Thursday, October 18 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Righteous rage: SA rallies behind Zondi in pastor rape trial

Her cross-examination was brutal, but her brave endurance has galvanised activists across the country

By Devon Koen
10 min read

VISUAL REPORT: Mapping the murder of Hannah Cornelius

Watch the haunting footage that shows her final journey, possibly the last time she was pictured alive

Anthony Molyneaux
Journalist
1 min read

Hannah’s ‘killers’ pounced again hours later, court hears

Another woman has come forward and testified on how the gang abducted just hours after Hannah’s murder

Aron Hyman
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

What I want every SA matric to know

Top of the list is that you're much smarter than you think you are

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
4 min read

State gets a big 'fail!' on schools target

Of the 115 schools that were supposed to go up, it managed only 12 - and that's apart from the services backlog

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

'I was as good as dead': new test cases added to listeria suit

Four new cases have been added to the class action against Tiger Brands that will be in court soon 

By Wendy Knowler and Jo-Ann Floris
5 min read

German publisher hits back at SA blogger’s penned-up anger

Firm says journo broke the law by posting secretly recorded conversation about pay on Instagram

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Moyane’s pal shared in SARS spoils based on ‘nonexistent’ BEE list

Commission of inquiry told that SARS consultant was never on any list of preferred empowerment partners

Amil Umraw
Journalist
2 min read

Kicking cancer: Kids learn how to breathe their pain away

Innovative martial arts programme is giving new hope to children with the dreaded disease

By Shantini Naidoo and Claire Keeton
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

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Ramaphosa too ill to face parliament questions

President Cyril Ramaphosa's scheduled appearance in parliament on Thursday has been shelved until further notice‚ parliament announced on Wednesday. Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothabo said the decision was reached "based on medical advice" that Ramaphosa would not be able to appear before the National Assembly. "A new date for the president’s oral question session will be determined by the National Assembly programming committee‚" Mothapo said. On Tuesday the Presidency announced that Ramaphosa had postponed a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for health reasons. It was said that he had “an upper respiratory tract infection” and needed to recover before undertaking prolonged travel. “The president is receiving medical attention and making a good recovery,” the Presidency said.

Still no murder charge for Louw’s ‘kidnapper’

Mohammed Ebrahim, the 43-year-old man accused of abducting Sydenham schoolboy Miguel Louw, wore a wry grin as he heard prosecutor Calvin Govender ask for more time to investigate the boy’s disappearance and murder. “This matter is still under investigation and there are still some witness statements outstanding‚” Govender told the court on Wednesday. On being questioned on the addition of a murder charge by magistrate Mahomed Motala ‚ Govender said their case was not yet at that stage. Louw’s grandmother Arlene broke down following Ebrahim’s appearance‚ screaming in the public gallery. The child was last seen with Ebrahim on July 17. Ebrahim‚ who lived in a wendy house on his father’s property‚ was arrested three days after Miguel was last seen. The body was found less than 100m from his house. Ebrahim will return to court on December 5.

Rape survivors ‘treated unfairly in court’

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) will approach the judiciary and the General Council of the Bar (GCB) to discuss the “unfair” treatment of rape victims in court. The decision follows an outcry over how defence lawyer Peter Dauberman questioned Cheryl Zondi‚ one of several alleged victims of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso. Dauberman has since the start of cross-examination been accused of discrediting Zondi’s evidence and asking her insensitive questions. Omotoso‚ 60‚ Lusanda Sulani‚ 36‚ and Zukiswa Sitho‚ 28‚ face charges ranging from sexual assault to rape and human trafficking. “It is plainly unfair to subject [rape survivors] to such inhumane treatment‚ whereas those who did the act are treated favourably,” said commission chairperson Lulama Nare.

Racist Kessie Nair denied bail

An unrepentant Kessie Nair - charged with a raft of crimen injuria charges after calling President Cyril Ramaphosa the k-word - will remain behind bars. Magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela‚ in her ruling‚ scathingly rebuked Nair‚ accusing him of using the dock as a soapbox from which to further defame a long list of people. The convicted fraudster and former local councillor posted a video of himself on Facebook in which he made racial slurs aimed at Ramaphosa. He faces charges of crimen injuria and incitement to commit violence after the Hawks took over the probe. “He trivialises the offence of calling the president the k-word. I am concerned that the accused does not appreciate the magnitude of the words he has uttered and that he does not appear remorseful,” said Gcolotela. Nair will appear in court again on October 24.

