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Political parties argue issue of succession

The ANC, EFF and DA took part in an economics debate hosted by The Money Show last night.

The DA's Tim Harris and ANC's Qedani Mahlangu during The Money Show debate on 3 April. Picture: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - With the national and provincial general elections just over a month away, political parties have weighed in on the issue of succession within their organisations in a bid to lure voters ahead of the 7 May polls.

The African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) took part in an economics debate hosted by The Money Show last night, where they exchanged political blows while criticising one another's policies.

The EFF's Dali Mpofu admitted the party did not have a succession plan and wasted no time in slating the ruling party.

"We don't need a plan B. The issue of succession doesn't even arise as far as the EFF is concerned, but what we do know, is the succession planning of the ANC will go from the Nkandla man to the Marikana man."

EFF's Dali Mpofu. Picture: Twitter.

The ANC's Qedani Mahlangu had little to say about the leadership of the ruling party, prompting an unflattering response from the audience.

"There is no crisis of leadership in the ANC."

Meanwhile, political analyst Ralph Mathekga says although the parties have been embroiled in a feud for votes, their economic policies bear some similarities.

"They find themselves at different levels of the sequence. The ANC has been tinkering with the economy for 20 years and they know where the blockages are, the DA wants to remove the red tape and align the tax regime and the EFF says once you are all done with that, bring it here and we'll distribute it."