Friday, May 11 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

R50 and a bottle of booze for prime land

But Julius Malema says land will be taken for free - including land with bonded houses

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
4 min read

VIPuhleeze! If your land is grabbed, blame the ANC

For the ANC private investment club, bodyguards are just as important as land reform to SA's future

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Top cop to pay for his corruption behind bars

A dodgy businessman was the downfall of former Western Cape commissioner in a case that echoed that of Jackie Selebi 

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
3 min read

Real bullet, not rubber one, killed protest victim

Ipid is investigating whether Bulelani Sizane, who was shot with live ammunition, was in fact killed by police

Katharine Child
Journalist
2 min read

There's something fishy about this abalone deal

Fisheries boss among four officials who could face charges over appointment of controversial fish-processor

By Aron Hyman and Bobby Jordan
5 min read

Saw attack athlete on the fast track to full recovery

Durban triathlete Mhlengi Gwala endured a horror attack, but the resolute sportsman is back on his bicycle to health

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
1 min read

Mom's the word: sisterhood of SA women spreads the love

Campaign is all about visiting new mothers across the country and giving them support on Mother's Day

Nivashni Nair
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Self-abZorba the Geek: The night I came too early

You think your life is hell? Just try being the only person in an Athens rembetiko restaurant

5 min read

When perfectly decent nouns get a right rogering

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

Survivors sit outside their destroyed house after a dam burst, unleashing a torrent over nearby homes, in Solio town near Nakuru, Kenya.
Washed away Survivors sit outside their destroyed house after a dam burst, unleashing a torrent over nearby homes, in Solio town near Nakuru, Kenya.
Image: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Six things about SA you need to know

One killed in KZN mosque attack

One of the men who were attacked at a Verulam‚ KwaZulu-Natal mosque on Thursday afternoon has died. IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst said the man, whose throat had been slit, died in hospital. The death came as police were trying to piece together what prompted three men to storm the mosque and attack worshippers. KZN police spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala said the unknown trio entered the Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam‚ north of Durban‚ after the midday prayer. Three people were attacked. Private security company Reaction Unit South Africa’s Prem Balram said the attackers also set fire to parts of the mosque before fleeing.

Expropriate land under bonded houses: Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Thursday land expropriation without compensation will include land on which bonded houses have been built. Speaking to the media in Braamfontein‚ Malema said land would become the main condition for the ANC if it wants to win support in 2019. He also dismissed fears that investors would run away if the state took land from citizens in the implementation of land expropriation without compensation. He explained how the EFF wants land expropriation to be implemented. “We are nationalising the land and everything that comes with the land underground‚ not these things on top. If you’ve got a bond‚ we will talk to the bank that we have taken the land. [We will ask the bank] how much was the land and they will tell us and we will say that is gone without compensation. You will be left with [only] the bond of the house,” he said.

De Lille brings in EFF man against DA

Advocate Dali Mpofu's case load is growing‚ with the legal eagle now picking up Patricia de Lille as a client in her fight to retain the Cape Town mayorship. “I'm happy to announce that [Mpofu] will join my legal team tomorrow in the high court,” De Lille tweeted on Thursday. This comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Mpofu‚ who also chairs the Economic Freedom Fighters‚ will represent suspended South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane in his disciplinary case linked to alleged misconduct and a violation of his duties and responsibilities‚ which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. De Lille is heading to the high court to challenge the Democratic Alliance’s decision to fire her as a DA member and, by extension‚ as the executive mayor of Cape Town.

4 MECs get the boot as EC premier swings the axe

Embattled Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle fired four of his MECs‚ a day earlier than he planned to. Those who lost their jobs were Mlibo Qoboshiyane‚ rural development and agrarian reform MEC, Thandiswa Marawu‚ transport MEC, Sakhumzi Somy‚ finance MEC, and Nancy Sihlwayi‚ social development MEC. Masualle announced on Thursday that Oscar Mabuyane was now the MEC of economic development‚ environmental affairs and tourism, and of the provincial treasury. His reshuffle also featured a host of other changes. Masualle said: “I wish to thank the outgoing members of the PEC for their loyalty and dedication to the people of the Eastern Cape‚ and I wish them well in their future endeavours."

Lion attack victim sad the animal was shot

The Hodge family is yet to decide whether it will open the gates of their Marakele Animal Sanctuary again after it was forced to put down one of its lions following an attack on the facility’s owner. Family spokeswoman Bernadette Maguire said the death of the lion‚ Shamba‚ had been a huge setback to the family‚ who were traumatised and upset. Shamba’s killing was “more painful” for Michael Hodge‚ one of the sanctuary owners who was mauled by Shamba, than his physical injuries. A video of Hodge being taken down by the lion and dragged by his neck at the Thabazimbi lodge went viral several weeks ago. Shamba was killed as rangers tried to extricate Hodge from the enclosure. Hodge was discharged from hospital on Thursday.

