Thursday, March 22 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

How Gordhan helped create the Moyane ‘monster’

The difficulty around Tom Moyane's removal as SARS commissioner is actually Pravin Gordhan’s doing

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

Zuma’s legal team looks set to target Abrahams

The tables seem to have turned on former president Jacob Zuma's 'sheep'

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Thanks Bruce, but it’s not for Aus, say SA farmers

... but a South African farmer, who has already emigrated there, says he has no regrets

Farren Collins
Journalist
3 min read

Chicken-feather shampoo, anyone?

The Biorefinery Industry Development Facility is giving new meaning to the waste not, want not principle

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

The Big Debate: Did Madiba’s government fail us?

The answer depends on who you talk to

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

Is social media a threat to your child’s wellbeing?

Young people increasingly seek out and maintain social connections onscreen instead of in person

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Leading a country takes a moral leader, like Tambo

ANC crisis has to do with the loss of ethical  leadership

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

The EFFing and blinding isn’t only happening at the cricket

Poor old Advocate Dali Mpofu. First he has to save Kagiso Rabada, and then Floyd Shivambu gets shirty

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

The machine will see you now: AI a boon for job hunters

By anonymising a candidate’s gender, social and educational characteristics, artificial intelligence can help firms ...

By Caroline Bullock
4 min read

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

The annual Naked Bike Ride (NBR) aiming at raising awareness for safe cycling, create enthusiasm for using bicycles as a mode of transport, and protest the ongoing use of fossil-fuel to power transport, in Cape Town.
Thread bare The annual Naked Bike Ride (NBR) aiming at raising awareness for safe cycling, create enthusiasm for using bicycles as a mode of transport, and protest the ongoing use of fossil-fuel to power transport, in Cape Town.
Image: Rodger Bosch / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Cop pays for white genocide comment

A policeman who advocated white genocide on Julius Malema’s Facebook page in 2011 has been given an expensive lesson in hate speech. After being fired and failing with an unfair dismissal claim‚ Juda Dagane has been handed another defeat (and a costs order) in the Johannesburg Labour Court. Judge Anton Steenkamp called his Facebook posts “despicable”. Malema was president of the ANC Youth League in 2011 when Dagane commented on his Facebook page‚ saying: “We must introduce black apartheid. Whites have no room in our heart and mind. When the Black Messiah [Nelson Mandela] dies‚ we’ll teach whites some lesson. We’ll commit a genocide on them.”

Magda Wierzycka gets her history wrong

South African billionaire Magda Wierzycka apologised for commemorating the Sharpeville Massacre in a tweet featuring a photograph of Hector Pieterson. Wierzycka tweeted the iconic photograph of Pieterson’s body being carried away after he was shot during the Soweto uprisings on June 16‚ 1976. Pieterson was the first person killed in the protests against the sole use of Afrikaans in schools. “Let’s never forget March 21 1960‚” Wierzycka tweeted. Commentators were quick to rebuke Wierzycka‚ suggesting she needed to brush up on her history.

Sex workers threatened with dogs and snakes

The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (Sweat) approached the High Court to ask that the Primrose Community Police Forum (CPF) be interdicted from beating‚ threatening and using snakes or dogs against sex workers. The CPF has launched “Operation #TakeBackOurPrimrose” to improve the area but‚ according to court papers‚ is harassing sex workers by photographing them‚ stealing their handbags and throwing eggs and water at them. But the court action has apparently emboldened the Primrose CPF. Its Facebook pages say the court action "will not impact negatively on our efforts to rid our village of illegal activities".

NPA considers prosecutions after Esidimeni deaths

SAPS spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo said that 45 inquest dockets were sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision on whether to prosecute over the deaths of mentally ill patients. This comes after retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke made damning observations in his judgment about the sheer lack of official accountability for the Life Esidimeni tragedy. He said senior Gauteng heath officials had lied‚ played the victim‚ abused their power and knowingly violated the rights of mentally ill patients and their families because the instruction had come “from above”.

Ekurhuleni bosses to meet angry taxi drivers

The City of Ekurhuleni will meet the Ekurhuleni Taxi Industry (ETI) on Friday following a strike on Tuesday. Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said about 100 taxis obstructed the traffic between 9am and 11am by driving at “tortoise pace” on the R21 and the N3. The taxi industry are demanding that mayor Mzwandile Masina and city manager Imogen Mashazi resign within 30 days. They said if the pair do not resign‚ there will be “disruption of the transport service on a sustainable and prolonged manner”. ETI is unhappy and claimed they have been trying to speak to Masina for almost two years about the ongoing negotiations and “unending” construction of the Harambee Bus Rapid Transit.

Tiger Brands should be afraid‚ top lawyer warns

Richard Spoor‚ a class action lawyer representing families who lost loved ones from listeriosis, says Tiger Brands has reason to worry after the Esidimeni arbitration award. Spoor said litigating for the poor is not done often because payouts are so small if low earners or the destitute were harmed or killed. But Monday's judgment awarding constitutional damages‚ which are not linked to earnings or wealth‚ bodes ill for Tiger Brands. Spoor said: "We were considering asking for constitutional damages in this case. We were thinking about it. Moseneke's ruling is hugely encouraging for us."

