Thursday, August 2 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Fool metal jacket: Malema’s rifle antics 'a crime'

The EFF leader was definitely firing live rounds, and he should have been charged, say experts

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
5 min read

#TotalShutdownMarch

WOMEN ACROSS SA WERE UNITED ON WEDNESDAY AS THEY TOOK PART IN MARCHES AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

'I stayed with his body in the house for three days'

How police failed a woman suffering abuse at the hands of her husband

Naledi Shange
Journalist
3 min read

‘I would have killed him, but prison gave me peace’

Woman recounts falling into a life of crime with her abusive husband, and how she turned her life around

Naledi Shange
Journalist
2 min read

She killed him to protect her daughter, now she's alone

She was jailed for 25 years for murdering her husband after he raped her daughter. Now her daughter has abandoned her

Naledi Shange
Journalist
3 min read

SA women believe sugar daddies have the right to use violence

This is just one of the findings of research on women's perceptions of violence in inter-generational relationships

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

On August 1 2018, women from all over South Africa took to the streets in solidarity with victims of gender-based violence and to take a stand against the abuse of women, children and gender non-conforming people.


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Maimane: No MP hols until we address land issue

DA leader wants National Assembly speaker to recall members from recess for an urgent sitting of parliament

Thabo Mokone
Journalist
2 min read

Khoisan: Hand SA back to us, then we’ll talk

Legacy of Khoi and San as the indigenous people of SA has been ignored in land debate, says advocacy group

Amil Umraw
Journalist
2 min read

Cheque mate: chess club socks it to money troubles

Rising stars in Khayelitsha, Cape Town hit on designer sales plan so they can get to tournaments

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

Fighting over 0,5% while students sit and worry about their exams

The University of Fort Hare is falling deeper into a sinkhole as wage negotiations come to a standstill

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
3 min read

You have the right to remain silent, but it could cost you your job

Only one of 116 staff who went on strike at a rubber factory in Benoni has kept her job

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

Times Select gets a paywall: here's what Tom Eaton thinks

An appeal from one of our popular columnists

2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

In black and white: ANC’s great race to the bottom

When it comes to ‘representivity’ among its leaders the ruling party does not exactly walk its talk 

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read

Why the church has got it wrong on sex priests

To confront the crisis, the church needs to better understand its own dogma, and commit itself to fixing the situation

By Tim Stanley
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

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on July 31 that the ANC’s national executive committee had decided to instruct government to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. South Africans took to social media to express their thoughts on the matter.


SNAPSHOT

Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party of Nelson Chamisa react as they block a street in Harare.
This is democratic change Supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party of Nelson Chamisa react as they block a street in Harare.
Image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Six things about SA you need to know

Zim army called in because cops ‘couldn’t cope’

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said the army had to intervene to help disburse MDC Alliance supporters because it did not have the capacity to deal with the crowd. This followed after scenes of sporadic violence in Harare, including burning tyres and blockading streets. The police deployed 71,000 officers countrywide ahead of the high stakes elections held on Monday. But police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they didn’t have enough resources including their reserve force to deal with a situation of this magnitude. “We requested for the assistance of Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) for the suppressing of the commotion and disturbances in Harare Central Business District. This development has been necessitated by the fact that the degree of disturbances of law and order have reached a magnitude where our regular police officers as well as our reserve members have been unable to cope,” she said. According to AFP, at least one person was killed in the clashes. MDC Alliance supporters were unhappy at early election results showed the ruling Zanu PF in the lead.

Moyane’s objections to disciplinary dismissed

Suspended South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane has lost all the objections he lodged against the disciplinary inquiry he is facing. This means the inquiry‚ as well as the commission of inquiry into governance and administration at SARS‚ can proceed, unless Moyane takes his objections to court‚ which he has threatened to do. The chairman of the inquiry‚ advocate Azhar Bham‚ in a written ruling‚ dismissed the objections and in light of this has directed Moyane to deliver a “substantive response” to each of the charges he faces by Monday‚ August 20. Bham has also asked parties to be available between September 17 and 28 for the disciplinary proceedings.

