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14
OCT

The DA sinks its own campaign & Ramaphosa loses another backer in the ANC

This week on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly with Mike Siluma, our learned panel considers the uncertain future of the DA in the wake of controversial election posters which have caused tensions within the party. Insiders suggest this may be a litmus test for party leader John Steenhuisen's future at the helm of the opposition party.
Also on our menu this week will be the pressure piling up on Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane after the public protector’s adverse report on him. The panel considers the effect these allegations could have on President Cyril Ramaphosa's future political career as divisions in the party continue to grow.
07
OCT

Behind the DA's poster own-goal & how strong is SA's judiciary?

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we try to shed light on the controversy around the Democratic Alliance’s campaign posters in Phoenix, which seemed to endorse racial attacks on black people during the July riots. We try to understand the logic behind the posters themselves and unpack the behind the scenes of the DA's eventual apology and removal of said posters.

Our panel also provides listeners with an update on the search for the country’s new Chief Justice, with the formal departure this week of the incumbent justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Joining our regular host, Mike Siluma, this week is Sunday Times legal correspondent Franny Rabkin, executive secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution Lawson Naidoo and Sunday Times parliamentary correspondent Thabo Mokone.
01
OCT

Elections: Main party manifestos and the Digital Vibes scandal

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly we discuss the main party election manifestos- who are the three main parties targeting, what are they promising and what is the likely impact on voter participation levels?

Also this week, we take a closer look at the SIU's report on the Digital Vibes scandal and the criticism of the president's handling of the situation along with the valid question - in a country that is supposed to be on a crusade against corruption, how is it no one has been convicted yet?

Our host is Mike Siluma, deputy editor of the Sunday Times along with our guests Amanda Khoza, ST politics writer focusing on the presidency, and William Gumede, associate professor at the Wits School of Governance.
23
SEP

Elections: besmirching the IEC's good name & COSATU continues to back the ANC

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, our panel talks about the importance of public institutions, and the responsibility of political leaders, particularly those in the DA, have to support them.
Also this week our panel will try to understand what’s going on in the ANC Alliance, following Cosatu’s decision to, again, support the ANC in the municipal elections.
16
SEP

Elections: Political violence begins again & the new plague of undercover campaigning at vaccination sites 

This week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, our host Mike Siluma and his all female panel, discuss the culture of violence which has entrenched itself in SA's politics, about which not much is being done.
The panel also contemplate the impact of the Covid pandemic on the forthcoming municipal elections, with a particular focus on how it has altered the face of campaigning in the country. 
09
SEP

Who is to blame for SA's election blunder & what are the ramifications of Zuma's medical parole?

This week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we start our chat by shining the spotlight on one of the most important institutions of our democracy, the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). The IEC has been the subject of controversy because of its handling of preparations for the coming municipal elections.
We also try to understand the implications of the medical parole given to former president Jacob Zuma, which has also led to a predictable controversy. The parole frees the former president from jail and allows him to serve the rest of his term at home. 
This week our host, Mike Siluma, is joined by Ebrahim Fakir, electoral analyst based at the AUWAL Socioeconomic Research Institute, Sibongakonke Shoba, Sunday Times politics editor and Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst. 
02
SEP

The ANC's electoral candidate crisis & SA's unchecked borrowing spree 

This week on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly podcast, we unpack the ANC’s electoral crisis, where the party has failed to register local election candidates in a number of localities, some quite important for its performance.
With our panel, we’ll try to understand how the party could get things so wrong, after so many years of successful campaigning.
After that we’ll look at government’s efforts to extend the SA social security net, and whether we are using the correct mechanisms to address poverty in the country. This off the back of the announcement and withdrawal of Social Development’s green paper on social security retirement.
20
AUG

Parliament's new speaker threaten to upset the ANC's applecart & unpacking SA's "debt elephant" 

This week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we focus on the state of our State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) , which have proven time and time again to be a thorn in the side of SA's tax payers.
After that we’ll cast our eye to the other big story of the week, the unpopular election of NC MP Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as the new speaker of the National Assembly.She was elected by 199 MPs, beating DA candidate Annelie Lotriet who received 82 votes.
Bound to raise eyebrows are the 17 spoilt ballots, suspected to be from disapproving ANC MPs.
12
AUG

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe explains why the ANC needs a National Electoral Committee

In this week’s episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, host Mike Siluma speaks to the head of the ANC’s National Electoral Committee, Kgalema Motlanthe, about the party’s plan to improve the quality of its candidates in the forthcoming local elections. Motlanthe, a former president of the country and deputy president of the ANC, also talked about the importance of local government in our democracy.
06
AUG

A rogue Minister and an absent Deputy President 

Topping our conversation this week on Sunday Times Politics Weekly, is the fate of former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. You’ll remember that, despite allegations of impropriety, having come thick and fast against him, he hung on to his position, as if his life depended on it, only to resign yesterday just hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to announce a cabinet reshuffle. What then, we ask, are the dictates of public accountability in SA and why didn't the presidency act again Mkhize earlier?
Of course, we also address the other hot political topic of the week – the prolonged absences of deputy president David Mabuza.

*This episode was recorded a few hours before former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize resigned 
30
JUL

Reshuffle and relief: unpacking the ANC's response to the unrest

On this week's episode of Sunday Times Politics Weekly, we will be looking at the increasing calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to reshuffle his cabinet, in light of the state’s rather ham-handed response to the recent looting and unrest, which cost much in terms of lives and damage to our economy.
We’ll also be touching on the government’s recently announced economic interventions, to turn things around.
This week our host Mike Siluma is joined by political analyst and project manager at Democracy Works Foundation, Nompumelolo Runji, as well as Sunday Times parliamentary correspondent Andisiwe Makinana, to unpack the issues.

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