Wednesday, April 18 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

New teachers will have to prove they aren't sex pests

After spike in assaults on pupils, new ruling means teachers must produce police certificates before being registered

By Prega Govender
4 min read

Public Protector quizzed over her staff's secret service training

Busisiwe Mkhwebane gets a tongue-lashing in parliament

Thabo Mokone
Journalist
3 min read

Analysis: SA's most powerful spy is up against the ropes

Arthur Fraser case is a game-changer

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
6 min read

Life's a twitch, Mr Gupta, and there's no denying it

For years, the Guptas took from us. This week, at last, they gave something back

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Students in awe of music from the Bach of the bus

A violin-playing varsity shuttle driver strikes a chord with Cape Town youngsters

By Nora Shelly
4 min read

Fish have prepared for Cape drought for millions of years

The Cape galaxias fish has a mysterious habit of repopulating dry river beds, seemingly out of thin air

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

Small wonder: SA's tiny satellite is a big milestone

Cape Town space engineers prep Africa’s most advanced cube satellite for vital marine-tracking duties

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels made a statement outside a Manhattan federal court on April 16 2018, where President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen appeared as part of a criminal investigation.


SNAPSHOT

Jazmin, 9, carries a cardboard car to be used in a play in her school at Anapra neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Beep beep Jazmin, 9, carries a cardboard car to be used in a play in her school at Anapra neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Image: Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Six things about SA you need to know

Drunk, racist Judge Motata faces impeachment

More than a decade after a drunk judge Nkola Motata was recorded swearing at onlookers after he crashed his Jaguar into a wall‚ a Judicial Service Commission tribunal has found that his racist comments - and the dishonest way he conducted his trial - could justify his removal as a judge. The tribunal said it believed that Motata retaining his status as a judicial officer would negatively affect public confidence in the justice system. It has recommended that the commission consider impeaching Motata‚ which would result in him losing all the benefits of a judicial officer. The tribunal‚ in a finding dated April 12‚ found that Motata was racist at the scene of the accident, and that this and his conduct on the scene “impinge on and are prejudicial to the impartiality and dignity of the courts”.

ANC councillor guilty of water jug assault

ANC councillor Andile Lungisa has been found guilty of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Handing down judgment in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court‚ magistrate Morne Cannon said Lungisa had proved to be a poor witness who changed his version of events as the trial proceeded. Lungisa was found to have unlawfully and intentionally hit former MMC for transport Rano Kayser over the head with a glass water jug‚ without provocation‚ during a heated council meeting in October 2016. His co-accused‚ Gamalihleli Maqula‚ was acquitted on all charges in March when the court found there was not enough evidence against him for a conviction.

School ‘flasher’ caught with pants down: police

An alleged flasher is due in court on Wednesday after a police sting operation caught him with his pants down in front of a Cape Town primary school. The Parow school alerted police last week about a man who parked outside the school and performed “inappropriate sexual deeds in view of the children”. Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said the man tried to engage with several pupils at the school “over a period of time”. Two detectives noticed the suspect's vehicle in the area on Monday and approached the man. “They requested the driver to exit the vehicle and they noticed that his pants were still down‚” said Van Wyk. The man was arrested, and after obtaining a search warrant police found he was in possession of child porn.

Search called off for missing Ironman entrant

Police divers‚ rescue dogs and a helicopter spent most of Tuesday searching the Port Elizabeth harbour for a missing Frenchman who was in the city to compete in the Ironman. The search was called off later on Tuesday and was expected to resume on Wednesday morning. CCTV has emerged of David Bellet-Brissaud‚ 48‚ walking into the harbour at about 1.10am on Friday. Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said divers were sent into the water after video footage showed him entering a wharf within the harbour. However, there was no footage of him leaving the harbour.

Mrs SA airlifted from Mount Everest

Mrs South Africa‚ Nicole Capper‚ is stable after she was airlifted to Kathmandu Hospital in Nepal with altitude sickness suffered during a Mount Everest expedition. Capper left the country on April 2 as part of the expedition to raise funds for Rare Diseases South Africa, a cause close to her heart because her daughter, Tatum‚ has cystic fibrosis. Mrs SA pageant director Joani Johnson said the team in Nepal notified on Tuesday morning that Capper had fallen ill. More details would be provided when they became available, added Johnson.

PP to probe politicians’ role in Estina

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will probe the role of politicians in the Gupta-linked Vrede dairy farm project. She was appearing before the justice portfolio committee to brief members on her office’s annual performance plan and budget. MPs grilled her on a number of matters‚ including her fitness to hold office‚ the handling of the Absa-Bankorp case‚ and the dairy farm project in the Free State. Mkhwebane’s report on the project, released in February and labelled by opposition parties as a whitewash‚ found there were procurement irregularities‚ "gross negligence" and maladministration. The DA said then it would take the report on review, adding there had been no effort to investigate the true extent of corruption and to hold those responsible accountable.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Bizarre tale of a sex guru, a 'model', Trump and a Thai jail

Pair claim they have all the secrets the US public would love to know. Now they've landed themselves in a spot of bother

