Thursday, May 31 2018

TOP STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Mmusi: 'Faith doesn't make me a weak politician'

DA leader speaks openly about his Christianity after attending slain 9-year-old's funeral in his personal capacity

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

'Probably fool's gold, but they are desperate'

A KZN village is in the grips of a 'gold rush' after road workers stumbled onto a seam of sparkling rocks

By Jeff Wicks and Lwandle Bhengu
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

'I haven't been able to grieve my wife's death'

Murder accused Jason Rohde tells court how shame and guilt over his affair makes him sick to the stomach

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
8 min read

Drought every 10 years: Cape water woes not over

The current water shortage is characteristic of longer-term weather patterns, scientists warn

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

We will rock you: Meteorites land in SA sale

Bidders invest in stardust at the first meteorite auction in South Africa

Nico Gous
Journalist
3 min read

We didn't get any kickback in Transnet deal, insists firm

Regiments Capital wants to tell its side of the story after locomotives forensic report fingers it

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

Young woman makes a stand against WhatsApp sexism

Student serves summons on 25 Affies old boys who took part in 'threatening' WhatsApp group chat against her

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
4 min read

Looks like the war is being won by the anti-smokers

Anti-smoking champions are applauding the proposed move by government to stamp out smoking in public spots

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

It pays to have an education, literally

Before dismissing the value of education, consider how vastly the earnings picture changes with each qualification

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

I know the pain of losing a child to drugs

Anne-Marie Cockburn tells the tragic story of her daughter and says it’s time we all woke up

By The Daily Telegraph
7 min read

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

Senegalese peacekeepers belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali line up ahead of the arrival of United Nation secretary general in Sevare.
Femme fatale Senegalese peacekeepers belonging to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali line up ahead of the arrival of United Nation secretary general in Sevare.
Image: Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Sadia Sukhraj's 'killer' defiant in court

A 39-year-old man‚ charged with the murder of nine-year-old Sadia Sukhraj‚ refused to spend another night in custody at a police station because he did not want to sleep on the floor. Sibonelo Mkhize‚ also charged with theft‚ kidnapping and the murder of his accomplice‚ appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Prosecutor Surekha Marimuthu asked the court to keep Mkhize in custody at the Durban Central Police Station for seven days while investigators verified his address. Mkhize’s lawyer, Anele Mveku, instead argued that her client did not want to stay at the police station because he was assaulted by officers who were trying to get a confession out of him. Mkhize wanted to be in custody at Westville Prison. The case was remanded for a week.

Woman arrested for Polokwane cash heist

A 26-year-old woman was among those arrested for a cash-in-transit heist in Polokwane this week‚ the Hawks said on Wednesday. Lethabo Ntlhane was among six people arrested over Monday and Tuesday following the heist on Monday morning. The six appeared in court on Wednesday. An armed gang in a white Isuzu double cab and a blue Rav4 attacked the cash van by first firing shots at its wheels‚ forcing it to stop. The vehicles used in the robbery are believed to have been stolen in Gauteng. Two vehicles‚ ammunition‚ cartridges‚ money bags and explosives were recovered. A seventh suspect was also arrested but had did not appear with the other six.

Don't expect bonuses‚ govt warns municipalities

There will be no bonuses or salary increases for employees at poorly performing KZN municipalities, provincial cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said in Durban on Wednesday. She was speaking after damning findings announced by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. Dube-Ncube said that despite an overall regression in performance across the country‚ KZN had retained its position as the second-best province in the country. Her department had introduced a new way of doing things with municipalities‚ including “not paying bonuses and salary increases to poorly performing municipal employees”. She said: “We are applying consequence management, and as a result we will bounce back.” In the 2016/17 financial year‚ KZN municipalities received seven unqualified audits with no other findings‚ 33 unqualified audits with findings‚ 10 qualified audits‚ two adverse audit opinions and two audit disclaimers.

