Wednesday, October 17 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Floyd's innocent, says EFF. But SARS, Hawks still have questions for him

There are a great many questions left unanswered by the party's 'probe', but answered they most certainly will be

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

Hawks and NPA hardly look up to tackling the VBS heist

It is crucial that they pass this major test, to re-establish the credibility of the crippled criminal justice system

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Silent Cyril just has to wait for the VBS robbers to slip up

He can't just fire corrupt and corruptible people, but his nemeses have enough rope to hang themselves

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

The Moyane ultimatum: Cyril gets tough on SARS firing call

Ramaphosa gives suspended SARS boss five days to comment on report suggesting he be fired immediately

Qaanitah Hunter
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Steinhoff: This is why things went so very, very wrong

'Biggest corporate fraud in SA history' the result of 'greed, arrogance and entitlement', explains expert

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Hannah murder: Thumbprint on condom comes to light

Court also heard testimony about the murder weapon, a massive rock, which grown men struggled to lift

Aron Hyman
Journalist
3 min read

Don’t call them brutes: Neanderthals had a great bedside manner

New evidence points to fairly sophisticated healthcare practices, including helping during childbirth

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

‘Bully’ gets the boot from Hout Bay community trust

Court judgment slams casino group owner accused of hijacking trust meant to generate wealth for locals

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

Vitriol-spewing advocate gets second bloody nose from judge

He has 'a penchant for flouting court rules, conducting frivolous litigation, then accusing the judge of impropriety'

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

‘Average oke’ delays his medical dream to help others

Medic to run a half-marathon in full firefighting gear to help intellectually impaired and disabled adults

Alex Patrick
Journalist
3 min read

Boy’s suffering forgotten as toy store dream comes true

Little Zamokuhle, who has a congenital heart defect, got to fill a trolley with his favourite toys

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
1 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Why a romantic outlier wanted to celebrate black queer love

I set out to capture it in all its beauty and strife, but I also wanted to believe love exists at all

Andile Ndlovu
Columnist
5 min read

Stillbirth and the forgotten mourners: 'it's tough for men'

Broadcaster Richard Madeley and two other fathers open up about their experience of baby loss

By The Daily Telegraph
7 min read

Call me Amish, but a ban on phones in class is a good call

The arguments for allowing the pesky things at school don't really stand up

By Jane Shilling
2 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

SNAPSHOT

Police keep an eye on bus drivers and other MyCiti staff who are protesting outside the City of Cape Town's civic centre on Tuesday, October 16.
some beret angry people Police keep an eye on bus drivers and other MyCiti staff who are protesting outside the City of Cape Town's civic centre on Tuesday, October 16.
Image: Esa Alexander

Six things about SA you need to know

Mauritius holds SA woman for ‘smuggling heroin’

An SA woman has been arrested in Mauritius for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into the country. Patricia Gerber‚ who heads advocacy organisation Locked Up in a Foreign Country‚ said on Tuesday that Thami Nomathamsanqa Dyasi’s arrest had been reported by Mauritian media. According to the reports‚ Dyasi, 30, left SA in September on a holiday and was subsequently caught with numerous pellets of heroin weighing more than 1.25kg. She reportedly had about 79 pellets removed in hospital. Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said the department was aware of Dyasi’s arrest and would visit her in prison on October 19. Gerber said Dyasi was the seventh to be arrested in the country since April.

Phrase South Africans used the most in 2018 is …

Politics continues to dominate social discourse in SA‚ with this year's Word of the Year, announced on Tuesday, being: “land expropriation without compensation.” The announcement was made by the Pan SA Language Board as it marked Dictionary Day. The board said the SA Word of the Year was a term or expression that captured the philosophy‚ mood or obsessions of that particular year. Using Focal Points and Newsclip‚ keywords were tracked from January 1 to October 15 and analysed to determine their prominence and to identify the frequency with which they were used in credible print‚ broadcast and online media‚ the board said. It had been found that “land expropriation without compensation” was used more than 25‚000 times in all SA media‚ beating words including “commission” (of inquiry) at 18‚690 and “Thuma Mina” at 5‚228.

Trains set alight at Germiston station

In the latest in a string of incidents across the country in recent weeks, two train sets were burning fiercely at the Germiston railway station on Tuesday‚ resulting in the suspension of services on the East Rand. Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said reports were received about the burning trains at about 10am. “We do not know the cause as yet‚ but we are not ruling out arson. No injuries were reported‚” Mofokeng said. As a result of the fires electricity supply to the station had been switched off. The fire was extinguished by 11.45am. Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said in Cape Town recently that “elements of organised crime” were behind a series of arson incidents there, and it was reported that arson attacks in Cape Town had cost R93m in 2018 alone.

