Cyril Ramaphosa says coalition governments don't work in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa says coalition governments don't work in South Africa

- Speaking at a campaign function, Cyril Ramaphosa was deeply critical of coalition governments

- He said that they did not work in South Africa and led to poor governance

- While the ANC is still predicted to win an outright majority in this year's election, some experts predict it will eventually be forced to enter into coalitions in order to stay in national power

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Cyril Ramaphosa has said that coalition governments don't work.

He said that the ANC would win the upcoming election with an outright majority and that it would not need to to enter a coalition with any other parties.

He made the comments while addressing the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Alliance at a campaign event.

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The president was highly critical of coalition government, saying that they were an obstacle to effective governance and that they lead to poor service delivery.

While coalition governments have proven successful in some countries like Germany, Ramaphosa said they were not effective in South Africa. 

Following the 2016 local government elections, several municipalities were taken over by coalition governments. For example, the DA and EFF entered coalitions in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. However, the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition collapsed when the EFF pulled its support from the DA. 

Julius Malema has since said that the EFF will no longer form coalitions with the DA.

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While polls still predict that the ANC will win the 50% of the vote needed to govern at this year's election, some analysts have suggested that the ANC may eventually dip in support and need to form coalitions to govern. 

Some have even suggested that the EFF would be a likely coalition partner for the ANC.

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