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04
JUN

Nigeria - Buhari's second term in office.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in for a second term at what many called a low-key inauguration ceremony in which he surprised many by not delivering a speech. The 76-year-old former military leader faces a long list of challenges which include a sluggish economy, high unemployment and a decade-old Islamic insurgency. His four-year first term, in which he rarely gave public addresses, was overshadowed by speculation about his health and marked by a long absence abroad for medical treatment. But he won a clear endorsement in February’s election with 56% of the vote.
• Dr Akinola Olojo: Senior Researcher: Transitional Threats & International Crime Institute of Security Studies (ISS).
• Dr Jimam Lar : Political Analyst.
• Dr Olayinka Ajala: Associate Lecturer University of York.
03
JUN

Child protection week

South Africa’s Department of Social Development has urged South Africans to take real action in protecting children within our families and communities. According to the Children’s Institute several South African studies point to the saturation of violence in the everyday lives of children. The Birth to Twenty Plus study found that 99% of children had experienced or witnessed some form of violence, and more than 40% had multiple experiences of violence in their homes, schools and communities. All forms of violence affect children of both genders. Evidence shows that a larger numbers of boys experience sexual abuse than previously believed. Both boys and girls similarly experience physical abuse, but emotional violence is poorly understood.
To assist us on the day’s discussion we are joined in studio by:
• Ngaa Murombedzi is the Advocacy Manager at Women and Men against Child abuse
• Sibusiso Khasa is the Communications Manager at Save the Children
• Sinah Moruane, a child protection specialist at Unicef South Africa she is in Pretoria
27
MAY

Malawi recount of votes

Malawi’s electoral commission says it will not release the presidential election results because of a court injunction obtained by the main opposition party, the Malawi Congress Party. The party’s leader Lazarus Chakwera wants the electoral body to fix irregularities around the votes in some parts of the country where there have been huge anomalies and electoral disputes. Despite the voting process appearing to be well-managed, peaceful and transparent, the handling of the results has been chaotic. There have been complaints of forgery of result sheets. Electoral Chairwoman, Jane Ansah said the commission had received 147 complaints. The elections on Tuesday chose a president, lawmakers and municipal councillors, and the complaints related to all three tiers.

To assist us on the day’s discussion we speak to:
• Advocate Sipho Mantula a researcher at the Institute for Dispute Resolutions in Africa.
• Victor Chipofya, an independent political analyst.
• George Mhango is a Channel Africa correspondent.
23
MAY

Africa Month celebration

Ditsong The National Museum of Cultural History of South Africa was the venue on Thursday 23rd May 2019 for a lecture and a round table discussion on “The Dialogue on Xenophbia”as part of the Africa Month commemoration. South Africa has been one of several African countries that has faced the Xenophobic attacks on Immigrants from other countries. To give us an insight into the problem and resolutions, we have:

*** Dr Noel Solani, Director of the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History

*** Mr Ruphus Matibe , Director of International Relations , with South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture

*** Ms Beatrice Achaleke, Founder of Global Books in Cameroon

*** Mr Jean Bwasa, Founder and Chairman of the RIGHTS2LIVE, in the Democratic Republic of Congo
22
MAY

Electoral expectations in South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa will be inaugurated this coming weekend as president of South Africa. Coming out of an election campaign during which Ramaphosa made a multiple of promises to the electorate from creating jobs to dealing with the land questions in the country, much is expected from his presidency. At a recent press conference his political opponent Julius Malema (of the Economic Freedom Fighters) stated that Ramaphosa has a mixed bag of challenges within his party, the African National Congress (ANC). Malema highlighted the main challenges of Ramaphosa being factionalism in the party, the land reform and issues surrounding state capture.
To assist us on this we are joined by political analysts:
• Sanusha Naidoo, Political analyst at the Institute for Global Dialogue.
• Dr Khondlo Mntshali, Politics Department of the University of Kwazulu Natal.
• Dr Thabisi Hoeane, Politics Department University of Natal.
21
MAY

Venezuela crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday proposed early elections for the National Assembly, which is headed by opposition leader Juan Guaido and is the sole body recognised as democratically legitimate by most Western nations. The opposition won a majority in the National Assembly in 2015 and the next congressional elections are currently scheduled for late 2020. Most western nations have recognised Guaido as the country’s rightful head of state, after Maduro won re-election last year in a vote widely deemed fraudulent, and stacked other state bodies with loyalists. But he retains control of state functions and the support of the military’s top brass, as well as allies Russia, Cuba and China.
• Mr Aziz Pahad Chairperson Ministerial Review Panel Department of International Relations and Corporation.
• Henning Suhr, South Africa Director of the Konrad Adenaer Foundation.
20
MAY

Malawi Elections

Malawians are expected to head to the polls tomorrow for their local, parliamentary and presidential elections. The elections are seeing seven candidates contesting for the presidential seat, amongst them incumbent President Peter Mutharika, Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima and main opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera. About 6.7 million Malawians are registered to vote and results are expected by May 29.

