Tuesday, October 30 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Brazilian nutter’s victory is a warning sign for SA

When voters feel betrayed by the political class, they will abandon politics in favour of reaction

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Kick out priests who abuse kids, says archbishop

Buti Tlhagale wants the abuse of minors to trigger immediate banishment from the Catholic Church

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

Sniffer dogs show we can sock it to malaria

Clever canines can pick up the disease in frozen socks even before symptoms start showing

Claire Keeton
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Cape Town transport boss 'hid dodgy secret'

Report recommends Melissa Whitehead face new charge over a conflict of interest in Foreshore project

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Bullets and hellfire: fighting sex-pest pastors

But the horror stories are taking their toll on activists leading the fight against sexual abuse in churches

Katharine Child
Journalist
5 min read

Shelter from the abuse storm: Josina Machel fights back

The daughter of Graça and Samora Machel broke down as she spoke about her ordeal with domestic violence

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

Hope in Westbury: ‘I’ve not heard a single gunshot’

Residents say things are a little better since the protests, but some say drug dealing continues

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
3 min read

Oceans of change: SA seas are getting ‘national parks’

Cabinet has announced a huge expansion of Marine Protected Areas 

Tony Carnie
Journalist
5 min read

KwaMachi quarry: Is it fool's gold or the real thing?

While samples from the KZN site have been sent for tests, many are holding onto their treasure, just in case

By Jeff Wicks and Lwandile Bhengu
2 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

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SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Four dead in Cape wildfire

Four people died in a raging wildfire in George in the Western Cape on Monday. Among the four were a baby, two toddlers and an adult. The wire has forced authorities to temporarily close mountains in the Southern Cape for all outdoor activities due to safety concerns. Wilderness Search and Rescue said in a safety alert that the area most affected was the Outeniqua mountains above the town of George. Working On Fire and other agencies are trying to contain the wildfire in the mountains between George and Wilderness.

Hawks probe payments to mayor

A bombshell affidavit from a Hawks investigator details how hundreds of thousands of rand were paid into the account of Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani by a company accused of siphoning off money meant for the city’s beleaguered bus system. The seven payments over a year‚ totalling R664‚000‚ form part of the Hawks' investigation into fraud‚ corruption and money laundering involving Bay municipal officials‚ politicians and businesses. The transactions‚ from April 2014 to May 2015‚ prompted six Hawks investigators to swoop on Bobani’s office at city hall earlier in October. An affidavit from Hawks investigator Captain Henk Fourie makes allegations of a “corrupt relationship” between Bobani and businessman Fareed Fakir‚ whose companies benefited from multimillion-rand contracts from the municipality‚ most of which did not go through proper tender processes. Port Elizabeth lawyer Danie Gouws‚ representing Bobani‚ said his client was not a suspect and was cooperating with the authorities.

Prosecutor bust taking bribe in murder case

A prosecutor arrested on suspicion of corruption and extortion - after allegedly offering to destroy evidence in a murder case - appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday. “The prosecutor dealing with a murder case in Bronkhorstspruit was arrested for corruption and extortion. It is alleged that an offer was made to an investigating officer in an attempt to destroy evidence on a murder case‚” said police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini. The prosecutor was arrested following an undisclosed cash transaction. “A [police] operation was initiated and the prosecutor was arrested following the transaction of cash to an investigating officer. Police seized a substantial amount of cash as an exhibit.”

Mashaba wants metros to prosecute criminals

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba plans to lobby the national government to grant big metros the power to prosecute and have their own prisons. Mashaba made the revelation during a presentation of the City of Johannesburg’s monthly crime statistics‚ where the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) gave feedback on arrests. These included 664 made by JMPD officers for driving under the influence in September‚ 13 arrests for car theft and 22 arrests for the possession of drugs. Mashaba said no municipality had the power to prosecute crimes in its jurisdiction as Section 179 of the Constitution gave those powers to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). “Right now‚ unfortunately‚ our poor colleagues in JMPD can only arrest and give (the suspects) to the Hawks and the NPA and that is where it ends.” Mashaba said the arrests made by the JMPD resulted in the successful prosecution of less than 10% of those arrested.

