Drivetime

The Voice of the Cape  |  Podcast, ±11 min episodes every 14 hours
The Drivetime Show is hosted by Shafiq Morton and has a national and international flavour. During the show the interviews will focus on issues making news nationally, be it the enquiry into the Arms Deal to the current famine in the Horn of Africa. The after five interview on Drivetime, will usually be the analysis slot where the biggest story of the day or week is analyzed. During this show listener participation is encourage via the station’s sms facility.
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Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners are on the fourth day of an open-ended hunger strike led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi. It’s been called the “Freedom and Dignity” strike …and is in protest against the abusive measures used by Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian prisoners, which are in violation of international law. According to Addameer, as of March, 6,300 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons, 500 of whom were being held under administrative detention. Is a hunger strike more than just symbolic? How does the Palestinian hunger strike counter Israel’s monopoly on violence? To unpack this question, we have Basil Farraj. Basil holds a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College, USA. He is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow undertaking an independent project about Palestinian identity, and its manifestations in the diaspora. Basil is a member of the Defence for Children International – Palestine Section’s General Assembly, and a grant advisor to the Pollination Project. His areas of interest include child rights advocacy, peace and justice theory and the building of effective and critical transnational solidarity. Guest: Basil Farraj Position: Writer and academic
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The word ‘decolonisation’ is certainly a buzz word in South African’s current political climate…and at university campuses we’ve seen robust debate on the topic. Now, the University of Cape Town’s law school has launched a series of seminars on decolonising law. What does decolonizing the law mean? VOC journalist Thakira Desai spoke to UCT’s dean of the law faculty, Prof Penelope Andrews
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The collective outrage against President Jacob Zuma following last month’s cabinet reshuffle died out as quickly as it picked up. But now it seems another civic movement is on the horizon … it’s called the Freedom Movement…and they are gearing up for another mass march on Freedom Day. One of the founders, Prins Mashele joins us now. Prins is a well-known political analyst and activist … Guest: Prince Mashele Position: Political analyst and activist
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Hamas’ new charter was leaked two weeks ago and published by the Lebanese network Al Mayadeen. The charter is the first new document on Hamas’ core ideology since it’s founding covenant was published in 1988. To help us understand the current political discourse, is Toufic Haddad, a Palestinian-American writer and researcher based in Ramallah. Toufic is the author of "Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory" ( I.B.Tauris, 2016) and "Between the Lines: Israel, the Palestinians and the US 'War on Terror'" co-written with Tikva Honig-Parnass, (Haymarket Books, 2007).
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The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has until the close of business today to file responding papers to its Constitutional Court application for a secret ballot in a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Zuma and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete filed their responses to the opposition party's application last week. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has also filed a supporting affidavit. As we know, the vote was due to take place yesterday, but was postponed last week due to the UDM's legal action. In court papers, Mbete says the UDM's case has no merit. She says it's also not in her power to allow a secret vote and the Constitution does not allow for it. Well, what are the merits for and against the secret ballot? To help us unpack this is, Advocate Paul Hoffman, the director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa Guest: Advocate Paul Hoffman Position: Director, Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa
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As Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba prepares to leave for the United States to woo investors, there are concerns that remarks made by his economic advisor could result in a frosty reception. Gigaba’s advisor Professor Chris Malikane wrote an op-ed for the Sunday Times this week saying Treasury is failing to aid the growth of the country's majority. He has called for the nationalisation of banks and mines, which is sure to upset investors at a roadshow in the US this week To chat more, we have Dr Jason Musyoka, who holds a Ph.D with focus on Wealth distribution, and Regional and Local Economic Development from the University of KwaZulu Natal Guest: Dr Jason Musyoka Position: Ph.D with focus on Wealth distribution, and, Regional and Local Economic Development from the University of KwaZulu Natal
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's prime minister have declared victory in yesterday’s referendum designed to hand Erdogan sweeping powers. The Turkish Election Commission has yet to release its official results, and the opposition promised to contest at least a third of the votes cast. But according to the state-run Anadolu Agency, with 99.8% of the ballots counted, Erdogan is poised to win with 51.4% of voters casting ballots in his favor. If Turkey’s constitutional amendment bill is passed, what will change? Well to understand this further, we have Turkman Terzi, a Turkish freelance journalist living in South Africa. Guest: Turkman Terzi Position: Turkish journalist (living in SA)
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Some 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel launched a mass hunger strike today to press for basic rights and shed light on the difficult humanitarian conditions inside Israeli prisons. The open-ended hunger strike, one of the largest in recent years, coincides with Palestinian Prisoners Day, annually commemorated on April 17. Led by jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, the strike will see Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum participate from within six prisons inside Israel. Joining us now is Charlotte Kates, the Coordinator of the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, speaking to us from Brussels in Belgium Guest: Charlotte Kates Position: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
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President Trump is still basking in the glow of his resolute decision to launch missiles at a Syrian air base in order to punish Bashar al-Assad for a chemical weapon attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Some analysts are saying it’s a direct contradiction to everything that he had said about Syria for years, including his repeated insistence that President Obama not attack the Assad regime — even after a significantly worse chemical attack in 2013. But now, there are some pressing questions about this attack and its aftermath which are going to have to be answered. David Alpher writes that targeting Assad would likely give birth to the same kind of catastrophe we saw in Libya after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall. David is Adjunct Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. He is the Washington Head of Office and Advocacy Manager for Saferworld. Dr. Alpher was the Research Professor of Peace and Stability Operations at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute from 2015-2016, and publishes extensively on a range of issues related to peace-building and conflict resolution
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On Friday afternoon, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and two other unions have reached an agreement with employers, ending the bus strike. But this doesn’t solve the long term problem of public transport in our major cities and the fact that the poor, working class have no other choice, because of apartheid spatial planning. When bus or train services are interrupted, for the poorest, there is no plan B. Sipho Hlongwane’s writes about this in his latest piece on The Huffington Post South Africa. Sipho is the blogs editor and joins now…