Tuesday, March 27 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Will 'Ramaphoria' send us to an early election?

ANC leadership proposes discussion on early general elections

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

Buchan hell! That's poor Cape Town down the drain

Angus Buchan prophesised that the Cape's dams would be full by the end of March, and there's only a week to go

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Hermanus erupts: IN IMAGES

A land grab attempt in Hermanus was thwarted on Monday after protesters marched to a local municipal manager demanding water and electricity for the plots they were attempting to seize. At least 25 people were arrested.  


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

'Move to Oz was hard, but worth it'

This former Free State farmer has no regrets

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
7 min read

Handbags at dawn as event organisers' spat turns ugly

'Here we are in the high court in a matter involving R3,800,' says judge about Facebook fracas

By Tania Broughton
2 min read

Most high school teachers are bullied by their pupils

Half of the bullying took place in the classroom

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

The little boy who can’t eat

Toddler Aaron Lipschitz has a rare illness which means he cannot eat without becoming seriously ill

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
3 min read

Local is suddenly not so lekker at the box office

A 35% drop in takings seems to show South Africans have a greater fondness for foreign films

Leonie Wagner
Journalist
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A performer jumps during the annual Sishaya Ingoma dance competition in Durban.
It wasn't a good place to sleep A performer jumps during the annual Sishaya Ingoma dance competition in Durban.
Image: Reuters/Rogan Ward

Five things about SA you need to know

Desai temporarily removed from Van Breda trial

Judge Siraj Desai‚ who presided over the triple-axe murder trial of Stellenbosch youngster Henri van Breda‚ will be taken off the matter temporarily owing to personal circumstances. Van Breda allegedly wiped out three members of his family‚ leaving one more for dead. The trial‚ which ran for more than 60 days‚ was scheduled for judgment on April 23. On Monday‚ the National Prosecuting Authority said Van Breda will appear in court on Tuesday “for the postponement of the matter to a later date before a new judge”. Further details were not provided.

Shot mom forced to drive attacker to ATM

A Port Elizabeth businesswoman was shot by an intruder on a farm outside Hankey at the weekend while desperately trying to shield her three young children from the gunman. The woman‚ 44‚ bleeding and in pain‚ was then forced to drive her attacker to an ATM in the town where she seized the chance to escape while he was withdrawing money from her bank account. Police spokeswoman Captain Gerda Swart said “a person of interest” was taken in for questioning on Sunday morning.

Hope fades in search for UK couple

Hopes of finding missing British couple Rod and Rachel Saunders alive have all but slipped away, with police charging a man linked to their disappearance with two counts of murder. Ahmad Jackson Mussa‚ 36‚ who carries the ominous moniker “Bazooka”‚ appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He was arrested in a raid by Hawks counter-terror operatives at a hideaway in Newlands‚ outside Durban. Mussa - along with alleged Isis acolytes Sayfudeen Aslam del Vecchio‚ Fatima Patel and their teenage neighbour, Themba Xulu - is accused of engineering the disappearance of the Cape Town-based British botanists in February. Police Search and Rescue Unit officers have been searching the area for the couple since Friday‚ their effort hampered by crocodiles and heavy rain.

Court probes scene of Coligny teen's murder

The key witness in the case of two farm workers accused of killing a Coligny teenager has explained what happened when he witnessed the assault last year. This took place on Monday during the inspection in loco‚ after the lawyers of the accused requested that the North West High Court personally inspect the crime scene before interrogating provincial organised crime head Brigadier Clifford Kgorane. Bonakele Bendel Pakisi, the only eyewitness, said he saw Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard throw Matlhomola Mosweu out of a moving bakkie on April 20 last year. The men allegedly killed Mosweu after accusing him of stealing a sunflower head. His death sparked violent protest in Coligny‚ with white-owned shops and houses set alight.

Cop bolts after being nabbed for drunk driving

An off-duty police officer allegedly caught driving drunk on Monday decided to ditch his car and make a break for it by running from his cuff-wielding colleagues. But he was unsuccessful. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police chief Yolande Faro said officers noticed a silver VW Polo indicating to turn into a bus lane. They switched on their siren to warn the driver against doing it, but he persisted and was then pulled over. Faro said the driver of the patrol car was surprised when he recognised the offending driver as one of his colleagues. The man allegedly reeked of alcohol and was told his blood alcohol level would be tested. He thought it better to flee, but only made “a short distance” before being caught.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

A big up on your birthday, Viagra!

