Tuesday, July 10 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Never mind the charges, why was Zuma in chains?

Duduzane Zuma arrived at his first court appearance for corruption, but all everyone was interested in was his shackles

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

'We never expected anything like this to happen': July car bomb pair

Two Bloemfontein friends were shocked to find a bomb on the undercarriage of their car as they left the Durban July

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

Why on earth is Durban being terrorised with bombs?

With six devices uncovered in a matter of days, experts worry what seems to be a ‘message’ could become fatal

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Violence on pregnant women: 'common' but definitely not 'normal'

A study has found that 15% of woman experience violence while pregnant

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

We want it throne out: KZN in ANC lashes out at tribal land report

The ANC in KZN has again called for Zulu king’s land to be left alone when expropriation happens

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
4 min read

Kids' home gets creative to survive the game of bones

The Johannesburg Children's Home has taken matters into their own hands in order to survive the tough economic times

Leonie Wagner
Journalist
3 min read

'Why SAPS seizure of citizens' guns will cause carnage'

Gun Owners of South Africa goes to court to fight crackdown on unlicensed firearms

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Malema and a monarch - what a pair to run the land debate

Should we really leave the important issue of land redistribution  to the EFF and royalty?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

App, app and away: if Steve Jobs could see Apple now

App Store's booming growth defies founder’s fears, and is now a key piece of the Apple jigsaw

By James Titcomb
5 min read

Wealth of evidence: capitalism makes people less selfish

Invoking great economist Adam Smith's doctrine of sympathy might save libertarians from caricature

By Daniel Hannan
4 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

Supporters of Malian presidential candidate for URD, Soumaila Cisse, hold posters as they attend a campaign rally in Bamako.
making Mali Supporters of Malian presidential candidate for URD, Soumaila Cisse, hold posters as they attend a campaign rally in Bamako.
Image: Michele Cattani/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Jacob Zuma dumps attorney Michael Hulley

Former president Jacob Zuma has fired his longtime attorney Michael Hulley weeks before he is due back in court to face corruption and racketeering charges. Hulley confirmed on Monday that his mandate was “terminated” two weeks ago. "I am no longer acting for him in any of his current matters,” he said. He declined to comment further. Former Denel board chairman Daniel Mantsha‚ a known Gupta associate‚ is Zuma's new attorney. Mantsha resigned from Denel a few days after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his first cabinet shake-up after Zuma was ousted.

Taxman names and shames Bafana’s Teko Modise

Ex-Bafana Bafana star Teko Modise is in trouble with the taxman. The South African Revenue Service said on Monday that the Cape Town City midfielder was on a list of delinquent taxpayers‚ along with a funeral parlour owner and an air-conditioning company boss. His agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, confirmed that it was indeed the midfield maestro whose name was included in a SARS statement. “I have never in my history of living seen that you name somebody on the website that you owe SARS,” said Mahlakgane. SARS named and shamed 10 taxpayers who were convicted and fined after failing since April to submit outstanding tax returns. They were issued with fines ranging from R2‚000 to R20‚000‚ as well as admission-of-guilt fines, SARS said.

Cape dams filling up as another cold front nears

Another cold front is on its way to the Western Cape and could cause temperatures in Gauteng to drop by the end of the week. The cold front is expected to pass through the Cape by Thursday. The possibility of more rain will bring further relief to the province‚ where dams have recovered to an average level of 47.2% after a crippling summer drought. At the same time in 2017 the average levels were just 24%. Anton Bredell‚ MEC for local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning‚ said the recent rains had made a significant impact, but he cautioned that the province is not out of trouble yet. He urged residents to continue water-saving efforts.

Animal lovers fume over baboon hunting permits

Animal lovers and rights activists are up in arms over hunting permits granting permission to shoot two baboons a day. The permits were issued to two wine farms in Constantia, Cape Town in October 2017. The killing of baboons - seven of them to date - has sparked growing outrage among residents after the local Constantiaberg Bulletin newspaper revealed that baboons were being shot at their sleeping sites and that some had been forced to flee into residential areas‚ where they were injured‚ shot or attacked by dogs. Distressed Capetonians have started a Facebook petition to “demand the end of the horrific baboon cull in Cape Town”. CapeNature conservation communications manager Marietjie Engelbrecht said they approved the hunting permits “as a last resort to mitigate human-wildlife conflict”.

Strike shuts down Post Office, union claims

Wage negotiations are continuing between the SA Post Office and the Communication Workers Union, whose members downed tools on Monday. The union’s general secretary, Aubrey Tshabalala, said the strike had caused a national shutdown at the Post Office. Tshabalala said unions were meeting employers in Johannesburg to find a solution to the impasse. “The strike got a huge support,” he said. Tshabalala said that there had been no salary increases at the post office for two years straight, which led to the strike.

Cape businessman kidnapped at gunpoint

A 65-year-old businessman was grabbed by five men at his business on Monday‚ Western Cape police have said. "According to information‚ the victim was driving into the basement of his business premises in Stairway Close‚ De Greens‚ Parow‚ when an unknown double cab LDV followed and at the gate [the suspects] forced the security guard at gunpoint into the toilet where they took his cellular telephone and locked him up. They then continued into the basement where they forced the businessman into their vehicle and drove off‚" said Captain FC van Wyk. The businessman was named as Layaqat Allie Parker. A case of armed robbery and kidnapping is under investigation. The spate of kidnappings of wealthy businesspeople for ransom in SA has raised serious concerns‚ with experts warning of a looming crisis if police are unable to clamp down on the crime swiftly and decisively.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

