Traditional leaders and developmental coalitions in KwaZulu Natal

This study highlights lessons from post-Apartheid KwaZulu-Natal, where progressive coalitions accommodated customary forms of governance and promoted peaceful and inclusive development. It focuses on the newly democratised eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality (the Metro) in Durban.

A key ingredient for success was the developmental commitment of influential political leaders with links to the chieftaincy and to the ANC. These leaders brokered broad coalitions that included traditional leaders, elected councillors, business people, social activists and the church.

The study notes the importance of giving space to a variety of institutions in a hybrid political arena, a place where leaders can clearly see the need to trade off ideal scenarios for the least worst option. In the process inclusive and developmental coalitions become possible.

Researcher: Jo Beall (LSE & University of Cape Town) and Mduduzi Ngonyama (University of KwaZulu)

 

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