Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
28 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Don’t ignore small parties, they are the kingmakers

Eric Naki

We saw big players come cap-in-hand to smaller ones, begging them to partner for coalitions.

Election posters along Pretorius Street in Tshwane ahead of the 1 November 2021 municipal elections. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The election campaigns winding down this week with rallies have proven that local government is the most important sphere of government. The significance of this segment of governance is the fact that, at the forefront of the campaigns, are the national leaders – you would be forgiven to think that it’s Cyril Ramaphosa, or John Steenhuisen, or Julius Malema who are in the running. This is all thanks to the 2016 local government election, where three crucial metros were lost by the governing ANC to the Democratic Alliance, which came to power with the help of smaller political parties. We...