In seeking a future of political certainty, South Africans have to consider just what the costs are to achieving this near impossible state in a disrupted political world. Is the cost of continuing with an ANC that has proved itself  dysfunctional over the past decade worth it, in the hope it can correct itself and manage to have a clear alignment in policy through its many factions? Or do we hope for the emergence of a coalition government, maybe not in the May polls but in years to come, that will be an actual marriage of ideas rather than of convenience? Coalitions in the more advanced and older democracies in the world, such as the UK, are not very good examples of policy coherence, with the advent of social media platforms in recent years only fuelling the madness. There are better examples, of course, such as Germany where a shared history has kept policymakers on the same page for the most part. But without Angela Merkel at its centre it will be interesting to see if the sta...

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