Highlights from the #EWNDebate

"To reduce democracy to the fact that we have won an election, to me is a very narrow and a poor understanding of democracy. Because a democracy there a certain values that you need to begin to unearth, and one of those values is accountability". - Proudly SA CEO, Leslie Sedibe kicks off the #EWNDebate

This morning EWN hosted the #EWNDebate, the debate was meant to contextualize and discuss the events that unfolded during and since the President's State of the Nation Address last week.

Photo: Wits University Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib and Proudly SA's Leslie Sedibe. Picture: Tim Moolman.

Wits Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Habib; Proudly SA CEO, Leslie Sedibe; former Cabinet member, Jay Naidoo, Daily Maverick Associate Editor, Ranjeni Munsamy and Political Commentator, Eusebius McKaiser made up the panel that was to debate "Media Freedom and the State of Our Democracy".

The event was video streamed, and we've shared some of the highlights from the event below.

Media Freedom in a democracy:

The debate began with each panelist defining the role of the media in a democracy, and the purpose of the media in a democracy following the jamming of the signal in Parliament last week.

The trick in a democracy is to get a plurality of voices and it is precisely in that plurality that the checks and balances exist.

Professor Adam Habib, Wits University Vice Chancellor

Is President Jacob Zuma a "broken man"?

During the SONA debate yesterday, DA Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane's commented that the President is a "broken man ruling over a broken society". Katopodis asked the panel to weigh in:

I don't think he's broken in that sense, I do think however that he is an incapable leader. And I think incapable leader is a much more accurate description of his abilities in this regard. You asked the question why didn't he take leadership on Thursday night. I don't think he saw it as his role, I think he was complacent.

Professor Adam Habib, Wits University Vice Chancellor

Can the Parliamentary Speaker wear two hats?

Over the weekend, Parliamentary Speaker and ANC Chairperson, Baleka Mbete referred to opposition party leader, Julius Malema and some of his colleagues as "cockroaches".

It was the State of the Nation Address on Thursday and this week the State of the Nation Address Debate, over which she should preside. It was a crucial time. Yes she had a right to speak at the ANC Conference but it was the most inappropriate time for the Speaker to say those things.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Daily Maverick Associate Editor

Full #EWNDebate video :


This article first appeared on 702 : Highlights from the #EWNDebate


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'The accumulation of money cannot be the goal in and of itself'

'The accumulation of money cannot be the goal in and of itself'

Wealthwoke's Elian Wiener shares his life's journey with money and rediscovering that true wealth goes beyond money.

Eusebius remains skeptical of politicians promises during election season

Eusebius remains skeptical of politicians promises during election season

Eusebius McKaiser questions how load shedding suddenly came to an end this Sunday after being on level 4.

SA medical breakthrough: major link between genes and hair loss in black women

SA medical breakthrough: major link between genes and hair loss in black women

Dean of clinical medicine at UKZN Professor Ncoza Dlova says they have discovered a gene implicated in CCCA.

Cape Party: We want the Western Cape to be an independent country #Capexit

Cape Party: We want the Western Cape to be an independent country #Capexit

Cape Party says it wants Capexit, an independent Western Cape free from the ANC's policies.

What is the worst pronunciation of your name you ever heard?

What is the worst pronunciation of your name you ever heard?

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Politicians must abide by this code of conduct during election season'

'Politicians must abide by this code of conduct during election season'

Author, analyst, and former MP Melanie Verwoerd provides insightful information in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

Popular articles
Eskom to destroy 90 000 mining jobs, warns Minerals Council SA

Eskom to destroy 90 000 mining jobs, warns Minerals Council SA

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist at Minerals Council South Africa.

 Allow farmers to go off the Eskom grid and turn to solar power - Agri SA

Allow farmers to go off the Eskom grid and turn to solar power - Agri SA

Agri SA’s Nicol Jansen, explains how SA's agricultural industry could benefit if more farms were allowed to go off the Eskom grid.

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk dominee Riaan de Villiers says he was told he is not allowed to call Muslims our brother and sisters, and children of God.

'South African society even more unequal than under apartheid'

'South African society even more unequal than under apartheid'

Independent consultant at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Professor Barney Pityana blames political leadership for the moral decay.

Suicidal SA pilot crashes plane into clubhouse

Suicidal SA pilot crashes plane into clubhouse

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

An ambulance crew was held at gunpoint, assaulted and robbed of their belongings while on a call out in Khayelitsha.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.