Invitation: DA’s Zille jumps at the chance to take on Zuma in a debate

2008-11-02 00:00

Cape Town — DA leader Helen Zille has jumped at the opportunity offered by ANC leader Jacob Zuma this weekend for a political debate.

“I hereby accept his invitation,” Zille said yesterday, in response to Zuma’s challenge, in a speech at the Jabulani Stadium in Soweto yesterday, to his political opponents for a debate on policies.

Speaking in Soweto yesterday, Zuma called on opposition parties to engage with him in debate — a proposition which the DA has put to him on several occasions, but with no response.

Responding to Zuma’s challenge yesterday, Zille said: “He must name the time and place. If he lives up to his challenge, it will be a major shift in his position. He has until now done everything possible to avoid debating anything with me. He prefers to engage in smear politics and racial rhetoric, while claiming that he wants to debate policy.

“Let him now accept his own challenge and step outside his comfort zone of rhetoric to defend ANC policies.”

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