Burning Issue

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±55 min episodes every 2 weeks  | 
The content echoes the name of the show – a platform that creates discussion around issues of religion, legal, consumer related, news and human interest stories. Hosted by seasoned photo-journalist and writer Yazeed Kamaldien who has a passion for community news, the 2 hour discussion show is interactive with the lines open for people to voice their opinions while the experts answer the questions.

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Late Achmat Davids research on ‘’Die Afrikaans van die Kaapse Moslems’’ highlight contribution by Cape Malay community

The adapted version of the book ‘’Die Afrikaans van die Kaapse Moslems’’ originally written by the late Achmat Davids has been launched. With Prof Hein Willemse using text from the original book for the compilation of the 80-page book highlighting the cultural and historical use of language by the early inhabitants of the Cape

For more on this VOC’s Burning Issue host Yazeed Kamaldien speaks to Professor in Afrikaans literature at the University of Pretoria Professor Hein Willemse; Professor in religious studies at the University of Botswana's Department of Theology and Religious Studies Professor Muhammed Haron; editor of the original book ‘’Die Afrikaans van die Kaapse Moslems’’ and Professor of Islamic Studies, School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu Natal Professor Suleman Dangor and the relative --of the late Achmat Davids- Shaheem Davids.

Parents testify at People commission of inquiry into child killings in the Western Cape

This week parents of murdered child will testify before the public inquiry into child killings in the Western Cape. This includes parents who claim their pleas for help, in seeking justice for the murder of their children, have fallen on deaf ears.

The two-day inquiry is being held at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Wynberg.
This comes after efforts made by various non-governmental organisations who lobbied for premier Helen Zille to launch an inquiry was unsuccessful.

For more on this VOC's Burning Issue host Yazeed Kamaldien spoke to Valdi Van Reenen-Le Roux, Executive Director at the Trauma Centre; Avril Andrews, founder of Moms Move for Justice and one of the parents testifying and Dr Llewellyn MacMaster, one of the commissioners

Democratic Alliance: The vision behind Alan Winde’s new role

As you might know, the Democrat Alliance (DA) is the opposition party that governs the Western Cape, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay. The DA has 33 municipalities including the Western Cape under its belt. This means that they have more power and say as to how the Western Cape should be governed compared to other provinces.
Now early this year in June, applications in the Western Cape were opened for two positions to be filled within the party, one for the Mayor and the other for the Premier. After a month-long ‘’rigorous’’ selection process, Dan Plato was selected as the Mayor and Alan Winde as the new Premier of the Western Cape
The party had four candidates gunning for the Western Cape Premier position, which included Alan Winde, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC of Social Development Albert Fritz and MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell.
This evening in studio we have the honour of interviewing MEC Alan Winde who currently holds the position of Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape and is the incoming Western Cape Premier

Resignation of former DA Councillors further exposes division within the party

The recent resignation by 5 former Democratic Alliance members at a council meeting last week has further exposed the internal battle within the party.
The group of former councillor have sited racism and intimidation as some of the reason behind their decision to exit and have also pledged their support for outgoing Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille who vowed to challenge the new Bowman report, which implicated her of alleged criminal wrongdoing including fraud and corruption.
The first to resign was Shaun August, Chief Whip followed by then area-based Mayco Member Siya Mamkeli, area-based Mayco member Suzette Little, Atlantis councillor Greg Bernado and Mfuleni councillor Thulani Stemela.
NOTE: We have extended the invitation to the Democratic Alliance however they declined to comment.

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Come the 1 November Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Minister Dan Plato will take over the mayoral chain from Mayor Patricia de Lille. This after Mayor De Lille agreed to step down in August when she resigned after the protracted battle between herself and Democratic Alliance. Amongst the candidates that competed for the mayoral chain were provincial Parliament Speaker, Sharna Fernandez, Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson and Mayco Member for Urban Development, Brett Herron.

VOC’s Burning Issue, host Yazeed Kamaldien spoke to Minister of Community Safety in the Western Cape, Minister Dan Plato about his vision as the incoming mayor of Cape Town

Questions and Answers with Councillor Xanthea Limberg on high water bills and faulty water meters

Earlier this month the City of Cape Town announced plans to lower water restrictions and tariffs to Level 5 come October 1 this year. This follows an increase in the average dam levels as well as public adopting conservation methods.

Despite the relief that will be implemented next month, some residents have complained about high water bills and problematic water management devices.

For more on this Voice of the Cape Radio - VOC Burning Issue host, Yazeed Kamaldien spoke to mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy for City do Cape Town, Councillor Xanthea Limberg

Photo : News24

Cape Town residents calling for the protection of historical burial sites.

Symbolic protest action by the Bo-Kaap residents against gentrification has highlighted how public action can help protect Islamic heritage and other historical burial sites in the Western Cape.

This includes the Black River Interest Group recently launching a petition against the development of land and the exhumation of 3000 human remains of people who were buried at the Black River Heritage Cemetery 200 years ago.

