Friday, May 4 2018

THE BIG STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

Alleged mob boss: 'If I were a religious man ...'

In an interview with Times Select, Mark Lifman says he is just an honest businessman

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

New smoking bill 'is racist'

It means there will be nowhere in most poor black areas where smoking will be lawful, says advocacy group

Farren Collins
Journalist
2 min read

Analysis: Why auditing firms are in crisis

'We are concerned that audit quality is declining'

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

If this diet aid is dangerous, why is it still on the market?

Activist puts the blame on SA's new drugs regulator, which in turn claims it is under-resourced

Katharine Child
Journalist
5 min read

Once bitten, twice shy: A man's quest to rid KZN of rabies

A Ballito man is crowdfunding for a community-based rabies awareness organisation

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
1 min read

Cyberbullying victims 'twice as likely to attempt suicide'

UK researchers call for school anti-bullying policies as local experts warn the phenomenon is an epidemic

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

In the game of life, everyone's a winner

Watching a game of bowls taught me a lesson about life, even though I didn't realise it at the time

5 min read

Super-Pooper vs The Pooper-Scooper: A new SA (s)hit

South Africans should stop torturing local film makers and just admit they don't support local culture

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

When a word makes you yawn it's time to go a little 'cracy'

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read

Little ‘Übermensch’: how Pippi Longstocking defied Hitler

New book argues that the redheaded heroine owes her cock-a-snook exuberance and pathological pacifism to the Führer

By Claire Allfree
6 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Mitchells Plain residents spoke out against the Siqalo community protest after clashes erupted between the neighbouring communities on Wednesday May 2 2018. Siqalo residents aired their grievances over land and service delivery.


SNAPSHOT

Sandile Mantsoe at the South Gauteng High Court for sentencing proceedings on Thursday. Mantsoe was found guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena last year.
A brave face Sandile Mantsoe at the South Gauteng High Court for sentencing proceedings on Thursday. Mantsoe was found guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena last year.
Image: Alaister Russell

Six things about SA you need to know

Millions more for Zulu King Zwelithini

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is getting more money. KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu announced during his budget vote for the 2018/19 financial year on Thursday that Zwelithini's annual budget had been increased by R7-million‚ from R58.8-million last year to R65.8-million this year. The monarch - who has often come under fire for his lavish spending - has maintained that he was entitled to the budget since it was derived from tax revenue generated by his subjects. The premier’s office is responsible for the king’s support and the royal family‚ as well as the royal household trust, which was established to make the Zulu royal family self-sustainable. Mchunu said the royal household has been allocated R65‚8-million for this financial year‚ without elaborating on how the money would be spent. Neither did he reveal how much will be allocated to the royal household trust.

Khoza denies he's behind Jordaan smear campaign

Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has denied allegations that emerged at the weekend relating to a defamation and conspiracy case opened by South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan. In a Sunday Times report Jordaan claimed Khoza was the catalyst in a rape case opened against the Safa president by singer and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson. Ferguson‚ who lives in Sweden‚ laid the rape complaint with SAPS in Parkview last month. The allegations were that Khoza had paid for Ferguson's flights and accommodation to South Africa through a third party. Khoza denied the allegations during a press conference at the PSL offices in Parktown. He said he had never spoken to Ferguson, either directly or through a third party.

Guptas lose court bid over return of luxury jet

The South Gauteng High Court has dismissed an application for leave to appeal an order compelling the Gupta family to return an aircraft it bought through a Canadian bank. The Export Development Canada lent the Guptas $41-million (about R521-million) to buy their Bombardier jet. The bank approached the court on an urgent basis, asking it to direct that the Bombardier Global 6000 (tail number ZS-OAK) be grounded because the family defaulted on repayments, and to stop them from using it to commit crimes or flee from justice. The bank said it feared the aircraft would be seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Judge Kathree Setiloane in the South Gauteng High Court said on Thursday her order was not final and that it would not be in the interest of justice to grant leave to appeal in an interim ruling. The Guptas earlier argued that the court did not have jurisdiction to hear the application.

Karabo Mokoena's killer gets 32 years behind bars

Acting judge Peet Johnson sentenced Karabo Mokoena’s killer‚ Sandile Mantsoe‚ to an effective 32 years behind bars on Thursday. “The court cannot describe you in any other way but as a devil in disguise‚” Johnson said in his judgment in the High Court in Johannesburg. While Mantsoe's lawyer had pushed for a minimum sentence‚ Johnson said he "deserved nothing less than a harsh punishment"‚ emphasising that he would need to pay the price for killing Mokoena. He said there were no mitigating factors to give him a lesser sentence. Johnson sentenced Mantsoe to 30 years for murder‚ a further five years for assault, and four years for defeating the ends of justice. Two of the five years for the assault and three of the four years for the obstruction of justice will run concurrently.

Pit bulls put down after fatal mauling

Two pit bulls that mauled an elderly woman to death were euthanised just hours after the fatal attack on Wednesday. Mary Green‚ 67‚ had been alone at a Greenwood Park, Durban, home when the dogs both set upon her. She died in the driveway before neighbours and paramedics could get to her. Tanya Fleischer of the Durban and Coast SPCA said that the animals involved in the incident were euthanised “as per the owner’s request”. Green had sustained severe injuries as a result of the attack. Marshall Security spokesman Kyle van Reenen said there was nothing paramedics could do to assist her and she was declared deceased on arrival. Police spokesman Thulani Zwane confirmed that an inquest investigation was ongoing.

