Tuesday, April 17 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Winnie film: our truth is no stranger to friction

The fallout from Pascal Lamche's documentary reminds us how we fall desperately short in writing our own history

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Tony Leon on Winnie: 'I was just doing my job'

Former DA leader slates claim made by Sydney Mufamadi in press conference on documentary

Penwell Dlamini
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Polish businesswoman kidnapped outside Sandton hotel

Her ordeal came as four men appeared in court in another kidnapping matter

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

BACK STORY: I didn't think he would really throw the baby

HeraldLIVE photographer Werner Hills recalls the chilling moment baby was thrown from roof

Werner Hills
Journalist
4 min read

Nelson Mandela Bay under fire for employment tactics

Key health post vacant for more than year in NMB metro

Siphe Macanda
Journalist
2 min read

Boffins spoil the party for moderate tipplers

If you're knocking back more than five a week, you could be shortening your life, they say

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

the Gupta ASSETS CAPTURE

Law enforcement agencies swooped on the Guptas’ Saxonwold compound on Monday afternoon, seizing a Porsche Cayenne‚ a Lamborghini Gallardo, two Ford Rangers, three Mercedes-Benzes‚ a BMW 5 Series and a Volkswagen Polo Vivo. Oh‚ and a helicopter. These are just some of the ‘moveable assets’ the police were searching for during the raid. The raid came after the NPA was given a restraint order for R250-million against those charged in relation to the Estina dairy project in Vrede in the Free State.

Law enforcement agencies descended on the Gupta family compound in Saxonwold on April 15 2018. Here’s what we know so far.


SNAPSHOT

Men make bricks in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sand made Men make bricks in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Image: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Six things about SA you need to know

Gauteng health faces R22bn in negligence claims

The Gauteng health department paid out R521-million in medical negligence claims between January 2017 and March 2018 – and this from 138 cases. The department still faces a further 1‚597 cases, totalling more than R22-billion, which are currently before the courts. This was revealed by Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa in response to questions by Democratic Alliance health spokesman Jack Bloom‚ who has expressed concern over the claims which will cost close to half of the department’s R46.4-billion budget. The claims relate to neonatal deaths‚ hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy‚ obstetrics and gynaecology‚ post-caesarean section sepsis‚ orthopaedic and surgical‚ anaesthetics and patient falls. According to Ramokgopa‚ “almost all hospitals are affected by medico-legal claims”.

Threat of nationwide bus strike

Commuters have been warned about the likelihood of a nationwide bus strike on Wednesday if wage negotiations fail. The Golden Arrow Bus Services said in an alert to passengers on Monday that the “entire South African bus industry” could be affected as a result of deadlocked wage negotiations. Last-minute wage negotiations were still under way on Monday. Capetonians were warned on Monday that the MyCiTi bus service would be severely disrupted should the nationwide strike go ahead.

Reward offered for missing Ironman

The family of an Ironman competitor who disappeared in Port Elizabeth ahead of the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship have offered a reward to anyone with information about his whereabouts. David Rene Roger Bellet-Brissaud‚ of Gabon‚ arrived in Port Elizabeth last Thursday, and his wife Lydia realised at 1am the next day that he was missing. David’s brother, Gael Bellet-Brissaud, said the family was offering a R12‚000 reward to anyone with “concrete” information. He said they were speaking to French police to extend the search internationally. David’s family started to arrive in the city – where the police K9 and dive units are searching for him – on Sunday night.

Notorious hostel claims yet another life

Durban police are investigating the murder of a 29-year-old man at the notorious Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi in the early hours of Sunday. Community activist Vanessa Burger said Lwando Gladine‚ a resident of Block 53‚ had visited Chief’s Tavern at nearby Reunion with a friend. It was the fifth murder at the violence-ridden hostel precinct since the beginning of the year, she said. Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a case of murder was under investigation at the Umlazi police station. No arrests have been made. The hostel‚ administered by the eThekwini Municipality‚ is widely considered a hotbed of violence and crime. During the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal‚ witnesses described the hostel blocks as a haven for hitmen and criminals.

Delinquent taxpayers hauled to court

Taxpayers who failed to submit returns are being prosecuted in a crackdown led by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). SARS said on Monday there had‚ over the years‚ been an “unacceptable increase in the non-submission of returns across all tax types”, including PAYE‚ VAT‚ corporate income and personal income tax. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said recently SARS had collected R1.216-trillion for 2017-18, which was slightly less than what was targeted for collection. SARS said the crackdown was a new initiative aimed at prosecuting “non-compliant taxpayers‚ including prominent South Africans‚ who have failed to submit returns”.

