Friday, November 2 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Aunty Pat is finally ‘free’ – but is that freedom with an EFF?

Now that she's completed her 'long walk to freedom', the very special Patricia de Lille can only go up

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Sex-pest plague: SA is crawling with wayward teachers

The Parktown Boys sex pest is but one of hundreds of teachers in six provinces rapped for serious offences

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

We’ve come a bloody long way from rejecting black donors

The number of black blood donors has grown almost six-fold from the days of racial profiling

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

‘Hands off Vukela’: Union backs Nkandla-linked DG

Nehawu asks Ramaphosa to step in and prevent the removal of Public Works boss

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
5 min read

Make tough calls and don’t screw it up, world leaders tell SA

Former British and American heads of state warn that hard decisions are needed to turn the economic tide in SA

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Fear and farming in Mankone Village: what monster is this?

Unknown animal tears into livestock, but EC farmer feels he’s being left to fend for himself

By Bhongo Jacob
3 min read

Magistrate who stole kids' inheritance finally struck off roll

He's been practising for 11 years despite being convicted of depriving them of the little they were left by their father

By Tania Broughton
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Joburg's glorious immigrants are being killed off

It’s sadly appropriate that they’re the target of another foreign arrival, yet I do not despair for the trees

4 min read

We’ve been franked by trumped-up free speech

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
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

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Key De Lille ally Herron quits council and DA...

A member of Patricia de Lille’s City of Cape Town mayoral committee quit the council and the DA on Thursday. Brett Herron‚ who was in charge of transport and urban development‚ said he was following the former mayor and seven other councillors out of the DA administration that runs Cape Town. Herron‚ who joined the party when the Independent Democrats merged with the party‚ was reported to the police on Monday by council speaker Dirk Smit. Criminal charges against him and De Lille were recommended by law firm Bowman Gilfillan‚ which spent 10 months investigating alleged misconduct and corruption in the city Transport and Urban Development Authority. At a news conference in Salt River‚ Herron lashed out at a “white cabal” in the DA which he accused of blocking the sale of the old market in the suburb for affordable housing.

...as Plato sworn in as her replacement

Dan Plato will be elected as Cape Town mayor next week after being sworn in as a councillor on Thursday. Plato‚ 58‚ was sworn in by speaker Dirk Smit the day after Patricia de Lille vacated the mayor’s office. The former Western Cape community safety MEC was greeted at the bottom of the Civic Centre steps by striking MyCiTi bus workers and at the top by members of the DA caucus in the city council. He vowed to make basic service delivery his urgent priority‚ said clean governance and transparency would be the hallmark of his time in office‚ and suggested he would reshuffle the mayoral committee. The DA caucus has seven vacancies after the resignation of six proportional representation councillors and the Bonteheuwel ward councillor in sympathy with De Lille.

Alleged ‘bipolar’ Dros rapist sent for evaluation

The man accused of raping a child in a bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Silverton appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The prosecution and defence argued it was in the interests of justice for him to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for observation. Legal Aid attorney Riaan du Plessis said there was a history of mental illness in the man’s family‚ that the accused had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had undergone treatment for substance abuse as a teenager. Prosecutor Sanet Jordaan also advised the court that some of their investigations were incomplete‚ including a toxicology report on a substance found on the accused after the incident. The man will remain in custody and be moved to the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria for observation until the case resumes on November 28. The man cannot be named until he has entered a plea.

Cops probe tobacco-shop drugs

Police have launched an inquiry into unknown “drugs” that sent 14 young adults and children to hospital on Sunday. The substances had been mainly found in Pretoria West‚ Pretoria Gardens‚ Daspoort and Hercules. “It is alleged that they buy these products over the counter at tobacco shops‚ tuck shops and adult shops‚ then mix it with cigarette tobacco or roll their own smokes‚” police spokesperson captain Augustina Selepe has said. The police had started visiting the shops and asked the owners to stop selling them. The investigation would be spread across Gauteng. Selepe said all those admitted to hospital have been released.

