The Forum@8

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The Forum@8 is a feature of AMLive with in-depth and interactive discussion on the main story of the day. The Forum@8 is on every week day from 8 to 9am on SAfm radio 104-107 FM nationwide.

We look at the SALGA study on Impact of intimidation & political killings on Local Governance & Service Delivery.

A recent study conducted by the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) sought to determine the extent to which councillors and municipal managers experience violence and intimidation. The study has found that over 70% of municipal managers have reported that threats and intimidation impacted negatively on their work performance. 65% experienced serious threats and intimidation- enough to contemplate resignation. It also found that male councillors were threatened more than their female counterparts. According to the study the levels of intimidation and violence, particularly from community members, may be resulting in local government personnel not carrying out their duties, or doing so with less enthusiasm.

We look at President Jacob Zuma's latest Cabinet reshuffle with Political Analyst, Prof Somadoda Fikeni.

South Africans have expressed their views on yesterday's cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. This is the president's second cabinet reshuffle in seven months, and came as a surprise to many. The changes to the Cabinet, include the axing of former Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, and the appointment Ayanda Dlodlo as the new Minister of Home Affairs. Dlodlo was the former minister of communications.

Should school pupils have the right to freedom of expression and political opinions?

The Department of Education put a stop to any planned disciplinary hearing against two of the three pupils at Maritzburg College in KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday. The boys had been in hot water, after photos in which they displayed T-shirts with slogans indicating their support for the Economic Freedom Fighters, surfaced on social media. The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education says it has launched an investigation into the matter, including claims of racism at the College, which the provincial department believes could have triggered the student's actions. Meanwhile, there have been many calls on social media, for a harsh punishment for the boys.

Is the deployment of the SANDF a solution to dealing with violent crimes?

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he would use the South African National Defence Force to support the police in fighting crime in parts of Gauteng and the Western Cape. He has added his voice to calls to deploy the military in areas with serious and violent crimes. Mbalula has written to the Defence Minister and the Presidency, requesting military assistance. However, experts have questioned if this is a solution and have suggested the best way to deal with crime is to improve the performance of police. On the Forum at 8 we ask is the deployment of the SANDF a solution to dealing with violent crimes

General Bantu Holomisa on his political and military journey

We're in conversation this morning, with retired Major General Bantubonke (Bantu) Harrington Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement, (UDM). He is someone who has a long track record in leadership positions. He is currently a Member of Parliament and has served as the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism of South Africa in the Government of National Unity; and prior to that was the Commander of the Transkei Defence Force and Head of the Transkei homeland government. A fervent advocate for the environment, Holomisa has founded the Champions of the Environment Foundation. Once a rising star in the ANC, he was expelled in 1996, for refusing to apologise for claims that the then public works minister, took a bribe. On the Forum@8 hosted, General Bantu Holomisa on his journey so far...

The security guard at A.B Xuma primary school inserted his finger inside my 6 year old child's privates - Mom

A school security guard has been arrested in connection with alleged sexual assaults. The man is suspected of molesting 54 pupils from a school in Orlando East in Soweto. The 56 year old appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting minors. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo looks at the safety in schools with a parent of one of the children who were allegedly abused by the guard, Clinical Psychologist, Nomfundo Mogapi and Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi...

Allegations of corruption mount as millions are spent on unfinished uMzimkhulu Memorial Hall

On the Forum@8 this morning we put the spotlight on a story that has been brought to our attention by a man called Thabiso Zulu. He is a former ANC regional secretary and friend of the late Sindiso Magaqa. UMzimkhulu Municipality in the Harry Gwala District of KwaZulu-Natal has been embroiled in allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds. The allegations relate to upgrades to the uMzimkhulu Memorial Hall. Zulu says three companies were paid more than 20-million-rand before any services were rendered. Meanwhile, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has announced that her office is investigating the corruption allegations relating to the upgrades and the outcomes will be released in December. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to UMzimkhulu Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga and Former ANCYL regional secretary Thabiso Zulu

SAICA receives widespread requests from stakeholders to take stand against unethical behaviour by members

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, SAICA says it has received widespread requests from its stakeholders as well as the general public to take a strong stand against unethical behaviour by its members. SAICA has expressed disappointment that the chartered accountancy profession in South Africa has received a significant reputation setback, following the developments around the auditing firm KPMG which employed members of SAICA. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo asks what should be done to restore trust in the chartered accountancy profession with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants CEO, Terence Nombembe and Chief economist at Pan African Capital, Dr Iraj Abedian.

Is age-cheating killing our football and contributing to the poor performance of our national team?

Age cheating or Age fraud has long been a problem in South African football. Some have even said it's one of the biggest factors contributing to the recent dip in performances of Bafana Bafana. Analysts have gone as far as describing it as " a cancer to African football". Recently, African football leaders at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) symposium in Morocco conceded that there's a need to nip cheating in the bud to promote fair play. CAF also resolved to spend millions in an effort to curb age cheating in junior national teams. On the Forum at 8 we ask: Is age-cheating killing our football and contributing to the poor performance of our national team

Are African Traditional Medicines receiving attention they deserve?

South Africa is rich in traditional knowledge systems and indigenous plants. Africa alone is gifted with more than four-thousand plant species used for medicinal purposes. Yet there are still misconceptions about traditional medicine. Some people think that when you refer to traditional medicines you are talking about witchcraft or something unclean and not tested according to Western standards. On the other hand, South Africa has had its challenges regarding granting patents easily. The most important controversies about Intellectual Policy (IP) usually involve drugs or medicines. Experts say South Africa has a history of intellectual property misappropriation by both individuals and organisations. The problem is that many big corporations continue to ignore their legal obligations to seek prior informed consent and to share benefits that result from their use of the knowledge and genetic resources of indigenous communities. Last month a new draft of the IP was released by the department of trade and industry which will pave the way to end the country's high rate of granting patents. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Founder of Africeutical Health Sciences, Dr Thozamile Qubuda and Head of the Botany Department at the University of Fort Hare, Prof Michael Magwa...

Is Cameroon experiencing black on black colonisation?

At least 17 people have been killed over the past weekend in clashes linked to a symbolic declaration of independence by Cameroon's English-speaking minority. The separatists chose October 1 for their declaration as it is the anniversary of the official reunification of the Anglophone and Francophone parts of Cameroon in 1961. The country's Anglophone regions are demanding independence and are calling on government to stop imposing French on their educational and legal systems. The English-speakers also say they suffer discrimination and inequality at the hands of the Francophone majority. President Paul Biya has opposed any moves towards secession or a federal state. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Senior Researche at the Institute for Security Studies, Dr. Fonteh Akum; Amnesty International's Ilaria Allegrozzi and Milton Taka, the spokesperson for Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front....

We look at what is happening in Phillipi & other areas as we ask if @SAPoliceService have failed communities.

Community leaders and residents of the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi in Cape Town, say they have lost faith in the police. This follows two shootings in the area last week, which left 18 people dead. It is alleged that the shooting was a revenge attack carried out by gangsters. Community members say people are dying in large numbers, and they are calling for local police to help fight high levels of crime in the area. On the Forum@8 we look at what is happening in Phillipi and surrounding areas and we ask if the police have failed these communities

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