When I consider the structural problems South Africa faces, I shudder at the thought of what an eventual coalition government, which may not be too far away now, will mean for the prospects of actually addressing our many gremlins. Given Jacob Zuma's performance as both party and state president and the party's inability to hold him accountable to anyone but the first family, we are more than likely entering a period of coalition politics. This scenario faces us in about two years, which excites some, as it fits a definition of a mature democracy. I suspect the excitement is driven by just how badly governed the country has been for some time now and not by the belief that we are in fact mature enough. Are we really at the point where South Africa can operate much like the German government of Angela Merkel?She is at the head of a ruling coalition of three parties, namely the Christian Democratic Union, the Christian Social Union of Bavaria and the Social Democrats. While most Germa...

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