Legal Aid budget cuts a blow for justice-seekers

South Africans who cannot afford legal representation have been dealt a blow as looming budget cuts will force Legal Aid SA to scale back on helping the poor get access to justice. Legal Aid SA‚ which provides legal advice and representation to more than 700‚000 people annually‚ will have its budget slashed by R503m over the next three years. The organisation said the budget cuts would leave it unable to fulfil its constitutional obligations. It was hit with a 5% budget cut for the 2018/19 financial year from the national fiscus‚ as a result of financial challenges faced by the government. The cuts, said Legal Aid SA CEO Vidhu Vedalankar‚ would necessitate a review and prioritisation of cases, and could affect staff posts. She said Legal Aid SA was concerned about the impact the cuts would have on the poor and vulnerable‚ and their ability to access justice.

Kruger security boost amid tusker poaching spike

SA National Parks (SANParks) has intensified security measures to tackle the rise of elephant poaching in the Kruger National Park. Spokesman Isaac Phaahla said on Wednesday 58 elephants have been killed so far this year‚ compared with 32 over the same period last year. He said the northern and eastern parts of the park were particularly vulnerable to poaching. While security measures in the north had already been "topped up"‚ he explained that "most of it is coming from our eastern borders‚ which is Mozambique”. He added: “Remember‚ the initiative that we do for the rhinos is for all the species. It doesn't [only] target the rhinos or elephants. We just want to intensify the arrangements throughout the park to tackle this new threat.” Phaahla said 187 suspected poachers had been arrested on various charges‚ and 92 firearms seized.
A woman at a cannabis vape lounge in California.
OVER THERE IS … UHM … WHATSHERFACE A woman at a cannabis vape lounge in California.
Image: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

VISUAL SIDE

Residents in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, were among the first people to legally purchase cannabis in the country on Wednesday after its recreational sales became legal.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Chute to kill: Hubby 'hoped to send her hurtling to her death'

SA-born man's attempts to kill his wife were stranger than fiction, says the maker of a new documentary

By Fiona Bruce
6 min read

Valley of death? Tech giants are tangled in a princely web

The disappearance of a Saudi journalist sparks questions about the kingdom's deep financial ties with Silicon Valley

By Hasan Chowdhury
6 min read

Glock, stock and smoke and mirrors: meet the Steve Jobs of pistols

Film lifts lid on Austria's secretive Glock pistol empire, centred on its mould-breaking founder

By AFP
4 min read

Pompeii’s final blow: Climate change will wash away history

Many of the world's archaeological treasures are at risk of being destroyed by rising sea levels

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Want more years in frail care? Move to Spain

Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise in all nations, but Spain takes the top spot while China and the US trade places, says the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. With a projected average lifespan of 85.8 years, Spain — formerly in fourth place — will dethrone Japan, which sits atop the rankings today with a lifespan of 83.7 years. In 2040 the US drops from 43rd to 64th (79.8 years), while China rises from 68th to 39th (81.9 years). Moving up the ranking is Nigeria (157th to 123rd). For the world as a whole, the researchers’ study projected a five-year gain in lifespan, from 73.8 in 2016 to 77.7 in 2040. The bottom 30 countries in 2040 — with projected lifespans between 57 and 69 years — are either in sub-Saharan Africa or small island states in the Pacific. Lesotho, the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Somalia and Swaziland are in the basement of the rankings. — AFP

Here in SA we sommer drink meths

Five years ago, a group of students in Spain’s Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector — any sector. So they picked the most traditional of them all — and created blue wine, one of several innovations in a deeply conservative industry. They launched their company Gik Live! in 2015. It sold 30,000 bottles in its first year and close to 500,000 in 2017. The US is its main market ... and wine-loving France its second. One look at a glass of blue wine can be enough to send sommeliers scurrying. Electric blue in colour, Gik Blue is made following the traditional winemaking process. The recipe? Mix white and red wine with must, or freshly-crushed grape juice.The blue colour is obtained using anthocyanin, found in the skin of red grapes, and indigo carmine. Other brands include red wine infused with Earl Grey tea. — AFP

