About a year ago, when word spread that the ANC’s vote share in the next national election may fall well below 50%, the question of a grand coalition suddenly appeared to be extremely urgent. If the ANC required a major coalition partner, the argument went, it would have to choose between the EFF and the DA. And if it chose the EFF, SA was doomed. A grand coalition with the DA thus appeared to be a bulwark against catastrophe. 

In the intervening months, as it has become clearer that the ANC will most likely not need a major coalition partner to keep governing, the question has lost its immediate urgency. But it remains one of the most important matters facing SA’s politics, if not necessarily in the short term then certainly down the road. ..

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