Question Time heads to South Africa as tribute to Nelson Mandela

In honour of the country's first black president, David Dimbleby will present the BBC’s political debate programme from Johannesburg this week

David Dimbleby will chair BBC1’s political debate show Question Time from the South African capital of Johannesburg on Thursday as a tribute to the country’s most famous statesman Nelson Mandela, whose death was announced last week.


Question Time editor Nicolai Gentchev said the extensive news coverage of Mandela’s death made South Africa a suitably topical setting for the show.

“With widespread global news coverage and tributes being paid to South Africa’s first black president by world leaders and the public alike, we have decided to take Question Time to Johannesburg,” said Gentchev.  “It will be a chance to debate Mandela’s legacy, South Africa today and the outlook for the continent.”

The panellists for the show will be announced shortly.

This week’s programme was scheduled to air from Swansea. Question Time will now visit the Welsh city in 2014.

Watch the South African edition of Question Time at 10:35pm on Thursday 12 December

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