Tuesday, November 27 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

About time! The media should've told Malema to EFF off long ago

He's never hidden his disdain for a free press, and now the damage is already done

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

Top SA cop shunted out of Interpol race ‘to appease Russians’

Veteran taken off list for agency presidency to make way for Russian contender, in bid to smooth relations, sources say

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Courtroom carnage: Cop lives up to chilling Facebook motto

As the 16 days of activism against gender violence begins a policeman's wife and her brother are gunned down in court

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

Guptas corrupt? The witnesses were all fibbing, says Manyi

But he appears confused when grilled about The New Age getting a lion’s share of government advertising

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Dating: Cradle of Humankind cracks missing link

It took 13 years, but now scientists are able to date the caves at the fossil-rich site

Tanya Farber
Journalist
3 min read

Egging on the future: Scientist creates ‘gene-edited’ babies

He claims to have changed the genes of twin girls to make them immune to HIV infection. Is this good or bad?

By AFP
3 min read

Buzz kill: GM mosquito project does more harm than good

Scheme that released millions of engineered insects on an island cancelled after it turns out to be a money-gobbling dud

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Long-lost dad to finally face the furnace after funeral feud

Retired businessman Kenneth Parr’s remains to be released to estranged family four months after his death

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
1 min read

Outrage as most needy vanish from housing list

Probe into how names of vulnerable people mysteriously disappeared from list of beneficiaries in housing project

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Do we know wwwhere it's going to? Berners-Lee thinks he does

In an exclusive interview, the 'father of the web' gives his thoughts on his world-changing invention

By Ellie Zolfagharidard
7 min read

Get ova it: Having 'only' one child isn’t a curse - but busybodies are

To the well-meaning people who ask if we are 'thinking' about having another: I assure you, I have no regrets

By Bryony Gordon
4 min read

Are we justified in feeling stressed, or have we just gone soft?

We're working fewer hours than at any time in modern history, but modern life does pose its own existential challenges

By Zoe Strimpel
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

Tit-for-tat Malema to lay charges against Pravin

EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Monday that he would be opening a criminal case against public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan. In a tweet from his personal account, Malema made a string of accusations against Gordhan. "Opening a criminal case against Pravin Gordhan tomorrow 27 November 2018, 11am at Brooklyn Police Station," said a tweet from his account. "Charges will include money laundering, corruption, racketeering, fraud, contravention of Intelligence Act and Prevention & Combating of Corrupt Activities Act and perjury," it added. Malema's move comes just hours after Gordhan laid charges of crimen injuria, incitement of violence and criminal defamation against the EFF leader. Gordhan laid the charges at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria. This came after statements made by Malema last week outside the state capture inquiry in Johannesburg where scores of EFF members protested while Gordhan testified before the Zondo commission.

‘Taxi gang’ racked up thousands in fines

An alleged "taxi gang" implicated in racketeering - which offers a service ferrying pupils to matric balls - also racked up numerous traffic violations. Rudi Lakay, owner of R Lakay Passenger Services Trading, and 13 employees appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of racketeering and drug dealing. It has since emerged that Lakay and his deputy, Ike Collins, allegedly paid "large amounts of money" to settle traffic fines incurred over the course of the taxi service’s five-year history. The fines related to not stopping at stop streets and traffic lights, reckless driving and speeding. Their case was postponed to early February 2019 but Hendricks said the lengthy stay in prison until then would undermine their constitutional rights.

Man spotted on CCTV held for Irishman’s murder

A 24-year-old Congolese man appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on charges of murder and robbery on Monday in connection with the death of Irishman John Curran, 60. Curran's body was found in his Buitengracht Street flat in Cape Town on November 7 after he was stabbed to death. Curran was in Cape Town as part of his work for the non-profit Mellon Educate which helps governments to improve the quality of education at under-resourced schools. After releasing images of CCTV footage - taken inside a lift and dated November 6 - police arrested Mitspa Mzakomba Onyoka on Voortrekker Road on Friday, November 23. He was wearing boxer shorts and sandals as he entered the dock on Monday and asked magistrate Greg Jacobs for a French. It is understood he was arrested at his cleaning job in Voortrekker Road. The accused is expected to make a formal bail application on December 3.

