The Democratic Alliance is rooting for coalition politics in governance after the recently announced 8 May national and provincial general elections.
This was said by the party’s proportional representative for Alexandra, Shadrack Mkhonto, following the announcement of the date in Parliament by President Matamela Ramaphosa.
“Coalitions are the long-term form of democratic governance needed to protect the country against wanton corruption that deviated public resources through greed of individuals at the expense of service delivery to the public,” Mkhonto said in reference to jaw-dropping revelations by commissions of inquiry on massive corruption in both public and private sectors. “The stolen money could have developed thousands of houses, schools, improved the public health system and dented poverty and unemployment threatening national peace.”
Coalitions he said, provide transparency and negotiate resource allocation, use, monitoring and accountability. “No party in the arrangement can use resources whimsically without accounting to other partners and this ensures that every cent is accounted for.
“Also, suspect lifestyles of those who pilfer are probed without favour and the stolen resources recovered and brought back for public use.”
Mkhonto said with the centre stage now on political parties’ campaigns, pundits’ prediction of the ruling ANC party’s victory may not happen. “The public now has enlightenment about the corruption tainting this party.
“If they win nationally it will be marginal and below 51 per cent. This will favour