Wednesday, June 20 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Willemse probe: Why Botha and Mallett aren't racist

Mallett said in 2016 that he didn't want to work with Willemse as 'we irritate the hell out of each other'

David Isaacson
Journalist
6 min read

Liberty hack attack: 'South Africans should be terrified'

Experts say SA is woefully under-prepared for cyber attacks, and this is just the beginning

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

Police buildings are a safe haven ... for criminals

The squatter and drug problems at Durban barracks are so bad that the cops had to raid their own buildings

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

How many times has Rohde's expert got it wrong?

Jason Rohde's forensic pathologist endures a scathing assault from the prosecution

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
3 min read

Ipid: Don't probe us if we're probing you

Ipid wants a court order stating that cops implicated in wrongdoing can’t investigate the officers probing them

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
2 min read

SA has an epidemic of bogus doctors

Six alleged ‘quacks’ appear in courts across Cape Town after a series of raids across the metro

Aron Hyman
Journalist
3 min read

A whole new world: Untouched jungle explored in Moz

A group of scientists has just returned from a unique chance to document a pristine ecosystem

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Cities have to act fast to avoid a very bleak future

Report outlines dystopian world of extreme temperatures, deadly floods and dire food shortages

By Claire Keeton and Tanya Farber
3 min read

Being 'hangry' is real, but it's not simply about sugar

There's a lot more going on when we fly into a rage because we're hungry, scientists have found

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Face facts: Pravin's a commie, Cyril's a union man

It’s a big ask for the economy to expect much help from two solidly ANC figures with both eyes on the election

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read

Whites, Jews, Indians ... Who's next?

Populists need 'enemies' to whip up their followers, and the EFF's shortlist is getting ominously, well, short

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read

VISUAL SIDE


SNAPSHOT

A Somali boy stands next to a structure of makeshift tent at Tawakal IDP camp in Mogadishu.
Camping has a different meaning here A Somali boy stands next to a structure of makeshift tent at Tawakal IDP camp in Mogadishu.
Image: Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

HRC: Malema comment was racist

The South African Human Rights Commission confirmed receipt of a complaint from the DA about remarks EFF leader Julius Malema made at Youth Day rally‚ which the party said were racist. Commission spokeswoman Gail Smith confirmed they had received the complaint and would investigate it if they found prima facie evidence. Malema said at the rally at the Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp‚ North West‚ on Saturday that the majority of Indians “hate Africans”, were “racist”, and that the “same thing applies to some of the coloured brothers”. Regarding their complaint to the commission‚ DA Youth federal leader Luyolo Mphithi said: “No South African should ever have to face the humiliation of such an assault on their dignity, and it is now becoming evident that the EFF is not ready to govern a diverse society such as South Africa.”

Grant Thornton CEO quits before sex pest probe

Grant Thornton Johannesburg CEO Paul Badrick has voluntarily stepped aside pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him. The allegation was made during an investigation by Grant Thornton International Limited (GTIL) following a former director’s claims of sexual harassment against a former Head of Forensics earlier this year, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The alleged sexual harassment happened in 2015. The company added that the allegations would be investigated “as quickly as possible”. Earlier this year the firm cut ties with a former director accused of making sexual advances towards a female employee‚ who alleged he had also touched her inappropriately in the workplace.

Farming minister again axes his director-general

Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has effectively axed the director-general in his department‚ Mike Mlengana - the latest salvo in a war over alleged corruption. Mlengana has been stripped of “all delegations of authority”‚ according to an official internal memo circulated on Monday. Mlengana confirmed the move on Tuesday‚ claiming he had been “effectively suspended”. The move follows Mlengana’s suspension of deputy director-general Siphokazi Ndudane‚ head of fisheries‚ due to a row that has spilled into the public domain. The two have fallen out over several issues‚ most notably a controversial three-ton abalone deal worth R45-million. Both accuse each other of mismanagement and wrongdoing. Zokwana was opposed to Ndudane’s suspension and last week ordered Mlengana to reverse the decision – which he failed to do. Zokwana's latest memo is seen as retaliation.

Durban men get 7 years for xenophobic violence

Five men‚ who were part of an 800-strong mob who burned tyres‚ looted shops and pelted the police with stones and rocks during a violent xenophobic attack in KwaMashu in 2015‚ have been sentenced to seven years behind bars. This is believed to be one of the toughest sentences for public violence. Bongani Luthuli‚ 36‚ Siyabonga Thusi‚ 33‚ Sikhumbuzo Sibiya‚ 24‚ Sakhile Mzobe‚ 35‚ and Sanele Nkwanyana‚ 47‚ pleaded not guilty to the charge in the Ntuzuma Regional Court. They claimed they were just “walking by” when they were arrested. But magistrate Anand Maharaj said this could not possibly be true. He said “the time had come” for courts to say that demonstrating in a way that harmed other people was no longer going to be tolerated. He refused to grant leave to appeal against the sentences.

Fewer foreign tourists visit SA

Overseas tourists visiting South Africa numbered 194‚017 in April 2018‚ a drop of 12.6% from 222‚055 in April 2017. This is according to Statistics South Africa’s Tourism and Migration report released this week. Overall‚ the number of tourists decreased from 919‚084 in April 2017‚ including overseas tourists as well as tourists from the Southern African Development Community‚ whose number dipped to 657‚020 in April 2018. Most foreign tourists were from the traditional markets: Europe (113‚734); North America (33‚332) and Asia (24‚444). Others include Australasia (11‚136; 5.7%); Central and South America (8‚362; 4.3%) and the Middle East (3‚009; 1.6%). The number of tourists from three of the 10 leading countries (Brazil‚ China and Canada) increased‚ but there was a decrease in tourists from Germany‚ the UK‚ India‚ the Netherlands‚ Australia‚ France and the US.

