Friday, October 19 2018

THE BIG ISSUE

LEADING THE AGENDA

'Moered' murderers demand their rights

They attacked a warder. What happened next is murky, but left them with lashed backs. Now their families are protesting

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Her house was auctioned. She fought to get it back. Now she's in jail

Falling behind with her bond has turned into a nightmare for this Joburg woman, but she refuses to stop fighting

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
2 min read

The cat that's got the genes: How Jasmin is helping save her species

A lack of genetic diversity is a major problem for cheetahs. And that's where this young lady's DNA comes in 

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Stress is biting down hard on SA's dentists

Declining incomes, long hours and unrealistic patients are leaving many in the dental profession depressed and exhausted

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Chew on this: Dental waste is an eco-menace

A worried researcher says the dental industry is too nonchalant about its medical waste

Alex Patrick
Journalist
3 min read

Couple faces uphill struggle after waterfall plunge

They are in need of crowdfunding help after having used up all their medical aid on their son

Kgaugelo Masweneng
Journalist
1 min read

Kiss him to the kerb: Sex with an ex is a healthy shag-and-go

A post-break-up hook-up does not seem to stop people from moving on, researchers say

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

It's a fare dinkum fact it's safer for women Down Under

Australia is said to be the safest country in the world for the welfare of women

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

The best of times is now, so let's just go for it

Lessons from a beautiful shawl, a bottle of French wine and a bromance

5 min read

Why I'm sick and tired of the pro-trans fanatics

It's time sanity returned to the debate. Otherwise, campaigners are going to harm the people they're trying to help

By Allison Pearson
5 min read

Grammar may be all Greek to you, but must we go all Bonzo on it

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
5 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

Gerrie Nel after exec for granddaughter ‘rape’

Former prosecutor Gerrie Nel is seeking to bring a private prosecution against a prominent person in the financial sector who allegedly raped his three-year-old granddaughter. Nel is now head of private prosecutions for AfriForum. The organisation said on Thursday it has applied for a nolle prosequi certificate (a formal notice of abandonment of a prosecution by the National Prosecuting Authority) so that it can start the private prosecution on behalf of the child. Nel said the alleged rape occurred in the home of the victim’s grandparents in September 2016. He said the victim reported the rape to her mother and father‚ and a psychologist confirmed the sexual offences in a psycho-legal assessment. The child also identified her grandfather as a perpetrator. Nel said the police had refused to take statements related to the assault.

Parliament lines up VBS saga debate

Parliament has scheduled a debate on the VBS financial scandal‚ in which R1.9bn was looted by politically connected figures from the mutual bank. The motion proposed by ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu - under the title “The VBS Mutual Bank Report: The Great Bank Heist – a matter of public importance” - is due to be debated on Tuesday October 23‚ a day before the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement is to be presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. “The ANC parliamentary caucus saw it prudent to bring this matter of public importance‚ affecting the most vulnerable of our people‚ who invested their hard-earned monies in the VBS Mutual Bank‚ to parliament for debate‚" said Mthembu. He said the party also supported calls that all those implicated in the looting‚ including ANC political figures‚ should be referred to law enforcement agencies.

Tow-truck boss held for murdering employees

A 37-year-old tow-truck owner‚ accused of setting two workers alight using petrol during an interrogation over a missing vehicle gearbox‚ has handed himself over to the police. Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said the man was expected to appear at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on two counts of murder‚ after he handed himself over in the presence of his attorney. The alleged fatal assault occurred on October 14 in the Luganda area of Mariannhill‚ KwaZulu-Natal. Gwala said the victims were employed by the owner to wash his vehicles. "It is alleged that they were questioned by the suspect with regards to a missing gearbox. They were assaulted and burnt with petrol during the interrogation,” she said. The men died in hospital.

