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SAFM listeners express mixed reactions to Zuma resignation & Ramaphosa swearing in as state president

On the Forum@8 this morning we wrap up the week long developments that have culminated in the resignation of Jacob Zuma as the President of South Africa. Opposition parties and civil society groups welcomed the resignation. There were also reactions trending on social media from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta praising Zuma for his role in enhancing relations between the two countries to Minister Fikile Mbalula thanking him for giving him an opportunity to serve. Elvis Presslin opened the lines for the listeners to have their say on the latest developments

Opposition chief whips react to Zuma resignation

On the Forum@8 we focus on the decision by President Jacob Zuma to resign as president of the country. His resignation comes after the ANC's National Executive Committee affirmed it's decision to recall him. Yesterday, ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told a media in Parliament that the party would table a motion of no confidence in Zuma, should he not resign. Opposition political parties have welcomed Zuma's resignation saying they hope this marks the beginning a of a new era. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to DA Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen ; Chief Whip of COPE, Deidre Carter and UDM Chief Whip, Nqabayomzi Kwankwa

"ANC must not be treated like a WhatsApp group": ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe

The African National Congress has officially recalled President Jacob Zuma and the preside is to respond this morning at ten. According to the ruling party the decision by the NEC to recall president Zuma was taken after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country, the ANC and the functioning of government. Addressing the media, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule also revealed that the collective view of the NEC is for Cyril Ramaphosa to take over. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to ANC National spokesperson, Pule Mabe.

Zuma tenure synonymous with meetings that go into the night and decisions made in the night: Lukhona Mnguni

The African National Congress will hold a media briefing at noon Tuesday, at which it's expected to formally announce the decisions taken by its NEC on President Jacob Zuma's future. The briefing follows the marathon meeting held by the party's National Executive committee in Irene outside Pretoria on Monday night. It is understood that the party has decided to recall president Zuma. Sakina Kamwenso spoke to Political Analysts, Lukhona Mnguni and Professor Somadoda Fikeni.

ANC NEC to meet on Monday amid calls for Zuma to step down

Pressure has been mounting for the ANC to remove President Jacob Zuma as head of state. A planned march to the Union buildings will take place of Monday as some members of the ANC and SACP in Gauteng on Sunday called for the party's top six to recall President Jacob Zuma or face a country wide shutdown. Over the weekend, ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe confirmed to the SABC that the party's top 6 met without Zuma. He said there is agreement on the end game and that what is being discussed is the timing and the process that should be followed. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to United Democratic Movement leader, Bantu Holomisa; Democratic Alliance Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen and Deputy Secretary of Economic Freedom Fighters, Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi....

I tried rugby but quit because I was getting more injuries in rugby than I would as a boxer : Brian Mitchell

On the Forum@8 this morning we are in conversation this morning with a former professional boxer who is quite possibly the best South African boxer of all time, Brian Mitchell. Mitchell is the former WBA and IBF junior lightweight undefeated champion, who in 1991 also captured the IBF Junior Lightweight Title with a decision win over Tony Lopez. The world recognised his qualities after 12 defences of his WBA title outside South Africa by inducting him into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009. He joined Sakina Kamwendo in studio.

Grade 12 learners "forced" to take contraception will receive counselling: North West department of education

On the ForumAt8 we focus on the Grade 12 learners in the North West who say they were tested for pregnancy and forced to take birth control injections at school. Some of the female learners at the Pitso-Letlhogile Secondary School in Phaposane village, outside Vryburg say inquired why they were being forced to take contraceptives as they are not sexually active. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Professor Priscilla Reddy of the Human Sciences Research Council, Tshidi whose younger sister was tested and Maropeng Seshibe who is the Director for Labour Relations in the North West department of education

President, Jacob Zuma is on his way out: Analysts

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has announced that the State of the Nation Address, which was due to be delivered on Thursday, has been postponed. She says parliament concluded that it was unlikely that the speech would take place without any disruptions. Mbete indicated that as Parliament was preparing to write to President Jacob Zuma to request the postponement of his address, he was also requesting a postponement. In the request, the Office of the President is citing certain developments which make it not conducive to successfully hold the sitting and deliver the address. SONA was scheduled for the 8th of February and Mbete indicated a new date would be announced soon. Political parties have welcomed the decision. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town, Professor Richard Calland and Political analyst, Aubrey Matshiqi

Some of the challenges faced by SAPS are inherited: SAPS

On the Forum@8 this morning, we focus on what has emerged as a serious problem within the Police Services. The South African Police Service, Saps, briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police last week, on its turnaround strategy. A number of serious issues emerged during the briefing, including that some police officers cannot read or write. SAPS officials said functional illiteracy is a problem, and that they want a study to determine the magnitude of the problem. The portfolio committee called for a strategy that must address basic policing issues like proper equipment, officers taking proper statements and the carrying of pocket books. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Parliament's police portfolio committee chairperson, Francois Beukman; Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, Popcru, Richard Mamabolo Professor of Policing and Forensic Investigation at the University of South Africa, Dr Rudolph Zinn

Zuma's self preservation instincts have been his hallmark : Political analyst, Aubrey Matshiqi

A meeting of the ANC's top five officials with President Jacob ended in the late hours of Sunday night. The meeting was expected to discuss Mr Zuma's exit plan. National Chairperson of the African National Congress Gwede Mantashe had earlier indicated that the ANC leadership is meeting the President to ensure that there is stability in the country and stability in the ANC. Although it has not been established what came out of the meeting with President Jacob Zuma , the ANC's top six has called for an urgent meeting with the National Working Committee. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke political analyst, Professor Somadoda Fikeni and Aubrey Matshiqi

For me, the theatre has never been black or white, it was always good or bad: James Ngcobo

On the Forum@8 this morning we host award-winning actor, director and television producer, James Ngcobo. Born in Kwa - Mashu, Kwa Zulu Natal, Ngcobo is the 10th of 12 children and has built a career in the arts that spans over 30 years. Viewers may recognise him from hit sitcoms such as Stokvel, 90 Plein Street and Soul City. On the theatre stage, he has adapted and directed Es'kia Mphahlele's The Suitcase, which has won six Naledi Awards. To add to his many accolades, five years ago, Ngcobo became the first black artistic director the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to him about his love for cooking both in the kitchen and on stage....

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