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.

It is also podcast on, iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

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Law Focus - Profile: Nonhlanhla Payne

Tonight we’re profiling a young dynamic, passionate and resilient woman who’s a candidate attorney and also lives with a physical disability named Blount's Tibia Vira. Nonhlanhla Payne will be taking us through her journey in the legal fraternity and some of the challenges that she experienced. The 28-year-old was once part of SABC 1’s reality educational and leadership programme dubbed “One Day Leader” in 2017, a member of Anglo American Platinum’s Women In Mining Committee in 2018 to 2019 and a Tutor at the WITS University School of Law. We will hear how the feisty, opinionated Nonhlanhla is always ready to conquer whatever life throws at her.

Law Focus - Traditional practices vs Law

As the country wraps up Heritage Month we thought what better way to end the month than to discuss various traditional practices that could be infringing some of our human rights. Tonight, we look at when one has to apply the law when it to comes to tradition, you may discover that it may clash between certain cultural practices and constitutional principles. Some of these customs are among others initiation, virginity testing and polygamy of which they’re still religiously practiced in some parts across the country. We will be joined by Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Nkosi Sipho Mahlangu and Andrew Aphane from Legal Aid who will share their insights on the topic.

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Law Focus - Petitions

What is a petition? What constitutes a valid petition? Tonight we’re speaking about petitions. According to…an organisation that does petitions…their Global Digital Civic Engagement Index ranked South Africa as the top country for digital activism in the first half of 2020. It was quoted saying South Africa saw a growth of 600 percent more users in 2020 and over 1000 percent growth in signatures on petitions. The topics for the petitions included issues such as COVID-19, police brutality and Gender-Based Violence. Tonight we’re joined by Clement Mabunda a candidate attorney from KW Attorneys and he will be sharing his insights on petitions

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Law Focus - Gender Based Violence Part 2

Tonight we will be wrapping-up our two-series topic on Gender Based Violence. Last week we spoke to Francesca Fondse, a Gender Based Violence survivor and founder of the Women Integral Impact Network (WIIN), an organization that deals with GBV cases and femicide across the country. We will now be focusing on whether the justice system and the South African law in place is effective enough to punish the abusers and prevent GBV against women. Violence against women in our country remains rampant, many cases of rape and sexual violence are being reported on a daily basis but only a small fraction of those cases are being successfully prosecuted and convicted. We speak to Percy Bapela, from Legal Aid, who will provide his legal expertise on the matter.

Law Focus - Gender Based Violence Part 1

What you can look forward to on Law Focus tonight, is a very sobering conversation on the plight of victims and survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country. Cases of GBV and rape keep escalating across the country and we have seen these topics also dominating news headlines and sparking debate on our social media spaces. We’ll be speaking to Francesca Fondse, a GBV survivor and Founder of the Women Integral Impact Network (WIIN), an organisation that addresses GBV and femicide. This is the first part of a two-series show, on the scourge of GBV in South Africa. Part two will continue next week, where we will be tackling the legal aspect on this matter.

Law Focus - Profile: Nokulunga Mgodlwa

Tonight, we're in conversation with Nokulunga Mgodlwa, a candidate attorney, young mother, strong-willed woman and a wife. Originally from Daveyton, in the East of Johannesburg, Nokulunga initially studied Human Resources Management before venturing into the legal fraternity. We'll be exploring the world of being a candidate attorney through Nokulunga's eyes.

Law Focus - Tobacco Ban

Tonight's show is about the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association's (Fita) persistence, in continuing with their legal battle against government, despite the tobacco ban being lifted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, after the country moved to lockdown level 2 last week. Government at the time, argued that the ban was to protect the health of South Africans during the pandemic and cigarette producers failed to convince the country’s courts that the sale of tobacco products was a necessity. We’ll also be looking into whether businesses have a stronger case, in the events whereby they might plan to sue government for loss of damages, due to the pandemic. Repercussions of the lockdown has disadvantaged so many companies from various industries, where many were unable to make profits. We got a legal opinion on this matter.

Law Focus - Police Brutality Part 2

The show is now focusing on the second part of police brutality during the stringent lockdown regulations. In last week’s show, we spoke with Titus Mametse, an Alexandra resident who was unfortunate to be shot by the police earlier this year.

We also featured the police watchdog, who are the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), where they outlined their duty on holding police accountable.

Tonight, we are extending the conversation by adding your various views on the topic and we also get a legal opinion from Megandree Naicker from Legal Aid.

That’s a wrap on our two series show on police brutality under strict lockdown restrictions.

Law Focus - Police Brutality PART 1

Tonight's show focuses on the awful plight of police brutality during the stringent lockdown regulations. Titus Mametse, an Alexandra resident shares his police brutality experience, where he survived a shooting earlier in March just when the lockdown was instituted.

We also speak to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (IPID) Spokesperson, Ndileka Cola, to outline their duty on holding the police accountable. This is the first part of a two series show on police brutality under strict lockdown regulations.

Part two will continue next week Tuesday, on August 18 on Vow Fm 88.1.

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Law Focus - Profile: Buang Jones

We’re profiling Buang Jones, the provincial Head of the South African Human Rights Commission in Gauteng and also currently acting as the commission’s Head of Legal Services. He shares his challenges and lessons he has experienced so far in the legal fraternity. The 34-year-old passed his attorney’s board exam at first attempt in 2009 and he is also the member of the Legal Practice Council. Besides being a staunch Christian that enjoys hiking, reading and podcasts, Buang prefers spending his private time with loved ones. His passion for fighting for the rights of the vulnerable is evident in his work.

Law Focus - Forced Sterilization Of Women

In a very important topic following the release of the report by the Commission for Gender Equality on how at least 48 women, mostly HIV positive have been forced into sterilization; we engage on this topical issue with the Commissions’ Javu Baloyi. He highlights under what conditions sterilization is appropriate and sadly, notes the effects of it on the women who realized their fate years after the forced medical procedure; which has included divorce for some, mental health issues for others and even a suicide death for one

Law Focus - The Rights and Responsibilities of the Child

Often we dwell on the rights of the child, but struggle to engage on the responsibility angle. We address what it means for children to have rights in the context of issues of negligence and deaths in schools, homes and within the authority of persons in power; with Karabo Hansugule from Centre for Child Law.

We then shift gears in a critical and fascinating conversation on what ‘responsibility’ means in the context of our human rights values and key principle; that the child’s interests are of paramount importance. Discover how to develop and nurture responsible future citizens with social worker and consultant Dr. Joan Van Niekerk.

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