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Barry Bateman uttered some comments not so long ago regarding EFF leader Julius Malema. The Burning Platform team weigh in on his apology, and the stance Primedia has taken on this matter. The team also discuss the state of the DA, and what the future looks like for their leader Mmusi Maimane. Kanthan Pillay explains why we are buying oil from Arab countries and overlooking our neighbours, Angola and Nigeria.
Gareth and Kanthan are joined by eNCA journalist Michael Appel, who gives his take on the State Capture Inquiry this week, and shares insight on Duduzane Zuma’s well-curated responses. An amended Employment Equity bill is on the cards, and Gareth seems to have some intel. Finally, the team get into the DA’s disarray as a political party.
Ivo Vegter joins the panel this week. Many people believe in religion, but today we take a closer look at why. Was Greta Thunberg used as a pawn in someone's agenda? There are mixed opinions in studio. Is the taxation regime in SA fair? Kanthan Pillay weighs in and breaks it down for everyone. The team chat about the morality of politicians accepting large donations, despite earning grossly high salaries.
We have Khaya Sithole in studio and make good headway in attempting to get to the root cause of the xenophobic attacks our country has seen lately, and the consequences thereof. Is there any hope for the future of South Africa? We get the opinions of the Burning Platform team. What are your thoughts on gender neutral Barbie dolls? It’s an interesting and polarising topic.
The government has had the military stationed on the streets of Cape Town in an attempt to curb the violence, but not everyone agrees with this method. We unpack this polarising topic layer by layer. We're facing many issues as a country, but how can we fix the social fabric of our nation, and should we be depending on the state to take care of things? Could it be that we are on the brink of a tax revolt? Our panel today seems to believe so. And, the water we drink from taps may not be as safe as we allow ourselves to believe.
Mungo Soggot, CEO of Scrolla, joins the team in studio. Formerly a news editor at the Mail & Guardian, he broke some of the country's biggest corruption stories, including 'Oilgate'. With the passing of former President Robert Mugabe, Gareth touches on the topic of the fallen statesman and Kanthan has some positive things to say about Zim's former president. Do you think our country’s leadership is doing enough in confronting the spate of xenophobic attacks in our country? The Burning Platform panel weighs in with their opinions. Plus of course, a look at the Barry Bateman "Poes" saga.
It’s been an eventful week in SA with xenophobia rearing its ugly head again. In response, Nigeria is pushing back and it’s not looking good. Critical thinker and Law graduate @MightiJamie joins the show and lays down some insightful views on the state of our nation, the potential ramifications, as well as the other side of the narrative. And then, Project Tito is discussed by the team.
With China’s potential increasing at a rapid rate, are they on their way to becoming a serious threat to us all? Well, Kanthan Pillay is convinced that this is the case and has arguments to back it up. Then, the paper sent by Minister Tito Mboweni has reached the likes of Gareth, Phumi and Kanthan.
Kanthan Pillay chimes in with his opinion on the old South African flag debate. The team discuss the situation between Donald Trump and Denmark. The Hong Kong protests are still topical, and Kanthan seems to believe that they are being orchestrated by a third party. Thami Nkosi from the Right2Know campaign also joins in to discuss the arms deal.
The heat is dialled up on The Burning Platform this week as Kanthan Pillay resuscitates the NHI conversation and unpacks an article he recently penned on the topic. There may be another side to the story between Eskom and the people of of Soweto… a resident chimes in and challenges Phumi. Brought to you by Nando’s.
Should there be any funding for SA’s political parties? Gareth educates the team on what a pirate victory is, and they get into a discussion on its potential effects in government. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula went on vacation - paid for by government money. Afriforum has taken him to court over it, but is it really their role to take on such cases? Then, Helen Zille joins the conversation and shares her controversial views on HIV and AIDS.
Repeat offender Kgosi Chikane joins the conversation, along with Kanthan Pillay, as they discuss political issues and unpack the democratic presidential debate. As a country we’ve become known for violent protests, the team share their thoughts on this way of doing things and how we can do it better. Cyril is singing a different tune now that he’s in the presidential seat... should we be concerned? Brought to you by Nando’s.
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