Walter Sisulu University’s Debate team rose triumphant at the Eastern Cape Inter-Varsity games held at the University of Fort Hare, Alice campus which occurred in the month of August.


The games, which constituted of all Universities in the Eastern Cape, namely Walter Sisulu University, the University of Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela University and also Rhodes University have become a landmark event for students as all institutions get the opportunity of hosting the games annually.


Four WSU Debate team members from all four campuses made it to the final round and took the overall competition prize, breezing through the topics at hand with the variety of knowledge amongst the groups of students from different WSU faculties leading with victory.


“Inter-Varsity was a more of a relaxed debate with students also from the Eastern Cape that I can relate with, so it was a very pleasant experience”, said Buffalo City Campus debate team chairwoman and second year Journalism student, Sibulele Janda.


The WSU Nelson Mandela Drive debate team, won first prize under the leadership of Nhlalonhle Mkhonza for best speaker and team input.


The highly heated motions for the day, included a debate on  giving undergraduates allowances, a discussion on legally permitting soldiers to have the right to refuse certain work on the basis of their conscience, another was a debate on artists, asking if should artists from minority cultures represent or emulate the majority culture in their art and finally the last being the creation of an African centred rating agency following the many debates on the position of Western ratings agencies when it comes to African states.


More recently, the Debate team joined other institutions at the National Debate Championships held at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, where even institutions in the SADC region took part in the debates.


The team did admit the challenges that came with competing with the likes of UKZN, UJ, UCT and universities in neighbouring countries like Namibia and Zimbabwe, due to the competitive nature of the students but the team broke into the quarter finals and took the opportunity as a great learning curve.


“The debate team has given me a platform where I can question issues within our society through constructive spaces but also represent my university, show the capabilities that WSU has and what we are made of” said final Public Administration student, Andisiwe Janda.


The WSU BCC debate team scooped an award at the campus excellence awards for outstanding dedication and perseverance.


By: Simo Cele

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