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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Zille rides again
I have to admit, I'm quite enjoying the bravado that Helen Zille is bringing to the Cape Town mayoral post. Her expunging of the AMP from the coalition showed real confidence and class in punishing an errant partner, and her expedient and successful move to bring the ID back into the fold highlights her political nous.

Whilst the ANC this morning turns on the ID, callig them "a desperate party", the DA remains in power, in a much stronger position with the ID than it was with the AMP. The saviour of the day (if you'll excuse the pun) seems to be the deputy mayor Andrew Arnolds of the African Christian Democratic Party, who stepped down as deputy mayor to allow the ID's Simon Grindrod to take the position, thus cementing the ID's entry into the coalition.

With all the local government shenanigans of the ANC Western Cape, I can't say I'm displeased with this result. The ANC has been played at it's own game, and it has lost substantially. However, it will be interesting to see whether the political chaff of Patricia de Lille can stick her head in for a while and maintain this coalition. On past antics, one can not be too hopeful.