No major changes in coalition-run municipalities - analyst

Midday Report's Stephen Grootes hosts a special discussion on how the coalitions in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, and Joburg Metros have changed local governance.

During the 2016 local government elections there was no outright winner for these three metros, and political parties had to support each other for votes or form coalitions.

Political analysts Gareth van Onselen and Prof Tinyiko Maluleke say there haven't been major changes in these major municipalities.

It is good that nothing major has happened because if you are a citizen in these municipalities things continue as they have... but it is bad because one would have expected serious interventions and initiatives that will show there is a new sheriff in town.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

Van Onselen says Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba lacks the political skills necessary to communicate his programme of action and it is a constraint on the City.

He explains that it would take two to three years to change the systems and structures before implementing a policy in a municipality as big as Joburg.

That's not an excuse, you need to explain to the public that this is what we plan to do and give them a time frame, and I think that's what is lacking. In Johannesburg, there is a lack of communication about what this big picture is, a time frame and how progress is being made in that regard.

Gareth van Onselen, political analyst

Listen to the audio below for more analysis...


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