Human trafficking tearing SA apart: experts

Human trafficking is real‚ hidden in plain sight and tearing at the social fabric of the nation as the demand for cheap labour and sexual services keeps growing‚ experts say. This comes as 36-year-old Chizoba Uba‚ 36‚ appeared briefly in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court for allegedly trafficking a 37-year-old woman under false pretences. The woman was rescued from alleged sex slavery after being lured from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Uba was refused bail and remains in custody pending his next appearance on July 2. Major Margaret Stafford‚ from the Salvation Army‚ said that as long as there was a market for sex slavery‚ the industry would continue. Trafficked people were often victims of abuse such as rape‚ torture‚ debt bondage‚ unlawful confinement and threats against their family‚ as well as other forms of physical‚ sexual and psychological violence‚ said Maria Nikolovska from the International Organisation for Migration.

Mayor’s guard still in job despite conviction

The Buffalo City municipality said it was unable to take action against a bodyguard and driver for mayor Xola Pakati since the man has again appealed against his conviction. Last week the high court in Grahamstown dismissed Athini Mlawu’s appeal against his conviction in 2014 for attempted murder and negligent driving. In 2011‚ Mlawu drove over a man and hit a woman after being punched to the ground by Anele Tsapo during a brawl over a woman at a tavern in Duncan Village‚ East London. Mlawu drove over resident Yonela Lumkwana in a rage after mistaking him for Tsapo. He also hit Lindokuhle Twana‚ who sustained minor injuries. Mlawu was convicted by the East London Regional Court in 2014 and sentenced to a six-year jail term in 2014. Despite the conviction and sentence‚ Mlawu continued to be in the employ of the municipality as he had appealed to the high court. Last week‚ the high court in Grahamstown dismissed Mlawu’s appeal. However‚ it seems Mlawu will continue to work for the municipality.

One dead as poachers ‘run over’ by rubber duck

One man is confirmed dead and up to three more may be missing after an offshore clash between abalone poachers and fisheries compliance officers‚ it emerged on Wednesday. The officers, in a large rubber duck, allegedly “ran over” a smaller vessel carrying several divers near Dyer Island‚ off Pearly Beach in the Overberg region of the Western Cape‚ before dawn on Sunday. Police confirmed one body had been found‚ but residents say others are still missing. The Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries confirmed the incident but denied its vessel had ridden over the suspects. Police spokesman Frederik van Wyk confirmed an official inquiry had been changed to an inquest investigation following the discovery on Tuesday of the body of Mortimer Booysen‚ from Gansbaai‚ who had been reported missing. One source claimed Saturday’s incident was the latest in a string of violent confrontations with trigger-happy compliance officers who used live ammunition.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Racist Roseanne blames meds, but TV isn't having a Barr of it

Networks drop sitcom like a hot potato after she compared black ex-Obama adviser to an ape

By Rob Crilly
3 min read

It looks like dog meat in Korea is on its way out ... at last

A new bill aims to remove the legal basis for factory-style mass breeding of millions of dogs for slaughter

By Nicola Smith
2 min read

Robbie Williams is building a stairway to hell: Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin guitarist tries to stop his neighbour from digging a basement next to his 'fragile' home

By Victoria Ward
1 min read

Like Atlantis, capital city Amaravati remains a legend

India's Amaravati metropolis has been slow to materialise and remains little more than dust and farms

By AFP
4 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man plays with his pet goat while taking a bathe to cool off in a canal during hot and humid weather in Lahore, Pakistan.
Just an average day in Pakistan ... A man plays with his pet goat while taking a bathe to cool off in a canal during hot and humid weather in Lahore, Pakistan.
Image: Reuters/Mohsin Raza

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Sorry, lava spoils the taste of marshmallows

Someone actually asked the US Geological Survey if it is OK to roast marshmallows over volcanic lava. And the USGS actually took the time to answer. The query came on Twitter and with a caveat — “assuming you had a long enough stick.” “Erm ... we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!),” the USGS said. Volcanic vents, the fissures in the ground from which lava flows onto the earth’s surface, also release large amounts of gases. The fumes — some of which smell like rotten eggs — would spoil the marshmallow’s flavour, the USGS cautioned. The comment was among a flood of public service announcements about the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which has been in eruption since May 3 on the Big Island. — AFP

Drugs OK for French GDP, but hands off hookers

The illegal drug trade contributes €2.7 billion (about R40-billion) to the French economy each year, the statistics agency Insee said on Wednesday. The marijuana trade alone is worth about €1-billion and the cocaine trade about €800,000, Insee said. France will start including money spent on illicit drugs in its GDP figures this year, complying with a longstanding request from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office. Some countries such as the Netherlands have already been including the proceeds of prostitution and drugs in their national accounts. The new rules have nudged GDP figures significantly higher in Italy and Spain particularly. France however drew the line at estimating the amounts generated by prostitution. — AFP

Larks’ tongues. Wolf nipple chips. Shark fins ...

