Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
25 Nov 2021
6:15 am

Coalition negotiations prove it’s time for another Codesa

Eric Naki

Had it not been for the magnanimity of Julius Malema and Mashaba to persuade their parties to vote for the DA candidates, the process would have ended as messy it started, with the ANC back in power once more.

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The recent coalition negotiations among political parties prior to the formation of municipal councils were so messy one tended to doubt the commitment of the current crop of leaders to the nation building icon Nelson Mandela so passionately pursued. Perhaps the old generation – Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo on one side and FW de Klerk, Pik Botha, Kobie Coetzee on the other – gave the constitutional negotiations process the seriousness it deserved because to them, it was about the future of the country. They approached the talks with flexibility, being prepared to be persuaded – hence the sunset clauses...