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UN Secretary-General ❝ shocked and dismayed ❞ at video footage showing migrants being sold into slavery in Libya

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has expressed shock and dismay following the emergence of a video footage, which showed migrants being sold as slaves in Libya. The footage of a live auction aired by CNN, appeared to show black men being presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands. The images triggered outrage from African leaders, who have called for an inquiry. The UN Secretary-General has since called for those auctions to be investigated as possible crimes against humanity. He has mobilized the UN high commission for human rights, the UN office for drugs and crime, and the International Organization for Migration, to take action. On the Forum@8 , Sakina Kamwendo focuses on the treatment of migrants in Libya with an international criminal law expert, legal analyst, Ottilia Maunganidze and Head of Online Communications at International Organization for Migration, Itayi Viriri....

Zimbabweans celebrate Mugabe resignation but what is next for the former bread basket of Africa?

Scenes of jubilation broke out in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare after the country's leader of 37 years, Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday. On the forum@8 this morning Sakina Kamwendo focuses on the developments in zimbabwe with Former Director for Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe and HumanRight Activist, Eleanor Sisulu and Political Commentator in Zimbabwe, Dr Ibbo Mandaza AND Director General at Southern African Liaison Office, Dr Showers Mawowa on celebrations in the country.

How can communities help the police in fighting scourge of drug abuse?

On the Forum@8 , we revisit the discussion on the impact drug abuse has on families. We received a lot of feedback from our listeners who are either affected or are former addicts. Experts suggest that substance abuse not only harms the addict, but can also destroy relationships. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has called for communities to help the police in fighting the scourge of drug abuse. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Section Head of Operations and Organised Crime at the SAPS, Brigadier Ebrahim Kadwa and recovering drug addict, Shaun Robinson...

What has been the benefit of commissions of inquiry over the years?

On the Forum@8 we look at what South Africans get out of Commissions of inquiry. Some commentators arguably suggest South Africa could be called the Commission capital of the world, because of the impressive number of Commissions of Inquiry we have had, since democracy in 1994. Others say these commissions exist only to soak up large amounts of public monies. Governments are usually very careful about framing the terms of reference, and they generally include in them, a date by which the commission must finish. Once a Commission has started, the government cannot stop it. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to independent writer, Dr Dale McKinley and Constitutional Law Expert, Professor Pierre de Vos

Media personality, Unathi Msengana talks spirituality, music, rising above failure and divorce

On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo hosts idols judge, singer- songwriter and business woman, Unathi Msengana . The radio and TV personality has more than 12 years of experience in the industry. After a 4 year hiatus, Msengana has released her 5th album titled Brave, True and Strong. She describes the latest project as exciting as she gets to touch on issues that are a huge part of her life.

The egg has been broken in Zimbabwe and the best thing to do now is make an omelette: Analysts

As the Zimbabwean army moves towards what it calls a peaceful transition of power rather than a coup, the Zanu-PF War Veterans' League is calling on the ruling party to recall President Robert Mugabe. The war veterans' proposal could compel Mugabe to resign and provide a constitutional means of removing him from power. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Political Commentator in Zimbabwe, Dr Ibbo Mandaza; Director General at Southern African Liaison Office, Dr Showers Mawowa and political analyst and constitutional law expert, Prof Shadrack Gutto on the latest in the country.

There is NOT a single shred of proof that I supported president, Jacob Zuma : Activist, Zackie Achmat

South African activist, Zackie Achmat says the country is in an extremely dangerous situation and that it is on the verge of chaos. He says unless we do something we will continue to fail the children and the youth of South Africa. He explains that the state is being securitised at an enormous level and an alarming rate and calls for civic engagement leading up to the 2019 elections. Achmat believes the solution to state capture is building a strong movement outside government. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Achmat on the state of South Africa and possible solutions...

State does not have sufficient financial capacity to provide totally free higher education: Heher Commission Report

Students at various Universities have expressed disappointment with the recommendations of the Heher Commission Report into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa. Released yesterday, the report finds that the state does not have sufficient financial capacity to provide totally free higher education and training to all who are unable to finance their own education. This falls short of university students demands for free education for all. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo looks at the recommendations by the commission with PHD Scholar at the Wits School of Education, Leigh-Ann Naidoo and CEO of Universities South Africa, Professor Ahmed Bawa

Open line with SAFM callers on the week that was

On the Forum@8 we opened the lines for our listening to share the stories that have caught their attention from the 143 deaths in the Life Esidimeni debacle, the mast win Bafana Bafana 2018 World Cup qualifier, the new book by investigative journalist Jacque Pauw and everything in between

Draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill under the spotlight

South African parents have until November 10 2017 to comment on the Draft Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. Published in the Government Gazette earlier in October, the draft bill seeks among others, to increase the penalty from six months to six years imprisonment, for parents who prevent their children from attending school. Some people also believe it gives the state significant powers over schools.On the Forum@8, Sakina Kamwendo looks at the implications of the bill with Deptment of Basic Education's Troy Martins and ChristianView Network's Phillip Rosenthal

What can be done to address the issue of undocumented migrants in SA?

In what was described as "historic" last week, the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba signed an agreement with the African Diaspora Forum, ADF. This, was after the lobby group had complained to the South African Human Rights Commission earlier this year, that the Mayor's alleged discriminatory comments had the potential to spark anti-immigrant emotions. Many other issues surfaced during our discussion, including challenges around documentation of foreign nationals. The African Diaspora Forum lambasted the Department of Home Affairs, alleging that the department does not even know how many foreign nationals there are, in the country. On the Forum@8 Sakina Kamwendo revisits the conversation with Chairperson of African Diaspora Forum, Marc Gbaffoun and Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba' spokesperson, Tony Taverna -Turisan

Is Zimbabwean first lady, Grace Mugabe one step closer to her leadership ambitions?

This past weekend saw Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe repeatedly denounce that country's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, accusing him of occupying a women's league position. This, after Emmerson Mnangagwa supporters booed her, at a rally in Bulawayo on Saturday. Zimbabwe's ageing leader, President Robert Mugabe did not take kindly to that, and he promised to fire Mnangagwa. Well, President Robert Mugabe President Mugabe did just that, yesterday. He fired his Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa as promised. On the Forum@8, Sakina Kamwendo makse sense of the rising tensions in Zimbabwe as Grace Mugabe maintains she should be Zimbabwe's Vice President with Political Analyst at Harare Polytechnic, Alexander Rusero and SABC foreign Desk Editor, Sophie Mokoena

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