Law Focus

WITS RADIO ACADEMY  |  Podcast , ±51 min episodes every 1 week, 6 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Law Focus is the show that brings the law to you and hands you your rights. Every week we go in depth into a legal topic with the help of interesting case studies and insightful guests. Our radio drama, The Right Stuff, gives a humorous edge to the topic, while we always make sure to catch you up on the legal news of the week.

Wits Radio Academy's Law Focus reaches South Africans far and wide through our partnership with four other community stations. Our coproduction endeavor takes the show to Alex FM (Gauteng), Phalaborwa fm (Limpopo), Alfred Nzo Community Radio (Eastern Cape) and Radio Riverside (Northern Cape).

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20
MAR

Law Focus - Human Rights

Human Rights are essentially a set of agreed principles, which affirm and uphold the dignity of the person. There are concerned with fairness, respect and independence and recognize our freedom to make certain life choices and realize our potential as human beings but also understanding that there come with responsibility and consideration for the rights of others.
In South Africa, Human Rights Day commemorated on the 21st of March, is historically linked to the Sharpeville massacre were 69 people were shot dead for protesting the unjust apartheid pass laws. This year, the theme is “The Year of Indigenous Languages: Promoting and Deepening a Human Rights Culture”.
In this episode of Law Focus, we spoke to Constitutional Hill CEO, Dawn Roberston , to discuss the history of the place, significance and different activities lined up to commemorate Human Rights Day. Secondly, we engaged with Sharon Ekambaram, from Lawyers for Human Rights, to ascertain the state of Human Rights in South Africa today. Finally, we touched base with, Gushwell Brooks, the spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission, on its rights and responsibilities as a Chapter 9 institution in affirming and promoting human rights.

PHOTO CRED: Jon Tyson
19
MAR

Law Focus - Criminal Charges Involving Minors

In light of the recent public outcry for #JusticeForThoriso which involves the violent murder of 28 year old Thoriso Themane who died at the alleged hands of seven teenagers aged between 13 and 16 from Capricorn High School in Polokwane, Law Focus decided to examine what the South African criminal justice system says about minors committing heinous crimes.

Joining us for this conversation is Justice Magayi from Legal Aid South Africa who will clarify how crimes committed by minors are handled, and whether the calls for harsher punishments will be considered.
We also speak to clinical psychologist Thabang Tlaka and social worker Orapeleng Phale to better understand the social and psychological reasons why young people resort to crime.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Legal Aid South Africa: Produced by Simba Honde and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali, Millicent Ndiweni, Siyabonga Motha and Sesethu Zingelwa. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame
11
MAR

Law Focus - The Violation of Human Rights In Sports

Sports has a unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds, races, genders and nationalities, in more ways than one sports has directly affected and influenced society by breaking down preconceptions and challenging the status quo.

One athlete who has exhibited this is 'Golden Girl' Mokgadi Caster Semenya a South African Olympic gold medalist and world champion middle-distance runner. Caster Semenya is a hyperandrogenic athlete which means her body has high levels of male sex hormones such as testosterone, a genetic variation which we should be celebrating in the world of athletics as it shows the community is committed to inclusion but instead the International Association of Athletics Federations is proposing that hyperandrogenic and DSD (differences of sexual development) female athletes should take a hormone suppressant drug to lower their testosterone levels in order to be eligible to compete.

The proposed rule has raised concerns of human rights violations which we will unpack with the Commission of Gender Equality's acting chairperson Tamara Mathebula as well as Candice Martin, a sports scientists from Sports Science LAB South Africa who explains the medical effects of hormone suppressants and how this will affect Caster Semenya's performance.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: Produced by Simba Honde and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali, Millicent Ndiweni, Sesethu Zingelwa and Siyabonga Motha. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.
05
MAR

Law Focus - The Criminalization of HIV

In 2013 the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria sentenced Lovers Phiri, a former Department of Health HIV counselor to six years in jail after he had unprotected sex with his then girlfriend and never disclosed his status to her, he was subsequently convicted of attempted murder.
A similar case in the United States occurred when a man was handed two 15 year imprisonment sentences following his non-disclosure of his HIV+ status when he had sex twice with his partner on both occasions, using a condom and not infecting her.

HIV criminalization refers to the use of criminal law to penalize alleged, perceived, or potential HIV exposure.
South Africa has not adopted any HIV-specific criminal law but the conversation around the criminalization of HIV is on-going. The implementation of such laws is said to decrease the number of infections but would also drastically foster stigma and discrimination.
Joining the discussion is Neil Kirby, Director and Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences practice at Werksmans Attorneys as well as Doctor Sindi Van Zyl an HIV/AIDS expert provides ongoing support and health-care education.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: Produced by Simba Honde and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali, Millicent Ndiweni, Sesethu Zingelwa and Siyabonga Motha. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame
25
FEB

Law Focus - The Right To Assemble

As the 2019 academic year begins Universities across the country have been in disarray and turmoil as students have rallied together to protest various issues at their institutions.
These protests have obtained nationwide attention for various reasons but more prominently the death of a Durban University of Technology student, Mlungisi Madonsela. The young man was killed during clashes with security on campus during a protest raising questions regarding what the constitutions says about our right and our responsibility to protest.

