M&G Newsroom: Bara doctors protest, prisoners’ rights spotlighted

This week Deshnee Subramany and Faranaaz Parker look back at the week's big stories, then cast an eye forward to what you can expect in the news.

Following news of spending cuts for state officials and the finance minister's attempts to cut the costs of running the government, we speak with Mail & Guardian reporter Lynley Donnelly about the mid-term budget review and the odds that Parliament will be moved to Pretoria.

Health reporter Amy Green tells us more about the plight of doctors at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, who've complained that bad management is preventing them from providing the quality of care they would like for their patients.

Ruth Hopkins, a reporter with the Wits Justice Project, tells us about the human rights abuses carried out against prisoners at Mangaung prison by employees of multinational private security company G4S.

We'll also talk about all the biggest news from the weekend and get you up to speed on what to expect this week – whether it's Khuli Chana run-in with the police or the public protector's pending report on state spending at the president's home in Nkandla.

And along the way we'll also play you some of our weekly choons, dedicated to the people and issues making headlines.

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