Premier promises to move fast on KZN killings

Despite the spectre of political killings looming large‚ it could take another month for the Moerane Commission report to be made public. Its findings are still being considered by political principals in the province. KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu‚ who received the commission’s report into political killings in the province in June‚ handed it over to the provincial legislature to process. After that it will be tabled before the premier’s portfolio committee before being handed back to Mchunu‚ with recommendations. Mchunu will then have another 21 days. Mchunu’s spokesman, Thami Ngidi, said: “The premier has 42 days in total. But he does not want to use all of it. He wants to release it earlier than that as he has not intention of keeping it from the public.”

Prasa running trains without safety permit

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is operating trains without a valid safety permit‚ the country’s Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) said on Wednesday. The regulator said the permit had expired on Tuesday and it had been decided not to issue a new one until it was satisfied that planned interventions by Prasa to address “safety concerns” had been carried out‚ said regulator spokesperson Madelein Williams. “The RSR is of the opinion that Prasa cannot demonstrate to the RSR that it has the ability‚ commitment and resources to properly assess and effectively control the risks to assets and safety of its customers‚ staff‚ contractors‚ visitors and others who may be affected by its railway operations.” The RSR oversees railway safety while operators are responsible for managing the safety of their operations.

Uber drivers get same injury cover as passengers

Uber South Africa announced on Wednesday that it had secured injury protection cover for drivers and Uber Eats delivery partners. Uber driver partners and Uber Eats delivery partners will now be covered from the moment they accept a trip or delivery request‚ while driving to pick up a rider or on the way to a restaurant‚ and until the trip ends. The deal came through a partnership with Chubb Insurance South Africa‚ at no extra cost to the drivers. The company said the cover formed part of Uber’s global commitment across the Middle East and Africa and was an important step in addressing some of the biggest concerns raised by Uber’s independent partners who relied on Uber’s app.

Bid to name and shame fake degrees

The Department of Higher Education and Training has proposed naming and shaming fraudsters who claim fake qualifications in an online public register administered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This, it hopes, will deter others from following suit. The measures are contained in the draft National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill‚ currently before parliament. It aims to tighten the noose on institutions that offer bogus qualifications and individuals who fake or misrepresent their accomplishments‚ and is a response to the problems confronting employers and education institutions. The bill contains provisions that compel education institutions and employers to report fraudulent or misrepresented qualifications to the SAQA‚ which works closely with the SAPS to pursue fraud cases ‚ the department’s Shirley Lloyd told parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education on Wednesday. The SAQA recorded 1‚276 fake qualifications at the beginning of 2017‚ according to ANC MP Julie Kilian.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

UK Jews 'say Labour Party has declared war on them'

Party MP weighs in as its leader Jeremy Corbyn faces mounting pressure over anti-Semitism row

By Jack Maidment
3 min read

Well this one's going to hurt the family jewels

Thieves have made off with two Swedish royal crowns, as well as a golden orb

By The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

Jeff Bezos’s folks could net $30bn from Amazon shares

Bet Jackie and Mike Bezos are glad they made that investment way back in 1995

By Natasha Bernal
2 min read

Where have all our penguins gone?

The worlds largest king penguin colony has all but disappeared. Scientists are scrambling to find out why

By Sarah Knapton
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

Arab-Israeli poet Dareen Tatour, 35, reacts at the magistrate court after being sentenced to five months in prison, in Nazareth, Israel.
Bad poetry Arab-Israeli poet Dareen Tatour, 35, reacts at the magistrate court after being sentenced to five months in prison, in Nazareth, Israel.
Image: Reuters/Rami Shlush

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Facebook: We care about your ‘digital wellbeing’

Facebook has attempted to counter a growing public and political backlash by introducing ‘digital wellbeing’ tools that enable users to spend less time on its apps. Users of Facebook and Instagram will be able to create pop-up alerts to limit their time on the apps, block push notifications for fixed periods and get updates on the time they have spent on the social networks each day. The changes, announced on Wednesday and to be introduced around the world over coming weeks, come amid growing concern at the potential damage excessive use of social media is having on the mental and emotional health of children. Campaigners, however, said the moves did not address online harms like bullying. — © The Daily Telegraph