Environmental campaigners said on Wednesday a hidden shipment of shark fins including some from endangered species had been shipped to Hong Kong via Singapore Airlines. Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest shark fin trading hubs and it remains readily available in seafood stores and restaurants, despite pressure from conservationists and bans by some airlines and food outlets. US environmental group Sea Shepherd said the 989kg shipment (about half the weight of a rhino) was declared as “dried seafood” to skirt the airline’s internal booking checks. Hong Kong has an unenviable reputation for trading in several controversial, banned or endangered commodities including ivory, shark fin, rhino horn, and tiger parts. — AFP

Magician won’t have to conjure up cash after fall

David Copperfield, the illusionist, has been found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas show. Gavin Cox alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, and a construction firm that was renovating the hotel in 2013. Cox testified that he suffered brain and other injuries in a fall while stagehands urged him and others to run during an illusion that appeared to make as many as 13 audience volunteers disappear on stage and reappear moments later, waving torches in the back of the theatre. At least 55,000 audience volunteers had taken part in the trick over 17 years, according to Copperfield. — © The Daily Telegraph

Smoke alarm: much huffing and puffing about fags

Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars. Here are some facts and figures on UN’s World No Tobacco Day today. There are around one billion smokers, about a seventh of the global population. China has the highest number: of its population of 1.3 billion, about 315 million are smokers and they consume more than a third of the world’s cigarettes. Indonesia has the highest proportion of smokers at 76% of men aged over 15. About 80% of the world’s smokers live in low- and middle-income countries and 226 million of them are considered poor. One in four men and one in 20 women smoke daily. Consumption in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing. — AFP

‘School shooter’ video game dies a welcome death

A video game that was set to allow people to play as a school shooter has been branded “disgusting” and “horrific” by parents who lost children in the Parkland school mass shooting, in which 17 staff and students were gunned down in February. The game Active Shooter appeared on the Steam Store gaming platform, which has over 100 million users, earlier this month, and promised to allow players to be either the shooter or SWAT team in a school shooting. A trailer for the game showed a school shooter stalking the corridors with automatic weapons, a knife and grenades with an on-screen tally of how may “Civs” or “Cops” had been killed. The company that runs the Steam Store has since removed the game, which was set for release on June 6. — © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

That ever-present zebra is running pretty well in the UK

Investec finds a fast-growing niche as a specialist ‘investment bank for individuals’

By Hanna Ziady
2 min read

Do you feel a twinge of pity for Steinhoff Retail Africa execs?

An asset that must have seemed as good as money in the bank has gone up in a puff of accounting smoke

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Not quite packed up and ready to go, but getting there

Nampak earnings up as R1.3bn of previously frozen cash injected from Nigeria and Angola and Zimbabwe

By Mark Allix
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Jordan B Peterson - dapper Victorian anachronist

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
5 min read

Fad or fab: Four things you need to know about charcoal

Drink it or put it on your skin? We give you some tips

By Nokubonga Thusi
2 min read

Added value: How to get the most out of your accessories

Update any look with the right bag, belt, necklace, shoes or scarf

By Keneilwe Pule
2 min read

The two it took to take Tommy from iconoclast to style icon

A new pair of hot models transform the Hilfiger brand

By Staff reporter
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: When Kolisi called his wife, she said Siya

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
6 min read

There’s just no telling how bad the PSL awards show was

It was supposed to be a glorious night for the footballers but resembled a badly directed kindergarten play

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Frith sets unbroken Comrades record

Today in SA sports history: May 31

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read