of a great nation is a messy task.

In her book, A Team of Rivals, the historian Doris Kearn Goodwin writes a moving emotional account on how Abram Lincoln, one of the stellar presidents of United States of America pulled together a team of enemies to build a great nation, a great nation that was before doomed by a long standing civil war.

British leader Winston Churchill’s greatest political opponent was Lord Halifax, and even King George did not want him to be Prime Minister. But in the final analysis hatchets were buried and they worked together. And this was the era, the finest era for Britain.

What we need for our country are not cut and dry notions but forward thinking men and women of ideas, ideas rooted in our diverse society. This calls for energetic men and women who have the ability to cross-pollinate our diversity and help us move forward to the league of great societies in the world.

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