Companies to pay R5bn after silicosis settlement

Mining companies are going to fork out about R5-billion to mineworkers after an historic class action settlement was reached with those suffering from silicosis and tuberculosis on Thursday. The settlement was the first of its kind in South Africa. It was reached between the Legal Resources Centre (LRC)‚ Abrahams Kiewitz Inc and Richard Spoor Attorneys‚ who represented thousands of mineworkers‚ and the Occupational Lung Disease (OLD) Working Group‚ who represented African Rainbow Minerals‚ Anglo American SA‚ AngloGold Ashanti‚ Gold Fields‚ Harmony‚ Sibanye Stillwater and Pan African Resources. The companies will make an initial contribution for benefit payments of R1.4-billion for the first two years of benefit payments‚ the Legal Resources Centre said. The High Court in Johannesburg will now review the draft settlement. Once it has been approved a trust deed will be set up.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Fresh phone cancer fears still a tough cell for scientists

Call for state action as new study links mobiles to a rise in an aggressive type of brain tumour

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

Now they'll never know: The price Germans are still paying

20 million Germans vanished at the end of World War 2. Now the search to find them is drawing to a sombre close

By AFP
4 min read

Take note, Cape Town: A new super-filter is on its way

Graphene is able to filter out even the tiniest impurities in water

By Aisha Majid
5 min read

One hard blow and my eye popped out: Knoxville is nutsville

Johnny Knoxville has been bashing himself about again on the set of his new film, 'Action Point'

By AFP
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A worker waters flower beds as a young woman decorated with flowers welcomes visitors to the traditional Festival of Tulips in Kiev.
She's blooming A worker waters flower beds as a young woman decorated with flowers welcomes visitors to the traditional Festival of Tulips in Kiev.
Image: Sergei Supinsky/AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Oh boy – scouts drop a word to lure girls

The Boy Scouts of America will drop “boy” from the name of its signature programme for boys between the ages of 11 and 17 as it seeks to widen its appeal to girls, the 108-year-old organisation said. From February 2019 it will be called Scouts BSA. The name of the overall organisation will remain Boy Scouts of America. More than 3,000 girls have enrolled in the Boy Scouts of America’s Early Adopter Programme and are taking part in Cub Scouts ahead of the full integration of girls later this year. The Boy Scouts of America said the rebranding was part of the single-name approach used for Cub Scouts after its move last year to admit girls. - Reuters

Trump invites another storm of controversy

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he reimbursed his personal lawyer for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to stop what he described as her “false and extortionist” claims of an affair. Trump’s comment contradicted his earlier statements that he had no knowledge of the hush payment by his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The payment was made days before the November 2016 US presidential election, which has prompted allegations of a possible violation of campaign financing laws. - AFP

Cops get cash to continue search for Maddie

Scotland Yard is to continue the hunt for Madeleine McCann, ahead of the 11th anniversary of her disappearance on Thursday. The Home Office has granted the force an extra £154,000 in funding which will allow detectives to extend the investigation for another six months. Operation Grange, which was launched by the Metropolitan Police in 2011, is still pursuing several lines of inquiry. It's now 11 years since Madeleine's disappearance from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 2007. - The Daily Telegraph

Cosby’s wife goes on ‘mob justice’ tirade

Bill Cosby’s wife has slammed as “mob justice” her husband’s conviction for sexual assault. Camille Cosby, who has been married to the disgraced star for more than half a century, said: “This tragedy must be undone, not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country.” She insisted her husband was innocent, called for a “criminal investigation” into the district attorney, and accused one of his accusers of lying. She also claimed “relentless demonisation” by the media had “eliminated the possibility of a fair trial”, and cited “many tragic instances of our justice system utterly and routinely failing to protect African Americans falsely accused”. - AFP

Knife-happy clown-sex mum has had her chips

A young mother has been jailed for 11 years for stabbing her boyfriend as they had sex after texting him to say men should only be used as "human sacrifice". Zoe Adams, 19, had dressed up as a clown and put a pillow over Kieran Bewick's head to make their encounter more exhilarating, the Carlisle Crown Court heard. In what she described as an "overreaction", she whispered "Trust me" to Bewick, 17, before stabbing him five times in the chest, arm and thigh with a 25cm knife, collapsing his lung. The court heard of images Adams had saved on her phone, including a blood-soaked woman with the caption: "Murder is like a bag of chips: you can't stop after just one." - The Daily Telegraph

Batch of new drugs high on Spain's agenda

About 35 new psychoactive substances have hit the Spanish drug market, and while they were flagged in 2015 by the health ministry, they remain immune to detection by traditional methods and thus hard to control. They are such a surreptitious threat, reports El País, that the Spanish Observatory for Drugs and Addiction said 71% of Spaniards had never heard of them. Psychology professors Manuel Isorna Folgar and Antonio Rial Boubeta, who are studying the new drugs, say they are a combination of substances made mainly in China and India to produce more powerful effects than cocaine, heroine or hashish. The report added that many are sold as plant fertiliser or bath salts. - Staff reporter

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Nothing cryptic about the SA craze for cryptocurrency

Traffic on Luno’s platform ‘doubling every few months’

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Barclays calamity means KPMG could shut its doors

Scandal-ridden audit firm faces the prospect of going under after losing bank’s R138-million account

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Grim news ahead for printer Novus’s shareholders

Losing half of the gigantic Media24 account will clobber basic earnings per share by about 75%

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 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

The big, fat lie about normal women as told by Hollywood

The message that confidence trumps beauty is lost

By Tanya Gold
3 min read

What did you say Mr West?

Kanye West should think about stifling his own opinions before he thinks about stifling the opinions of others

By Yolisa Mkele
3 min read

You wanna stay in all weekend? Get outta here!

C’mon, off that couch: here’s where to go

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Lions whistle up speedster Aphiwe Dyantyi

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Plenty of questions for Rassie but maybe some answers too

Bok coach makes no bones about getting what he wants

By Craig Ray
4 min read