Standing in for host Redi Tlhabi, he began the show with an open line discussion on an array of topics, including Parliament, the retirement of Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and a possible referendum for President Jacob Zuma.
"SA must get rid of Jacob Zuma by Parliamentary process. We hoped the ANC would be hung by their own petard by 2018", says James #OpenLine— 702 (@Radio702) May 20, 2016
"Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke had an influential part in carving SA democracy, let's hope the next guy is as good as him."-Mohammed— 702 (@Radio702) May 20, 2016
He also spoke with authors Marianne Thamm and Ron Irwin about writing books and the process of putting pen to paper.
"Once the novel is written, the real discipline for a novelist is the editing process", says author and @UCT_news lecturer @RonIrwin.— CapeTalk on 567AM (@CapeTalk) May 20, 2016
But the highlight of the show must be when Richard led a highly engaging debate following a heated discussion about coalition politics with DA mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba.
WATCH: #FridayStandIn Richard Calland grills Herman Mashaba over coalition possibilities
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