Tuesday, October 6 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Vlakfontein: Dads just want to know why their children were killed

One of the suspects in the seven murders allegedly hoodwinked the family with a fake identity

By Naledi Shange and Nonkululeko Njilo
5 min read

SAPS: We need ex-cops to help in fight against deadly crimes

SAPS wants to lure 500 former police officers back into the force ... but will they come?

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

At last! Contract that crippled KZN health is dumped

Dodgy deal meant state hospitals haven't got new life-saving equipment since 2015

By Tania Broughton
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Oom, 78, refused to budge from home he didn't own

It took two years and a court case to prise him from the Christian retirement cottage that belonged to someone else

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Justice still fails people of colour, says victim of 'careless racism'

Equality Court won't make former yoga studio manager cough up more in 'racism' row

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
3 min read

SA studies have led to global use of new TB wonder drug

We were way ahead of the curve by testing bedaquiline - now, patients are four times more likely to be cured

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

Driven mad: ‘They gave my licence to somebody else’

Limpopo man is at his wits' end as it appears his driver's licence has been issued, just not to him

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
3 min read

Solitary confinement: The apartheid torture that still haunts SA's psyche

A group of experts is set to explore the true damage of the punishment that still lingers in the form of 'segregation'

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Nat dread: Plato marks one giant leap backwards for DA

Appointing a former National Party foot soldier as mayor of Cape Town leaves a Nazi taste in the mouth

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Bowing to the MeToo madness is landing us all in the Apu

The canning of The Simpsons grocer is the latest decree by the PC dictatorship on what you can and cannot say

By Zoe Strimpel
4 min read

Entrenched legacy: Why, 100 years on, Wilfred Owen matters more than ever

Andrew Motion pays tribute to the soldier who documented the horrors of the Great War

By Luke Mintz
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

AfriForum targets ‘money-wasting’ health bosses

AfriForum has levelled its sights on the national health department‚ insisting it will lay criminal charges against provincial health administrators. The group said on Monday the move was part of a national campaign against the “misappropriation of taxpayers’ money” in the health sector. As such‚ charges would be laid against the nine heads of the provincial departments of health in terms of the Public Finance Management Act. They wasted “over R10bn during the 2016/2017 financial year”, AfriForum said, citing annual reports. “The first charges were submitted against the current Gauteng head of the department of health‚ Mkhululi Lukhele‚ who [is alleged to have] misappropriated R1.3bn in the 2017/18 financial year‚” it said. Monique Taute‚ for AfriForum‚ described the misuse of taxpayers’ money as a “national crisis”.

Gordhan tells SAA staff to ‘clean out the dirt’

For the loss-making SAA to become a viable business it needs to clean out all the corruption that has plagued it for years‚ Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. He told SAA staff at its offices in Kempton Park that nobody had come forward to point out corrupt officials at the airline. “Why are corrupt people being protected? Why are you not coming forward? If we want the airline to survive we have to clean out the dirt.” Gordhan's address comes after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni suggested last week at an investor conference in New York that the airline should be closed down. Gordhan appeared to be against the selling of the airline, which has struggled to generate a profit since 2011 and has come under fire for putting strain on the fiscus.

They’re out to get me, says Gigaba

Embattled Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has accused parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises of joining a “well-orchestrated political campaign” to vilify him. This comes after Business Day reported on Monday that a draft report on state capture at Eskom‚ compiled by the committee‚ names Gigaba as one of the government officials suspected of being “captured” and who should be criminally investigated. Speaking on the sidelines of a walkabout at the Lindela Repatriation Centre in Krugersdorp on Monday‚ Gigaba said he will consult his lawyers on dealing with the leak and the contents of the report. “This is part of a well-orchestrated campaign to vilify my name,” he said. Gigaba added that he hadn’t had a chance to look at the report nor to respond to it.