Shootout on Durban’s M13 highway

A murder suspect crashed into another car during a dramatic shootout with police on a busy Durban highway on Thursday morning. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said officers from the Shongweni K9 Unit spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle driven by a wanted murder suspect in the Pinetown CBD. "Police chased the vehicle and the suspect allegedly opened fire at police officers. The suspect’s vehicle crashed into a civilian’s vehicle along the M13‚" Zwane said. No one was injured in the shooting. The suspect was arrested and a firearm recovered.

‘Church rivalry behind Zuurbekom shooting’

Police have confirmed that a man was wounded in a shooting emanating from church rivalry in Zuurbekom‚ Randfontein‚ west of Johannesburg‚ on Thursday. Netcare911 paramedics said the man was shot in the shoulder and that unconfirmed reports were that members of the public were being held hostage inside the church. "There is no hostage situation at the moment but it is believed that the incident occurred as a result of rivalry between two groups of churches‚" said police spokesperson captain Mavela Masondo. Two other people were injured when stones were hurled at their vehicles near the church‚ Netcare911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said. Several vehicles had been damaged.
A student dressed as Jesus Christ protests to demand more government resources to finance public education in Bogota, Colombia.
Lord on a board A student dressed as Jesus Christ protests to demand more government resources to finance public education in Bogota, Colombia.
Image: Reuters/Luisa Gonzalez

VISUAL SIDE

A man accused of raping a girl in a Dros restaurant appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on November 1. The prosecution and defence both argued that it was in the interest of justice for him to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for observation.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

If the Germans can come, why not the Rhodesians?

Let relatives of soldiers from the former Rhodesia honour their Great War fallen at the Cenotaph

By Michael Ashcroft
4 min read

Dutch policemen pound the beat to counter Islamic State

Old-fashioned police work the reason the Netherlands has not yet seen a major terror attack, say officers

By James Rothwell
2 min read

Baby face of crime is a gun-toting little terror in a Rolls

Diminutive teen's crime spree began when he was 11 and included drugs offences, assault and vandalism

By Johannes Lowe
2 min read

Prince of wails: I warned them about plastic, says Charles

He says he red-flagged plastic and other waste 40 years ago, but he was 'considered old-fashioned'

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

God gets them out of the army

South Korea’s supreme court has ruled that moral and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse the country’s mandatory military service, in a case that has implications for hundreds of conscientious objectors. About 65 years after the end of the Korean War, nearly every able-bodied South Korean male between the ages of 18 and 35 must still complete around two years of military service. Anyone refusing has usually ended up in prison for 18 months, with more than 19,000 conscientious objectors jailed since 1950, most of them Jehovah’s Witnesses. But the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a conscientious objector on Thursday, months after a landmark constitutional court ruling that authorities had to provide an alternative to joining the military. At the centre of the case is Jehovah’s Witness Oh Seung-hun, who was called up in 2013 but refused. – AFP

AI nips violence in the buddha

An AI system is being trialled in Norway and Slovakia to see if it can predict and prevent religious violence. The software, created by researchers at Oxford University, is modelled on human society to study why xenophobic and religious tensions emerge between different groups. "Our study uses something called multi-agent AI to create a psychologically realistic model of a human, for example – how do they think, and particularly how do we identify with groups?" said Justin Lane, one of the paper's co-authors. The findings showed the AI models had increased levels of anxiety when members from outside the group with dramatically opposed views overwhelmed them. In 20% of cases, throwing together agents with different belief systems generated violence. The AI studied behaviour during the Northern Ireland Troubles. It was also fed data on the devastating Gujurat riots in India in 2002 which led to the deaths of 2,000 people. – © The Daily Telegraph