It's his service and he'll sleep if he wants to

Prince Louis dozes through the frills and the fuss of his christening

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

Chinese are still spewing ozone-destroying gas

They say they stopped using chlorofluorocarbons years ago - but that's not what an eco group has found

By AFP
2 min read

British lesbian shows Hong Kong she ain’t no QT

A UK couple takes on the government and wins

By AFP
3 min read

Cancer-causing gene 'jumped' from plants into humans

Without this foreign piece of coding we'd be free from genetic mutations that cause deadly cancers, new research reveals

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Belarusian people jump over a campfire as they take part in the Ivan Kupala festival in Belarusian state museum of folk architecture and rural lifestyle near the village Aziarco.
Oh my dear! She must be thigh! Belarusian people jump over a campfire as they take part in the Ivan Kupala festival in Belarusian state museum of folk architecture and rural lifestyle near the village Aziarco.
Image: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

She says ‘I do’ again with a ring of fire

As wildfires destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents in California, at least one couple had a bit of good news. Ishu and Laura Rao searched the ashes of their incinerated Santa Barbara County home on Sunday and found their prize: Laura’s wedding and engagement rings. She had taken them off before going to sleep Friday and had no time to retrieve them when the couple escaped the fast-moving blaze with Ishu’s two daughters, their three dogs and a cat, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The married couple of eight months were escorted back to their property Sunday to hunt for the rings. Ishu dropped to one knee, put the rings on her finger and proposed all over again. - Reuters

Simon says, get out of our kids’ faces

Social media giants like Facebook should be forced to release their “insidious grip” on young people, the head of Britain’s National Health Service has said. Simon Stevens said such firms should face up to their responsiblities, fuelling pressures on today’s children. Last month the chief executive of NHS England promised a “major ramp-up” of mental health services to deal with the fallout for an explosion of social media. On Monday he urged social media companies to get their house in order, by doing more to protect children from addictive habits and dangerous content. – © The Daily Telegraph

Banksy gets rat up their noses in Paris

British graffiti artist Banksy, known for his politically charged sketches on walls from London to New York to Gaza City, has descended on Paris, painting a series of murals that are sparking debate. The satirical images tackle issues such as migration and poverty. One mural, on a street where migrants often sleep rough, shows a black girl spraypainting pink wallpaper over a swastika. Others depict rats, a common Banksy motif, including one flying through the air on the back of a champagne cork, and a pair walking under a parasol near the Eiffel Tower. One of the most provocative shows a stern man with a handsaw hidden behind his back offering a bone to a pleading dog that has had part of its front leg sawn off. - Reuters

Another deadly nerve agent mystery

British police rushed to solve a murder mystery on Monday after a woman died following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok, four months after the same toxin nearly killed a former Russian spy in an attack that Britain blamed on Moscow. Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three who had been living in a homeless hostel in Salisbury in southwest England, and Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill last weekend in the town of Amesbury, near Salisbury, the city where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with Novichok in March. They have since recovered. The Kremlin said it would be “absurd” to suggest Russia was involved in the death of Sturgess. - AFP

Gymnast’s arrest doesn’t jive with Iranian women

Iranian women are posting videos of themselves dancing, in support of a teenage Instagram star who was arrested. Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, was detained by police after she posted a video of her dancing to Western pop music in her bedroom. It shows her without a mandatory headscarf, which is obligatory in the conservative Islamic republic. Social media users have shared their own videos and messages of support for Hojabri using the hashtag #dancing_isn’t_a_crime. Some women can be seen without their headscarves, but their faces covered. Others dance in public. – © The Daily Telegraph

Wolf-whistlers and cat-callers beware

Police across Britain should treat abuse and harassment of women as a hate crime, activists said on Monday, citing a rise in public support for the shift after the #MeToo movement triggered a deluge of complaints about misogyny. Campaigners are urging police chiefs to follow the lead of Nottinghamshire Police, which in 2016 became the first force in Britain to record public harassment of women - from groping and explicit language to sexual assault - as a misogyny hate crime. An open letter co-signed by charities, academics and faith leaders asks the National Police Chiefs Council to vote this week to record misogyny as a hate crime nationwide, which could lead to tougher sentences for public harassment of women. In an analysis of the shift in strategy by Nottinghamshire Police, more than 90% of respondents had experienced or seen abuse and harassment of women on the street. Two-thirds said they had changed habits, such as dress sense and transport, to avoid abuse. - Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

It’s buy local and bye-bye foreign for revamping Edcon

Clothing group has largely reversed an earlier decision to bring multinational brands to SA

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Why naughty little Johnnies are what business really needs

Disruptors are the new success stories. Traditional business is clogged by too many old-fashioned notions

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Precious little hope apart from mergers for platinum miners

Few would bet on a deal in the near future, but you can be sure the bankers are busy crunching the numbers

By Jana Marais
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: The Band’s astounding post-Dylan classic

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

Discover your inner Zulu and learn to live, love and laugh

An extract from the book ‘Melusi’s Everyday Zulu: There Is um’Zulu In All Of Us’

By Melusi Tshabalala
5 min read

Pic of the bunch: Photography clicks at the Turbine Art Fair

Don't miss Musa Nxumalo's curated exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair that starts on Thursday 

By Sean O'Toole
4 min read

Small is too big a word to describe these sculptures

Willard Wigan is famous for creating tiny artworks

By The Daily Telegraph
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Hazard lights up Belgium’s path to the final

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Congrats, Ms and Ms van NieKapp. But how will team dynamics be affected?

The pair have removed all the nudges and winks by getting wed. Will the crockery fly if one runs the other out?

Telford Vice
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Last Test for captain Gary Teichmann

Today in SA sports history: July 10

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read