1. Sangwani Mwafuli: Spokespersons Malawi Electoral Commission

2. Victor Chipoya : Independent Political Analyst

3. George Mhango : Channel Africa Correspondent
14
MAY

South Africa’s national and provincial elections Low Voter Turnout

South Africa’s national and provincial election last week saw the lowest voter turnout in its history. Only 65.99% of voters turned up at voting stations which saw the victory of the African National Congress who won with 230 seats. Historically the voting turnout has been fluctuated with the first record being in 1999 where there was an outstanding turnout of 89.3%. However, in the years the voter turnout in the national and provincial elections in the country seemed to fluctuate in the 70 per cent mark. So for the first time in the history of the country, it is the first time that the national voter turnout is at sixty per cent.

We are joined by:

• Elnari Potgieter, project leader for the South Africa Reconciliation. Barometer at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
• Ipsos director and political analyst , Mari Harris.
• Gabriel Crouse, associate at the Institute of Race Relations.
13
MAY

IEC declares the ANC as National government

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says democracy has emerged victorious with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declaring the 2019 free and fair. The electoral body has released the results of the country's sixth general elections within seven days as specified in the Electoral Act. The commission declared the African National Congress (ANC) the overall winner with 230 seats in the National Assembly followed by the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters with 84 and 44 seats respectively.

To assist us on the environment before elections we speak to:
• Professor Cherrel Africa, analyst joining us from the University of the Western Cape’s politics department.
• Prof Sean Gossel, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
• Grant Masterson Program Manager African Peer Review Mechanism Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy Africa (EISA).
09
MAY

Preliminary Election Results

Results are trickling in at the Independent Electoral Commission’s results operating centre in Pretoria, South Africa. Thirty-percent of the votes have been counted so far. Although they are not yet conclusive, a picture is starting to emerge; the African National Congress (ANC) is in the lead with 53.89%, trailed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) at 27.14%, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with (7.83%), Freedom Front Plus (FF+) at 3.52% and the Ikatha Freedom Party (IFP) with 1.59%.

We are joined by:

Dr Theo Venter from the North West University

Dr Shingai Mutizwa – Mangiza from Western Cape University

Milton Maluleque – Channel Africa journalist

Thuto Ngobeni – Channel Africa journalist
07
MAY

6th democratic elections in South Africa.

In a matter of hours millions of South Africans will be making their way to voting stations across the country. These are the sixth democratic elections since 1994. South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world and is held back by corruption and crime. The African National Congress, while embattled, looks likely to retain its throne of national governance.
However, recent voter surveys show that the 2019 general election may be the ANC’s most daunting test of confidence in 25 years. While internal issues form part of the ANC’s uneasiness, an up swell in support for opposition parties, in particular, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has managed to chip away at the ANC’s support base, by intensifying a revolutionary rhetoric which appeals to the demands of populism.
We are joined in studio by:
Professor Cherrel Africa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
Professor Sean Gossel is an Associate Professor from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Theo Venter from the University of the North West.
06
MAY

IAAF and the Caster Semenya Ruling

On Friday South African born gold medallist Caster Semenya won the 800 meters at the Doha Diamond League meet. Her win came two days after she lost her case against the International Association for Athletics Federation’s bid to change its rules for female athletes who have higher testosterone levels who compete in the 800 to 1500m events. The rules are to take effect on Wednesday 8th May – meaning if Semenya wants to continue competing on an international stage she will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels. Now the 28year old has not minced her words and said she would not be taking any medication.

We are joined in studio by:

Shanti Bartlett, an Academic Associate at the University of Pretoria Law Faculty in the Department of Private Law

Professor Katrina Karkazis, a Senior visiting fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale University

Dr Mwangi Francis Mundia is a lecturer and chairman at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya

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