Law Focus

WITS RADIO ACADEMY  |  Podcast , ±51 min episodes every 1 week, 6 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Law Focus is an award-winning legal show with the aim of educating listeners of their rights. The show provides an educational platform to dissect complex law aspects. It also promotes awareness on social justice and access to socio-economic rights in per-urban and rural communities.

The show is hosted by Tshepo Mohapi, an attorney by profession and Millicent Ndiweni, a Wits Law Student, and produced by Refilwe Mekoa and Obakeng Uhuru Ramare. Kutlwano ”Gwinch” Serame provides Technical Assistance.

Law Focus is proudly produced under The Wits Radio Academy, for VOW FM and also syndicated to 7 other community and campus radio stations across the country.

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Law Focus - Gender Marker Changes

Tonight’s show is on progressive legislation and processes around name and gender marker changes, for members of the LGBTQIA Plus community. The Department of Home Affairs have recently gazetted its Draft Identity Management Policy, partly in a bid to make South Africa’s identification system more inclusive. The document states that gender and sexual identity minorities are excluded, because the current laws and policies do not cater for changes in the gender/sex attribute of the gender identity system. We’ll be in conversation with Tish Lumos White and Sibusiso Kheswa who’re both very passionate in advocating for the rights of LGBTQIA Plus persons.

Law Focus - Worker’s rights on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies

What happens if your employer forces you to vaccinate for COVID-19 and you’re not comfortable based on various issues such as, medical, religious or cultural? What are the rights of a worker and an employer, respectively, in terms of COVID-19 vaccination? There is still not an established law that requires all workers to be vaccinated and employers will need to tread carefully when considering mandatory vaccination policies. However, we should also consider where the employer is coming from…a safe working environment for anyone accessing their premises is definitely crucial. Join us as we dissect this topic with Cosatu’s Gauteng Chairperson, Amos Monyela as well Owethu Mbambo, a Senior Associate at Fasken law firm.

Law Focus - Termination of Customary Marriage

Do you know how to terminate a customary marriage? Perhaps you have a family member who’s married in terms of customary law and believes they’re divorced…now the question is are they indeed? One should consider that the ramifications of not terminating a customary marriage legally, can have adverse consequences. Various developments and amendments were made on customary marriage, on November 15, the year 2000 and not many us have the knowledge of those developments.

Law Focus - Profile: Nkopane Mokwena

We'll be in conversation with 28-year-old Nkopane Mokwena, a young, vibrant admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, who is also a founder and director of Mokwena Nkopane Incorporated, a law firm based in Johannesburg. He acquired his LLB degree at University of the Free State in 2016 and commenced his career as a forensic investigator. Born and bred in QwaQwa, growing up, he always wanted to be a lawyer. We'll discover, among others, what keeps Nkopane on his toes, the passion behind his work, his view on various cases he has tackled as well as challenges he has faced.

Law Focus - Reporting Old Rape Cases

What happens when you finally break the silence and reveal an old rape case? Tonight we’re tackling the trauma that comes with being physically and emotionally violated and how most people take time before they’re able talk about their trauma. We will also focus on the legal implications of reporting an old rape incident. This as the country wraps up its 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign. Tumelo Ramalekana, a registered Psychologist and Elizabeth Nieuwoudt, a Legal Practitioner from Legal Aid will help us dissect this topic.

Law Focus - Profile: Hlengiwe Skosana

Tonight, we’re in conversation with Hlengiwe Skosana, a senior associate at Garlicke & Bousfield’s law firm’s employment law department. She holds an LLB and an LLM in Labour Law from the Nelson Mandela University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Labour Dispute Resolution Practice from the University of Witwatersrand. Hlengiwe serves as a regional committee member for the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW), and as a governor on the interim board of governors for the Anton Lembede Maths, Science and Technology Academy: School of Innovation.

Law Focus - Lease Agreements: What You Need To Know

Do you know your rights as a tenant and what legal steps to take if or when you experience problems? Tonight we’re tackling lease agreements and what you need to know. This as there has been some uncertainty with some students, in terms rental issues especially as South Africa is still under level 1 lockdown regulations due to the novel coronavirus. We will be taking a closer look at some terms and conditions at certain residential complexes and what rights do tenants have once they have entered into agreements with their respective landlords/agencies. We speak to Basil Mugwena a Director at Wits Campus Housing and Residence Life and Boitumelo Ndlhovu a Civil Legal Practitioner from Legal Aid.

Law Focus - Decriminalization of Sex Work

We discuss the decriminalization of sex work. Selling sex in South Africa has been illegal since at least the early 1900s and buying sex was criminalized in 2007. The country’s laws also prohibit other aspects of sex work, including running or owning a brothel, living off the earnings of “prostitution,” and enticing a woman into “prostitution.” The criminalization of sex work has not deterred people from selling sex to make a living, it has, however, made sex work less safe. We speak to Katlego Rasibetse from Sisonke National Sex Workers Movement and Motebang Mokoena from Legal Aid.

Law Focus - Law and Order

Tonight we’re discussing law, order and vigilantism. This is whereby a person or group of people take the law into their own hands, in an attempt to serve justice. In recent weeks we have witnessed various events, on our news platforms where certain organizations, individuals or political parties took the law into their own hands. We’ll speak to Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela as well as Elizabeth Niewoudt from Legal Aid.

Law Focus - National Wills Week

This week an opportunity has been granted to members of the public to draft a basic Will by an attorney free of charge. Legal Aid South Africa (Legal Aid SA) has partnered with the Law Society of South Africa and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and they will be drafting basic Wills throughout this week, as well as providing legal advice on Wills, at no cost. One of the greatest risks of not having a legitimate Will in place is when a family is faced with the sudden death of a family member, which is a very real possibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight we’ll be in conversation with Luna Lingani from Legal Aid SA.

Law Focus - Road Accidents: What You Should Know

Tonight’s topic we’re discussing whether you know what to do if it happens that you get into a road accident? With the lifting of lockdown restrictions last month, we have witnessed the carnage on our roads increasing. South Africa has an annual road death toll that is higher than the world average and it’s also higher than the African continent’s average. According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s most recent annual report, there are 12,921 deaths on South Africa’s roads in a single year. Over the holidays, in particular, serious road accidents are a daily occurrence. Audrey Malahlela, a Supervisory Legal Practitioner at Legal Aid and William Maphutha, Spokesperson for the Road Accident Fund will provide their insights on the topic.

Law Focus - Legal AID's GBV Plan

Tonight’s show we once again tackle Gender Based Violence and how as a country, we should continue fighting this plague that is constantly hanging over us. We will be in discussion with Legal Aid South Africa. The law firm has now joined the rest of the country in fighting the scourge of GBV in the country. They recently embarked on a National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence which offers safety, justice and protection to all GBV victims. Legal Aid’s Stephen Mofokeng will dissect their campaign for us.

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