Parliament to probe Shivambu’s VBS role

The DA has received confirmation that parliament’s joint committee on ethics and members’ interests will be launching a probe into EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu over payments he allegedly received via his brother. This was in response to a DA complaint to the committee about Shivambu allegedly receiving R10m from his brother Brian‚ who was allegedly paid R16m via the bank. The DA said on Wednesday it welcomed the swiftness with which the ethics committee responded to its complaint and hoped that "the same expeditiousness will be applied to the investigation”. DA MP Phumzile van Damme said: “We look forward to the investigation - and if any wrongdoing is found‚ [to] the harshest sanction [being] meted out against Shivambu on behalf of the thousands of poor people whose money was stolen in the VBS heist.” The party urged the committee to summon the relevant witnesses to give evidence under oath or affirmation.

Christmas in a cell for Coligny killers

The case of two Coligny farmworkers who were found guilty of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu has been postponed to next year to allow their defence to prepare for sentencing arguments. With their heads down‚ Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard listened as Judge Ronald Hendricks postponed the matter to January 28 after the defence requested more time to prepare to argue for mitigation of sentence. The two remain in custody. They maintained that Matlhomola‚ whom they accused of stealing sunflower heads‚ jumped from a moving bakkie while they were taking him to the police station. The sole witness in the case‚ Bonakela Pakisi‚ gave the court a different version‚ saying he had seen the pair throwing Matlhomola off a moving bakkie. The court believed Pakisi’s evidence and said it was credible enough to find the pair guilty.

Sick coal miners to launch class-action suit

A group of miners – who claim to have an incurable lung disease – are being helped by Catholic bishops to bring a class-action law suit against SA coal mining companies. The number of miners involved in the action was not revealed. According to the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s Bishop Abel Gabuza on Thursday: “The mines need to take both ethical and legal responsibility for the sick miners.” Pneumoconiosis‚ or black lung disease‚ is a preventable but incurable disease that is contracted in coal mines through inadequate protection from coal dust. Richard Spoor Attorneys are preparing the suit on behalf of the miners. Spoor was one of the lawyers involved in the silicosis class-action against gold-mining companies‚ which resulted in a R5bn settlement. The miners are from Limpopo‚ Eastern Cape‚ Free State‚ Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
Rock Santa takes part in the unveiling of a department store's Christmas window display in London.
SANTA PLAYS ‘MARIA MARIA’, A X-MAS CAROL Rock Santa takes part in the unveiling of a department store's Christmas window display in London.
Image: Reuters/Peter Nicholls

VISUAL SIDE

Video footage has emerged of a robbery that hit Browns jewellers in Mpumalanga at the Ilanga Mall on Sunday. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen and no one was injured. Police are offering a R50,000 reward to anyone with information that will assist in their investigation.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

It's war: Facebook fires back against election fake news

A fresh fight has been launched against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network

By AFP
3 min read

How the grisly truth about Khashoggi 'killing' leaked

Details of the journalist's fate leak as both Turkey and Saudi Arabia struggle to control the narrative

By Josie Ensor
6 min read

My 'Handmaid' success became too much for MeToo handle

She designed the costume that has become an anti-Trump icon, but it also unlocked some unhappy memories of her own

By AFP
4 min read

Strong when wet an extra-large headache for Kleenex

#MeToo has a new casualty. It's goodbye to 'Mansize' tissues

By Katie Morley
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Why not to get drunk after a lip enhancement

‘Ex On The Beach’ reality star Scarlett Harrison failed a roadside breath test because her surgically enhanced lips were too big for her to blow into a breathalyser. She was found to be over the alcohol limit when she was stopped by officers for driving in Manchester, UK, after drinking pink gins. But when she was asked to give a breath sample back at a police station the 20-year-old complained her collagen implants made it too ‘difficult’ for her to get her mouth around the tube. She attempted four times to blow into the machine before telling officers: ‘My lips are too big,’ leading to her being charged with failing to provide a breath sample. – The Daily Telegraph