After 20 years about 65 million Viagra prescriptions have been filled worldwide

By AFP
4 min read

She honours her son instead of hating his killer

Mom of French hero says when she heard a policeman had been killed, she knew it was him

By AFP
2 min read

In Sierra Leone, a popstar leads the people's fight

On the eve of the country's presidential election, Emmerson is the person the electorate really listen to

By AFP
4 min read

Oh la brah! Haute couture goes hood couture

Kanye's BFF is bringing street fashion to the world's biggest luxury brand

By AFP
3 min read

Psy-style pop diplomacy too much for North Korea

Including the 'Gangnam Style' hitmaker in a delegation might not be the best way to improve inter-Korean ties

By Nicola Smith
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Smoke rises from a replica of a T-Rex after it burst into flames at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Canon City, Colorado.
Rock is too hot for that lizard Smoke rises from a replica of a T-Rex after it burst into flames at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Canon City, Colorado.
Image: Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience/via Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

You fake it, you get real time

The Malaysian government has proposed a “fake news” law which would carry a maximum 10-year jail term, including for articles published abroad, sparking fears of a crackdown on dissent as elections loom. Governments in several countries, emboldened by US President Donald Trump’s fulminations against “fake news“, are considering such legislation. But rights groups warn that authoritarian regimes are likely to use such laws to silence opposing voices. The bill includes jail time or a fine of up to 500,000 ringgit (R1.4-million) for anyone guilty of creating or disseminating what authorities deem to be fake news. - AFP

Telling call by Chinese film festival

The Beijing International Film Festival has pulled Oscar-winging gay film 'Call Me By Your Name' from its programme, movie distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Monday. Sony would not comment on the reason for dropping the film from the April festival. Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but activists say conservative attitudes have led to occasional government clampdowns. In 2017, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference in Chengdu was called off after the venue cited conflicting events, lesbian dating app Rela was shut down, and a blacklist of banned audiovisual online content included homosexuality. - Reuters

Pfizer acts on stiff competition and flaccid sales

Viagra is set to become available over the counter for the first time in the UK as manufacturer Pfizer wrestles with dwindling sales. It hopes the imminent release of Viagra Connect will help make up for flagging sales of prescription Viagra in the face of competition from copycat rivals. Global sales were $1.2bn (£850m) last year, down almost half on $2.1bn five years earlier. Pfizer estimates more than a fifth of UK adult males over 18 suffer from erectile dysfunction, but few seek treatment. - The Daily Telegraph

Fat chance, army tells ballooning soldier

A South Korean man has received a suspended prison sentence for trying to avoid national military service by piling on more than 30kg in six months, The Korea Times reported. At just over 1.6m in February 2016, the unnamed 21-year-old ballooned to more than 113kg by the time he reported for duty in July. He was assigned a civilian post until police opened an investigation. There has been an increase in South Koreans attempting to escape military service, mainly for religious reasons or because they are conscientious objectors. Others are put off by the harsh life of a conscript. - The Daily Telegraph

Two held over killing of Holocaust survivor

Two men have been arrested over the stabbing death of an 85-year-old Jewish woman whose body was found after a fire broke out in her Paris apartment, police sources said on Monday. A Paris lawmaker who spoke with one of the woman’s sons said she had, as a child, escaped the 1942 round-up of more than 13,000 Jews in Paris during World War 2. Fewer than 100 of those sent to Nazi death camps survived. She was identified only as Mireille K. The Paris prosecutor’s office said. it had not yet determined a motive. France’s Jewish community has voiced increasing concern over a rise in violent anti-Semitic acts. - AFP

‘Have we derailed? I hadn’t noticed’

When a rollercoaster billed as Japan’s slowest derailed, the passengers didn't notice. The Family Coaster at the Arakawa Amusement Park in Tokyo came to a halt after a wheel on one of the cars is thought to have come off the rail, Sky News reported. Where there should have been panic among the seven adults and 12 children stuck 5m above the ground, they weren’t bothered. What did elicit concern was the sudden sight of workmen setting about the train with hammers and trying to push it. - Staff reporter

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

‘I could’ve done that!’ ... ‘But you didn’t’

At the centre of all the concentric circles of economic feeding is that most valuable of all things: invention

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

PSG’s new ‘play on Africa’ is hot to trot

And how Zimbabwe is moving to cash in on mining 

By BusinessLIVE reporters
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

I like your tone: A celebration of our people’s skin colours

A kids’ story dispels myths about race in a fun, accessible and informative way

By Mila de Villiers
2 min read

Who drove Kerr? Late author was fascinated with Nazis

And how do romance novels fare in the era of #MeToo?

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

When transparency isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

A message so clear you can see straight through it

By Jessica Brodie
3 min read

Walls and all: What’s up in the art galleries this week

Fight those sinking feelings

By Staff reporter
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: How Vinnige Fanie bust the Aussies

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

Do what you like with your balls, Aussies, no one cares

In the greater scheme, ball-tampering doesn’t matter

By Telford Vice
5 min read