The DA will never sacrifice our core principles on the altar of power
Coalition politics is very likely to be the dominant model of government in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
At the moment, this applies at local government only. But it very nearly led to a change in government in Gauteng in May’s election, and as the ANC continues to disintegrate, I am convinced there will one day be a national coalition government, with the DA at its heart.
For that reason, we must work now to show South Africans the proof of concept, that coalitions can and do work all over the world. This doesn’t mean it will be easy. Most times it’s extraordinarily difficult. But without outright majorities, every opposition party is faced with a simple choice: either to allow the ANC to continue its criminal enterprise through the state, or to remove the ANC from power and form a new government with a plurality of political parties with whom you share at least some core values.
In August 2016, a multiparty governing coalition was formed between the DA and five other parties working with us in select municipalities. In its founding agreement, the coalition committed to the following:
Constitutionalism, which includes respect for the rule of law, separation of powers, and the independence of the Courts;
Free and fair elections;
Devolution of powers to provinces and municipalities, where capacity is established;
Building a capable state exemplified by a professional, efficient and non-partisan civil service
A free media;
Improving service delivery, particularly