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Hawking may have had polio, says US expert

The probability that the physicist had debilitating ALS is low, says California professor

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read

The war inside: Iraq vets are still fighting and dying

Up to 20% of Iraq War vets suffer from PTSD

By AFP
4 min read

Condom makers blow a load hoping to satisfy Olympians

The 2020 Olympic Games is the perfect opportunity to put to bed Japan’s world-record ultra-thin products

By AFP
4 min read

Shocking! Sumo wrestlers involved in violent brawls

Abuse scandals place Japan’s sumo wrestlers under the spotlight

By Danielle Demetriou
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man makes pipes during the first Cannabis Cup where self-cultivation and the quality of the herb are encouraged, in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Mexico.
Herbal cuppa A man makes pipes during the first Cannabis Cup where self-cultivation and the quality of the herb are encouraged, in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Mexico.
Image: Ulises Ruiz / AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Calls to close sex doll ‘brothel’ in Paris

Barely clothed or naked and perched suggestively on a bed or chair, the plastic dolls on offer in the most controversial “brothel” in Paris have led to accusations that they could encourage rape. Since February, four silicone figures have been on offer at hourly rates of €89 in a discreet apartment in the south of the city, far from the historic red-light district around the Pigalle area in the north. Following complaints from women’s groups and left-wing local lawmakers, the Paris council is set to decide this week whether to close the 21st-century newcomer to the world’s oldest profession. — AFP

Ugly stuff comes out in beheading trial

The trial of Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, accused of murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, resumed on Wednesday as prosecutors suggested he was obsessed with beheadings. Madsen has argued that Wall, a 30-year-old freelancer, died when the air pressure suddenly dropped and toxic fumes filled his homemade submarine while he was up on deck. He has admitted dismembering her body and throwing it overboard, but denies the charge of premeditated murder. The prosecution has painted a picture of Madsen as a sexual sadist who murdered her as part of a sexual fantasy. Prosecutors on Wednesday showed the court videos found on Madsen’s hard drive of violent sex and of women being beheaded and impaled. — AFP

Texas bomber blows himself up

A 24-year-old white man suspected of being behind a series of deadly parcel bombings in the US state of Texas blew himself up on Wednesday as authorities moved in to arrest him. Police said the suspect detonated a device in a car outside a hotel in Austin which has been gripped by fear since the attacks began nearly three weeks ago. Authorities warned that he may have planted other explosives before his death. Austin police chief Brian Manley said the suspect is believed to have been responsible for all five bomb explosions that have killed two people and wounded half a dozen others since March 2. — AFP

Wall Street unfriends Facebook

DZ Bank was the third Wall Street brokerage this week to make a rare cut in price targets for Facebook on Wednesday as the social network’s shares slid for a third day in response to a row over data use by Cambridge Analytica. Wall Street analysts appear to be waking up to the risks to the company. The suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica said in a secretly recorded video broadcast on Tuesday that his UK-based political consultancy’s online campaign played a decisive role in US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory. CEO Alexander Nix’s comments were potentially a further problem for Facebook as it faces scrutiny of Cambridge’s improper use of 50 million Facebook users’ personal data to target voters. — Reuters

China gets smart with its propaganda

China on Wednesday announced a series of changes aimed at strengthening its global influence. The changes will see an increased role for the United Front Work Department, a shadowy organisation that has been accused of trying to manipulate politics abroad. Under the new arrangement, the party’s Central Propaganda Department will take direct responsibility for print, news and movies away from the central government. The move to put these branches of the media directly under the party’s control comes as China has been tightening censorship and efforts to dictate the outlook and “positivity” of content. — AFP

Merkel rages against Turkey and Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply criticised Turkey’s military offensive in the northern Syrian town of Afrin and condemned ongoing attacks by Syrian forces in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. She pointed to the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also blamed Russia for “just watching” the events unfold. Turning to the fighting in Afrin, Merkel said that Turkey’s actions were unacceptable despite its security interests. “I’m also condemning this in the strongest terms,” she added. — Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Harmony’s lustre for life outside SA

Any why did nobody spot the risks at African Bank?

By BusinessLIVE reporters
3 min read

What a shambles Tom Moyane has left SARS in

Suspended tax commissioner damaged public confidence and compromised national finances

By Hilary Joffe
4 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: The beauty of uniform behaviour

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
2 min read

What do women really want?

Pockets, comfortable shoes and clothes that don't despise us

By Jemima Lewis
3 min read

Miranda runs for governor as Ferragamo gets protective

Fashionable news you need to know

By Vogue.com
2 min read

Sustainable fashion just keeps on keeping on looking good

See all the good work on Friday at Africa Fashion International week in Cape Town

By Jackie May
5 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: KG and the demerit gang have to behave

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Never mind the Sascoc-ups, Athletics SA is just as useless

Thanks to the sports bodies we are woefully unprepared for next month’s Commonwealth Games

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

Blast from the past: Proteas get first taste of heartbreak

Today in sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read