By AFP
2 min read

Love, Simon says, is still not easy for gay teens

It's the latest film to shine a light on the lives of those whose coming-out stories are still being written

By AFP
4 min read

Hot DAMN! Rapper beats out the stuffy to get a Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read

Now (coco)nut-case shaman wants to run for office

Malaysian who tried to find flight MH370 using a 'magic carpet' has his sights set on a parliamentary seat

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man pedals a tricycle loaded with empty cooking oil containers in Kolkata, India.
A slippery ride A man pedals a tricycle loaded with empty cooking oil containers in Kolkata, India.
Image: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

‘Unusual sounds’ reveal exam cheating plot

A Singaporean private tutor, Tan Jia Yan, has been convicted over an elaborate scheme to help Chinese secondary school students cheat in an O-Level exam using mobile phones and wireless devices. Tan, who pleaded guilty, faces a jail term of up to three years and a fine. Details of the case revealed that on test days, the students were made to conceal mobile phones and Bluetooth devices under their clothing and wear an earpiece. The cheating was exposed on the final day of the exams when one of the students was caught after an invigilator heard ‘unusual electronic transmission sounds emitting from him,’ they said. - AFP

Poland illegally cut down ancient forest

Poland’s rightwing government broke the law by logging in one of Europe’s last primeval forests, the EU’s top court ruled. Logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO world heritage site, began in May 2016 but the European Commission took Poland to court last year arguing that it was destroying a forest that boasts unique plant and animal life. The Polish government said it would comply with the court ruling, which it must do ‘without delay’ in order to avoid financial penalties. Andreas Baumueller, an executive at the European office of conservationist group WWF, said: ‘Today is a clear victory for Europe’s wildlife. Nature cannot be ignored and neither can EU law.’ - AFP

'First woman convicted' of domestic abuse

Jordan Worth, 22, is believed to be the first woman convicted under new English abuse laws after scalding her boyfriend with boiling water, stabbing him and keeping food from him. She was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate relationship, as well as wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The victim was heard by his neighbours shouting at Worth: ‘Get off me, you are hurting me.’ He was seen on occasions with black eyes and to be limping and with his arm in sling. Worth, who is now in a new relationship, was made the subject of a restraining order which prevents her from contacting her ex for an indefinite period. – © The Daily Telegraph

Philippines VP sorry for offensive Holocaust photo

Leni Robredo, the vice-president of the Philippines, issued a public apology for a photograph showing her and members of her political party posing and smiling at a German Holocaust memorial. Robredo attracted widespread criticism over the photo, which was posted on Twitter by a lawmaker from her opposition Liberal Party. ‘While there was no malice in it, I take full responsibility and so I would like to apologise for whatever offence to the sensitivities of the people it caused,’ she said in a statement on her website. Anger at tourists using it as a background for selfies inspired an Israeli-born German artist, Shahak Shapira, to launch a website last year featuring images of the worst offenders blended into horrific backdrops of the Holocaust. - AFP

World’s first urine test to spot cancer on trial

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples. Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago. It will now begin testing the method using some 250 urine samples, to see if samples at room temperature are suitable for analysis. The procedure aims to improve the early detection of cancer, saving lives and reducing the medical and social cost to the country. The experiment will start this month until through September in cooperation with Nagoya University in central Japan. – AFP

Women 'should diet for years to conceive'

Women who are hoping to conceive should go on a diet years before according to a study published in The Lancet. Research suggests that the vast majority of women of reproductive age were not nutritionally prepared for pregnancy. Experts said one of the most crucial factors was for women to be a healthy weight before conception - often meaning diet and lifestyle overhauls need to start years earlier. Excess weight in pregnancy increases the lifelong risk of cardiovascular, metabolic, immune and neurological diseases in subsequent children. Links have also been made between male obesity and poor sperm quality, which may also increase the risk to future children, though the evidence is less clear. Researchers said school children should be taught about the importance of the right diet to prepare for parenthood. - © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Why Stellenbosch cabal lost a fortune on Steinhoff

Coronation Fund Managers founder Thys du Toit part of a stellar network of Winelands moguls to take a bath

By Ann Crotty
4 min read

AVI: A profitable toast to pricey tea and biscuits

Consumer goods company maintains profit by jacking up prices to offset weak demand

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

However you strip her down, Cardi B is a superstar

As with our Zahara, opinion about the rapper's meteoric rise is split into two equally belittling camps

By Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

This new bowl movement is healthy and satisfying

The trend is towards getting everything you’ll ever need in one balanced bowl

By Roberta Thatcher
3 min read

Me and my Maserati (with a dash of pasta and wine)

Taking a dream car for a wild ride to culinary paradise

Claire Keeton
Journalist
4 min read

It’s safer, so why don’t plane seats face backwards?

Maybe because people don’t want to make eye contact

By Oliver Smith
5 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Bucs finally rapped for fan riot

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
6 min read

Brothers in alms: Why the lack of support for the second tier?

As long as the National First Division remains mediocre, so will the rate of progress in SA football

Marc Strydom
Journalist
4 min read