For more on this, VOC's Burning Issue host, Yazeed Kamaldien; spoke to local historian, Mogamat Kammie Kamedien; a trustee of the Tana Baru Trust and lecturer at the University of Cape Town School of architecture and anthropology, Saadiq Toffa and members of the Black River Interest Group, Basil Coetzee and Caroline Jamal.

SA crime statistics reveal murder rate remains high in Western Cape

The Western Cape continues to have the highest number of murders in the country. This is according to the latest figures released in the National Annual Crime Statistics for the 2017-2018 financial year.

Some of the police stations on the top 30 list for the highest contact crime include Nyanga, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and Delft. This criminal offences include murder, assault with grievous bodily harm, robbery and sexual assault.

For more on this, VOC's Burning Issue host, Yazeed Kamaldien, spoke to the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in the Cape Metro, Grant Twigg; the founding member of the United Public Safety Front, John Cloete; chairperson of the Mitchells Plain Community Police Forum, Abie Isaacs; spokesperson for the Kensington Community Police Forum, Zainulabideen van der Schyff and deputy chairperson and the spokesperson for the Elsies River Community Police Forum, Imraahn Mukaddam.

Why South Africa is one of the top human trafficking routes in the world

A recent workshop hosted by the Department of Justice in the Western Cape during the commemoration of WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS highlights the growing trend of child trafficking throughout the world.

Various community leaders and organization attended the event under the theme: “Responding to the trafficking of children and young people”.
Now even though South Africa have legislation in place to prevent and combat human trafficking in the country. The number of victims smuggled in, out and within our borders remains high despite the growing awareness.
And the Western Cape is not exempted from the global phenomenon as recent cases of human trafficking have been reported in Cape Town over the past few weeks. Including a recent incident of a 40-year-old man being arrested for alleged human trafficking right here in the Western Cape .These cases are currently being investigated by Hawks.

Joining us in-studio from now until 19h25 is Cornel Viljoen Coordinator A21 South Africa Prevention & Awareness and various other guest will be joining us online later in the show

Joan van Niekerk, Child Right Consultant and member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Advocate Garry Titus, Communication Officer for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape

Cape Town’s rail system is being plunged into crisis....why?

Cape Town’s rail system has been in disarray for a while, but things have reached a crisis point recently, following a series of arson attacks on train carriages. A fire on 21 July at Cape Town station destroyed seven rail coaches and exactly a week later, more trains were set alight. Another fire, on 26 July at Retreat destroyed five carriages and then last Tuesday, a seat was set alight in a train in Cape Town station and one suspect was arrested. In May‚ a commuter died in a train fire near Ottery station and another woman suffered severe burn wounds. The fires have caused long delays for commuters using an already strained train service.
The situation has become unbearable…and the question is why this is happening?
Our guests tonight:
Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille
Mayco member for transport in the City of Cape Town, Brett Heron
James Stent from activist group, Unite Behind
Steve Harris, General Secretary of United National Transport Union (Untu)
And Metrorail’s regional manager Richard Walker

Gun Amnesty in SA - Is it effective?

Parliaments Portfolio Committee on Police will formally consider a Firearms Amnesty request from the Minister on Police on Thursday 16 August. The amnesty proposal is for 1 September 2018 for a period of six months, terminating on 28 February 2019.
However, on Friday 27th July, Gun Owners South Africa (GOSA) asked the North Gauteng High Court for an interdict against the South African Police Service (SAPS) to protect firearm owners with licenses that have expired and were prevented from renewing by a combination of illegal and malicious acts by the SAPS. The court granted the interdict. This relief judgement of course impacts on whether amnesty could be granted or not.
Tonight we look at the implications of this case for gun owners and we ask: is Gun Amnesty effective?

Gang violence escalates on the Cape Flats

Welcome to Burning Issue. Now tonight we touch on a very emotional topic – that of gang violence, an issue we know strikes at the heart of our community and something we speak about very often.
It’s been a deadly month in some of Cape Town's gang-riddled communities, with scores of people killed in areas including Eastridge and Beacon Valley in Mitchells Plain, Strandfontein, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Lavender Hill and Steenberg. Authorities have had their hands full as the turf war unfolds in different areas. Tonight we want to understand what are the shifts or formations in gang territories that is resulting in this upsurge in shootings.

At the same time, we have political parties such as the DA entering the fray, urging government to deploy the SA defence force to the gang hotspots. DA leader Mmusi Maimane led a march to the Nyanga police station on Thursday, telling the crowd of demonstrators that failure to do so was "continuously putting the lives of residents at risk".
You will remember that at the height of gang violence last year, former police minister Fikile Mbalula promised that the army would be deployed to protect communities. This week, police minister Bheki Cele briefed the media and said the army will not be a viable option, as its not trained for that purpose.
So tonight, we unpack this issue with several guests instudio
You are welcome to join in on the discussion throughout the show via Sms 47913 or Whatsapp: 072 238 0712.
We will open the lines throughout the show on 021 442 3530 and in the second hour as well.

Guest: Maulana Shafiek Abrahams
Position: United Ulema of the Southern suburbs, based in Hillview

Guest: Aunty Kulthoem Moltie
Position: Lavender Hill activist
Guest: Grant Abrahams
Position: Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum member

Guest: Pastor Dean Ramjoomia

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