2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Coalitions not on the cards for SA nationally, says analyst

With two months before South Africans go to the polls on 8 May, could South Africans see coalition governments forming?

Read: Analysts examine if coalition governments stand a chance in SA

Former African National Congress (ANC) MP and SA ambassador to Ireland Melanie Verwoerd says it seems unlikely that coalition governments would form nationally after 8 May.

The question we need to ask is whether South Africa is ready for coalition governments? People got very excited about it around local government because they felt that it was breaking the stronghold of the ANC which it did.

Melanie Verwoerd, Former ANC MP and SA Ambassador to Ireland

But for coalitions to succeed, you need very mature politicians and a very strong democracy. And we seem to have neither yet at this stage.

Melanie Verwoerd, Former ANC MP and SA Ambassador to Ireland

If we look at experiences that South Africa had in local government like Nelson Mandela Bay, these coalitions became incredibly unstable, she says.

Coalitions are already problematic at local government but imagine if that kind of chaos was at a national level where you can't pass anything, you can't even pass a budget.

Melanie Verwoerd, Former ANC MP and SA Ambassador to Ireland

At this stage nationally, it doesn't look like coalitions are on the cards for South Africa.

Melanie Verwoerd, Former ANC MP and SA Ambassador to Ireland

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