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Botha, sex survey and Egypt

Rabiya Parekh | 12:37 UK time, Wednesday, 1 November 2006

We've had our meeting and this is what we think will make it on to the programme today.


We've just seen that the former South African President P W Botha will not now be having a state funeral as was previously suggested.

Mr Botha's widow, Barbara, told the South African media her husband would not have wanted a state funeral as was his right under the constitution - and a private funeral near his home is being planned for next Wednesday.

But what seems to be getting people really talking is Nelson Mandela's comments. He said, "while to many Mr Botha will remain a symbol of apartheid, we also remember him for the steps he took to pave the way towards the eventual peacefully negotiated settlement in our country."

In the 1990s, Mr Botha was summoned to appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a panel set up by then President Mandela's government to probe abuses.

The panel concluded in 1998 that Mr Botha was guilty of gross human rights violations.

Notoriously tough and authoritarian, Mr Botha will be remembered for his subborn stance throughout the turbulent 1980s, and many radio stations have been playing soundbites from his rule including this including a statement in 1984 where he warned: 'Destroy white South Africa and our influence, and this country will drift into factional strife, chaos and poverty'.

So how have comments by Mr Mandela about Mr Botha been recieved? How will he be remembered?

Sex Survey

What perceptions do you have about sexual behaviour of people around the world? People losing their virginity at a young age? Married people having less sex than those in casual relationships? And there being a strong link between promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases?

Well, according to the first comprehensive global global study of sexual behaviour, British researchers have found that people the age at which people are losing their virginity is not getting younger, and that single men and women in Africa were fairly sexually inactive.

We hope to set up a global panel for the show today and take a closer look at some of the findings.


And finally we want look at what seems to be that talk of Cairo.

According to some reports, a mob of hundreds of men attacked and sexually assaulted women outside a cinema hall on the first two days of Eid, last week.

Some shop owners tried to protect the girls, but it is alleged police who were on the scene allowed the men to continue.

On the whole it seems to have not been covered by mainstream media outlets, but blogs that we've looked at recount what happened with pictures and eyewitness accounts.

We'll be speaking to Egyptians tonight to find out what happened, why it was ignored and whether as some have suggested, this happens quite often.


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