Friday, April 6 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Will Zuma get the money he needs to fund Stalingrad 2?

His strategy to stay out of jail is going to cost a fortune

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
2 min read

Zuma trial is just another day for car guards who've seen it all

'The thing with this place is that everyone is the same,' say pair from their post outside the Durban High Court

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

A friend of Winnie is a friend of Zuma

Social media started loving Zuma again after Winnie's death

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

'Let South Africans elect their own president'

DA leader Mmusi Maimane lays out party plans ahead of their own elective congress this weekend

Aphiwe Deklerk
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

See how his garden grows - and, with it, his community

Meet the man who has transformed a stretch of urban wasteland into a beautiful garden

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
3 min read

The strange case of a father, his son and a forged deal

The Appeal Court has ruled, but nothing can save the shattered relationships and careers the dispute leaves in its wake

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
4 min read

The sweet taste of success means some fudging of her diet

SA weightlifting star has learned how to satisfy her sweet tooth and still be on peak form for the Commonwealth Games

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read

No danger pay for Cape psych nurses despite promises

Nurses in psychiatric wards have missed out on allowance for a decade

Nashira Davids
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Twas on the isle of carefree that I met him

Darrel makes his first friend on his new island home, and discovers that a friend of one is a friend of all

5 min read

It was all a bit of a storm in a coffee mug

Let the person without hypocrisy cast the first stone about Black Coffee's gig in Israel

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Here’s everything you need to know about Mzansi’s celebrity ‘funeral artist’.


SNAPSHOT

Devotees outside the temple of Hindu Lord Hanuman in New Delhi.
Big mouth Devotees outside the temple of Hindu Lord Hanuman in New Delhi.
Image: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

'Mafioso' brings AK47-wielding guards to court

Private security guards with assault rifles patrolled outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court where alleged mafioso Nafiz Modack heard he would stand trial for extortion on May 28. Eight guards were stationed in the courtroom‚ and several more accompanied Modack‚ alleged Sexy Boys gang boss Colin Booysen‚ Ashley Fields and Carl Lakay to the court. A fifth accused‚ Jacques Cronje‚ did not appear as he was involved in a bail application in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on intimidation charges. The group allegedly sparked a nightclub security turf war in Cape Town by muscling in on the operation of alleged underworld boss Mark Lifman.

Lamberti insists he's not racist‚ sexist

Newly appointed Eskom board member and Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti is adamant that he has not been found to have been racist or sexist by the North Gauteng High Court. In an e-mail sent to Imperial staff on Thursday‚ Lamberti said his reference to experienced chartered accountant Adila Chowan as a "female employment equity" candidate was not intended to demean her. "My statement‚ intended to indicate attentiveness to the Employment Equity Act and society’s expectations of business‚ was not malicious or meant to hurt or demean her in any way and I regret and apologise for any hardship that it caused‚" he said.

Poor Joburgers might get rebate relief

The City of Johannesburg is discussing possible relief measures, particularly for poor homeowners, following the recent increases in property valuations. The deadline for objections to the valuations is Friday. Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday the multiparty metro will propose a change in the tariff policy in May to increase the residential property rebate from R200‚000 to R350‚000 for all residential property‚ subject to Council approval. "This will reduce the percentage increase felt by our residents in rates payable when the new 2018 General Valuations Roll comes into effect in July 2018. This will mean that no residential property owner will pay rates on the first R350‚000 of their property valuation.”

People can't be murdered like flies: Cele

South Africans cannot just be murdered like flies‚ a stern-faced police minister Bheki Cele said on Thursday. He was speaking to residents of Philippi in Cape Town who are reeling after the bloody killing of four people – shot while sitting in a car on Tuesday night. A fifth person was critically injured. “We cannot allow that South Africans be murdered like flies. The space is too small. It cannot be shared between criminals and citizens‚” Cele told a crowd of more than 100.

DA would double child grant

The Democratic Alliance wants to double the child support grant if it gets into government next year. The amount should be R800 to be sufficient to raise a child and fight malnutrition, leader Mmusi Maimane said in Tshwane while talking about the party's proposed resolutions ahead of this weekend's elective conference. The party's resolution wanted to raise the amount to be in line with what it cost to raise a child. "There were people who raised the debate about ‘can we put vouchers on the table?’ that will be debated‚" he said. He said others favoured a cash transfer.

