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Law Focus is the show that brings the law to you and hands you your rights. Every week we go in depth into a legal topic with the help of interesting case studies and insightful guests. Our radio drama, The Right Stuff, gives a humorous edge to the topic, while we always make sure to catch you up on the legal news of the week. Wits Radio Academy's Law Focus reaches South Africans far and wide through our partnership with four other community stations. Our coproduction endeavor takes the show to Alex FM (Gauteng), Phalaborwa fm (Limpopo), Alfred Nzo Community Radio (Eastern Cape) and Radio Riverside (Northern Cape).
||CleanLaw Focus - Private Prison Torture||Law Focus and Wits Justice Project (WJP) forges a discussion on the G4S Private Prison Torture. The discussion is done with a special focus on a case brought on behalf of 45 prisoners at the Mangaung Correctional Services. To give context to the investigation, we speak to WJP investigative journalist, Ms. Ruth Hopkins. To provide a legal understanding of the case, we speak to Ms. Carina Du Toit of the Law Resources Centre. We also interview one of the prisoners at the prison. This week’s of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Wits Justice Project: produced by Ms. Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr. Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr. Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.||6 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Child protection and scholar abuse||The physical and psychological integrity along with the dignity of the child is brought to spotlight by Child Protection Week. Law Focus this week looks at Child Protection and Scholar abuse. Insight is also brought in from the CEO of Childline Ms Dumisile Nala. Ms Cynthia Nyoni who is a Social Work manager shares expert view on the cycles of abuse and understanding of abuse. We close off with Mr Dennis Masango of Legal Aid South Africa explaining legal procedures available to student who are harassed. This edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Legal Aid South Africa: produced by Ms Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.||6 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Sexual Harassment||Law Focus this week highlights sexual harassment in institutions that we occupy. This discussion is placed in the context of section 9, 10, 12 of the Constitution. Read together with Protection of Harassment Act, the Employment Equity Act, and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act. Further, we do a policy analysis on sexual harassment with Wits Gender Equity Officer Dilia Mokhobane tackling the meaning and the process to follow in reporting it. Later on, founding partner of Mapheto Attorneys’ Theo Mapheto speaks to us about the practical challenges of sexual harassment. This Sexual Harassment edition of Law Focus is produced by Ms. Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr. Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr. Kutlwano Gwinch Serame.||23 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Self Representation in Court||The function of a lawyer in the case of an accused or respondent is to apply the law and represent a case in court in alignment with the interests of the party to the extent that it is ethical to do so. Law Focus this week discusses the pros and cons of a party to a dispute to so themselves. Legal Aid SA advice line manager, Mr. Dennis Masango enunciates on the pros and cons of self-representation and advices people to approach Legal Aid SA for representation. From Mapheto Attorneys, Mr. Theo Mapheto explains the difficulty of self-representation even if one is well vested in legal knowledge. This week’s Self-representation in Court edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy and Legal Aid South Africa: produced by Ms. Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr. Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr. Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.||15 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Land Grab and Housing||Landlessness in South Africa continues to pain many since it touches at the heart of property rights and thus at the core of people’s dignity and belonging. Law Focus this week analyses the legal effects of the unlawful occupation of land (land grabs) along with the link between this land grab and lack of housing. Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) attorney Zamantungwa Khumalo speaks to us about the legal effects of land grabs: eviction, alternative accommodation and the PIE Act. Later on, Mr Xolani Xundu, Communication Specialist from the Department of Human Settlement speaks on the challenges facing the housing department, and the programmes the department has in place, in curbing the lack of housing This week’s Land Grabs and Housing edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy, produced by Ms Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.||25 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Expropriation without compensation||“We are a conquered nation” retorts EFF CIC Julius Malema. This was said in call to have Land expropriated without compensation. Law Focus this week focusses on the call to amend section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation. We explore views by DA leader Mmusi Maimane, EFF leader, Julius Malema and ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa. We also include the call made the Constitutional Review Committee chairperson Mr Vincent Smith for submissions vis-à-vis to the amendment of section 25. Prof Jackie Dugard provides us with an analysis of section 25 and shares her views regarding enforcement and practice of land reform and expropriation in the country. This week’s Expropriation without Compensation edition of Law Focus is brought to by Wits Radio Academy, produced by Ms Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.