Viable opposition is good for democracy

Michael Cherry
2011 South African Journal of Science  
Political affiliations aside, the results of the recent municipal by-elections are an encouraging sign that South Africa's democracy is maturing. The official opposition, which remains in power in the metropole of Cape Town and is now in direct control of 18 councils in three provinces, managed to garner almost 24% of the vote in a remarkably high turnout for a local government election. This affords the electorate the opportunity to compare the track records of different parties at local
more » ... ties at local government level before the next election. Coalition governments will serve in several municipalities, affording different, but no less significant, possibilities. In historically polarised societies such as South Africa, taking joint responsibility could not only contribute to nation building, but also improve the governance performance of all participants.
doi:10.4102/sajs.v107i5/6.775 fatcat:obri6wyrn5ae3mz5n6tqsq33au