SABC's rebroadcast of 1994 election debate sparks heated dialogue

15 April 2019 - 09:50 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk played a critical role in the political transition in South Africa in 1994.
Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk played a critical role in the political transition in South Africa in 1994.
Image: Reuters

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:


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