Debating as a discipline exists worldwide on various levels. It has been the culture of WDU to harness all the various podia of debate and Master them. From the classic 7 minute Prime Minister’s Speech delivered with only 15 minutes of preparation time, to the hot headed arguments law students engage in on the validity of a certain clause of law.

It was with this mindset that the WDU eagerly accepted AISA’s call for Debate Essays on the topic of Governance and Youth in Africa. Submissions were made internally and ultimately the best essay to emerge from the masses made its way into the Africa Institute of South Africa’s benches. Obviously the WDU had made the right choice as well, for that essay was enough to secure a place at the Debate Finals hosted by University of Venda in Thohoyandou running as the Young Graduates and Scholars Conference. Paired against Wits was a delegation from the University of North-West (Mafikeng Campus) who had also submitted a killer essay.

The Wits team of 5 comprising of the winning essay writer and current Chief Adjudicator of the WDU Chiuta Dube, WDU members Isaac Gama and Sibusiso Gaca, together with freshmen Khwezi Mlaba and Anele Nzimande made their way to Limpopo to see if UNW had anything on Wits.
In the nail biting finale were Wits was opposing the Motion “National Youth Development Agencies are ineffective in Promoting Sustainable Development” Try as they might however the UNW delegates in resplendent in their Men In Black Suits could not convince the house why they proposed the motion. To quote from the AISA Chairperson during the Awards Ceremony,
“Wits came here with their Model C Intonations and very nicely summarized their opposition. There can be no question as to who this year’s debating champions are!”

Our congratulations to the team; a bow to our opponents and a gracious nod to the Organizers at AISA, especially one Lesley Wentworth. The Wits Debating Union keenly awaits the next conference!


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