KZN ANC leader’s fraud and corruption case moved

The fraud and corruption case involving KwaZulu-Natal ANC deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu was postponed on Tuesday. Mabuyakhulu and seven co-accused made a brief appearance in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, where the state said it would need a postponement. The prosecutor said they were awaiting further particulars from some of Mabuyakhulu's co-accused which were expected to be filed in January 2019. Mabuyakhulu and Durban businessman Mabheleni Ntuli were cited among the five main roleplayers in a fraud‚ corruption and money laundering case relating to a failed jazz festival in 2012 that cost taxpayers R28m. It is alleged that during his tenure as MEC of economic development in KZN‚ Mabuyakhulu had directed R28m into the accounts of his seven co-accused and nine other companies and businessmen, for which he allegedly received a R300‚000 kickback. The jazz festival never took place. The case is back in court on February 1 2019.

Eskom’s debt rises as it squeezes municipalities

Eskom’s debt from municipalities keeps rising‚ despite the power utility threatening the municipalities with power disruptions if they do not pay. On Monday Eskom announced it would interrupt power supply to the Masilonyana local municipality from Wednesday for six and a half hours a day during the week and for seven and a half hours at the weekend after the municipality failed to meet its payment obligations. If no payment was made this week‚ interruptions would increase to 14 hours a day. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said on Tuesday the municipality‚ which covered Brandfort‚ Theunissen‚ Verkeerdevlei and Winburg‚ owed R39.8m. The power utility was owed R16bn by the municipalities across the country‚ and the figure kept rising. Phasiwe said that when Eskom appeared before parliament in March the figure stood at R14bn‚ and hit R15bn in August.

Christmas reprieve for fees activist

Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile – convicted on public violence charges in August - was given a brief reprieve when sentencing procedures were delayed on Tuesday. Khanyile‚ a Durban University of Technology student‚ was a central figure in fee-free protests in 2015. He was arrested during violent clashes with police and had a protracted stay in prison while awaiting trial. He was eventually freed after lawyers petitioned the Constitutional Court. This year he pleaded guilty to charges of public violence‚ failing to comply with a police instruction and possession of a dangerous weapon, and was summarily convicted by magistrate Siphiwe Hlophe. On Tuesday the court heard that the state was still finalising Khanyile’s pre-sentencing report, which is used when assessing mitigation and aggravation of sentence. He will appear again on January 28.

VISUAL SIDE


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

There is no God, that's the final word from Stephen Hawking

The same goes for heaven and the afterlife, the astrophysicist says in his final book

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Boffins hit us with facts: spare the rod really is the best policy

A total ban on smacking children makes societies less violent, a new study suggests 

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

How Meghan's going to give her baby a right royal start to life

One thing's for sure, Sussex jnr is going to have only the best of everything

By Anna Tyzack
5 min read

Paralysed mom: 'My bed flung me out while I was in the middle of a BJ'

UK woman who says she was 'catapulted' from the bed during sex goes after seven-figure payout

By Jamie Johnson
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Racist POTUS loves a good ol’ ‘Pocahontas’ jibe

Donald Trump has called rival Democratic senator names. Trump’s mockery of Elizabeth Warren's claim to have Native American blood has finally boiled up from a bizarre political sideshow to full-blown White House obsession. Latching on to a disproven theory that Warren used her tribal heritage claim to advance her academic career at Harvard, Trump revels in denigrating the Democrat as ‘Pocahontas’. He often repeats to laughter from the crowds at his campaign rallies. Warren – touted as a likely Democratic challenger to Trump in 2020 – thought she'd put the matter to bed on Monday when she released a DNA test showing she does indeed have a sliver of Native American heritage. But Trump, who once promised to pay $1m to charity if Warren could ever prove her claim, savaged the senator again Tuesday in no less than three early morning tweets. – AFP

Brexit: France anxious to not be the bitter ex

France is making urgent preparations for Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal, including imposing checks at the Channel Tunnel, a senior minister warned Tuesday. Nathalie Loiseau, France's Europe minister, insisted Paris was ‘determined to have a good deal’ with Britain on its departure from the EU, but said ‘no deal’ preparations were under way. Brexit talks are on a knife-edge, with British PM Theresa May set to make a pitch to EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday at a summit billed as the last chance to agree a draft deal in time for Brexit day on March 29. European ministers have been keen to stress their desire to reach an accord with London, but EU President Donald Tusk said in a letter inviting leaders to the summit that the ‘no deal’ scenario was ‘more likely than ever before’. – AFP

