The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) released a report analysing the recent local government elections under the title: When Wedding Bells Ring: Coalitions With(out) Concord on the 14th of December 2021.

MISTRA’s report  goes beyond 1st  November 2021 local government elections (LGE2021), and explores the conversion of the electoral mandates into local government. It comes at a time of political turmoil and serious concerns about service delivery, corruption and elections themselves. The party system reflected the spirit of the time through a substantial level of fragmentation resulting in 70 hung councils.