||18 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Blacklisting of Maintenance defaulters||The Department of Justice just passed into law the Maintenance Amendment Act that seeks inter alia to blacklist defaulters of maintenance support. It also seeks to speed up the process of locating the suspect in the event of a complaint. Law Focus this week seeks to understand and probe into the effectiveness of the new amendment with the assistance of Ms. Peta Josephine from the Department of Justice. Later on, Ms. Joy van der Heyde, a family law attorney at Schuld Inc provides a critique of this amendment. Law Focus also tracks down a paper written by Ms. Pauline Manaka at the outset of the announcement of the Bill prior to its enactment. Ms. Manaka is an associate at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Attorneys. This week’s Law Focus show is brought to by Wits Radio Academy, produced by Ms. Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Mr. Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Mr. Kutlwano “Gwinch” Serame.||11 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Wrongful Arrest||In 1992, two men called Fusi Mofokeng and Tshokolo Mokoena were arrested and convicted on a charge of murder. Subsequently, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) granted them an opportunity to confess but they declined to, insisting on their innocence. They are applying for a presidential pardon. Law Focus this week brings you an exclusive with a focus on the wrongful arrest and presidential pardon. To shed light on the journey towards the petition for the presidential pardon, we speak to Ruth Hopkins of the Wits Justice Project. We also get a legal view of the matter from Ms. Odette Geldenhuys from Webber Wentzel. In his story, Fusi Mofokeng recounts his experience. This edition of Law Focus is produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Kutlwano Gwinch Serame.||4 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Listeriosis and class action||Listeriosis has claimed 180 lives in South Africa. Listeria is abacteria that attacks the immune system and is found products like polony and meat products. The bacteria was traced back to the facilities in Polokwane that belong to Tiger. Law Focus this week brings focus to the possible class action litigation that will bring justice to the 180 families. Two Class action experts, Dr Theo Broodryk and Prof Salim Nachjavani from Stellenbosch and Wits University respectively share their views on the state of class actions in South Africa and the litigation approach apt for the listeriosis outbreak. Richard Spoor Incorporated Attorneys’ Thami Malusi explains to us the process that which the firm will take in instituting the legal proceedings. Disclaimer: Prof Salim Nachjavani did not discuss the listeriosis case but only provided views on class actions in general. This edition of Law Focus is produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Kutlwano Serame.||28 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Road Accident Fund||Law Focus this week highlights the yearly statistics of road accidents during the Easter weekend. The focus bifurcates between the role and function of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) and its litigation statistics on the one hand; and the role and functions of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in providing law enforcement on the roads on the other hand. We speak to Simon Zwane who is a spokesperson of the RTMC. Later on, Ofentse Kaupane (Direct Claims Manager of the RAF) speaks on compensation and settlement of claims. DSC Attorneys’ Chris Smit highlights primarily the difficulty of proving the liability of the RAF amongst other issues. This Road Accident Fund’s edition of Law Focus is produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Basil Sherinda. Technical production provided by Kutlwano Serame.||28 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Crime rise and sentencing||With the reinstatement of Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, on the one hand and the high crime rates on the other hand, this brought the spotlight on the connection between crime rate and the corrections model that South Africa currently has. Law focus this week revisits the response to crime from the perspective of Cele along with the model of capital punishment (death penalty). To shed light on the topic of crime rates, we speak to Dr Johan Burger from the Institute of Security Studies and later on, we speak to Selby Xinwa of the Centre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation. This edition of Law Focus is produced by Bulali Dyakopu and Hosted by Basil Sherinda. Technical production by Kutlwano Gwinch Serame.||14 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaw Focus - Domestic Workers||The Department of Labour continues to brief and educate employers and employees on the new national minimum wage (NMW) which is set to come into effect from 1 May 2018. The Law Focus show seeks answers on the implementation of this new wage as well as the working rights of domestic workers. The show talks to a researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, Kelebogile Khunou about the history of domestic work and why it continues to be exploitive. Even with the anticipated wage increase domestic workers will earn only 75% of the NMW of R3, 500 due to the higher risk of unemployment if the minimum wage is too high. CEO of SweepSouth, Aisha Pandor and the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union’s organiser, Gloria Kente both agree that the minimum wage is disgracefully low. The show also talks to Legal Aid labour lawyer, Jabulile Duba about how they can legally assist domestic workers to protect themselves from unconducive working conditions in accordance to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. This edition of Law Focus is produced by Bulali Dyakopu and hosted by Basil Sherinda. Consultant produced by Khutso Tsikane and Executive produced by Lerato Makate. Technical production by Kutlwano Gwinch Serame||7 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|