Wits Debating conquers all at the national championships with emphatic display

The Wits Debating Union (WDU) has once again shown its dominance within the tertiary education space, winning the South African National Universities Debating Championships (SANUDC) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) earlier this month.

The team of eleven debaters clinched victory against the University of Free State, University of Cape Town and Midlands State University at the week-long tournament which started on July 2.

First year BSc student Eric Kazadi was awarded Best New Speaker while first year BSc student Matthew Glasspool won Best Adjudicator. Aman Azhar, a third-year MBBCH student, received the Best Speaker award.

WDU president William Shoki second year BA Law, said the victory represented all the hard work the team had put in and hoped it would help them grow in the future.
“The victory is a huge achievement not only because we won but also we dominated every aspect of it.

“The WDU this year has truly come into its own. It was difficult year last year so this year we wanted to encourage newcomers to come join. We wanted them to get some good training and we assisted them,” he said.

This was the team’s first SANUDC win since 2012 and caps off what has been an exceptional few months for the team. They were crowned champions at the Gauteng Open at the end of last semester and were in the finals of both the Cape Town Open and Jozi Rumble.

First-year BA student Daniel Lee, who is a member of the team, said the group had finally been rewarded for its efforts throughout the year.

“We have been consistently performing at a certain level all year. We have consistently placed ourselves above some of the other teams. At the championship, we had some hardship and we had to find the strength to move forward,” he said.

Tristan Marot, a LLB postgraduate student and vice president of WDU, told Wits Vuvuzela that the team had showed character throughout the SANUDC tournament and that was capped off with the win.

“I think it went very well. We have getting better throughout the year. We were definitely one of the better squads leading into the tournament but still we had our challenges.”

FEATURED IMAGE: WDU President William Shoki excited about team’s potential after victory at SANUDC            Photo: Provided

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