Guest : Siphiwe Mpungose | General Secretary at Educator's Union of South Africa |
The Educators Union of South Africa said on Wednesday government was forcing
teachers to arm themselves as it failed to guarantee their safety at schools.
The teacher’s union was reacting to the killing of an educator at the Masuku Primary
School in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday.
General secretary Siphiwe Mpungose said teachers don't want to advocate violence but
were left with no other choice.
“We are saying enough is enough; if they have to protect themselves, let it be. The
teacher who was gunned down yesterday was shot at and tried to run. If he had a gun,
he was going to shoot at them, and they were going to run away.”
But the department said if teachers armed themselves, violence in schools would only
Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said: “It is important that parents took responsibility for
their own children and talk to them and raise them up properly. Violence is not the way
of resolving conflict; if there is an issue, talk about it and rather agree to disagree
because if one of you dies, then the other goes to jail. That doesn’t resolve anything.”
Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday he was shocked
that 13 pupils are awaiting court appearances for various crimes in the province.
Lesufi said the department was looking at amending their rules in order to take the
appropriate action against those who are charged by the National Prosecuting Authority
Lesufi was speaking at the memorial service for murdered 16-year-old Daniel Bakwela
Bakwela was fatally stabbed by a fellow pupil at Forest High and was facing an armed
The MEC said it was unacceptable that so many school pupils were facing serious
He said they were mapping out a plan to deal with unruly pupils.
“So, we are now moving with amendments in terms of learner discipline to include
regulations that force all learners who appear in court to declare to the department if
they are appearing in court so that the department can take appropriate steps against
Lesufi said those who failed to declare their ongoing cases will be disciplined.
“If you appear in court and you don’t declare to the department, it must be an offence
and we must institute a disciplinary hearing against you.”
He added the education sector needed help to deal with these issues before they
became a crisis.
Guest : Shaun Shelley | Organiser at SA Drug Policy Week |
The lifting of the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages in South Africa may not
be as insignificant as we would like to think it is. The implications for those who depend
on alcohol are severe.
On 1st of June 2020, South Africa moved from ‘level 4’ to ‘level 3’ restrictions
promulgated by the government in response to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic
The South African Network of People Who Use Drugs (SANPUD) note with alarm the
significant size of the crowds that have gathered outside of retail liquor outlets and the
celebratory atmosphere accompanying them.
Guest : Melinda Ferguson | Motoring Jounalist|
During Lockdown there are many addicts who have relapsed on hard drugs because
they couldn't access or afford tobacco. Heroin and cocaine.. Tik.. Meth.. Nyaope.
All these "hard" drugs are all much cheaper than cigarettes at the moment.
As a recovering addict I am taking the Government on, as one of the 10 co-applicants in
the BATSA case. I am acting within my own rights as a recovering addict who has had to
deal with the trauma of this senseless prohibition.
I speak for all of us addicts. There was little thought put into this prohibition and there
has been an enormous infringement on our mental health, our financial sanity and
autonomy over our bodies.
Guest : Xanthea Limberg | Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste Services
at City Of Cape Town |
Guest : Daneel Knoetze |
While we are enraged at the murder of #GeorgeFloyd and many others, remember in SA
1 person a day is killed by police action on average, according to IPID stats.
Torture, rape, killings, assault. According to Viewfinder.org.za, Ipid took in more than 42
000 criminal complaints against the SA Police Service since 2012. It only helped secure
531 criminal convictions.
Guest : Lawson Naidoo | Executive Secretary at Council For The Advancement Of The
The Pretoria High Court has declared the regulations promulgated for COVID-19
lockdown levels four and three as unconstitutional and invalid.
Reyno Dawid de Beer and Liberty Fighters Network challenged the regulations as set by
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,
arguing that they encroached on and limited their rights as contained in the Bill of
Rights in the Constitution.
The court found that the lockdown regulations indeed did not satisfy the rationality test
and were not justifiable in an open and democratic society based on human dignity,
equality and freedom as contemplated in Section 36 of the Constitution.
Guest : Andrew Thompson, freelance writer for Business Insider
A few weeks before President Cyril Ramaphosa declared Covid-19 a national disaster, a
local swimwear company called Granadilla had no idea that it would soon have to set
aside its range of quirky board shorts and bikinis - and would instead be delivering
actual fruit and vegetables.
But the retail industry has taken a hard knock since South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown.
And business partners Joshua Meltz and Adam Duxbury had to do something urgently.
Business Insider freelance writer Andrew Thompson joins us on the line on their story
and other businesses being forced to "get creative" to stay afloat
To read more of Andrew's fascinating research and informative articles, visit:
Guest : Diane Chakim | Owner at Sturks Tobacco Shop |
The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk —
including the livelihood of emerging farmers.
Sturks Tobacco Shop, the oldest company in South Africa must close because of the ban
on tobacco sales
Guests : Bishop Ivan Abrahams | General Secretary at World Methodist Council |
Reverend Keith Vermeulen | retired presbyter of the Methodist Church of
Southern Africa and former South African Council of Churches' Public Policy Liaison Officer at World Methodist Council |
We, a group of concerned faith leaders, remind all moral communities that the primary,
purpose of the lockdown, announced by President Ramaphosa, is “to protect the lives
and that this call must precede the clamour for or against the opening of places of
worship on 1st June
Guest : Lucy Jamieson | Senior researcher at Children's Institute (UCT)|
31 May - 7 June 2020 is Child Protection Week.
National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise
awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of
South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).
(The campaign began in 1997 and it aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure
that children are cared for and protected. While the initiative is led by the Minister of
Social Development, it is every citizen’s duty to a role in protecting children and
creating a safe and secure environment for them.)
The COVID-19 pandemic is stripping families and communities of the resources they
need to protect children.
The government is calling on us to “protect children during COVID-19 and beyond” but
experts at the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town ask how can we protect
children in such constrained circumstances?