If the latest election polls are anything to go by, the country’s economic hub, Gauteng, could find itself governed by a coalition following the May 8 polls. Coalition governments are not new to SA, especially after the 2016 local government elections, which saw DA-led coalitions take control of three of the country’s metros with the co-operation of the EFF. But this time coalitions could look very different. An important question to ask is whether voters have the right to know, before the polls, who their preferred party would consider working with if a coalition is on the cards. Some might then think twice about who to vote for. Herman Mashaba was emphatic this week when he said he would resign as Johannesburg mayor if the DA went into a coalition with the ANC. “I will never work with the ANC. If the DA or anyone else would work with the ANC, I would resign yesterday,” Mashaba told Business Day. He said he would not work with “criminals”. The EFF is in all likelihood going to ...

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