ANC members linked to VBS must ‘step aside’

The ANC's National Integrity Commission has recommended to the National Executive Committee that office bearers and party members implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank saga should be directed to step aside from all leadership positions and activities of the ANC. Commission chair George Mashamba said: “To protect the integrity and reputation of the ANC‚ the National Integrity Commission recommends to the National Executive Committee that these members should be directed to step aside from all leadership positions and all activities of the ANC.” The commission reported on Monday that its weekend meeting considered the question of office bearers and members of the ANC implicated in the VBS saga. The “Great Bank Heist" report into the failure of VBS Mutual Bank implicated 53 people and companies in fraud and corruption worth nearly R2bn.

Kentridge artwork sells for R6.6m at Joburg

A William Kentridge artwork achieved a record price of R6.6m at an auction held in Illovo‚ Johannesburg‚ on Sunday evening. The 120x160cm charcoal and pastel drawing is a still in Kentridge’s stop-motion film‚ Stereoscope‚ and was produced in 1999‚ at the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that dealt with political crimes under apartheid. The drawing is one of 65 that Kentridge used to make the eight-minute-22-second animated film‚ which was first shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York‚ in April 1999. Aspire Art Auctions‚ which held the auction at the Gordon Institute of Enterprise Science’s Illovo campus‚ said the price for the Drawing from Stereoscope beat the earlier mark of more than R5.7m‚ achieved in Paris. “We’re delighted to have achieved such profound breakthroughs in the market at a time when the economy is tough for everyone‚” Aspire director and senior artwork specialist Emma Bedford said.
Members of a street performance troupe in their Halloween parade in Galway, Ireland.
YEARNING FOR THE GLOW Members of a street performance troupe in their Halloween parade in Galway, Ireland.
Image: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

VISUAL SIDE

From October 29, 100 rail enforcement officers will be deployed on trains in Cape Town to prevent crime, fires and vandalism.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Trump and Bolsonaro go together like fear and anger

Brazil’s new president is an ardent admirer of his counterpart. Can you say bromance?

By Brad Brooks
5 min read

Come hell or high water: Inside the migrant caravan

A day in the life of the migrant caravan as it ploughs ahead on its gruelling journey to the US

By Delphine Schrank
6 min read

Teflon Trump: He pins bombs on others, yet keeps support

His supporters are unmoved amid Republican-Democrat blame game following the arrest of suspected bomb plotter

By Ben Riley-Smith
3 min read

Oh my gored! Critics have a beef with bull kung fu

While many Chinese are crying animal cruelty, bull-wrestling martial artists say it's nothing of the sort

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

It’s, like, so hard on the young, says Meghan

The Duchess of Sussex opened up about the pressures of social media during a conversation with mental health advocates in New Zealand. She talked to people supporting others in the area of mental health about the impact that unrealistic images on the likes of Instagram and Twitter can have on youngsters. “Young people find it so difficult,” she said. “You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe it’s a filter. Your judgement of your sense of self-worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes.” The Duke added: “Issues stemming from social media and gaming are a major problem for young people in the UK — and globally. "Fingers are often pointed at the parents but that’s not always fair as they too need to be educated about these things.” – © The Daily Telegraph

The Twittersphere is not going to like this

Twitter is planning to remove the ability to "like" tweets in a radical move that aims to improve the quality of debate on the social network. Founder Jack Dorsey admitted at a Twitter event last week that he was not a fan of the heart-shaped button and that it would be getting rid of it "soon". The feature was introduced in 2015 to replace "favourites", a star-shaped button that allowed people to bookmark tweets to read later. Similar buttons to "like" or show appreciation of people's status updates, pictures and videos have become a central function of every popular social media service since Facebook introduced them. But psychologists have suggested that they may be causing social media addiction among users who crave endorsement from their peers. It has led to a trend where young people will tweet or share something on Instagram and Facebook but will delete it if they have not received enough "likes" shortly after. - © The Daily Telegraph

