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A zoom into Malawi

: Malawi is engulfed in a legal dispute between the judiciary and the executive arms of government. This because the executive issued an order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Andrew Nyirende to go on forced leave pending his retirement. A move that has been objected by legal experts, meanwhile Malawi heads for a fresh presidential poll next week Tuesday. Here is Channel Africa’s Malawi correspondent George Mhango


A group of more than twenty senior leaders in the United Nations, who report directly to Secretary-General António Guterres, and who are African or of African descent, have put their names to a personal statement published last week, expressing their outrage at pervasive and systemic racism, highlighting the need to ‘go beyond and do more’ than just offering condemnation. The editorial begins by evoking the death of George Floyd, the African-American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. The letter cites the “deep trauma and inter-generational suffering” that has resulted from racial injustice, particularly against people of African descent, the opinion piece written in their personal capacity, declares that it is time to go further than simply condemning acts of racism, described as “a global scourge that has been perpetuated over centuries”.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by:

• Gabriel Crouser is an analyst at the South African Institute of Race Relations
• Stan Henkeman is the Executive Director at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Youth Day: Deficits in South Africa's Schooling System

Five schools in the Free State are being investigated for possible COVID19 infections. Teachers at four of the schools have been tested after they exhibited symptoms. And, 15 learners from Heatherdale Secondary School in Bloemfontein, are still awaiting their results. Meanwhile, COSAS says there are schools that have not fully implemented strict control guidelines to combat the spread of Covid19. The organisation has already removed learners from schools in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Welkom in the Free State - citing non-compliance at the institutions. COSAS Deputy Secretary General, Xola Booi, says they are identifying schools that are not complying with lockdown and sanitization measures, as it embarks on shutting down places of learning amid the coronavirus pandemic...

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Michael Mayalo
Treasurer of Congress of South African Students

• Noncedo Madubedube
General Secretary at Equal Education

Femicide in South Africa

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a "surge in murders of women and children", after the body of a young woman was found dumped under a tree in Dobsonville, Soweto, on Friday. Since the country entered alert Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown on 1 June, there has been a surge in gender-based violence and femicide, the president said in a statement on Saturday.
"According to the SAPS there has been an increase in violent crime, especially murders, since we entered alert level 3. We need to understand what factors are fuelling this terrible trend and, as society as a whole, address them urgently," the president said. Ramaphosa noted that South Africa had among the highest levels of intimate partner violence in the world, and that as much as 51% of South African women have experienced violence at the hands of someone with whom they are in a relationship.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by:

• Mienke Steytler is digital and content office at Amnesty International
• Bafana Khumalo is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Sonke and one of the organisation's co-founders.
• Nomathamsanqa Masiko is a human rights and gender activist

Professor Adam Habib

On my one on one I will be speaking to someone who is no stranger to student protests, a South African professor of political geography and vice chancellor at Wits University Professor Adam Habib. After seven years in helm Professor Habib will take up the position of director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London as of January next year. We are going to be talking to him about his legacy at Wits and as an individual in the country

Social Media Trends

: what’s trending on twitter?

• The death of Tshegofatso Pule brutally murdered
• We also see the nationwide protests against racial discrimination and inequality after the killing of George Floyd
• South Africa commemorates one the most important days in our history June 16th next week.

Femicide in South Africa

what’s happening on the continent? Today we zoom into South Africa. This week we saw another brutal murder of a young woman, Tshegofasto Pule was found hanging from a tree with multiple stab wounds. Not so long ago it was Karabo Mokoena…I am now joined on the line by Mienke Steytler is the digital and content officer at Amnesty International South Africa…

The Multi-layered Nkuruziza Legacy

Burundi has begun seven days of national mourning following the death of its outgoing President, Pierre Nkurunziza who died on Monday from a heart attack , aged 55. Nkurunziza was due to hand over power in August to his handpicked successor, Evariste Ndayishimiye. He was however going to be named as the 'Supreme Guide to Patriotism' with a hefty reward of half a million US dollars and a luxury villa.The former rebel leader, who later became a born again Christian, has been accused of overseeing the torture, rape and murder of his opponents by his security forces. He always denied the allegations of Human Rights abuses.

Correspondent, Sarah Kimani looks back on his life..

• Martin Chungong, secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

• Prof. Babatunde Fagbayibo, associate professor in the department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at UNISA

• Nixon Tasakana, Channel Africa journalist

Sudan's Complex Transitional Government

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok pledged justice last week for scores of pro-democracy protesters killed a year ago when security forces broke up a sit-in outside the defense ministry. The demonstration was the culmination of weeks of protests that led the army to overthrow veteran leader Omar al-Bashir and ushered in a power-sharing agreement last year.The military - including a powerful paramilitary force that witnesses and activists said played a leading role in the raid - is now in a fragile, three-year pact with civilians. Hamdok, an economist and former senior United Nations official, leads a transitional government and named a commission in October to investigate the raid.

We get an update on whether the Sudan experienced politician reform since the ousting of al-Bashir and the heightening of protests a year.

African Dialogue anchor Benjamin Moshatama speaks to:

Sabir Ebrahim
Sudan Liberation Movement in South Africa

Prof Kwesi Kwaa Prah
Author & Public Speaker

Dr Jok Maduk Jok {New York}
Executive Director
Sudd Intitute

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