EPISODE 2: Bad Medicine

KwaZulu-Natal is the diva of South African provinces, a place with a deep and complex history of political violence that has not abated, and one that has suffered a string of disasters, uprisings and climate catastrophes in recent years. One of its most famous sons is Dr Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize, a former uMkhonto we Sizwe militant, a doctor in a white coat and a prominent part of South Africa’s political elite, who has played a major role in shaping the past and present of this troubled province.

- Dr Zweli Mkhize, former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, former ANC Treasurer-General, former Minister of Health
- Sibusiso “S’bu” Zikode, President of Abahlali BaseMjondolo
- Cyril Madlala, Communications consultant and former head of communications for former KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize
- Chris Makhaye, freelance journalist and KZN correspondent

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