MPL in coffin outside E Cape premier’s office

After spending the weekend sleeping in a coffin in front of Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle’s office in Bhisho, ANC MPL Christian Martin will now take his plight to the party’s provincial headquarters in King William’s Town. The sleep-in by Martin and Khoisan chiefs Crawford Fraser and Cora Hennings was an attempt to highlight the gang violence in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas. It follows a protest at the Bethelsdorp police station on Thursday, where they planted 78 crosses – representing the number of people killed in gang violence in the Bay between April 1 and October 30. At least six more have died since then.

Working dads now get parental leave

Employees who were not entitled to maternity leave before will now on be entitled to 10 days’ paid parental leave to be paid out of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. This follows the signing of the Labour Laws Amendment Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. In terms of the act an employee who is a parent not covered by maternity leave will be entitled to 10 consecutive days’ parental leave when their child is born or when an adoption order is granted. It also enables the adoptive parents of a child under two years old to take adoption leave of two months and two weeks consecutively. If there are two adoptive parents‚ one of them is entitled to adoption leave and the other employee is entitled to parental leave of 10 days. The same provision is made for commissioning parents in a surrogate motherhood agreement.

Frequently raped 12-year-old now pregnant

Three men stand accused of having raped a 12-year-old girl repeatedly since 2017. Paternity tests will be conducted after she was discovered to be pregnant. Police arrested two of the suspects, who are 56 and 61, at Pampierstad in the Northern Cape on Friday. On Sunday a 20-year-old was arrested at Welkom in the Free State after a police manhunt. Police spokesperson Brig Mohale Ramatseba said: "The three suspects are accused of having abused the girl on different occasions. It is reported the girl was raped since 2017 and she is reported to have been impregnated." Paternity tests would determine which man impregnated the girl. The suspects were expected to appear in the Kgomotso Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
A participant touches a rainbow flag during Queer Pride March in New Delhi.
KEEPING THE RAINBOW AFLOAT A participant touches a rainbow flag during Queer Pride March in New Delhi.
Image: Reuters/Anushree Fadnavis

VISUAL SIDE

CCTV footage of a woman teaching three children how to steal from an unsuspecting customer at a Steers branch is going viral on social media. In the video, a little boy fails to snatch the customer’s bag, but an older child then sneaks under a chair and grabs it, before leaving. It is unclear when and where the incident took place.


THE WORLD

The news you don't normally get to hear

North Korea is emerging from its time warp and, boy, is it in for a shock

Northerners are insatiably curious about the outside world, but can they discard the past and reconcile with the South?

By Nicola Smith
6 min read

Bow-wielding tribe repel bid to retrieve missionary’s body

Police boat flees after standoff, anthropologists roped in to help plot next move

By Saptarshi Ray
1 min read

New kids on the blocks: Lego is the new mindfulness

First it was colouring-in books, now adults are turning to plastic bricks to unwind

By Nick Harding
4 min read

Tracking your movements: Space-age loos check poo for disease

FitLoos will monitor bodily waste for health problems, saving valuable data that is ordinarily flushed away

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

We’d better bring a bug appetite to the future

Pasta prepared with mealworms raised in your own home? The unusual dinner idea could soon be a reality if Hong Kong entrepreneur Katharina Unger has her way. The 28-year-old is the founder of Livin Farms, a start-up that has been making insect incubators since 2016, and is now working on a compact model to cultivate mealworms it says is suitable for use in kitchens and biology classrooms. “In 2050 we’re going to be nine billion people on the planet, so we have to find new solutions to feed ourselves, and to feed the next generations”, Unger said. “Insects offer a really great alternative to current meat production because they can be grown on food waste, with very little space, with very little water, and they taste great.” While many people squirm at the prospect of eating insects, they are common fare in countries such as Thailand and China. – Reuters

Religious intolerance – there’s an app for that

Indonesia’s national human rights agency said on Monday it was concerned about the launch of an app by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office which allows the public to report religious beliefs they consider “misguided”. Indonesia has no state religion but has traditionally required citizens to register as Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist or Confucian, though in 2017 the constitutional court affirmed the rights of faiths outside official religions after a challenge by some indigenous faiths. Nonetheless, there remain concerns about rising intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country as well as the use of strict blasphemy laws against minorities and the targeting of Islamic sects such as the Ahmadiyyah. The “Smart Pakem” app features a list of groups including Ahmadiyyah as well as Gafatar, which the country’s highest Islamic council considers a deviant sect. Some of the groups such as Gafatar have been outlawed. – Reuters

