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702 Election Debate: Heated exchanges

The 702 Election Debate was hosted by Redi Tlhabi at Johannesburg’s City Hall.

The 702 Election Debate was hosted by Redi Tlhabi at Johannesburg’s City Hall.

JOHANNESBURG - This morning's 702 Election Debate featured heated exchange between supporters of political parties, while respective leaders proposed changes to how the country is governed.

Talk Radio 702's Redi Tlhabi hosted 21 political parties at Johannesburg's City Hall, who debated the burning issues ahead of the 7 May polls.

Major issues such as jobs, inequality, racism and Nkandla featured prominently in the debate.

Parties started the debate by raising their main concerns with government and identifying what solutions could be implemented to solve the biggest challenges facing the country.

Parties wasted no time before speaking about the controversial Nkandla scandal.

Agang South Africa leader Mamphela Ramphele said government should focus on building houses for the poor and not the president.

The issue of land was raised by the First Nation Liberation Alliance, who believe the Khoisan and San people are the rightful owners of South Africa.

The party's spokesman said, "The land belongs to us. It doesn't belong to the black man, the white man or to the government."

The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF)'s Dali Mpofu also argued about a national minimum wage, which he said would increase productivity.

"The only way you're going to turn our workers into productive people is by making sure that they have disposable income."