Rat in salad is not okay: expert
The practice of food retailers leaving food uncovered in their displays is widespread, but unacceptable, says a food science consultant with more than 40 years' experience in the food industry. “It’s just a bad habit,” says Johannesburg-based Nigel Sunley, responding to the video of the rat nibbling on a salad in Food Lover’s Market’s Diepkloof Square branch. Shot by a customer in December, the clip went viral on social media at the weekend. The salads were partially covered by cling wrap, clearly an ineffective deterrent to hungry rats. “Rats eating exposed food is disgusting and a sign that something is badly wrong with a store’s hygiene protocols,” Sunley said. Consumers were right to be outraged. Food Lover's Market has said an investigation has been launched to establish the source of the rodent problem. “We have a health and safety inspectorate that does regular audits ... the last inspection was in November,” it said.
Social support applications ‘dumped’ in field
The Democratic Alliance claims it found “thousands” of social support applications dumped in a field in the Free State on Monday. “It is heartbreaking that the applications were for abused children and complainants without any source of income and who turned to the department in the hopes that their situation would be turned around,” DA Free State premier candidate Patricia Kopane said. Kopane and party spokesperson Geordin Hill-Lewis found the documents in an open field while they were conducting an oversight inspection at a waste recycling plant in Thaba Nchu, about 70km east of Bloemfontein. Kopane wrote to Free State social development MEC Butana Kompela demanding an investigation. She said most recent documents were from October 2018 and included child support grant transfers; child abuse and deliberate negligence cases; social worker reports for relief of distress; and affidavits by women abused by their spouses who were seeking temporary shelter.
‘Shutdown’ forces students to register online
The University of South Africa has urged its students to register online following the "national shutdown" called by the student representative council. "It is very unfortunate, because it is one of those things that is difficult to prevent. The online registration is working so students should do their registration there. "We do apologise to our students who have travelled far to our campuses to register," Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said on Monday afternoon. Campuses affected were in Gauteng, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, Eastern Cape and Parow in Cape Town. This after students at various Unisa campuses were forced to turn back due to the national shutdown.
Cops probe arson attacks at two schools
Police are probing the torching of two KwaZulu-Natal schools, one a state-of-the-art facility which has been broken into 16 times in two years. Provincial education department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the administration block of Mvuzo High School, in the Pietermaritzburg township of France, was set alight on Sunday, a few weeks after a warning was posted on the school walls. It read: “We are tired of being failed, should we fail again you will see.” “This is a state-of-the-art, brand new school, which was opened in 2017. Since (then) it has been broken into 16 times. Just this December it was broken into three times,” said Mahlambi. Textbooks and stationery had been spared because they were in a strongroom. They have been taken to a nearby primary school for safekeeping. Bathembu High School in Msinga was not spared when it came to its stationery and textbook supplies, after the school’s administration block was also torched on Sunday.
Zuma jnr lashes Oprah for Cyril remark
Edward Zuma has taken aim at Oprah Winfrey and a host of other celebrities for their “support” of Cyril Ramaphosa at the Global Citizen Festival concert in December 2018. In an open letter, sent on WhatsApp, Jacob Zuma’s son said Winfrey and the other international headliners had only endorsed Ramaphosa and not the ANC. The junior Zuma has been a vocal critic of the Ramaphosa administration, with earlier missives landing him in the Equality Court. “In her introduction, Oprah introduced Cyril Ramaphosa as the man president Mandela preferred as his successor. Oprah and those who were feeding her the narrative forgot one thing, the ANC is a democratic organisation and with its internal process, where the branches of the ANC play a critical role,” he said. “The ANC never operates on the wishes of individual leaders, but on the resolutions of its conferences and constitutional structures,” he added.
‘He called us black c**ts,’ claims muso
Musician Junior de Rocka claims a heated exchange with a Cape Town quad biking tour operator ended in racial slurs. He told TshisaLIVE he and a group of friends were supposed to go quad biking at Headout Quadbike Tours on Sunday but showed up an hour later than scheduled. The star claimed his agent notified the company they would be late, but when they arrived an argument between the owner, Bruce Jenkinson, and De Rocka erupted, during which Jenkinson called him and his friends "black c**ts". "We weren't late. He said 'these black c**ts are always f**king late', and said 'if you think I am f**king rude, yes I am rude.'" Jenkinson said he had not been informed that De Rocka and his team would be late and that they had arrived at a time when another client was set to start their tour. Jenkinson denied hurling racial insults at De Rocka or his friends, but admitted to swearing in general over their late arrival.