Man doing 218km/h was ‘late for golf’

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Sunday after he drove 218km/h on the N3 southbound between the Geldenhuys interchange and the Rand Airport turnoff in Johannesburg. Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said on Monday the man was travelling in a white Porsche Boxster. He was caught at about 6.10am by the high-speed unit. The driver " claimed that he was late for a golf game". Three other drivers were nabbed on the same freeway on Sunday. All four were detained at the Germiston police station on charges of reckless and negligent driving‚ but later released after each posted bail of R1‚000. They are expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court soon.

Mechanic ‘took ambulance‚ hit pedestrian’

A mechanic who allegedly took an ambulance without permission and then knocked over and killed a pedestrian is being investigated. Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the accident happened on Main Reef Road on Saturday afternoon. "The vehicle was at the workshop. So what happened was the driver of the vehicle was one of the mechanics of the workshop. The vehicle was not stolen. He [the mechanic] took the vehicle without any authorisation because the vehicle was taken there for repairs‚" said Mulaudzi. He said the mechanic was driving along Main Reef Road when he allegedly knocked over a man who was crossing the road. "The case is being investigated by the police and there are also investigations from our side‚" Mulaudzi said.

Serial rapist to spend at least 25 years in jail

A serial rapist, who preyed on small-in-stature teenagers in the Pinetown and Ntuzuma areas of Durban between 2010 and 2016, was sentenced to five life sentences and a further 68 years in prison on Monday. While all the sentences will run concurrently, the collective weight of all the sentences will be considered if and when Mthobisi Mthoba Mnyandu is considered for parole after 25 years behind bars. “He is a menace to society and he must be removed for a long period of time,” Durban High Court Judge Mokgere Masipa said. Mnyandu, who is in his early 30s, was convicted earlier this year by Masipa of eight counts of kidnapping, seven counts of rape and one of robbery. Mnyandu pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
A man prays under a large cross at a ‘Turn California Red’ rally that drew a small crowd of anti-fascist counterprotesters in Sacramento, California.
THAT’S HIS CROSS TO BEAR A man prays under a large cross at a ‘Turn California Red’ rally that drew a small crowd of anti-fascist counterprotesters in Sacramento, California.
Image: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage

VISUAL SIDE

A minibus taxi crashed through the doors of an Engen Quick Shop in Walter Sisulu Road, Khayelitsha, injuring two people on November 3.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

Midterm madness: White supremacists behind racist ‘robocalls’

Outrage over campaign as Trump makes final stops on whirlwind tour

By Julie Allen
2 min read

Apple won’t be peeled. Let’s cut through its seedy affairs

The tech giant’s refusal to reveal its sales is typical of Silicon Valley

By James Titcomb
4 min read

Brits browned off by white ‘racial imposter’ director

'African born-again' benefited from grant meant for 'theatre practitioners of colour'

By Martin Evans
3 min read

Force of nature: This is no grab-and-go animal show

David Attenborough talks about his spectacular new series and its environmental message

By Benji Wilson
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Indians reach their statue of limitations

Thousands of farmers and indigenous people are being pushed from their homes and losing their livelihoods as India races to build huge statues to lure tourists and appease voters, campaigners said. In a ceremony featuring fireworks and fighter jets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week inaugurated the world’s tallest statue, of independence hero Vallabhbhai Patel, which towers nearly twice the height of New York’s Statue of Liberty. The 182m steel and bronze “Statue of Unity” was built on the Narmada river in Gujarat for about $400m. Residents of nearby villages handed a petition to state officials on Monday demanding a halt to further development at the site, according to Rohit Prajapati, an activist who said they are also considering legal action. Hundreds of indigenous activists and farmers have protested at the site in the town of Kevadia, saying the statue is a wasteful extravagance in the midst of poverty, and that those displaced did not receive enough compensation. – Reuters

One giant bid for mankind

A commemorative plaque brought to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission went under the hammer for $468,500 in Texas, as part of a huge collection that once belonged to late astronaut Neil Armstrong, auctioneers said. The plaque includes a representation of the lunar module that touched down on the moon on July 20 1969. Once back on Earth, it was mounted on a wooden base before being offered to Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. The other two astronauts who took part in the mission, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, also each received one of these plaques. Armstrong’s two sons, Rick and Mark, decided to part with some of the very large collection of their father, who died in 2012. It includes more than 2,000 objects. - AFP