Now she’s throne it all away

A Japanese princess gave up her royal status on Monday as she tied the knot with a commoner in a Tokyo shrine. Princess Ayako, 28, the youngest daughter of a late cousin of Emperor Akihito, married Kei Moriya, a 32-year-old employee of Nippon Yusen, the shipping company. The wedding took place in the serene confines of Meiji Jingu, a shrine surrounded by forests in central Tokyo which is dedicated to the spirit of the bride’s great grandfather, Emperor Meiji. The event clearly contrasted with the recent spate of royal weddings in the UK which went hand in hand with parades of celebrity guests, analysis of designer dresses and intense media coverage. In contrast, the Japanese couple exchanged rings and read out a wedding oath during a private Shinto ceremony reportedly attended by about 30 people, including family. – © The Daily Telegraph

Trump aims chirp at Twitter

US President Donald Trump jhas accused Twitter of targeting his account on the social media network, but did not offer any evidence, and suggested the company’s actions could be a sign of bias. Twitter has deleted millions of suspicious accounts after it and other social media services were used in misinformation campaigns attempting to influence voters in the 2016 US presidential race and other elections. Last week it disclosed it removed about 10 million tweets it thought were the work of Russian and Iranian government-backed influence operations. Trump, an avid user of the online network, has previously criticised Twitter and other technology companies even as he has defended his prolific tweets as allowing him to communicate directly with people to bypass channels such as traditional news media outlets. – Reuters

Sinead changes her tune … again

Outspoken Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada. Having adopted the name Magda Davitt last year, the 51-year-old is now called Shuhada Davitt. She also changed her Twitter avatar to a black-and-white image of the Nike Swoosh logo and the slogan: “Wear a hijab. Just do it.” “This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim. This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey,” she tweeted. “All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant. I will be given (another) new name. It will be Shuhada.” Her Twitter account says the singer now lives in “Direland”. – AFP

Dystopian film is a box-office nightmare

London Fields, the much-delayed adaptation of Martin Amis’s 1989 dystopian novel set a new box office record over the weekend. Unfortunately, it wasn't a record to boast about. The film, directed by Matthew Cullen, scored the worst US box office opening in a decade, having made an estimated $160,000 from 613 cinemas. Made on a budget of $8m, the film has a starry cast of Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Theo James and Cara Delevigne (with Johnny Depp, Heard's ex-husband, in a cameo). It is also the second worst opening for a wide release, defined by website Box Office Mojo as any film playing in 600 or more cinemas. – © The Daily Telegraph
A migrant couple from Honduras, en route to the US, kisses while bathing in Mexico.
A KISS-OFF TO DANGER A migrant couple from Honduras, en route to the US, kisses while bathing in Mexico.
Image: Reuters/Adrees Latif

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In an upside-down world, how do you find your feet?

Reasons beyond fundamental valuation metrics now cause unusually big moves in global stock markets

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Anglo’s vow to spend R6bn is great, but how much is new?

Fabulous numbers told a good story about Anglo staying in SA, but some would have been spent anyway

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Ecotourism in SA is a drag, but Botswana is killing it

Wilderness Holdings says all geographical segments – other than SA – reported increases in segment profit

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Going to the bogs down south and finding ‘Maggot Brain’

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
5 min read

Lula eclipse in Brazil: How art makes sense of political angst

The São Paulo Bienal opened last month in the lead-up to a dark moment in Brazil’s democratic history

By Lara Koseff
7 min read

Finding an illicit spark in the old Tinder, are you?

Some 25% of users on the dating app come with many, sometimes hidden, strings attached. Take the Sunday Times sex ...

By Eleanor Steafel
8 min read

The year the royals popped into SA for a nice cup of tea

An extract from ‘The Last Hurrah’, about the 1947 visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and family

By Graham Viney
8 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Crocked neck or not, Schickerling’s bok for it

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Kevin with a shout to win elite eight-man ATP World Finals

Anderson has guaranteed a world ranking inside the top 10 at the end of 2018, regardless of coming results 

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Thobela fails to hold onto WBA crown

Today in SA sports history: October 30

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read