Tuesday, December 18 2018

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

From Trump to Malema, this is the age of the hypocrite

As he shouts pay back the money but finds a cushy lifestyle for himself, Malema is echoing a global trend

Justice Malala
Columnist
4 min read

You can bank on that nasty early-debit-order surprise

Banks do it every December to catch the early pay day - but not everyone gets their salary early

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Have yourself a scary little Christmas: What our leaders want from Santa

They may have been naughty not nice, but, hey, everyone can dream, can't they?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

You could be driving into a Christmas nightmare

A labour dispute affecting driver's licences means 90,000 motorists are headed for a nasty surprise at a roadblock

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read


SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Stunt woman who lost her arm sues for R40m

She claims several people were to blame for horror accident while filming a scene from 'Resident Evil'

Nico Gous
Journalist
3 min read

Cops favour the well-off, court rules

Equality Court says allocation of police resources discriminates against black and poor people in Cape townships

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
3 min read

Zille meant to cause harm with colonialism tweets: protector

The Western Cape premier's remarks were 'likely to cause racial tensions, divisions and violence in SA'

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
3 min read

It’s the end of the innuendo: PC brigade have it in for panto

Accusations of cultural insensitivity mean it could be curtains for the traditional Christmas pantomime

By Peter Stanford
6 min read

New artist on the block: Gabrielle Goliath

Her work around gender-based violence and other issues has led to a Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts Award

By Tymon Smith
4 min read

Did you really send that nonsense to a pal? You might be a sleep-texter

It's a form of parasomnia, and it's a wake-up call to those who are hopelessly hooked on their phones

By Tymon Smith
1 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

A figure of Father Christmas using a parachute is seen among Christmas decorations and lights on the facade of a house in San Gwann, Malta.
purple passage A figure of Father Christmas using a parachute is seen among Christmas decorations and lights on the facade of a house in San Gwann, Malta.
Image: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Six things you need to know

Now Meghan’s dad is begging the Queen for help

Meghan Markle's father directly appealed to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday to intercede and end his estrangement from his daughter, the wife of Prince Harry. When asked what message he had for the Queen, Thomas Markle said: ‘I would appreciate anything she can do and I would think that she would want to resolve the family problems. All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and they should all be together certainly around the holidays.’ Markle said that Meghan had not sent him a Christmas card but that he was hopeful that they could at some time build their relationship. - Reuters

Geoffrey Rush faces new sex abuse claims …

Geoffrey Rush on Monday faced fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour by an actress. Australian actress Yael Stone, who stars in ‘Orange is the New Black’, told The New York Times that Rush had danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, when she starred opposite him in a theatre production in 2010 and 2011. She also says he used a mirror to watch her as she showered, and sent her erotic text messages. Rush said in a statement that Stone's allegations were ‘incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context … However, I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress.’ - AFP

… as top star denies she slept with Weinstein

Jennifer Lawrence has been forced to deny having a sexual relationship with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein after the claims emerged in court documents. The star is referred to in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by an anonymous actress in Los Angeles. The claim alleges Weinstein pushed the woman to the ground and forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2013. According to the legal documents, Weinstein asked the claimant: ‘Do you even want to be an actress?’ before adding: ‘I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is, she has just won an Oscar.’ In response Lawrence released a statement denying that she had ever slept with Winstein. - The Sunday Telegraph

Road toll mounts after bloody weekend

The festive season road accident death toll is mounting across the country. Three people died instantly in an accident in the Eastern Cape on Monday morning, with more than a dozen injured. Eastern Cape traffic deputy director Charles Bramwell said the accident occurred between Cradock and Tarkastad at about 6am. A minibus was travelling from Cape Town to Mthatha when the driver lost control and the vehicle when down a small cliff. In Limpopo, three people - including two children - were killed when a Toyota Fortuner collided head-on with a minibus on the N1 southbound near the Mantsole Traffic Control Centre. Four people were killed following a collision involving two taxis on the R61 between Beaufort West in the Western Cape and Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape, according to Traffic SA. Two of the patients died in hospital.

R5k slap on wrist for drug-fraud doc

A Polokwane doctor who defrauded the government to stock up on morphine and HIV drugs has been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with the option of a R10,000 fine, of which half is suspended for five years. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation said Dr Adenkule Ganiyu Adefila, 46, was convicted for fraud and forgery by the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court this month. He was arrested at a local clinic in Rethabile, near Polokwane in Limpopo, by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit in July 2016 after investigations revealed he had fraudulently used the department of health’s letterhead to buy morphine drugs at the chemist using another doctor’s stamped prescriptions. During his arrest, 35 bottles containing antiretroviral tablets, a stamp belonging to another doctor and implements belonging to the department of health were seized from his residence and presented as evidence during trial.

Body found in dam

The body of a man, believed to have been in his 40s, was found floating in a dam on an estate in Centurion, south of Pretoria, on Monday morning, paramedics said. “When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 11am, they found SAPS search and rescue as well as the SAPS divers on the scene. The SAPS divers were busy retrieving the body from the dam. “Once the body was recovered, paramedics found that they could do nothing for the man and he was declared dead at the scene,” said ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen. “The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known to our paramedics,” she added.

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Boks to go bigger than Brighton in Japan

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

At least SA soccer doesn’t have a Raheem Sterling problem

There's a lot wrong with SA football, but nothing close to the filthy, racist saga surrounding the Man City player

Telford Vice
Journalist
9 min read