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ANC MP Buti Manamela challenges DA's Mazibuko to a debate

By SowetanLive | Apr 25, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 149 ]

ANC Member of Parliament and Whip for the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour, Buti Manamela, has challenged DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko to a public debate on a wide range of issues relating to youth, politics and economy.

Manamela's challenge to Mazibuko, made in form of a letter handed to her yesterday, follows the DA's controversial electioneering campaign which attempts to distort the history of our people's struggle for liberation and its mischievous comparison of the ANC and apartheid.

We are hopeful that Mazibuko will rise to the challenge.

Below is a copy of the letter Manamela handed to Mazibuko yesterday.


Hon L Mazibuko

Parliamentary Leader, Democratic Alliance

Parliament of the Republic of SA

Cape Town

Dear Hon. Mazibuko


I have noted with interest the earnest Election Campaign by your political party, the Democratic Alliance, towards the forthcoming 2014 General Election.

What caught my interest is the insistence by you and the Leader of your party (Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape) that the DA and its predecessors contributed to the liberation of this country, through the Know Your DA Campaign. In fact, in an interview on Metro FM on Monday, 22 April 2013 Mrs. Zille insisted that she also participated in the liberation of this country.

Your party also did some very bizarre things (according to me) by celebrating the memory of Chris Hani this year (very impressive), Solomon Mahlangu and even having a major event in Kliptown where the Congress of the People adopted the Freedom Charter in 1956.

You and Mrs. Zille have also drawn an extensive parallel between the ANC and the National Party government as part of a very opportunistic campaign to discredit the governing party and therefore score some political points.

I do not agree with these assertions, as you would expect, and therefore challenge you to a public debate on these and other topics (such as the Youth Wage Subsidy, the National Development Plan and other economic policies of our parties), in front of a youth audience from both the DA and the ANC at a commonly agreed venue and moderated by a neutral person with equal time allocated for each of us.

I am sure the public, especially the youth who will be the majority of the electorate in the forthcoming elections, deserves to judge for themselves the veracity of such assertions on the basis of facts presented to them through such a debate.

It would also be in both our parties' interest to support or rebut such assertions, possibly with questions from the moderator and/or the audience so that we do not leave these questions to the wisdom of our different PR companies but we clarify them as young leaders.

If you respectfully decline and may deem the task too burdensome, I am willing to debate with the leader of your Party, Mrs. Helen Zille, on the said issues and many others.

COMMENTS [ 149 ]


Ladies n Gentle men...I se we have alot to say about others. I would like to find out what have you contributed to your own comunity. Its easy to say stuff about our President, yes there are faults about him but now one can say any thing positive about him. We South Africans are very fortunate people. We have the write to exersize your writes, some of us are driving cars beyond our budjets and clothers that could feed half of Namibia and Ethopia. just like one celeb said...JUST SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP...if you dont have any thing nice to say.

Apr 25, 2013 2:16 | 0 replies

"Your party also did some very bizarre things (according to me) by celebrating the memory of Chris Hani this year (very impressive), Solomon Mahlangu and even having a major event in Kliptown where the Congress of the People adopted the Freedom Charter in 1956"

Is this guy seriously suggesting that only ANC members are allowed to celebrate the above? He does know that there are people of all colour supporting different parties?

Apr 25, 2013 3:2 | 0 replies


Quite abit more than just Suzeman being in parlaiment. The only woman, the only person voting against the apartheid policies...

How did this change anything, what impact did she have when all was said and done?

I am less interested in Suzman as I am in Zille, what struggle credentials does she have?

Apr 25, 2013 3:4 | 0 replies

Oh game on jou yellow communist, Lindiwe is going to expose you for who you are and she will dispel the ANC rhetoric of being custodian of our revolution. Once she agrees there must be condition though

1) the facilitator must be Redi Tlhabi or Siki Mgabadeli not these ANC loyalist Xolani Gwala and co
2) it must be live on eNCA not SABC
3) there must be no live audience
4) the debate must be about the past 25% present 35% and the future 40% we don't want rhetoric

Apr 25, 2013 3:5 | 0 replies


Jaaa Mzabalazo what was Zuma referring to hwhen he said "he doesnt know whether beetroot/garlic was ANC or govt policy"

Mzabalozo let me give you this bit by bit have you ever heard about dual membership, how many cards do you have if you are a member of ANC , ordinary members have three like myself I have cosatu affiliate/anc and sacp where I belong more active in a branch , anc just for voting etc but my strong allegiance is sacp. Therefore all the people you talk about is the same situation Im explaining another practical example is Floyd Shivambu , he was a researcher at sacp , when he was expelled he became a strong member of anc , while he knew his strong allegiance was with anc.

Apr 25, 2013 3:5 | 0 replies


What is your assessment of Lindiwe Mazibuko both as an individual and the public face of the DA?

Apr 25, 2013 3:6 | 0 replies

Dzel, why must one have "stuggle credentials" whatever exactly that might mean, to be able to lead the country?

Apr 25, 2013 3:7 | 0 replies


My take is that the DA is putting itself in a corner if it wants to challenge the ANC on a par to par role on what they did during the apartheid era, that will be a non- starter because now they are saying in way, you cannot participate productively and positively in a democratic dispensation as a political party unless you have been in the struggle. I see a big huddle there. That is why I said I wish I was the one who was debating with Buti.

What Zille was suppose to have said is that members of the DA such as Slabbert, Helen Suzman were opposing apartheid in parliament as they believed in non- violence, and that she risked her life and went with Nontsikelelo Biko at the morgue to take photos to expose what the apartheid regime did, that she wished she would have done more . That the values of the DA are based on what Slabbert, Hellen Suzman stood for and are no different to the values of Mandela, That would have been better.

Apr 25, 2013 3:8 | 0 replies

This Yellow confused SACP small boy is too outdated just like a communist in a capitalist gravy train talking kaak tsheek

Apr 25, 2013 3:9 | 0 replies

Dzel - "I am less interested in Suzman as I am in Zille, what struggle credentials does she have? "

Member of black sash.

Apr 25, 2013 3:9 | 0 replies

The struggle credentials are a big illusion in Africa, people do not want to listen to no one who have not carried an AK or lead those who did, but the fact of the matter is that; it does not mean a person who fought for freedom is always having the best interests of the country, if participating in the struggle was the a criteria to manage properly the issues of the country Africa would have long been a super power, and Mzansi would have been less corrupt and more productive.

Apr 25, 2013 3:15 | 0 replies