Soccer punch: where the beautiful game is ‘a sin’

Iran’s prosecutor general said on Wednesday there would be no repeat of women watching football matches inside stadiums, saying it would ‘lead to sin’. The comments by Mohammad Jafar Montazeri came a day after around 100 women were allowed to watch their country take on Bolivia in a friendly at the national stadium — an extremely rare step in the Islamic republic. ‘When a woman goes to a stadium and is faced with half-naked men in sports clothes and sees them it will lead to sin.’ Women have been barred from attending matches since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men. — AFP

One way for VBS to boost its liquidity

The US Mega Millions lottery jackpot swelled to $868m, the second largest in US history, after no winning ticket emerged in Tuesday night’s draw. The jackpot rose from $667m, extending a winless streak for the top prize that has lasted since July. The next draw is Friday night. The lottery prize is the largest ever for Mega Millions and the country’s second highest on record, trailing a $1.586bn Powerball jackpot paid out in 2016. The immediate cash value of the prize is $494.5m. Otherwise $868m is paid out over 29 years. The jackpot was last won on July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543m jackpot. The odds of hitting the jackpot by matching all six numbers correctly are one in 302.6 million. — Reuters

It would have gladdened Peter Tosh’s heart

Canada became the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis on Wednesday but a legal buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities as some, including Toronto and Vancouver, will have no stores open. It marks an historic day as adult Canadians will be able to legally smoke recreational marijuana after nearly a century-long ban. However, provincial governments’ approval of only a small number of shops so far, and a shortage of weed supplied to these stores means most Canadians’ first toke on Wednesday will likely be of black-market pot. Despite the dearth of stores, consumers will be able to buy legal marijuana online, either through websites run by provincial governments or licensed retailers. — Reuters

Cherry blossoms go blooming crazy in Japan

The delicate blossoms of the cherry tree might be synonymous with the onset of spring in Japan — except this year they’re also blooming in autumn. The rare late blooms could be the result of this year’s unusual weather, including a particularly active typhoon season. Weathernews, a meteorological firm, said more than 300 people across Japan had reported cherry blossoms were blooming in their neighbourhood. Hiroyuki Wada, a tree doctor at the Flower Association of Japan, said violent storms had stripped trees of their leaves, which usually release a chemical that inhibits blooming before spring. A series of unusually warm days after typhoons could also have confused the plants into flowering, he said. — AFP
A wall mural is seen near the EU Commission and Council buildings in Brussels.
THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE IS EUROPE A wall mural is seen near the EU Commission and Council buildings in Brussels.
Image: Reuters/Toby Melville

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What a sorry state: Going Uber and above the call of duty

Everybody seems to be apologising these days, but there’s definitely a right and a wrong way of doing it

By Tim Cohen
4 min read

Fishing rights: Sea Harvest gains cred from Brimstone

Fisheries group nets R300m from empowerment investment crew, nicely boosting its allocation chances

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Trolley for trolley, which retailer are you going to pick?

Despite Pick n Pay’s promising interim results, the market still seems to prefer Woolworths and Shoprite

By Maarten Mittner
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: What a lot of hemming and hawing

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
2 min read

Oh, hat’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it ...

Simon + Mary’s new Military Fez range blows them away at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

By Andrea Nagel
2 min read

Dancing around the questions of boundaries and belonging

Germany-based South African Jessica Nupen discusses her dance ensemble work ‘Don’t Trust the Border’

Aspasia Karras
Columnist
4 min read

My hat! How Cara made all the stiff upper lips wobble

Supermodel Delevingne was the best-suited guest at her posh chum Princess Eugenie’s wedding

By Krissy Turner
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Baxter pitches and moans about balls

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

Oh what a dreadful Shane: Throwing the book at Warne

An awkwardly gleaming example of what plastic surgery, botox, hair implants, tooth-whitening, can do

Telford Vice
Journalist
5 min read

Blast from the past: First of many for the legendary Gerber

Today in SA sports history: October 18

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read