SABC's rebroadcast of 1994 election debate sparks heated dialogue
On Sunday, public broadcaster SABC aired the 1994 pre-election debate between former presidents Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk. The debate topped the Twitter trends list on Sunday, as it stirred reaction among the public.
The debate between the two leaders was not only the first, but it paved the way to what would soon be a new South Africa after the country's first democratic election.
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Issues like crime, the effects of apartheid on black people, corruption, progressive engagement between leaders of opposing political parties and the general state of the country dominated the debate.
With the 2019 general elections looming, people said on Twitter they were looking forward to making informed decisions when they cast their votes on May 8. Some people remained divided on whether or not South Africa's progress since 1994 was enough.
Here are some of the reactions:
#SABC1994Debate We can say what we want, but the evil and demonic apartheid government took care of white people. What is sad today is that only the elite benefitted and is still benefitting in our democracy! Corruption is killing our people socially and economically.— Lyndon (@Lyndon_RSA) April 14, 2019
Just watched the #SABC1994Debate and nothing has changed. The many times I have heard "gvt of national unity" in this era, "commissions". 25 years later parties are singing from the same hymn sheet. The irony of it all. Nothing is really new under the sun— Bombi Mavundza (@Bombi_Mavundza) April 14, 2019