With everything that has transpired in the news, the team wonders if Jacob Zuma will really go to jail. They have a candid conversation with Chris Fisher, legal researcher at The Helen Suzman Foundation, about Zuma’s sentencing and what to expect. Gabriel Crouse from the Institute of Race Relations then sheds some light on racism, and how it might not be the problem it’s perceived to be. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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01.07.21 Pt 2 - Chris Fisher, legal researcher at The Helen Suzman Foundation, joins the team to dissect Zuma’s sentencing and share his thoughts on the matter. Then, Gabriel Crouse from the Institute of Race Relations joins to talk about how the government keeps letting us down.

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With a week that was far from quiet, we had to bring in the big guns to unpack some of the hottest political stories in another edition of The Burning Platform. Joining Gareth is lecturer at Central University of Technology, debater and socio-political analyst, Leeto Nthoba... plus, analyst, CEO of the IRR, and director of the Centre for Risk Analysis, Frans Cronje. They tackle student protests, police brutality, Bheki Cele, the trial of George Floyd, unemployment in South Africa, the abuse that taxpayers experience and a whole lot more. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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18.03.21 Pt 2 - Leeto Nthoba (lecturer at Central University of Technology and socio-political analyst) and Frans Cronje (analyst and CEO of the IRR) join Gareth to discuss and share their thoughts on the recent student protests, police brutality, and the trial of George Floyd.

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Head of Strategic Engagement at the IRR, Sara Gon joins the team to share her opposing views with Phumi and Gareth regarding the DA. They define what they consider as mainstream media, have a candid conversation about the shrinkage of the economy, and Eskom implementing stage 2 load-shedding. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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11.03.21 Pt 2 - Gareth, Phumi and Sara Gon (Head of Strategic Engagement at the IRR) have an in-depth conversation about their opposing views when it comes to the DA. They share their thoughts about the 7% shrinkage of the South African economy, stage 2 load-shedding, and what they consider as mainstream media.

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Racial politics are a hot topic this morning as Phumi states that there are too many white men in one particular party. Playing the blame game seems to be second nature when it comes to our politicians. Do we have a toxic relationship when it comes to corporate and government? Hermann Pretorius - head of Strategic Initiatives at the IRR - shares his thoughts on the current state of the nation. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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18.02.21 Pt 2 - Did we somehow manage to export loadshedding to a first world country? Herman Pretorius wishes that viral stupidity can just go back from where it comes from. Is it truly inconvenient to become a politician? Are we on the verge of a technological war for information?

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Is there collusion between the ANC and the corporate world, and should this concern South Africans moving forward? The IRR and SA citizens have been misled by South African banks, which is being revealed as conversations between government and the big banks spill into the public domain. Our government is out of money... what is left for them to extract from the public coffers? Is the Zondo Commission just a perception management exercise? Are there correlations between South Africa's and Venezuela's economic declines - and should we be observing them closely to avoid the same dreadful fate? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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19.11.20 Pt 2 - Is it acceptable to still be telling dad jokes in 2020 when Tik Tok is a thing? In a liberal democracy, should the citizenry be consulted about all decisions that affect them? So Jacob Zuma basically had a Facebook friend request declined in public, how will he approach this Zondo dilemma? In what feels like a pivotal moment in South Africa's history - the question becomes, how strong is the constitution... and can it withstand the land debate to hold the Republic of South Africa together?

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