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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Conversation by Marius Pieterse.]

Three South African cities run by opposition party coalitions for the past three years have been facing tough times.

In Johannesburg, a new mayor has been elected following the resignation of Herman Mashaba from both the city and the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main political opposition. The mayoral election saw a shift of political alliances in the council. Smaller parties sided with the African National Congress, which has the majority of members in the council. As a result, the African National Congress’s Geoff Makhubo was elected mayor.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, the mayor Mongameli Bobani was removed from office when both the Democratic Alliance and the African National Congress voted in favour of a motion of no confidence. This followed a year of turmoil after the collapse of a Democratic Alliance-led coalition in late 2018, when that party’s Athol Trollip was removed as mayor and replaced by the United Democratic Movement’s Bobani. The main parties finally took action after Bobani’s mayorship proved a disaster for the city.

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