On the one hand, President Zuma and his government made up of Dlamini, Mahlobo, Zwane, etc. is a democratically elected government that represents the will of the people. On the other hand, these very politicians are leading from crisis to crisis with no sense of accountability. Even the so-called Chapter 9 institutions seem powerless. Andrew and Rori explore the sense of powerlessness they feel as citizens and ask Nomaceba Mbayo from Right2Know and Rafael Friedman from the Helen Suzman Foundation what citizens can do to claim their power back.

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Meg Rickards is a successful film and documentary director who studied at UCT and in London. In this conversation she talks about interviews in the documentary 1994: The Bloody Miracle with Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Constand Viljoen, Jacob Zuma and the AWB. Gareth and Meg also discuss the feature film Tess, which opened in South Africa last month.

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Gareth chats with Meg Rickards about her life in film as a progressive South African director, and the incredibly diverse characters that she has come into contact with. She also talks about her latest movie Tess, and how it is something a little unexpected. Michael Jackson’s kids have Ben a little confused, is the King of Pop really the dad, or are there other factors at play here?

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There is no crisis with SASSA. Nope, no crisis whatsoever and Bathabile Dlamini should not be questioned. This is what the ANC wants you to believe right now. The Japanese town of Fukushima is preparing to welcome people back after the nuclear fallout. George Michael’s death gets some much needed closure, UAE laws around pre-marital sex come into the spotlight, Ed Sheeran is coming right with Taylor Swift’s friends, and Jesus is finally on Tinder.

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The Arsenal decline hit a new low as they again take 5 from Bayern Munich. The Proteas make a bright start to the 1st Test in New Zealand, and Australia wilt in the spinning Indian heat. Nike are now making performance hijabs, but how are they going to be received?

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Gareth is traveling to ‘Merica so the rest of the team crack on with Ben at the helm. He tells a heartwarming story about a Japanese horse, Mabz is worried about getting stuck at home with her creaky doors, and some listener messages add the usual spice. News, sports and finance from there give you a snapshot of what’s happening in the world right now.

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Gareth has a mini rant about the social grants saga… which leads to Ben suggesting a ‘fruitful’ solution.

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A really cool traffic cop decided to show off some classic dance moves as he directed vehicles through a street in North Carolina, USA. He managed to pull off a routine that was inspired by the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. His moonwalking skills cheered up nearby motorists as they navigated their way through the city. We certainly need more cops like him!

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It’s the one-year anniversary of The Renegade Report and the hosts take the hour to reflect on the year that was, and what lies ahead for the show.

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David Hilton-Barber has worked as a journalist, public relations consultant, and is the author of many books. He is also an Associate Member of the Professional Editors Guild.

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