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The courts and our legal system at large have become the battleground for political struggle. We don’t have to look far before seeing that, especially in the past few weeks with the state capture inquiry taking centre stage in the political landscape. One of South Africa’s finest legal minds, Advocate Michelle Le Roux, has firsthand experience with this, as she details in her new book, 'Lawfare – Judging Politics in South Africa' and moreso, being Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan's legal representative, in this week's edition of The Burning Platform.
Ramaphoria is well and truly over as Ivo Vegter joins the team for The Burning Platform. What can Cyril possibly say to convince people to vote ANC? Do the smaller parties actually have anything better to offer? Remembering Chris Hani and his legacy, plus a larger discussion around the thoughts and motivations of the South African voter.
This week's edition of the Burning Platform kicks off with the thoughts of Sandile and Nono, two members of the youth who share their opinions of South Africa's political landscape. Gareth is then joined by Masego Sheburi, the IEC's Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, who explains the process the Commission is undergoing as it prepares for the 8 May elections.
Kanthan Pillay from the ZACP (South African Capitalist Party) joins us to explain their values, plans and people for the upcoming elections. Kanthan has been a contributor to the Burning Platform for a while, and just before he goes into the world of politics we thought we’d give him the chance to explain himself. Phumi says she thinks capitalism might not go down too well with everyone, and there's a fair amount of debate and controversy - as usual. Brought to you by Nando’s.
In a conversation dissecting the preparation towards the 2019 elections, Siya, Phumi and Kanthan get into analysis around where some of the biggest political parties currently stand, and their take on some of their leaders. How do President Ramaphosa, Mmusi Maimane and Mangosuthu Buthelezi fair when pitted up against each other? Is it even an equal comparison to make? Or, is ir comparing apples to oranges?
In the midst of dissecting some of the week's hottest political stories, the team can't help but wonder why the naming of the Cape Town airport has become so highly contested. To add more to this, Advocate Anton Alberts (MP and FF Plus Premier candidate) discusses the FF Plus' perspective on this matter before also explaining the party's recent manifesto.
Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has had an eventful couple of weeks since taking up office in Tshwane recently. To get down to how he's been finding his new role, Gareth and Phumi chat to him about his plans for the city, and the much-publicised Glad Africa contract, before taking a look at the week's biggest political headlines.
Yesterday's Budget Speech has the team, including a special analysis from Anthea Gardner, fired up on this edition of The Burning Platform. Kanthan's more surprised that Minister Faith Muthambi has friends, as opposed to her reportedly appointing 27 of them into positions. He also shares his reasoning as to why he is a fan of e-tolls. The segment is wrapped up with a reflection on President Trump's State of the Union address, which leads to the million dollar question: Why do people hate him so much?
It's been another hot week in the South African political landscape, so naturally this means the team has much to discuss. From Eskom and the ANC's latest musings, to the Thabang Makwetla debacle and AfriForum's latest comments. Where is the line between lived experience vs objectivity? Kanthan chimes in on that one. Do we have the ability to protect our own sovereignty? Is it even a priority? Gareth poses these questions to the panel, in conclusion.
Brace yourself, things are about to get heated as the country prepares itself for the upcoming State of the Nation. Gareth, Phumi and Kanthan discuss their thoughts around it. The SA Business Confidence Index has fallen in January, but what does this mean for the country? More change is coming as now, the ANC also believes members implicated in state capture should be dealt with swiftly. This leads to the team also looking at the PIC board saga, the EFF Manifesto launch and the return of Supra Mahumapelo, amongst other things. And on a bit of a tangent, has anyone seen Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recently?
With talks around a tax revolt, possibly nationalising the South African Reserve Bank, SA backing President Maduro, and keeping up with the BOSASA drama, this week's Burning Platform will leave you questioning the political landscape like never before. Gareth, Phumi and Kanthan interrogate who is truly behind some of the big changes we're currently experience. The conversation concludes with an analysis of Jacob Zuma's Twitter account and the aftermath of the Zimbabwe shutdown.
The EFF brought quite a lot of heat this week, hot off their press conference. Their Commander in Chief, Julius Malema, didn't shy away from topics like Zimbabwe and Bosasa. Gareth and Phumi discuss that, along with other burning issues, like President Ramaphosa saying investments into South Africa have increased by more than 400%. Plus, Karyn Maughan comments on Duduzane Zuma's cases.
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