Burning Issue

THE VOICE OF THE CAPE  |  Podcast , ±53 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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11
SEP

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.
14
AUG

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
10
AUG

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
01
AUG

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?
24
JUL

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
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Guest: Grant Abrahams
Position: Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum member

Guest: Pastor Dean Ramjoomia
03
JUL

Is mob justice being normalised in our communities?

Cape Town was rocked by yet another child murder this past weekend– that of 6 year old Stacey Adams from Eastridge. Stacey was buried this afternoon by Islamic rites. Her body was found buried in a shallow grave, next to a wendy house where she had lived with her 24 year old mother Sasha Lee Adams and her boyfriend, who was subsequently arrested.
Now as police investigated the crime scene on Sunday afternoon, and with the suspect inside the house, residents gathered outside baying for flood – with some individuals torching the main house, on which this wendy house was attached to. The suspect was quickly evacuated by police.
Tempers flared in Eastridge again last night as a group of residents again gathered outside the home, and this time, they destroyed the wendy house, where Stacey had lived. Some of the residents that VOC News spoke to, made it very clear that they wanted to avenge Staceys death and they want their own form of justice against the alleged perpetrator.
Remember that this is not the first time we see this type of community reaction to child violence. We saw similar violence last year in the case of 13 year old Rene Roman from Lavender Hill and earlier this year, the same thing happened when it was discovered that a 9 year old girl was raped in Tafelsig. And then we all know the case of Courtney Pieters from Elsies River, whose mother was threatened with violence shortly after Courtney’s body was found.
So tonight we tackle a very emotive topic – that of mob justice or mob violence. Why is this becoming the norm and what is its cause and effect?
03
JUL

Is mob justice being normalised in our communities?

Cape Town was rocked by yet another child murder this past weekend– that of 6 year old Stacey Adams from Eastridge. Stacey was buried this afternoon by Islamic rites. Her body was found buried in a shallow grave, next to a wendy house where she had lived with her 24 year old mother Sasha Lee Adams and her boyfriend, who was subsequently arrested.
Now as police investigated the crime scene on Sunday afternoon, and with the suspect inside the house, residents gathered outside baying for flood – with some individuals torching the main house, on which this wendy house was attached to. The suspect was quickly evacuated by police.
Tempers flared in Eastridge again last night as a group of residents again gathered outside the home, and this time, they destroyed the wendy house, where Stacey had lived. Some of the residents that VOC News spoke to, made it very clear that they wanted to avenge Staceys death and they want their own form of justice against the alleged perpetrator.
Remember that this is not the first time we see this type of community reaction to child violence. We saw similar violence last year in the case of 13 year old Rene Roman from Lavender Hill and earlier this year, the same thing happened when it was discovered that a 9 year old girl was raped in Tafelsig. And then we all know the case of Courtney Pieters from Elsies River, whose mother was threatened with violence shortly after Courtney’s body was found.
So tonight we tackle a very emotive topic – that of mob justice or mob violence. Why is this becoming the norm and what is its cause and effect?
03
JUL

Should the City of Cape Town scrap the water tariffs and Level 6B water restrictions?

Cape Town had beautiful rainfall over the past few days and so far, it’s been a good winter season – so certainly it seems as though we have have sailed out of troubled waters. Last week, the City of Cape Town said it was confident it can avoid Day Zero until at least 2020, as the dams are seeing a significant improvement. Dam levels are currently at 43 percent and we still have more than two months of expected rainfall ahead of us.
But the high water tariffs are still a concern for many residents and water activists. A proposed 55.16% increase in water tariffs had residents in an uproar earlier this year. But after consideration and assessment of the City’s draft budget for 2018/19 – the tariff was reduced to 10.10%.
But some believe it’s time for these tariffs to be scrapped, as there is no longer Day Zero. Tonight we unpack the issue with some water activists and also get a response from the City of Cape Town’s deputy mayor Ian Nielsen
You are welcome to join in on the discussion throughout the show via Sms 47913 or Whatsapp: 072 238 0712. We can open the lines at 6.40pm for a few callers on the number 021 442 3530 and in the second hour as well
In-studio we have:

-Anne-Marie Smith, co-ordinator from Save Cape Town
-Shaheed Mahomed, a water activist
-Sandra Dickson, Founder of the Stop CoCT action group
-Sulayman Stellenboom, Tafelsig Activist Forum founder
20
JUN

Bo Kaap rises: How the community is reclaiming its streets

Now Ramadan was certainly a decisive time for Bo Kaap and many communities across the Cape Flats, as we saw an uprising from ordinary citizens against government on key issues such as housing and service delivery. In Bo Kaap specifically, the spotlight was placed firmly on the issue of gentrification, high municipal tariffs, and the preservation of the area’s rich Muslim culture and heritage.
Tonight we want to unpack and reflect on how these social issues are playing out in the community and what is the role of the civic organisations in Bo Kaap as they drive the process forward
15
MAY

Siqalo and Mitchels Plain...a rebellion of the poor

The recent violent protests over the demand for electricity and water in the Siqalo informal settlement outside Mitchells Plain have put the spotlight on the housing backlog in the community. But it has also raised the importance of addressing housing and land issues in the Greater Mitchells Plain area – which has slipped under the media radar. This matter was brought to the fore recently when a group of Mitchells Plain residents from Woodlands met the MEC for Human Settlements and other role-players. The housing backlog in the Western Cape stands at a whopping 575 000.
Tonight we hope to unpack the burning frustrations of residents, following the mass protests by Siqalo and Mitchells Plain residents just over a week ago, which sadly claimed the life of Tauriq Mohamed from Bayview. Our objective tonight is to understand the housing crisis, the social ills facing Mitchells Plain and Siqalo, to look closely at the issues of race and identity as well as government’s failure in addressing the housing and land challenges since 1994.
Our guests this evening:
INSTUDIO:
-Faadiel Adams from Gatvol Capetonian, a newly launched organisation – the name says it all
-Gamieldien Titus from the People’s Rights Party
-Shaheen Van Nelson, chairperson New Woodlands Residents Association
-Rashmia Lucas
Position: chairperson of the Colorado London Village Ratepayers Association (COLV)
-Monwabisa Futshalana, a representative for the Siqalo community
-After 8pm, we will speak to Councillor Elton Jansen and Norman Jantjies from the Mitchells Plain United Residents Association (MURA)
02
MAY

The challenges of the D6 project

Still keeping with the issue of land reform, tonight we pick up on the challenges of restitution post 1994 by looking at the contentious District Six project.
District Six has existed as a white elephant for some time now. From the highway going in and out of the city, commuters can see some development in the form of white houses, but by-and-large, you still see the swathes of land which remains untouched. Then further up, close to Cape Tech, there is phase 3, which has taken years to complete. (and as you know, we keep regular tabs on this development, in Burning Issue on a monthly basis)
Last week, our news team reported that the District Six Working Committee (D6WC) is taking the state to court for its delays on District Six. The application in main seeks a declaratory order and structural interdict against the state for failing to provide adequate restitution in District Six.
The minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Commission on Restitution of Land Rights, the premier of the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town, the government of the South Africa and the District Six Beneficiary and Development Trust and its trustees are cited as co- respondents in the matter.
So tonight, we want to understand what has gone wrong? And why?

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