Law Focus

WITS RADIO ACADEMY  |  Podcast , ±52 min episodes every 1 week, 4 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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Law Focus - Festive Season Legal Advice

Regional and district courts continue to operate during the festive season with lawyers generally handling cases that have to do with speed limits, drinking and driving, drunk driving, road rage and assault. It is common to not fully know one’s legal rights regarding some of these issues. Legal practitioner from Legal Aid, Pheneas Mokoena gives legal advice and precautions regarding our behaviour during this period and our engagement with the law.

Law Focus - Gender Based Voilence in Schools

As we commemorate 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, we highlight the high rate of school related gender-based violence in the schooling system. South Africa sadly, has become home to alarming levels of violence against women and children, making gender based violence a national emergency and launching a national emergency action plan aimed at curtailing the violence.
Our first guest, Mrs Dululu Hlatshaneni spoke to us on the interventions the Department of Basic Education has in response to GBV in schools and our second guest, Advocate Amanda Vilakazi, a member of Legal Aid South Africa, joined the conversation lighting the life-changing affects young
people face when engaging in criminal activities or commit gender-based crimes.

Presenters: Millicent Ndiweni and Tshepo Mohapi
Producer: Simba Honde
Technical Assistance: Mike

Photo: USAFE

Law Focus - Climate Justice

The effects of climate change have been overtly experienced throughout the world; from droughts and floods to tornadoes and extreme heat conditions. Food insecurity, poverty and inflation are some of the major results of these effects of global warming which South Africa is grappling with. September 2019 saw the biggest global protests for environmental justice in the history of humanity. We engage with environmental lawyer Siyabonga Mkhize as well as climate justice activists Lerato Ngakane and Makoma Lekalakala on these important issues.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Law Focus - Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Most of South Africa was up in arms following an announcement by The Department of Basic Education that it will place more emphasis on sexuality education in schools; this was interpreted to mean a new proposed Sexuality Curriculum. In conversation, we have the Department explaining themselves about their intention and vision, proponents against this curriculum, Freedom of Religion as well as Federation of South African Schools who feel excluded from the policy amendment process – in a riveting conversation about CSE.

Law Focus - Profile: Mahlogonolo Kgothadi

This week, we enjoy a conversation with a young attorney, Mahlogonolo Kgothadi who has been practising in the legal field for five years and has quickly elevated to partner status at Tshepo Mohapi Attorneys. He passionately shares with us his experience, journey and frustrations in and about the legal field; his analysis of issues of transformation within the legal fraternity is particularly heartfelt.

Law Focus - On The Spotlight: Presidential Pardon

Following the case of the #feesmustfall activist Khanya Cekeshe in which the Minister of Justice suggested presidential pardon, the show tackled the topical issue of presidential pardons. We were joined by Christine Botha, manager of the Centre for the Constitutional Rights at the FW de Klerk Foundation to give us an educational understanding around presidential pardons, the procedures of pardons and whether they are effective. We were also joined by Phephelaphi Dube, a legal researcher and analyst to help us wrap up complexities surrounding presidential pardons.

Executive Producer: Simba Honde. Technical Producer: Kutlwano Serame. Researchers: Sesethu Zingwelwa , Sihle Monama, Nelca Mositsa and Seipati Makafane. Hosted by Millicent Ndiweni and Tshepo Mohapi.

Law Focus - Private Security/Security Guards

There are times you walk into an establishment and you are searched, or you see private security trying to desist commotion; whatever you may have witnessed or experienced, there are private security guards who function as a type of law enforcement and safety mechanism. We find out in this show how effective this profession is, as well as what the limitations of security guards are.

Law Focus - Marriage Laws in South Africa

There are three marital property regimes in South Africa namely, in community of property and out of community of property with or without accrual. Couples who are about to get married tend to overlook the implications of the marriage regimes because of their focus on the wedding. However, it is important to distinguish between these to make informed decisions to protect yourself in the event that you get a divorce.
On this week’s episode, we speak to principal legal practitioner Magate Nkgapele from Legal Aid South Africa about the legal aspects and potential ramificatons of the different marital property regimes. It is well known that not everyone goes the marriage route. Therefore the second part of the discussion will be around universal/domestic partnerships (commonly known as vat en sit) and the protection afforded to partners.

Law Focus - Corporal Punishment

The Constitutional Court has ruled that corporal punishment is illegal in South African homes. This comes after a 2017 high court judgment that outlawed the use of violence in homes. This has been met with some mixed reactions. With parents complaining that children will become unmanageable seeing as they are no longer allowed to discipline them as they see fit. Meanwhile, others celebrate the decision saying that it is a much needed one considering the widespread violence in our country.
In this week’s episode, we speak to Attorney Daniella Ellerbeck from Freedom of Religion SA to unpack this highly contested decision of the Constitutional Court. In doing so, we will focus on the merits of the case and any pros and cons that it may come with.

Law Focus - Has GBV Reached Crisis Point in South Africa?

Barely days after August, the month dedicated to Women, the country has seen a spate of brutal and violent attack on women. Femicide and Gender Based Violence continue to rear its ugly head in our societies and calls are being made on social media to name, shame culprits, and bring back the death penalty. Women feel like the law is not protecting them and no one is listening to them.

All these tragic events beg the question, “Should the South African Government declare GBV a state of emergency? Photo by Kayla Velasquez on Unsplash

Executive Producer Simba Honde, Technical Producer Kutlwano Serame, Researchers Sesethu Zingelwa and Nelca Mammate. Hosted by Tshepo Mohapi and Millicent Ndiweni.

Law Focus - Gender Pay Disparity

It has been normalized that women are paid less than men in all industries and globally; even in South Africa where equality is apparently prioritized. We enjoy an extremely critical conversation with Genderlinks’ Kubi Rama about how this varying pay gap which has no convincing basis is actually a detriment to all of society, continuing the adverse power relations which we often continue to internalize. Rama advocates that it is time to stop talking and start acting; suggesting that it is necessary to now have some class action to end this discrimination.

Photo by Christian Dubovan

Law Focus - Gender Transformation

For many historical reasons, it is always important to note the success of young black women globally; which is why we talk to practising female attorney, Bridget Moatse who has overcome major hurdles in her life to be a founder of a law firm, and thereby creating opportunities for many others like her. She inspires us in her journey to success as one of the few young black women who make it in the male dominated corporate legal industry.

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