Heated debate as parties make a stand

MAKING A POINT: The DA’s Athol Trollip speaks at the community dialogue of political at the Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Also on the panel are, from left, Agang SA’s Phillip Machanick, the ANC’s Phumulo Masualle the EFF’s Mbuyiselo Madaka and PAC’s Vuyani Mbinda. Picture: Brian Witbooi.
MAKING A POINT: The DA’s Athol Trollip speaks at the community dialogue of political at the Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Also on the panel are, from left, Agang SA’s Phillip Machanick, the ANC’s Phumulo Masualle the EFF’s Mbuyiselo Madaka and PAC’s Vuyani Mbinda. Picture: Brian Witbooi.

POLITICAL parties did not pull any punches last night when Eastern Cape party representatives went head to head in a bid to convince the public to vote for them in next month’s general election.

Tempers flared at Port Elizabeth’s Feather Market Centre as representatives debated issues pertaining to education, job creation, economic development and health with their supporters and members of the public.

The eight parties at the The Herald/NMMU Community Dialogue were represented by Phillip Machanick (Agang SA), Phakamisile Mooi (Azapo), Phumulo Masualle (ANC), Athol Trollip (DA), Lievie Sharpley (COPE), Vuyani Mbinda (PAC), Mbuyiselo Madaka (EFF) and Mongameli Bobani (UDM).

While a large number of ANC, DA, COPE, Agang SA and UDM supporters turned up, fewer were there for the EFF, PAC and Azapo.

The theme for the dialogue was “National Elections: Your chance to engage with political parties”.

 – Rochelle de Kock and Mkhululi Ndamase

 

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