No tinsel or turkey for high-profile killers
If the likes of axe-killer Henri van Breda and murderous estate agent Jason Rohde want that Christmas feeling behind bars, they'll have to pay R75. And there'll be no turkey, trimmings or gifts - other than what they can buy from the jailhouse tuck shop. The only "extras" those on the wrong side of the law can expect over Christmas is security, with heightened controls by the not-so-jolly warders. Correctional services spokesperson Logan Maistry said that for thousands of orange-clad inmates, Christmas Day will be like any other day. "Inmates may spend R75 from their personal funds during December for one-off purchases like sweets, Christmas decorations, cold drinks and other such items from the correctional centre tuck shop. "There are neither special meals nor deviations." Visits will be closely supervised. "Visitors are allowed to purchase 'delicacies' if they're available. These delicacies should be used up . and they'll not be allowed to take delicacies to their cells."
Give dads a say in abortions: new party
A newly formed political party, Christians of South Africa (COSA), has called for the amendment of abortion laws to allow fathers to have a say in the case of abortions. “Young girls in this country are sequestered and misguided by their parents, through misconceptions or social ills and agree to terminate the life of an innocent child. This medical procedure is done without the opinion or involvement of the father, who constitutionally possesses the same rights and responsibility as the mother,” said the party’s interim president, Derick Masoana. Masoana said the call was made after the party structures based in Limpopo, Gauteng, the Free State and North West provinces deliberated on the “oppressive” abortion laws against males. “It cannot be that a father must take full responsibility when a child is born and mostly taken to the maintenance court while they do not have a say in whether or not the child must be aborted or kept,” he told TimesLIVE.
SA fugitive Prinsloo says he’s a ‘free man’
Dirk Prinsloo, an SA fugitive living in Belarus in eastern Europe who was arrested on sex charges here in 2002 alongside his then girlfriend Cezanne "Barbie" Visser, has told Rapport newspaper how he is free man now. Prinsloo is being sought by SA authorities after he was freed from a Belarus prison after being jailed for robbing a bank there in 2010. He fled to Belarus to avoid facing sex charges in SA. Rapport newspaper called him on his cellphone in Belarus last week, where he told the journalist he wanted to put an interview "on ice" for now. He did however say he was a "free man who can walk around freely". Department of international relations and cooperation spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya told the Sunday paper SA authorities did not know where he was. Police said negotiations to have him deported were under way.
Tsunami toll high, and rising
At least 222 people died, with 843 others injured and 28 missing, when a tsunami apparently triggered by an erupting Mount Krakatoa hit beaches around Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday night. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the national disaster agency spokesman, said those numbers may still rise. Dozens of buildings were destroyed by the wave. Among those killed were at least two members of local rock band Seventeen, who were performing under a tent on a beach as dozens of people sat listening. – The Daily Telegraph
Queen’s kids step up to the plate
Queen Elizabeth's children shouldered the greatest burden of royal duties this year. The Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal undertook official duties on a combined 675 days in 2018, significantly more than the younger generation. Princess Anne worked more than 180 separate days, making her the hardest-working member. The Duke of Cambridge is recorded on at least 120 days, while the Duke of Sussex is down for just over 90. Both have done around 20% more engagements than they did last year. While the duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex provided much of the public face of the British royal family, their total recorded working days were 100, compared with the total 218 carried out by their husbands. - The Sunday Telegraph
Hark! The PC brigade alter loved carol
A version of 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' is incurring the ire of UK bishops because it removes the reference to Mary's virginity, with the line ‘Offspring of a virgin's womb’ replaced with ‘Offspring of the favoured one’. Senior Anglican clergy have warned against using the altered version of Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn, which has found its way into an increasing number of services. The bishop of Crediton said sticking to the original text was vital ‘because it’s a part of our creed’. – The Daily Telegraph