• Tlaleng Mofokeng is a South African doctor and a United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health.
  • She believes the right to a safe, legal abortion is a human right. 
  • Abortions became legal in South Africa in 1996, yet dangerous, illegal terminations of pregnancy are still taking place. 
  • Mofokeng says this is because abortion medication is expensive, too few health workers have been trained in how to perform the procedure and many aren’t prepared to conduct it. She spoke to Mia Malan.

Abortions became legal in South Africa almost three decades ago. Yet we still have plenty of unsafe, illegal abortions. Why? Mia Malan speaks to physician Tlaleng Mofokeng in this podcast. 
  • Read the full script here
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Mia Malan is Bhekisisa's editor-in-chief and executive director. Under her leadership, Bhekisisa’s online readership increased 30 fold and its donor funding eightfold between 2013 and 2019. Malan has won more than 20 African journalism awards for her work and is a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

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Danny Booysen is a freelance audio technical producer and has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry.