DA heavy weights go head-to-head - As it happened

2015-05-04 22:40

The DA's parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and federal chair Wilmot James went head-to-head in a televised debate, as they vie for the top position in the party.

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The 30 minute debate has ended.

04 May 22:38
Wilmot: If Maimane wins, I will stand behind him, and if I win, he will stand behind me.

04 May 22:37
Maimane: I can take this party forward, even with disagreement.

04 May 22:37
Maimane: We are able to disagree and then we can communicate about it.

04 May 22:37
Waldimar asks if voters will be confused by two DA leaders going head-to-head in public.

04 May 22:36
James says the best thing that can be done for poor communities is job creation and proper education.

04 May 22:36
Maimane says that besides speaking to poor communities, we should be able to live with them and not just visit them.

04 May 22:35
Maimane: We should build an activist country.

04 May 22:35
James: Religion should be kept out of politics, but we should be tolerant of others.

04 May 22:34
James says there that church and state needs to be separate and that the boundary between the two should be observed.

04 May 22:33
Maimane is questioned over his church and gay rights.

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Maimane says he chooses to uphold his faith.

04 May 22:32
Maimane: Schools should have a choice.

04 May 22:32
The issues of secular schools is being addressed.

04 May 22:32
The debates seems to be heating up over the discussion on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Both seem to sit on opposite sides of the fence.

04 May 22:31
James: The Bill of Rights cannot be made conditional.

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Maimane it is the right of the people of SA to voice their opinion.

04 May 22:29
James there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the Constitution.

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Maimane: I don't support the death penalty. There are a lot of flaws in our judicial system.

04 May 22:27
The participants are addressing the granting of bail on rape cases.

04 May 22:26
James: It’s the ANC’s policy to keep the statues standing.

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Maimane says in the past the statues were addressed in a different way and that defacing the statues were anarchy. "I want to see Parliament to debate this issue."

04 May 22:24
Maimane the statues show that we are an inclusive society and that what has failed is transformation.

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James: Statues must stay, but must be repurposed to serve a greater purpose.

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James: Statues should stay, reminds us of our history, whatever it may be.

04 May 22:23
They are being question about the removal of statues.

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Maimane: We can’t allow the ANC to stay in power.

04 May 22:23
Maimane says it important in government to grow.

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Maimane: Governing in Tshwane is important for the DA

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Maimane: We’ve learnt some key lessons, job now is to learn how to grow.

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Maimane says the DA is well managed and organised, and the DA needs to focus on how it grows.

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He says it important to keep the values of the DA.

04 May 22:21
James says there is a risk of the DA growing to fast, but they have struggled to break into the black community. "The potential there is large".

04 May 22:20
James says it is important to look after the coloured community. He says to grow the party it is important to bring them along and address their specific issues.

04 May 22:19
Maimane: I have the back of every South African, colour doesn’t matter.

04 May 22:18
Maimane is asked if he has the "back of the coloured" voters.

04 May 22:18
Maimane: Zille’s role will still continue in the DA going forward, just in another capacity.

04 May 22:18
Maimane says Zille captained a very good team and she will always be there if the party needed. He said the party will continue to grow with her at their said.

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