Pure anger in India after lifting of temple ban

India deployed hundreds of police Tuesday in Kerala state, where protesters have threatened to stop women from entering a Hindu temple. India's Supreme Court in September overturned a prohibition on women of menstruating age, between 10 and 50, from entering a temple for the deity Ayyappa. Activists said the ban reflected an old but still prevalent belief that menstruating women were impure. The ruling will take effect from Wednesday, and for the first time allow all female pilgrims to enter the temple, considered one of the holiest for Hindus and visited by millions of devotees each year. But tensions have escalated in Kerala ahead of the day, with thousands marching against the court’s decision and warning of bigger disruptions if the temple's traditions were not protected. Mobs reportedly stopped cars from approaching the temple Tuesday to demand women of menstruating age turn back. Hundreds of additional police had been put on high alert across the state to protect devotees, authorities said. – AFP

Women now make up half of Ethiopia cabinet

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday unveiled a downsized cabinet where, in a first, half the members are women, a top official said. Women occupy key positions in the 20-member cabinet that includes a newly created ministry of peace to oversee the federal police and intelligence agencies, Abiy's chief of staff Fitsum Arega said. The previous cabinet had 28 ministers, of which only five were women. The shakeup is the latest in a series of dramatic reforms implemented by Abiy since he took office in April after more than two years of antigovernment unrest that contributed to his predecessor's sudden resignation. The prime minister's measures have included ending two decades of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, releasing jailed dissidents, welcoming formerly banned groups back into the country and announcing plans to privatise major state-owned industries. – AFP

Arab media cash in on Khashoggi uproar

Istanbul, where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, disappeared two weeks ago, has since the Arab Spring become a hub for media. Arabic-language journalists from countries who have found refuge in the city say they have been rattled by the disappearance of Khashoggi but still believe they enjoy greater freedoms in Turkey than at home. Khashoggi also considered dividing his time between Washington, where he lived since 2017, and Istanbul, where he was seeking to arrange the paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee. But he has not been seen since October 2 after he visited Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered, a claim initially denied by Saudi Arabia although unconfirmed US reports have said Riyadh may be about to suggest he died during an interrogation that went wrong. Rallies in front of the consulate demanding answers after Khashoggi's disappearance have brought together Arab journalists and intellectuals based in Istanbul, showing the strength of the exiled community. – AFP

Skeptics battle to catch gene tech in the net

Controversial and unproven gene-editing technology CRISPR is touted as a silver bullet against malaria-bearing mosquitos, and it could wind up being deployed first in commercial agriculture. For health campaigners battling malaria and conservationists desperate to save island birds decimated by avian malaria and invasive rodents, gene drive seems almost too good to be true. It just may be, say some scientists. ‘The use of CRISPR-based gene drive could lead to an ecological cacophony,’ said Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo, a biologist. Critics calling for a moratorium on the release of gene drives in the wild fear they could mutate, jump to other species, or spread far beyond target areas. And yet, in the absence of national or international regulations, the technology could be used on large-scale farms or orchards within a few years. – AFP
A Turkish forensic expert works inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
FINDING KHASHOGGI ON THE OTHER SIDE A Turkish forensic expert works inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
Image: Reuters/Murad Sezer

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

More than hot tips: Why we still need investment analysts

The job of the Investment Analysts Society of SA is education, and it has never been more vital

By Chris Gilmour
2 min read

Adcorp still needs a bit of a trim, but it’s looking up

Activist shareholder Value Capital Partners has been instrumental into kicking the recruitment firm into line

By Siseko Njobeni
1 min read

Market’s shrug at Harmony fine bodes ill for Steinhoff

Companies can easily spend a fortune of shareholders’ money dragging out cases of irregular financial conduct

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Fuels to cry: SA must expect another petrol price hike

Petrol set for a 40c a litre increase‚ while diesel and  paraffin could spike 70c and 65c a litre respectively

By Nonkululeko Njilo
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Don’t tune me about tuna - it’s an animal, not a veggie

Pescetarians please note: Oysters, shrimps, calamari, all of which come from the ocean, are classified as animals

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Ja well no Fyn ... the restaurant with lofty ideals

Superchef Peter Tempelhoff goes downtown and sky-high to catch the feel of lower Manhattan in Cape Town

By Staff reporter
1 min read

The importance of perfume is not to be sniffed at

Scent is always associated with a time and a place, so get some stamps in your olfactory passport

By Nokubonga Thusi
6 min read

You could join a crazy, big tour group ... or do this instead

Avoid the sardine run (if you’ve got the dough) and try one of these new and unique ‘curated’ tour groups

By Nokuzola Leratho Zingithwa
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Frustration as Bafana battle for nought

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

For all that is kind and merciful, kill the Currie Cup

It’s time to concede that the competition, for all its glorious history and tradition, is not the future

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read

Blast from the past: Gerber, Botha and the Small wonder

Today in SA sports history: October 17

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read