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Election debate tackles Ugandan anti-gay law

The legislation featured prominently in an election debate between 21 parties earlier today.

Twenty one political parties took part in an election debate hosted by Talk Radio 702 on 9 April. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Just 24 hours after President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa respected Uganda's anti-gay law, the controversial legislation featured prominently in an election debate between most of the parties contesting the 7 May polls.

Twenty one political parties took part in the debate hosted by Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk at the Johannesburg City Hall today where hundreds of supporters of the respective parties sang songs and booed each other's representatives.

Each party made a case for why the electorate should vote for them before taking questions from the audience.

When asked about Zuma's response to Uganda's homophobic legislation, the African National Congress (ANC)'s Thoko Didiza said the concerns must be raised through the correct platforms.

"Uganda as a country has gone through its legislative framework and came up with the legislation they have. Obviously there are mechanisms around which countries persuade each other in order to apprise each other of things they are concerned about."

During the debate, audience members asked political parties how they planned to stop some of the country's most serious crimes.

The Patriotic Alliance's Gayton McKenzie said his party could stop gangsterism once and for all.

"You cannot drink clean water out of a dirty cup. You first need to clean the cup and that's what we are doing. We are the only party that is going to stop gangsterism once and for all."

The Democratic Alliance's Mmusi Maimane was critical of the ANC's governance and said his party would create thousands of jobs.

"The DA wants to create a nation of entrepreneurs."

The debate wrapped up with parties promising governance free of corruption, but there was once again booing from among the crowd.

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