There’s far more to dandelions than you think

Fluffy dandelion seeds are known to travel 1,000km on the wind, but until now it has been a mystery how they did it. Although light enough to be whisked into the air in updrafts, their downy heads are 90% empty space - a poor design for a parachute - and scientists have puzzled as to how they manage to stay afloat for so long. Now researchers at Edinburgh University have discovered that the soft bristles work together to create a ring-shaped bubble of air which keeps the seed aloft. This type of flight has never before been seen in nature and the experts believe the technique could be used to help windborne micro-drones stay in the air without using power so they can explore remote and inhospitable regions, or even other planet in the Solar System. – The Daily Telegraph

Creatives are too dilly for showbiz, says Puttman

‘Brilliant’ entertainment businesses are ‘falling like flies’ because creatives do not know how to manage, the legendary British film producer Lord Puttnam has claimed. The veteran Oscar-winner behind ‘The Killing Fields’ and ‘Chariots of Fire’ said the problem is putting a massive brake on the multi-billon-euro industry. Creatives from film to games tend to end up ditching good businesses when they begin to grow out of their control, he said. ‘What happens is potentially brilliant businesses fall like flies once they start doing well because people did not get into this to manage, and they walk away,’ he said. - AFP

Roo on the menu for Harry and Meghan

Chargrilled kangaroo was on the royal menu on Thursday as Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan arrived in Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne, where they were greeted by thousands of screaming fans. The US-born royal also put on a dinosaur pasta necklace made by a five-year-old boy. ‘I made it with pasta and dipped them in gold paint and threaded the string through,” he explained. - AFP

Quelle horreur! London taxis go to Paris

London’s black taxi cabs will hit the streets of Paris next year as the Chinese Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company continues its global expansion of the famous models. In 2017, the firm picked Amsterdam as its first foreign destination for the new electric version of the taxi and it has since announced expansion plans to Oslo, Berlin and Hamburg. The taxi should be transporting Parisians in the first half of 2019. - Reuters

A cherry big surprise for Japan

Cherry blossoms across Japan have bloomed six months early after two powerful typhoons pummelled the country in September, stripping leaves, bringing a warm snap and turning the trees unseasonably pink. ‘We get reports every year of cherry blossom blooming early, but those are confined to specific areas,’ and official said. ’This time we are hearing about it from all over the country.” The two typhoons, including the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years, weakened chemicals that suppress the pink and white blooms by stripping the leaves or covering them in salt water, he said. - Reuters
A girl cries during the funeral procession of a suspected militant killed in a gun battle with Indian security forces.
A MILITANT HOWL A girl cries during the funeral procession of a suspected militant killed in a gun battle with Indian security forces.
Image: Reuters/Danish Ismail

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Hooray and whoop-de-doo: No tax increases likely in 2019

For the first time in years significant tax increases may not be required in the February 2019 budget

By Sunita Menon
1 min read

We may soon find out how much of Naspers Sanlam owns

Sanlam Investment Managers will be disclosing how it voted at the Naspers AGM, which should tell us a bit

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Fund managers keep cool and carry on buying into Resilient

Instead of cranking up the pressure, institutions are  buying shares in the very firms they wanted probed

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Zimmerman frames: Movie due on Bob’s best LP

‘Blood on the Tracks’ is being made into a film by ‘Call Me By My Name’ director Luca Guadagnino

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

The Tyrion of hope: Will he live, die or just say goodbye?

Dinklage’ s character might perish, but for him to hint so heavily at such as fate is not a positive sign for fans 

By Elizabeth MacLeod
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

Stuff to do this weekend? Drop it and do this stuff instead

Cool things are happening in Joburg, so get out there

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Groom curries enough favour to stay skipper

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Any reason we can’t award TMOs the red card?

Under a weight of scorn, it would appear television match officials are operating in injury time

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Boeta, you were a thing of beauty

Today in SA sports history: October 19

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read