Hold onto your hearts, speed freaks

Traffic police in Estonia are hoping to stop speeding drivers in their tracks by handing them organ donor cards as well as fines. With people often driving long distances and an extensive network of speed cameras, Estonia is near the top of European speeding statistics, with 12-15% of drivers fined annually, according to Estonian Road Administration figures. Now police are handing out cards to drivers caught speeding with information about organ donorship and how to sign up to show them the risks of the road. “We do not expect the campaign to increase the number of organ donors as we certainly hope not to have more deaths, but we hope it will make people think a little more,” Andres Sinimeri, head of the Parnu police station in southern Estonia said. Police said they expected the campaign to last about a month. - Reuters

Pilots pie-eyed in the sky

Japan Airlines has apologised after one of its co-pilots was arrested in London for being drunk, delaying its Tokyo-bound flight, a day after another Japanese carrier reported delays blamed on a hungover pilot. JAL executives said the co-pilot cleared an in-house breath test but aroused the suspicion of a bus driver taking him to the plane from Heathrow airport. After a second breath test showed that he had consumed "excessive alcohol", the co-pilot was arrested by British police and required to have a blood test, the company said. The plane departed London after a delay of one hour and nine minutes. "The company sincerely apologises to the passengers and to all affected by the employee's actions," JAL. A day before, All Nippon Airways said a hungover pilot had caused a number of flight delays. The man had called in sick after a night of drinking, forcing the airline to delay five flights affecting 619 passengers. – AFP

This might give Helen Zille ideas

The army general tapped by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro to be defence minister has said snipers should be deployed to take down armed criminal suspects. His comments came after the far-right governor-elect of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, was criticised for announcing he would deploy police snipers to shoot suspects even if officers' lives were not in danger. “It’s a necessary reaction to the ostentatious display of weapons of war, often in the hands of young people,” retired general Augusto Heleno told Radio Nacional. "Police in Rio are very brave … but they need another kind of support." Rio de Janeiro's impoverished "favela" neighborhoods are regular scenes of combat-style confrontations between heavily armed drug traffickers and security forces. – AFP

You’re drunk and not in Kansas anymore

Police say a baggage handler told them he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago. American Airlines says the Piedmont Airlines employee was working American Flight 363 on Saturday when the Boeing 737 left Kansas City International Airport with the handler in a heated and pressurised cargo hold. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says he was found when the flight landed about an hour later at Chicago's O'Hare airport. The spokesman says the handler told police he was intoxicated and had fallen asleep. No charges were filed, and he was sent back to Kansas City. American says it is grateful the handler wasn't injured and it's reviewing what happened. The handler's name wasn't released. - AP
Recovered belongings believed to be from the Indonesian plane crash are laid out at a Jakarta port.
RETRACING THE FOOTSTEPS OF DISASTER Recovered belongings believed to be from the Indonesian plane crash are laid out at a Jakarta port.
Image: Reuters/Edgar Su

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

‘If you go it may be trouble ... if you stay it may be double’

Liberty has just launched an alternative global portfolio but you must have the stomach to sit out the ride

By Londiwe Buthelezi
3 min read

Smart move by Sanlam to speed up transformation

‘Clients want the guy handling the money they are allocating to Sanlam to be a black portfolio manager’

By Londiwe Buthelezi
1 min read

Wide open prairies of the US are calling for Cartrack

Asia Pacific quickly became the second-largest market segment for Cartrack. Now it’s gunning for bigger game

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Netflix faces flak for going straight to the big screen

Likely Oscar contender among the cinema releases that will only be streamed up to a month later

By © The Daily Telegraph
1 min read

Grant takes Mickey out of Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’

Star plays a British gossip journalist who gets entangled between drug lords and a dynasty of US billionaires 

By Elizabeth MacLeod
1 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Eddie Jones tries out rookie back row on Boks

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Oh England, you lionhearts ... come on, let’s have it

There is a sense of always wanting to put one over on the rich boys. But SA’s interest is deeper than that

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read

Blast from the past: Mitchell defends his title for sixth time

Today in SA sports history: November 2

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read