Law Focus this week will analyse Section 17 of the Constitution which provides that everyone has the right to assemble. To help us understand our right to protest we speak to a Law Student Patrick Kadima to explain the role of the SRC and university laws
around protest actions, we also speak to Zandile Jiyane, from the Freedom of Expression Institute to unpack the difference between a legal and illegal protest.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: Produced by Simba Honde and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali, Sesethu Zingelwa and Siyabonga Motha. Technical production by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame
08
FEB

Law Focus - Termination of Pregnancy

There is an increasing number of illegal backstreet abortion, despite the termination of pregnancy being legal in South Africa. Dr. Malusi Dlamini and Zwanaka Netshifulani (Wits Gender Equity Office) discuss the concerns surrounding reproduction and women having the right to freedom to have control over their bodies. Brenda Bamuza and Whitney Chilokwna from Marie Stopes talk about the challenges they face in healthcare and fighting the stigma in the communities.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali and Siyabonga Ntuli. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.
08
FEB

Law Focus - Commission of Inquiry

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed four commissions of inquiry in the first nine months of his presidency, its no wonder why commissions of inquiry seems to be all we are talking about these days but do we really understand the fundamentals, structures and purpose of a commission of inquiry.

Law Focus this week unpacks the function of a commission of inquiry including their aim, how they differ from a court of law and what procedures their guided by.
The discussion consists of Japhter Mapadimeng a supervisor legal practitioner from Legal Aid South Africa who explores the powers of a commission of inquiry with us. We then get into great detail about procedures and the purpose of broadcasting commissions to the public with the spokesperson for the Mokgoro Comission Bongiwe Gambu.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Legal Aid South Africa: produced by Simba Honde (and Sesethu Zingelwa) and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali and Siyabonga Motha. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame
05
DEC
2018

Law Focus - Legal Concerns of Banking

On backdrop of the VBS scandal where over 2 billion rand was unlawfully extorted from the bank, we interrogate what happens to the poor people that trust banks with their last penny? Joining the discussion is National Secretary of the South African Society of Bank Officials (SASBO) Lebogang Selepe as well as Phumzile Gushe of the Ombudsman for Banking Services to talk about the legal concerns of banking.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Siyabonga Motha and Hosted by Milicent Ndiweni and Veronica Makhoali. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.
05
DEC
2018

Law Focus - Mental Health

The stigma around mental health is still rife. In attempting to understand the reasons behind the widespread stigma, we speak to psychiatrist, Dr Steve Molefe who explains the importance of mental health awareness and the role played by medical-care. Nicole Breen from the South African Federation for Mental Health and Neville van de Spuy from the Wits Law Council speak lack of implementation of the Mental Health Care Act 17 of 2002.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Millicent Ndiweni. Hosted by Veronica Makhoali and Siyabonga Ntuli. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.
05
DEC
2018

Law Focus - Rental Rights

Wits University students are increasingly frustrated with rent increase and tenant rights being exploited. This stirred the ‘Accommodation is land” march that led to City of Johannesburg buildings to hand over a memorandum of demands to mayor Herman Mashaba for affordable student accommodation. To discuss rental rights, we are joined by Edward Molopi from Social Economic Rights Institute and Keletso Makeng from Gauteng Rental Housing Tribunal to unpack the legal concerns of renting.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Millicent Ndiweni. Hosted by Veronica Makhoali and Siyabonga Ntuli. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.
05
DEC
2018

Law Focus - Rape Culture

South Africa is notorious for its rape statistics. We speak with a Senior Legal Practitioner Mr. Justice Magayi from Legal Aid SA explains the legal concerns of rape culture. We close off with Gender equity Office representatives’ and relationship counsellor, Angie Diale who capture the struggle of violent women face, followed by a commemoration of those who have been sexual violated.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Legal Aid South Africa: produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Veronica Makhoali and Siyabonga Ntuli. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.
05
DEC
2018

Law Focus - Human Trafficking

The socio-economic ills that South Africa battles with contribute to the increase in human trafficking. This week, Law Focus explores the troubling facts about trafficking in persons. Dept. of Justice and Constitutional Development Legal Administration Officer, Matome Modibe and Ottilia Anna Maunganidze from Institute for Security Studies Head of Special Projects explain why human trafficking is booming. Closing off with Deputy Director of Embrace Dignity, Jeremy Routledge who raises concerns about the implementation of the law in combating human trafficking.

This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy: produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.

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