Political parties went head-to-head at a pre-election Town Hall debate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus yesterday (Wednesday, 27 March 2019).

Hosted by eNCA’s Shahan Ramkissoon, the debate served as an opportunity for parties to pin their colours to the mast while pitting themselves against the province’s leading political parties as well as those still on the rise.

The ANC, DA, NFP, IFP and EFF were ably represented on stage and by their supporters in the crowd.

UKZN students – many of whom will be voting for the first time- were also present. Civil society organisations including Right2Know and the Treatment Action Campaign were also at the debate to keep parties in check and refute political spiel by representatives.

Service delivery, corruption, crime, #FeesMustFall, unemployment and racial and political tensions were recurring themes raised by members of the audience and panelists at the session.

Speakers and audience members also paid tribute to Princess Irene Buthelezi, who passed away recently. Princess Irene is the late wife of IFP leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. 

To make up your mind on where to mark your cross on the ballot paper on 8 May, visit eNCA’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3WFw-6N-JU

Words: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

Photograph: Albert Hirasen