New campaign to raise $100bn for SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a high-profile investment campaign to raise $100-billion for South Africa in the next five years. Former Finance minister Trevor Manuel and former deputy Finance minister Mcebisi Jonas will headline a team of envoys to sell South Africa to the investor community. The envoys‚ which Ramaphosa said will be his team of “hunting lions”‚ also includes former Standard Bank CEO Jacko Maree and businesswoman Phumzile Langeni. The envoys will report directly to the president and their work will be coordinated by Ramaphosa’s new economic advisor‚ economist Trudy Makhaya.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Finally, Trump’s former FBI director gives us the juice

James Comey dishes the dirt in his first interview after being fired 

By Ben Riley-Smith
9 min read

Activists' families tormented by China's 'smiling tigers'

Viewed as guilty by association and a threat to national security, they are subjected to harassment and house arrest

By Christian Shepherd
4 min read

Barbara Bush to forgo treatment amid 'failing health'

Long considered the rock at the centre of her dynasty, she has decided to 'focus on comfort care'

By AFP
1 min read

It took a child and an amateur to uncover Bluetooth's treasure

Unlikely pair have unearthed a trove that probably belonged to the king who brought Christianity to Denmark

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
Horsin' around Sumo wrestlers perform a show fight during an annual sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
Image: Reuters/Toru Hanai

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Trainee barristers daren’t skirt the rules

Female trainee barristers in the UK have been told they will lose points in their exams if their skirts are too short. Guidance given to students taking the bar professional training course at BPP University sets out a schedule of point deductions for infringements including "too much shirt undone", "short skirts (women)" and "colourful socks (men)". The list of “offences of professional conduct” itemises the point penalties for students if they are not properly dressed during their advocacy assessment. Colourful socks lose a male advocate a point, while wearing a skirt above the knee would cost a female trainee two points. A trainee whose bra is showing will lose three points, and the same goes for wearing boots with a short skirt. - The Daily Telegraph

WW2 ‘germ warfare’ unit to be named

Japanese scholars will reveal the names of the members of a Japanese World War 2 germ warfare unit that infected and starved Chinese and allied POWs in gruesome experiments. Katsuo Nishiyama, professor emeritus of Shiga University of Medical Science, said his team plans to publish 3,607 names online to encourage further historical study of the unit. Members of Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army, including physicians from Japan’s top medical universities, injected plague and other germs into their victims, tested germ bombs, and artificially caused frostbite to victims while depriving them of sleep and food. - AFP

Bearded HIV singer heads off blackmailer

Austrian bearded drag queen and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has announced on Instagram that she is HIV positive, saying she is being blackmailed by a former boyfriend. Wurst, the creation of Austrian singer and artist Tom Neuwirth, 29, said in the post on Sunday the ex-boyfriend was “threatening to go public with this private information”. “I won’t give anyone the right to scare me and to influence my life in this way,” said Wurst, who shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her song Rise Like A Phoenix. - AFP

Court lays interfaith case to rest

Bangladesh’s highest court has ruled that a woman who took her life four years ago is a Muslim and can be buried alongside her husband, ending a high-profile legal battle over interfaith marriage. The court ruled that Hosne Ara Lazu did convert to Islam after marrying Humayun Farid Lazu in 2013, despite her family’s insistence that she returned to Hinduism before her death. The families opposed the union and pressured them to call off the match. Lazu, 21, killed himself in 2014 amid the turmoil. When his 18-year-old wife swallowed poison two months later, the families went to court over how she would be buried. - AFP

Last round for social media trolls

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has closed all of its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts with immediate effect, the company announced on Monday. The firm, which has almost 900 pubs across the UK and Ireland, linked the move to “bad publicity surrounding social media” including the “trolling” of politicians and others, “especially those from religious or ethnic minorities”. Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said “We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business. I don’t believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever.” - AFP

Former Auschwitz guard pleads ignorance

German prosecutors brought charges against a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on Monday, accusing him of abetting murder in the latest 11th-hour attempt to use the criminal justice system to address the Holocaust. The unnamed suspect is a German citizen born in Ruma in today’s Serbia. The then 19-year-old began his training as a guard at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland in October 1942 and worked from December 1942 until January 1943. In this time, at least at least 13,335 were classified as unfit to work and murdered in the gas chambers, the prosecutors said. The suspect said he was “not aware of the background, intent or procedures behind the killing” at Auschwitz. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The wages of neglect is death for your business

Turnarounds are not popularity contests, but they don’t have to be demolition derbies either

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

AngloGold Ashanti: Internal hunt now on for a new CEO

After the surprise resignation of the well-regarded Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Skyscraper index: Maybe it’s time for Sandton to feel afraid

Research says huge buildings tend to pop up just as economies overheat

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: Neil Young takes a walk on the dark side

Your fortnightly guide to music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

Fighting words: You white people have got it lucky

What would it feel like to have all the benefits?

By Haji Mohamed Dawjee
7 min read

Who left their fingerprints on Stone’s imagination?

An appreciation of acclaimed local artist Simon Stone

By Danny Shorkend
4 min read

How great thine art? Enter this competition and find out

Entries for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition are now open for young emerging talent

By Staff reporter
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Cityzens have a certain pep in their step

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
Journalist
5 min read

Boxing needs Joshua vs Wilder like a vampire needs blood

It’s high time the heavyweight division stopped being a sad, slobbish joke

Telford Vice
Journalist
7 min read