Friday, March 16 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Farming town plunged into chaos over mysterious shooting

Sugarcane fields destroyed, two farm houses torched after fisherman is shot in eShowe

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Zuma D-day looms: ‘There is a good chance of successful prosecution’

No comment, says Schabir Shaik when asked if he would be a state witness

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

Black on black racism: is the k-word not an insult?

The court will have to decide whether it is hate speech if a black person calls another the k-word

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Hymns and holy terror: fight over church noise ...

The row between weary residents and a pastor has reached the point where some fear for their lives

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
5 min read

Meat industry blames everyone else for listerosis

Industry insists that the Tiger Brands factory cannot be the only source of the listeriosis outbreak

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Don't do it, Mashaba

Property developers warn Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba against his expropriation plans for hijacked buildings

Farren Collins
Journalist
3 min read

Just say know! Groups rail against secrecy by-law

Civil society takes stand against by-law that bans media and public from crucial Durban council meetings

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

The sand and the fury: Dunes are swallowing Table View

Roads bordering the beach being buried by destabilised sand dunes, and it'll take R35m to solve the problem

Nashira Davids
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

His packing-up is troubled

... because his old kit bag just can't hold all he wants to take. But, in a way, that's the whole point

5 min read

It was an ANN7th heaven for satirists

... and the revelations in the new tell-all book are just the tip of the large, floating lump of frozen water

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Breaking rules and stuff: Behold the splendid disruptor

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected South African president on February 15 2018. TimesLIVE looks at his first 30 days as leader of the country and his achievements (or lack of) so far.


SNAPSHOT

A girl walks past an eye drawn by British street artist My Dog Sighs in Rome.
Eye sees you A girl walks past an eye drawn by British street artist My Dog Sighs in Rome.
Image: Tiziana Fabi / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Six Marikana cops on murder charges out on bail

Former North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe and five other police officers facing murder charges in connection with the 2012 Marikana massacre were released on bail on Thursday. Mpembe‚ 55‚ and Salmon Vermaak‚ 53‚ both former police officers‚ were granted R5‚000 bail while Nkosana Mguye‚ 38‚ Collin Mogale‚ 49‚ Katlego Sekgweleya‚ 39‚ and Khazamola Makhubela‚ 49‚ were granted bail of R2‚000 each. The six appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court, accused of murder‚ attempted murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice. Mpembe is charged with the murders of four people on August 13 2012‚ while the other five accused are charged with the murder of one mineworker. Mpembe also faces a further six counts of attempted murder. The case was postponed to June 18 in the Mafikeng High Court for pre-trial hearings.

Danish ‘genital mutilator’ jailed

A Danish man found with “female genitalia” in his padlocked chest freezer has been handed two life sentences for the rape of a minor and conspiring to murder his wife. Peter Frederiksen‚ who is in his 60s‚ was convicted of 36 charges by the High Court in the Free State in November 2017, when he was described by Judge Johann Daffue as “certainly not a man of high moral standing”. During sentencing on Thursday‚ Daffue called him manipulative and charming when he wanted to be‚ and said he showed no remorse for his actions‚ OFM News reported. The Dane was found guilty of assaulting his now deceased wife‚ Matseliso Molise‚ possession of child pornography‚ possession of an unregistered anaesthetic drug and contravening the Immigration Act.

Another child drowns in a school pit latrine

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said it is “completely unacceptable” that a five-year-old child drowned in a school pit latrine in the Eastern Cape. Viwe Jali from the Luna Primary School in Bizana fell into the latrine and died on Tuesday. Democratic Alliance MPL Edmund van Vuuren said the tragedy should serve as a “wake-up call” to the minister and provincial education MEC “to sort out the infrastructure mess at schools in the Eastern Cape”. Police are investigating the circumstances of the child’s death, while counselling has been provided at the school. The tragedy echoes that of five-year-old Michael Komape who fell into a pit latrine at Mahlodumela Primary School in Polokwane in 2014. His family has been embroiled in a protracted legal battle‚ suing the state for more than R3-million.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng ‘must pay back R43m’

The Democratic Alliance wants the state to claim back every cent of the combined R43-million former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng owes the broadcaster and has been spent on his legal fees. Hot on the heels of revelations that the state spent at least R15.3-million on former president Jacob Zuma’s “Spy Tapes” case defence, the DA’s Phumzile van Damme said that, based on a reply to a parliamentary question, the SABC has spent more than R22-million on Motsoeneng’s legal costs. “In addition to the R21-million the Special Investigating Unit is pursuing in Motsoeneng’s debt to the SABC‚ this R22-million must be added‚ making what he owes R43-million. “Every single cent must be recovered from him,” she said.

Victim of racism? There’s an app for that

Incidents of racism can now be reported with a few clicks on a cellphone‚ thanks to a new tool launched by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation on Thursday. The Zimele Race Report App is being tested to identify trends reflecting where and when racist incidents occur across the country. Launched to coincide with Anti-Racism Week this week, it was developed in collaboration with the Innovation Hub. Foundation spokesperson Zaakirah Vadi said the app was free but only available for Android devices for now. Depending on where a racist incident is reported‚ the foundation will request the help of local organisations to help resolve the matter. Vadi said the foundation is well aware that some people could lodge fake complaints, but cautioned that people who did so would not go unpunished. The app can be found in the Google Play Store under the name Zirra.