Indian tax probe 'snubbed' again by Guptas

Tax authorities in India have been “snubbed” again by the Gupta brothers. The Times of India reported that a chartered accountant‚ claiming to represent the brothers‚ arrived in their place to answer questions at the tax department offices in Dehradun. Tax authorities‚ who raided several Gupta-linked properties in India‚ had initially asked them to answer questions on March 16. They have now been granted a fourth extension and are expected to answer questions within the next few days.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Shoeshine boy to president: the rise and dizzying fall

It's been a spectacular descent for the former Brazilian president, who now faces prison

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read

Buck won't stop here for Bollywood hero

Salman Khan can now add more jail time to a long list of scandals, but it is unlikely to dent his reputation

By AFP
3 min read

Our star attraction just got a hole lot more interesting

Scientists looking for black holes in Milky Way find way to prove long-held theory about the birth and death of stars

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

Clash of the queens: Spanish royalty's unseemly moment

A viral video reveals the matriarchal tension between Queen Letizia and her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia

By Hannah Strange
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man walks over a graffito mocking U.S. President Donald Trump at the Mexican side of the border in Ciudad Juarez.
In your face A man walks over a graffito mocking U.S. President Donald Trump at the Mexican side of the border in Ciudad Juarez.
Image: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Soccer fans score with Tinder

Manchester City announced a long-term partnership with Tinder on Thursday as the dating app launches its first in-depth foray into the sports market. Tinder has agreed a sponsorship deal with City’s men’s and women’s teams, along with City Football Group sister club New York City FC, who play in Major League Soccer. Earlier this season Tinder reportedly held discussions with rivals United about shirt sleeve sponsorship. But the app has linked up with City to offer users and fans exclusive access to games along with events at the Etihad Stadium. - AFP

Prince flushed at 'crap' rumour

The Prince of Wales turned the air blue when asked during a radio interview on Australia’s Hit105 if it was true that he takes his own lavatory seat with him when he travels abroad. He snapped: "My own what? Oh, don't believe all that crap." The claim was published in a new biography, “Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles”, by Tom Bower. But it has been circulated for years as one of his many alleged habits and eccentricities. The mythical seat was said to be covered in soft kid leather. It has also been claimed that the prince travels with his own Kleenex Velvet lavatory paper. - The Daily Telegraph

Boy stuck after bad snap decision

A seven-year-old UK boy spent three hours stuck in a National Trust monument after his family tried to recreate a picture they took of him as a toddler. At a Victorian estate near Wolverhampton on Tuesday, Max Morgan’s mother Jana tried to recreate the shot she had taken of her son inside the stone pinnacle when he was two. However, when Max climbed inside, through a hole on top of the stone pinnacle, he became stuck. Rescue workers had to call a specialist team to free the boy. - The Daily Telegraph

Mum’s the word for sneaky sperm doc

A woman is suing a retired Idaho fertility doctor after learning he allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate her mother, reports the Daily Mail. Kelli Rowlette, 36, of Washington state, sent off her genetic sample to Ancestry.com last year but assumed there had been a mistake when the DNA did not match that of her own father. Instead, Ancestry.com had predicted a parent-child relationship between Rowlette and a reproductive specialist 800km away, Dr Gerald Mortimer, the report said. She later discovered Mortimer apparently used his own semen to impregnate her mother. - Staff reporter

Pope enters drama surrounding dying tot

Pope Francis has weighed in on the case of a seriously ill British toddler who is being kept alive on a ventilator. Alfie Evans, who is 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition. His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have fought a legal battle to stop the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, from turning off his ventilator, which would quickly end his life. “It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard,” the pope said on Twitter. - AFP

Charges for Stalin exposer porn of hatred

A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s crimes angered state officials was cleared of child pornography charges on Thursday, the TASS news agency reported. Prosecutors had accused Yuri Dmitriev of involving his adopted daughter, then 11, in child pornography, of illegally possessing components of a firearm, and of depravity involving a minor. Dmitriev found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the Soviet dictator’s Great Terror in the 1930s. A court in Petrozavodsk did him guilty of the firearm charge. - Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Not a very Resilient showing by property sector

Down for the quarter after fingers point to skulduggery

By Alistair Anderson
2 min read

Consol’s got the bottle to burst into Africa

Welcome return to the JSE for glass packaging giant

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Are you ready, Steve? Alright, let’s play ...

Steven Spielberg has a gas with 'Ready Player One'

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Klopp hails his Reds but job is not over

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
Journalist
6 min read

The Masters: Lashings of syrup and chunks of cheese

A definitive guide to this weekend’s golf major

By Craig Ray
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Harold takes a horrible klap

Today in sports history: April 6

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read