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South African Leaders Battle for Top Spot

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Friday, 08 May 2015 09:42 AM Current | Bio | Archive

South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, saw two of its top contenders for party leadership go head to head in a public debate on the 4th of May — the main topic of contention was the death penalty, which drew heated discourse.

The younger yet favorite to win Mmusi Maimane argued why he would be the right choice for federal leader of the party over seasoned politician Wilmot James.

Being from the same party the two candidates had similar, liberal views on many topics of discussion, including gay marriage, the role of religion in governance, and the importance of improving education and job creation.

The issue of the death penalty however brought out a difference in opinion. Both Mmusi and Wilmot came out against it but disagreed on whether the country should be able to put it to a vote with Mmusi saying, “If the people want to vote on it, the people must vote on it.” He added that he did not agree with the death penalty, however it was the democratic right of people to voice their opinions. James strongly disagreed saying that Maimane did not understand the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

“The Bill of Rights, which has the right to life . . . cannot be changed by a vote in parliament, it cannot be subject to a referendum,” Wilmot said according to Eye Witness News.
South African news source EWN has posted the debate on its website.

James came out as the more strategic thinker however Mmusi displayed convincing speaking skills and better leadership characteristics.

The defining factor in gauging how effective this platform for public debate has been will be to see if these two contenders can work cohesively after the election. Mmusi has displayed the ability to take a political stance on an issue void of his personal views.

This makes him more likely to represent the DA in its entirety. This would include the valuable and strategic contributions of James should he unite behind Mmusi in the likely event of him losing the race.

The two working together would be a formidable force in the fight to break the ANC’s (African National Congress) vice grip on the majority vote.

Matthew Klynsmith earned a business administration diploma at CTI in Cape Town, South Africa. He now works at Strategic Options as an associate partner. To read more reports from Matthew Klynsmith, Go Here Now.

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South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, saw two of its top contenders for party leadership go head to head in a public debate on the 4th of May — the main topic of contention was the death penalty, which drew heated discourse.
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