Man in dock over R180m electricity meter 'fiddle'

A man who masqueraded as an Eskom employee installing devices to “reduce electricity consumption” appeared in court on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding a municipality out millions of rand. The man offered his services in the Eastern Cape but instead of installing a device‚ allegedly tampered with existing electricity meters. Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwane Mulaudzi said this tampering meant that the municipality “lost approximately R180-million”. The 53-year-old man was arrested after an investigation spanning two years by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Unit. He appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He remains in custody and will be back in the dock on June 29.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Flood of misery: record 68.5m people forcibly displaced

One in every 110 people on Earth has fled home as Syria and Burma drive record refugee numbers

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read

Knead to know: Scientists are making white bread healthy!

A research hub has vowed to create more healthy wheat

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

There's a giant floater in the Serpentine ... and it's raising a stink

Cockapoos may approve of the monumental artwork in Hyde Park, but swimmers are considerably less enthusiastic

By Anita Singh
3 min read

Hoarders die as rescuers are unable to get through their clutter

Nearly every available space in pair's UK 'hovel' filled with junk, inquest hears

3 min read

SNAPSHOT

A boy shows a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig during judging at the Royal Cheshire County Show near Tabley.
Hot to trot A boy shows a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig during judging at the Royal Cheshire County Show near Tabley.
Image: Reuters/Phil Noble

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Proof: Your marriage hurts your heart

Researchers discovered that compared to married people, those who were never married, divorced or widowed were 42% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. They were also 42% more likely to die from heart disease and 55% more likely to die from a stroke. Usually the risk of cardiovascular disease is attributed to risk factors such as age, sex, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes. But the researchers say the new findings suggest that marital status should also be added to the list. It is thought that long term partners can help spot problems early and encourage loved ones to take their medication. Married people are also known to have better financial security, enhanced wellbeing, and better friendship networks. – © The Daily Telegraph

American smokers are the new dying breed

Just 13.9% of the US population smokes cigarettes, according to a US government report which said the American smoking rate has reached ‘the lowest level ever recorded.’ The findings refer to adult cigarette smokers in 2017. A previous report using 2016 data found that 15.5% of adults smoked. A half century ago, more than 40% of adults smoked in the United States. Decades of health warnings have boosted public awareness that the addictive habit can cause lung and many other cancers, resulting in a declining number of smokers, experts say. – AFP

Puan dies, leaving behind 54 descendants

The world's oldest known Sumatran orangutan, a female named Puan, has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind a world-record 54 descendants. Of her offspring, 29 remain alive, making up 10% of orangutans in zoos around the world, including in Europe and the United States. Believed to have been born in Sumatra in 1956, Puan arrived in Perth in 1968 after being transferred from the Sultan of Johor’s private zoo. The sultan apparently exchanged her for some Australian animals. The primate keeper at Perth zoo Puan was ‘aloof’ and would tap her foot if her dinner was late or if she was kept inside longer than necessary. – © The Daily Telegraph

Aussie users fine Apple millions

Apple was fined Aus$9-million (over R91-million) by an Australian court for making false claims about consumer rights when refusing to fix faulty iPhones and iPads previously repaired by a third party. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took Apple to the Federal Court last year over allegedly false or misleading representations to customers with faulty iPhones and iPads about their rights under the law. Apple said Tuesday that it had ‘very productive conversations with the ACCC’ over the issue and vowed to offer its Australian users ‘excellent service’. - AFP

Japan airlines stir the Taiwan pot

Japan’s two largest airlines have changed ‘Taiwan’ to ‘China Taiwan’ on their Chinese-language websites, sparking an immediate protest from the self-ruled island. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has demanded that dozens of international airlines make such a change despite US protests at what it called ‘Orwellian nonsense’. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said their alteration was made on June 12 and was meant to accommodate customers. The description remains ‘Taiwan’ on their websites in Japanese and other languages. - AFP

Thailand goes ahead with execution

Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, the government said, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection in a move condemned by Amnesty International as ‘deplorable’. Theerasak Longji was executed on Monday, six years after his conviction. His death came as Thailand’s coup leader-turned-premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to Britain and France on a highly-publicised official visit. But the trip will now likely see the former army chief face awkward questions over the use of the death penalty as well as Thailand’s wider human rights record since he seized power in a 2014 coup. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lewis share repurchases make a nice old floor for the price

Circumstances do favour the strategy – little or no debt and a share price trading well below net asset value

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Road to ruin: Why Sanral is driving constructors batty

Agency has decisively cut spending, flying in the face of its own commitment to the National Development Plan 

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

TFG is buttoned up as the best buy in the JSE fashion sector

A remarkably well-run company is the yardstick by which all other SA clothing retailers are measured

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

The Jan and the restless: Chef turns his hand to publishing

South African Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has launched a new luxury publication

By Roberta Thatcher
3 min read

Things look and taste better against a Grei background

Chef Candice Philip blurs the lines between art and food at Grei, the Saxon Hotel & Villa’s new restaurant

By Roberta Thatcher
2 min read

Eat’s amazing: SA restaurants in line for posh good grub list

Two local leading lights are in the running for the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards

By Jessica Brodie
2 min read

Plenty of bubbles and lots of glitz - just add loads of celebs

A sparkling list of South African stars celebrated the annual global Moët Grand Day last week

By Andrea Nagel
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: All Blacks see the Sonny side of things

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Nice to see the old grizzlies but new Bok blood is essential

Coach Rassie Erasmus wants today’s greenhorns to form the bedrock of the team for the World Cup

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
3 min read

Blast from the past: Steyn debut saves the day for SA

Today in SA sports history: June 20

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read