Here's how much Richard Mdluli cost taxpayers

Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli‚ who is on trial for kidnapping and has weathered numerous allegations of fraud and corruption‚ was on paid leave, earning his full salary and bonuses, until he was relieved of his duties in January this year. In the process he cost taxpayers R12.2-million‚ it was revealed on Thursday, it was revealed in the reply to a question by the DA’s advocate Hendrick Schmidt. This follows a reply received last year that revealed that the SAPS had already spent R8.3-million on Mdluli over the past seven years. Mdluli and co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi are facing charges for the murder of Oupa Abel Ramogibe‚ the husband of Mdluli's ex-girlfriend‚ in 1999. The charges are kidnapping‚ intimidation‚ assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm‚ and defeating the ends of justice. They have pleaded not guilty.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Britons are a bunch of ill-educated LeStrades: Russia

Russia makes bizarre ‘Sherlock Holmes’ defence over Salisbury spy poisoning

By Nick Allen
2 min read

Leave SA for a ‘civilised country’

Australia considers visas for ‘persecuted’ white South African farmers

By AFP
3 min read

Hackers can enter your home security through your heart

Experts warn that health tech is vulnerable to cyberattacks which could have ‘severe consequences’ for patient safety

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

You have no choice but to enjoy this island silence

There will be flights or Internet when Bali celebrates the ‘Day of Silence’ 

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Internally displaced people walk with their belongings in the town of Inab, eastern Afrin, Syria.
A different tourist Internally displaced people walk with their belongings in the town of Inab, eastern Afrin, Syria.
Image: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Puppy becomes carrion luggage

Shock over a puppy’s death on a United Airlines plane has renewed scrutiny over airline handling of pets, after a flight attendant demanded the animal travel in an overhead bin where it apparently suffocated. A string of calamities linked to pets on planes has inflamed a public relations nightmare for United, which in the past year has dealt with the death of a valuable giant rabbit, outrage over its refusal to allow an “emotional support” peacock to board, and now the death of a 10-month old French bulldog. - AFP

Off with their heads, says Aceh

The Indonesian province of Aceh is considering introducing beheading as a punishment for murder, adding to fears about the spread of conservative Islam in the world’s most populous Muslim country. Aceh is already governed by sharia (law) and frequently carries out the public caning of gay people and alleged adulterers and gamblers. Syukri M Yusuf, the head of Aceh’s sharia law and human rights office, said the provincial government had now asked his office to research beheading as a method of execution under Islamic law and to consult public opinion. - The Telegraph

Plastic shock in bottled water

The World Health Organisation is launching a plastic health review after nearly every branded bottle of water tested in the largest investigation of its kind contained tiny particles of the material. State University of New York in Fredonia scientists who examined more that 250 bottles from nine countries said their analysis found plastic “in bottle after bottle and brand after brand”. There were typically 10 plastic particles per litre of bottled water. Each particle is larger than the width of a human hair. - The Telegraph

Trump’s not the only one building a wall

The Polish government will build one of the world’s longest fences along almost the entire length of Poland’s eastern border to protect the country from disease-carrying wild boar. Stretching about 1,000km and following Poland’s border with Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, the galvanised steel fence will aim to stop wild boar carrying African swine fever from entering Poland. Costing about £50-million, construction is due to start at the end of the year, and, if all goes to plan, it should stand in the way of boars from the Baltic Sea to the Carpathian mountains by the end of 2020. - The Telegraph

Versace is all fur animal welfare

Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their products, joining a growing list of luxury labels turning their backs on the fur industry. Fashion houses around the world are bowing to pressure and using alternatives to real fur amid pressure from animal rights groups and changing tastes of younger customers, who are increasingly aware of the environmental issues linked with the clothes they buy. Donatella Versace, the artistic director and vice-president of Versace, said she did not want to kill animals to make fashion and that it “it doesn’t feel right“. - Reuters

Irish bid to ban conversion therapy

An Irish lawmaker has introduced a bill to ban conversion therapies claiming to “cure” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill was proposed by Fintan Warfield, a senator with Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein. Many gay people are still forced to undergo archaic and invasive therapy based on the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or medical condition. Although conversion therapy has been widely discredited, only Brazil, Ecuador and Malta have nationwide bans, says the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. - Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

How to keep your head when others lose theirs

Mazi Capital has quietly scooped its third Morningstar award for best general equity fund in four years

By Giulietta Talevi
5 min read

What Old Mutual can learn from Sanlam

And will former IT sector darling EOH be able to climb back on its pedestal?

By BusinessLIVE reporters
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Movie gives new meaning to ‘chilling with Netflix’

'Annihilation' is a streaming sci-fi scare-fest starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh

By Tim Robey
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Grand old lady of Hillbrow gets a lick of greasepaint

The Windybrow Theatre is brought to life with a production about itself

By Andrea Nagel
2 min read

The future’s so bright, and no one’s throwing shade

Ray-Ban hosts the hot young things of the music industry in Joburg on Friday

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Lions heed Franco's rallying call

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Maul’s the pity as SA rugby hasn’t got a rucking clue

There’s no secret why we can't beat New Zealand teams

By Craig Ray
4 min read