Grace Mugabe’s immunity slated in court

The Commission for Gender Equality said on Thursday South Africa's granting of diplomatic immunity to former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe following her alleged assault of a young woman in Johannesburg in 2017, violated the country's obligation to impose penal sanctions on those convicted of violence against women. The commission was making submissions in the High Court in Pretoria in an application brought by the Democratic Alliance and others to set aside the minister's decision. The granting of diplomatic immunity to Mugabe meant that the National Prosecuting Authority could not attend to the case opened by Gabriella Engels‚ the model allegedly assaulted by Mugabe in a Sandton hotel. AfriForum‚ which is also party to the application‚ is helping Engels launch a private prosecution against Mugabe. Lerato Zikalala‚ for the commission‚ said the constitution obligated the state to take reasonable steps to protect women from violence. The matter continues.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Prince Harry helped me woo my wife, says army buddy

Now Frankie O’Leary will ride at the front of the wedding carriage carrying the prince and Meghan Markle

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

Unholy alliance: Rohingya and soldiers in deadly meth trap

Drug scourge brings shootings, extortion and kidnappings to already blighted refugees in Bangladesh

By AFP
4 min read

Order of magmatude: Kilauea volcano is not done yet

The Hawaiian volcano's plunging lava lake, amid a latest volley of eruptions, adds to its ancient mystery

By Reuters
4 min read

Wombats like their sex rough

Scientists are monitoring the mating behaviour of wombats and are discovering some – erm – interesting things

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A surfer looks at Northern Lights in Utakleiv, northern Norway, Lofoten islands, within the Arctic Circle.
Surf looks a little bad bru A surfer looks at Northern Lights in Utakleiv, northern Norway, Lofoten islands, within the Arctic Circle.
Image: Olivier Morin/AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Polanski says #UpYours to #MeToo

Roman Polanski is taking legal action against the body that awards the Oscars, after they announced last week he was being expelled from their ranks. Polanski, 84, pleaded guilty in 1977 to statutory rape, and admitted having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. He has been living in exile in Europe ever since. Last week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Polanski and Bill Cosby from their organisation, following their decision last year to expel Harvey Weinstein. Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, said the academy had failed to follow its own rules and California law in denying the Oscar-winning director a chance to present his own case. Days before, Polanski told Newsweek in his native Poland that the #MeToo movement was a form of “collective hysteria” and “total hypocrisy”. - The Daily Telegraph

Kitten rescuers get a bobcat shock

Three well-meaning people suffered bites when the kittens they rescued after hearing them mewling in a San Antonio, Texas alley turned out to be ravenous bobcat cubs. The caretakers found the blue-eyed, stub-tailed pair on Saturday and, thinking they were Bengal kittens, took them in. They fed the bobcats milk from pet-feeding bottles, but realised something was amiss when the aggressive animals tore the bottles apart and bit them. They called animal control officers and a wildlife rescue group took the wildcats away. Workers intended to wait in the alley hoping to find the mother and reunite her with the cubs. - AP

Fake Nasa pair hit man with thunderbolt con

A father and son team of alleged conmen, who claimed to work for Nasa, have been paraded in front of cameras by Indian police, wearing “space suits” apparently made from tinfoil. They are accused of defrauding a businessman by pretending to work for the US space agency and offering to sell equipment with otherworldly qualities. The duo persuaded the victim to invest in a copper plate for 14.3-million rupees (R2.6-million), which they claimed had "special properties”, police said. Virender Mohan Brar and his son Nitin Mohan Brar allegedly claimed the device was a “rare piece of copper plate struck by a thunderbolt” which had given it the power to pull rice towards it. - The Daily Telegraph

Bobby is the hoo’s who of airborne antics

An owl that disrupted a wedding service by landing on the best man’s head has been “sacked” for misbehaviour. Bobby the barn owl made headlines in March after causing mayhem at Peckforton Castle, Cheshire. The venue, which charged £250 for use of “trained owls”, confirmed that Bobby was no longer being used to fly rings to couples. A second video has emerged, showing that the owl had made a habit of unauthorised airborne antics involving wedding guests. A clip shot at the same venue in November 2016 shows it attempt to deliver the rings but end up perched on the head of a bemused best man. - The Daily Telegraph

Aussie centenarian finally ends life on his terms

A 104-year-old Australian scientist who travelled to Switzerland to end his life committed assisted suicide on Thursday, a Swiss foundation said. Ecologist David Goodall, who had been barred from seeking help to end his life in his home country, was not terminally ill but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly. Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the organisation that helped Goodall make the journey from Australia, said the death had occurred from an infusion of Nembutal, a barbiturate. The honorary research associate at Perth’s Edith Cowan University said on Wednesday he hoped the widespread interest in his case would spur Australia and other countries to rethink their legislation. His appointment with the foundation was fast tracked after he failed to commit suicide on his own this year. - AFP

Somebody’s flown off with the Iron Man suit

It could easily be the plot of a Marvel blockbuster: Iron Man's superhero suit disappears, and a crack team of investigators set out to find it. But according to the Los Angeles Police Department, the red-and-gold costume used for the original 2008 Iron Man film, starring Robert Downey jr, really has disappeared from a film prop storage facility. The costume may not have the superhuman effects in reality, but it's still worth about $325,000 (£240,000), said LAPD officer Christopher No. - The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Brimstone’s AGM sets a picture-perfect example

Empowerment company goes out of its way to engage its shareholders. More companies should follow suit

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

MiX gets all starry-eyed and spangled about expansion

Fleet manager and vehicle tracker earns its US stripes

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Are you at risk of a data hack? Stay calm and have a plan

Not a matter of if your data will be breached, but when

By Nora Shelly
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

Anything you can do, Cannes can do better

Seven movies to look out for at the Cannes Film Festival

By Rebecca Deuchar
3 min read

Everyone in the pink for this 200-year celebration

Jozi's stars toast 200 years of Veuve Clicquot

By Andrea Nagel
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Barcelona clash stirs SA fans to a fever pitch

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

The long and whining road to Tendai Ndoro’s ineligibility

Tiresome saga involves everything from Fifa and the PSL to the High Court - with no end in sight

Mark Gleeson
Soccer writer
8 min read