Race complaint signals Google problem

Google reportedly paid £4,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit in the UK earlier this year. The Guardian reported that a man of Moroccan descent brought a case against the technology giant after he claimed he was racially profiled when collecting data on Wi-Fi strength in shopping centres in Europe. The man, who chose to use the pseudonym Ahmed Rashid, said he worked for a contracting firm that carried out work for Google’s UK business. Rashid was told to measure the strength of Wi-Fi signals in shopping centres to improve Google’s mapping app. Google Maps uses Wi-Fi data in malls to help users find their way, even when signal strength is poor. Rashid claimed he was frequently harassed and racially profiled when carrying out the work. He claimed he was not provided with proof of his work for Google and was instructed not to identify himself to staff in stores when measuring their Wi-Fi. Google denied that contractors were told to hide the purpose of their work. – © The Daily Telegraph

This might just be where Elon belongs

Elon musk has declared that there is a "70% chance" he will personally visit Mars within his lifetime despite a "good chance" of death. The SpaceX founder said travel to Mars might be possible within seven years for a few hundred thousand dollars per ticket, saying: "I'm thinking about moving there." Musk, who endured multiple scandals this year over his drug use, and stewardship of his electric car company, Tesla, has been working towards colonising the red planet since 2001, believing it to be essential insurance against a global disaster on Earth. Asked by the American news website Axios whether a Mars colony would simply be "an escape hatch for the rich," Mr Musk said: "No! Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than Earth. Nevertheless, he would go without hesitation: "There's lots of people who climb mountains. Why do they climb mountains? People die on Mount Everest all the time." – © The Daily Telegraph

Woman shamed as camera tricked by bus

Chinese police have admitted to wrongly shaming a famous businesswoman after a facial recognition system designed to catch jaywalkers mistook an advert on the side of a bus for her actual face. Dong Mingzhu, president of Chian's biggest air conditioning maker, had her image flashed up on a public display screen in the city of Ningbo, near Shanghai, with a caption saying she had illegally crossed the street on a red light. But Ningbo's facial recognition cameras had actually only caught an advert featuring her face on the side of a passing bus – a fact quickly spotted by Chinese citizens, who shared pictures of the alert on the Weibo social network. Ningbo traffic police admitted their mistake, saying the alert had been "immediately deleted afterwards" and that technicians had upgraded the system. – © The Daily Telegraph

Home life is murder for women

More than half the women who were murdered worldwide last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home “the most dangerous place for a woman”, a new UN study says. In statistics released on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculated that of the 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, about 50,000 (58%) were committed by the victims’ intimate partners or family members. About 30,000 (34%) were committed by intimate partners alone. “This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know,” the Vienna-based body said. The vast majority (about 80%) of homicide victims worldwide were men, but “women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes,” said UNODC chief Yury Fedotov. - AFP
An EasyJet aircraft flies past the Rock in Gibraltar.
A CRESTFALLEN SKY An EasyJet aircraft flies past the Rock in Gibraltar.
Image: Reuters/Jon Nazca

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Why the stock market will kick your butt every single time

Getting rich in the market is only possible to the same extent that it’s possible for you to become a pro golfer

By Michel Pireu
6 min read

Broke consumers add to Tiger Brands’ listeriosis woes

The deadly outbreak only aggravated a difficult trading environment for SA’s biggest food producer

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Climbdown looms for union as members mutter about strike

Why Amcu would jeopardise its members’ bonuses and spoil their families’ holiday season is unclear

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: Special times called for a special band

A fortnightly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
6 min read

BOOK EXTRACT: ‘Lives of Great Men’

A deeply personal memoir filled with contemporary anecdotes of same-gender-loving Africans

By Chike Frankie Edozien
14 min read

Africa, where art thou?

Works by top African artists go on auction at Zeitz Museum of Contempoary Art Africa in Cape Town

Sipokazi Fokazi
Journalist
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Show us the Mali, say high-flying Banyana

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

Thank you, Gareth Thomas, for showing how a real man deals with prejudice

Response to gay hate crimes perhaps shows us a better way, of progress rather than retribution

Telford Vice
Journalist
6 min read

Blasts from the past: Sweden downed thanks to Siyabonga

Today in SA sports history: November 27

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read