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Preview for the 16 days of activism against violence of Women and Children

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. As the official launch of the 16 days of nonviolence against women and children campaign draws nearer various non-governmental organisations have taken a stand to help women who are still trapped in violence, abuse and conflict areas to speak up. The South African Congress of Nonprofit organisation or Sacono is leading a campaign called raising the voice of one billion women and children. To discuss this further we are joined by: • President of the South African Congress of Nonprofit organisations(sacono) Phyllis Malope. • Commissioner at the commission for Gender Equality Nomasonto Mazibuko. • Founder of TWIST (transforming women in social transition)Nozuko Jafta (In studio)

Zimbabwe in turmoil

Zimbabwe is once again making headlines around the world. This time the army has held the 93 year old President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. The elderly statesman has been confined to his residence for the past two days and is said to be fine, this was revealed by South African President Jacob Zuma who says he had a telephonic conversation with the 93 year old leader. On Thursday after the military seized power in what it dubbed a targeted operation against “criminals” in the entourage of President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African nation for almost four decades. It is however unclear where the first lady Grace Mugabe is who has been controversial in the media recently, in a bit to succeed her husband as head of Zanu PF and Government. It was not clear whether the apparent military coup would bring a formal end to the 93-year-old Mugabe’s rule. To help us talk about the life O.R Tambo we are joined on the line by: 1. Dr Ibbo Mandaza Political Analyst 2. Simon Muchemwa Channel Africa Correspondent 3. David Coltart Former: Zimbabwean Cabinet Minister

Political Freeze in Liberia

About a week ago outgoing Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said democracy in the West African country was under threat, after the Supreme Court ordered the elections commission to fully examine allegations levelled by Charles Brumskine, who finished third in last month’s first round poll. A successful vote would be Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power in more than seven decades. 1. Itumeleng Makgetla Political Analyst 2. Cholo Brooks C.E.O and Publisher: 3. Emeritus Professor Shadrack Gutto

World Diabetes day

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) there are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: Dr Ahmed Reja:Chair International Diabetes Federation: Africa Region (Addis Ababa) Charmaine Moyo: Diabetes nurse and educator: Centre for diabetes excellence

Zimbabwean Politics

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has fired his vice Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, after he accused Mnangagwa of fanning factionalism in Zanu-PF and plotting to overthrow the 93-year-old ruling party leader. This came just a day after the first lady reportedly declared that the under fire vice president should be gone from both the government and Zanu-PF before the congress. This move has been seen by some as clearing the way for President Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe to succeed him. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Dr William Mpofu Political Analyst 2. Simon Muchengwa Channel Africa: Correspondent , 3. Dr Webster Zombara Senior Project Leader for the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation

Foreign troops on African soil

An article written earlier this year by IRIN NEWS suggests that the presence of foreign military on African soil is a symptom of the fragility of African states, and the power of external interests. The long and inglorious history of intervention runs from colonial and post-colonial struggles, through to the Cold War, and up to the present day. It further says that the twin hot spots are Sahel and the Horn of Africa. To discuss this further we are joined by: • Dr. Ndubuisi Christian Ani is a Researcher Peace and Security Research Programme Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa • Obi Anyadike Editor-at-Large IRINnews • Helmoed Heitman, Militiary and Defence analyst

Call for death sentence in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called for his country to see the return of the death penalty, which is part of the statute book in the country. To discuss the death penalty we are joined by: • Institute of Race Relations Policy Fellow John Kane-Berman • Executive Director at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation Stan Henkeman

The Humanitarian situation in DRC

A warning has been issued by the World Food Programme about the deepening crisis in the DRC’s Kasai region. It’s estimated that about 3.2 million people are food insecure and as many as 250 000 children could starve in the next few months if food doesn’t reach them quickly. The Kasai region accounts for 40% of the DRC’s 7.7 million severely food insecure. Many humanitarian organisations have been out there on the ground bringing different forms of aid but an appeal has been made by WFP for assistance to be wider. To assist us on this we are joined on the line by: • Rein Paulsen, Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in DRC • Augustin Majiku, Career Manager for Field Staff, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa (in studio) • Claude Jibidar World Food Programme DRC Country Director

Grant chaos

National Treasury has been given a week, to evaluate the capability of the South African Post Office (Sapo) to take over the payment of social grants in the country, this as negotiations between Sapo and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) deadlocked last night. Yesterday, parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) and its portfolio committee on social development insisted that National Treasury intervene to resolve the impasse. SAPO and SASSA were sent packing, with an order to come up with an agreement to ensure everything is in place for the grants pay-outs next year. To assist us on this we are joined by: • Zorah Dawood,Director of the Centre for Unity in Diversity • Professor Keith Breckenrigde is the Deputy Director at the Wits Institute for social and economic research also known as Wiser. (in studio) • Themba Godi (SCOPA chairperson)

Legislation against spanking

South Africa's High Court last week ruled that parents can no longer use the defence of 'reasonable chastisement' for smacking their children. Judge Raylene Keightley ruled that parents who believe in corporal punishment cannot put their religious beliefs above the interests of their children. Any form of hitting has been banned in the country's schools. The South African Schools Act states that "No person may administer corporal punishment at a school to a learner." Contravene this and you may be charged with assault. The situation was however different at home. While the criminal law labelled smacking a child, whether yours or someone else's, as assault, a parent could plead the special defence of moderate or reasonable chastisement if taken to court. The ruling largely received praise but some interest groups argued that judgment does not consider this distinction between assault and "reasonable and measured discipline" out of love. To assist us on this we are joined by: • Dr. Shaheda Omar, Director of Clinical Services at the Teddy Bear Clinic • Cornelius Williams, UNICEF’s Global Head of Child protection (STUDIO) • Michael Swain, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR For South Africa,

Kenya Re-run Election

Due to violent protests which took place in flashpoint opposition areas, Kenya's election board is expected today to decide whether to reschedule a vote. It was also expected that the counting of ballot papers will be completed last week Thursday for the presidential re-run, however the results were paused due to voting in 25 constituencies in four western counties was blocked. It still remains unclear how the vote will be rescheduled, as the current vote count shows Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor in these controversial elections. • Aldrin Sampear, SABC reporter • Nixon Katembo, Channel Africa reporter

Cabinet reshuffle in South Africa

President Jaboc Zuma has once again reshuffled his cabinet. To date this is cabinet reshuffle number 12. In March this year he fired former minister of Finance Pravin Gordan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, making that move his 126th change to his national executive. So far Zuma has made over 62 changes to ministerial positions, and just above 63 deputy ministerial positions, deeming it the biggest changes to have been in seen in South Africa. The recent reshuffle has seen Higher Education Minister and South African Communist Party Secretary General Blade Ndzimande being axed. Minister of Energy Mamoloko Kubayi was removed and replaced with States Security Minister David Mahlobo. Now today on the show we really look at the necessity of all these reshuffles…. To help us unpack and discuss this further we are joined on the line by: 1. Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana Pan African Institute University of Johannesburg 2. Prof Dirk Kotze Political Sciences Department University of South Africa (UNISA) 3. Richard Jurgens Editor: Africa in Fact Journal Good Governance Africa

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