Suicides soar among Japanese youth

Suicides by Japanese youngsters have reached a 30-year-high, the education ministry said on Monday, even as overall suicide numbers have steadily declined over the past 15 years. A total of 250 children in elementary school, middle school and high school killed themselves in the fiscal year through March, up from 245 the previous year, according to a ministry survey. That was the highest since 1986, when 268 students took their own lives. Ministry official Noriaki Kitazaki said it is difficult to determine the factors behind the increase. Of the 250 cases, 33 children were reported to have had concerns about their future, 31 had family problems, 10 were bullied, while 140 were unknown. High school students in Japan typically graduate at 18. - Reuters

Teacup terror leaves 3 hurt

A giant teacup at a popular tourist attraction launched straight into a crowd of people and injured three when it came loose from a ride on Saturday night. The teacup struck people lining up to ride the fairground attraction at the event at Leeds Castle in Kent. On-site paramedics rushed to the scene to attend to three people who were injured after becoming trapped under the teacup, and a witness described seeing a girl with a neck injury who was violently shaking. Organisers at Leeds Castle said their on-site medical team treated three people for minor injuries and the ambulance service was not required. – © The Daily Telegraph

Fisherman lands baby boy

A fisherman in New Zealand pulled an 18-month-old baby from the sea alive after the boy went missing from his campsite where he was staying with his parents. Gus Hutt, who was fishing near a holiday park in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island thought he was pulling a doll from the ocean before the boy “let out a little squeak”. He said he was checking his lines when he spotted the baby float past."His face looked like porcelain with his short hair wetted down … If I hadn't been there, or if I had just been a minute later I wouldn't have seen him.” The parents said the baby, Malachi, had pulled up the zipper of their tent while they were sleeping and crawled under the flap before heading to the beach. © The Daily Telegraph

How on Earth was he going to flog this?

Greek police say they have arrested a 51-year-old Greek man in possession of a valuable archaeological artefact: the top of an ancient Ionic column. The arrest took place when police raided the suspect’s flat in the Athens area of Monastiraki, below the Acropolis. The recovered part of the Ionic column contains the volute — the spiral-shaped ornament characteristic of the Ionic and later styles — and the abacus — the weight-bearing flat slab at the top of the column — both in excellent condition. A preliminary examination by an expert said the column could date anywhere from the fifth to the second centuries BC and was probably stolen from the Acropolis or a nearby location. - AP
A woman looks at a ballerina effigy from an art installation on a frozen lake in Moscow.
SUSPENDED BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH A woman looks at a ballerina effigy from an art installation on a frozen lake in Moscow.
Image: Mladen Antonov/AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If love is blind, so is greed

Premature, undeserved and over-obvious wealth is easy to spot, yet we seldom question it. We’d rather join in

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Intriguing new Canadian flavour infuses AngloGold

New blood brings experience learnt as president of Barrick, for years the world’s biggest gold miner

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

With iron ore up and running, Afrimat eyes chrome and coal

Construction materials are in the doldrums, so miner has successfully diversified into bulk commodities

By Siseko Njobeni
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Bookmarks: The hellion who taught women not to be nice

A fortnightly column on books and writers

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

Andy Warhol looks a scream, hang him on your wall ...

Why did he fall from grace close to the end of his life?

By Mark O’Flaherty
12 min read

‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ ... on a movie set

Coming-of-age classic at last coming to the big screen 

By Elizabeth MacLeod
1 min read

Smates in Cape Town: It’s art, Jim, but not as we know it

Belgian street artist Bart Smeets (better known as Smates) starts his epic mural in Cape Town this week

By Staff reporter
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Ngidi and the lads sow some doubt in Oz

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Journalist
2 min read

Rugby will be stuck in the boondocks until refs get a grip

No penalty for Farrell’s lawless tackle was not the first time officials have produced a jaw-dropping clanger

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Lambie on debut kicks out Ireland

Today in SA sports history: November 6

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read