Surprise as Pussy Rioters set free

Russian police unexpectedly released four Pussy Riot punk group members early on Wednesday while they still face charges for invading the pitch at the World Cup football final in Moscow last month. Pussy Riot activists have faced a bewildering array of legal actions after they briefly invaded the pitch during the World Cup final on July 15 in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium dressed as police, in what they later called a political protest. They have already served a 15-day sentence for breaking the rules for spectators at a sporting event. They were also fined 1,500 rubles (about R16) each for wearing police uniforms. They ran onto the pitch in the second half of the game between France and Croatia, watched by President Vladimir Putin and world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron. — AFP

‘Superfood’ craze makes big business of baobab

Inside the hard green shell that dangles from the spindly branches of Africa’s most iconic tree is a citrussy pulp that has become a popular ‘superfood’ in the US and Europe. Rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, it can be ground into a powder, mixed into smoothies or sprinkled on porridge. Coca-Cola’s Innocent, UK yogurt maker Yeo Valley and US wholesaler Costco are among the major brands to embrace baobab. While some experts question the boabab’s sustainability, demand has taken off. Exports of the hard-shelled fruit rose from 50 tonnes in 2013 to 450 tonnes in 2017. They are expected to reach 5000 tonnes by 2025, about 500 shipping containers a year. This would make it a $400-million industry. — Reuters

Maybe Eskom should try this excuse

This year’s unusually warm summer in the Nordic region has increased sea water temperatures and forced some nuclear reactors to curb power output or shut down altogether, with more expected to follow suit. The summer has been 6-10C above the seasonal average so far and has depleted the region’s hydropower reservoirs, driving power prices to record highs, boosting energy imports from continental Europe and driving up consumer energy bills. Nuclear plants in Sweden and Finland are the region’s second largest power source after hydropower dams. Reactors need cold sea water for cooling but when the temperature gets too high it can make the water too warm for safe operations. — Reuters

Build your own ‘ghost gun’? Not any more

A US judge has temporarily blocked the online publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms, in a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with the company permitting them to release the digital documents. Homemade firearms called ‘ghost guns’ can be manufactured using 3D printers or personal steel mills, and lack traceable serial numbers. At least one of the guns can also be made from plastic, which is virtually invisible to metal detectors. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said ‘it is crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3D printed guns at the touch of a button. Yet that’s exactly what the Trump administration decided to allow.’ — AFP

Death by 1,000 cults

South Korean police have arrested a pastor who allegedly convinced 400 followers to flee to Fiji because a ‘great famine’ was imminent on the Korean Peninsula but then forced her flock to take part in ritual beatings that left one member with brain damage. Shin Ok-ju allegedly confiscated the passports of the 400 members of her congregation who moved to Fiji in 2014. She reportedly refused to let them leave the 34ha compound where they lived communally under the close watch of handpicked ‘guardians’. She is also being questioned about the alleged ritual that church members knew as ‘the threshing ground’, in which followers were forced to beat each other until they were bloodied. One boy was forced to hit his father more than 100 times as part of the ritual. — © The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Forex fiddling: Commission’s wobbly case against banks

Accused of being vague and vexatious, the competition authority is in the ultimate no-win situation

By Tim Cohen
6 min read

Sanral gives construction a small dose of sniffing salts

Signs that Sanral, which has starved the construction sector of work for nearly a year, is waking from its slumber

By Nick Hedley
4 min read

Take heart, Stanlib investors, someone’s come to fix it

Heavy hitter from the UK parachuted in to pull the Liberty-owned asset manager out of the mire

By Hanna Ziady
1 min read

Why hold back on Cartrack? No cause for market cynicism

It's growing fast, churning cash, and is expanding rapidly into international markets. Time for a break

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

The cat no longer has the cream. It's a dog's life now

A weekly foray into the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
1 min read

Just for kicks: Madonna reinvented as a soccer mom

As she turns 60, the Lisbon dweller and Italian Vogue cover star changes her image all over again 

By Victoria Moss
4 min read

Posh logos move from ‘no-go’ to ‘access all areas’

Just saying, this is the season for full-on logomania

By Nothemba Mkhondo
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: De Kock on fire and Root speeds to 6,000 runs

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
4 min read

Swys and Warren reckon Lions are showing science of life

Tall order to beat Crusaders at home, but coach and captain say sleep, diet and self-belief can do the trick

Craig Ray
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Sizwe is SA’s 2nd black Olympic champ

Today in SA sports history: August 2

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read