Thursday, February 7 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

REVEALED: Inside the Hawks’ Bosasa probe

The back story of the Hawks' strategy in arrest of Agrizzi and co. PLUS what they know so far

By Graeme Hosken, Gareth Wilson and Angela Daniels
6 min read

Education’s in crisis from Wits to Driehoek, but Sona will ignore it

The system's crumbling, but you can bet Cyril will just bang on about matric results

4 min read

Why were bullets shot at students? Tough questions need answering

Following the death of a student at a Durban protest, the finger-pointing and calls for accountability have begun

By Bongani Mthethwa and Lwandile Bhengu
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Wanna live like an alien? That’s R50k ... to rent

Joburg's famous 'UFO' house is up for rent, but only serious bidders need apply

Alex Patrick
Journalist
3 min read

‘I asked him to rather kill me’: victim of bogus Uber driver

The defence comes down hard on the complainant, calling her version of events ‘improbable’

Shain Germaner
Journalist
5 min read

Triathlete finds silver lining in gruesome handsaw attack

Mhlengi Gwala is back on his bike, going stronger and  harder - and determined to pay lobola for his fiancee

3 min read

Give this matriculant an A+ for perseverance

Faction fighting temporarily robbed a young man of a chance to write exams, but he’s determined to succeed 

3 min read

Drumroll, please ... for the glacial drumlins of Namibia

These rock formations are often found in colder climates, so how did they end up in the southern African desert?

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

Ideas FREE

A to Zzzzz ... the unusual secrets of how we get to sleep

Everyone has their own bed-time rituals

By Daily Telegraph
6 min read

You stand to lose more by not asking for a raise – here’s how to do it

Is it vulgar? Uncouth? Employees, especially women, worry about how they come across when asking for more money

By Wies Bratby
4 min read

Holograms and virtual reality: the future of live music is here

DJ's virtual concert is a game changer, but it doesn’t spell the end of bright lights and beer-soaked floors just yet

By Tom Hoggins
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Mahumapelo wins legal bid to return as ANC chair

Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo has won a court challenge, effectively reinstating him as ANC chairperson in the province. Mahumapelo was sacked, together with his entire provincial executive committee, late in 2018 following a number of disruptive ANC meetings. The ANC then appointed a provincial task team, headed by acting premier Job Mokoro, to lead the party until the May elections. Mahumapelo and his supporters challenged the decision in the South Gauteng High Court and Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane ruled in favour of Mahumapelo and his supporters on Wednesday. Kathree-Setiloane ordered that Mahumapelo and his PEC be reinstated and that the ANC pay legal costs.

Teacher removed for ‘harassing’ 23 pupils

The Gauteng education department said it was disturbed by allegations of sexual assault against a teacher at Valhalla Primary School in Centurion. The teacher is accused of harassing about 23 pupils at the school, and has been removed. He was also asked to report to the department's district office, spokesperson Steve Mabona said on Wednesday, following a visit to the school by a team of district officials. Mabona said police were also investigating a case of sexual assault. The department went to the school after it heard reports on Tuesday that parents were planning a meeting the following day, and had threatened to pull their children out of the school. This was not just because of the allegations, but because the teacher was still teaching there in spite of the allegations. Mabona said the department had a zero-tolerance approach to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Career cop Mawela is Gauteng’s new police chief

Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela is the new police commissioner of Gauteng. The appointment of the career policeman to the top post was announced on Wednesday. Mawela, 51, chaired the national joint operational and intelligence structure. He worked his way up through the ranks, first serving at various police stations in Gauteng as a detective commander and station commander. City Press reported in 2015 that Mawela was the favourite to replace then police commissioner Riah Phiyega, but General Khehla Sitole was promoted instead.

Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, wife get R100,000 bail

Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, who were arrested by the Hawks on Friday, were granted bail of R100,000 each on Wednesday. They are accused of money laundering and fraud totalling more that R15m. Bushiri appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, where throngs of poster-wielding supporters showed solidarity with their controversial leader. His faithful amassed outside court to demand he be released and the charges dropped. After bail was granted the presiding officer postponed the case to May 10. The Hawks’ case against the pair concerns alleged offences of fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

Malema’s lawyer not guilty of attempted murder

EFF leader Julius Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena was found not guilty on four counts of attempted murder by the Polokwane High Court on Tuesday. Mokwena, who was representing himself, said he was relieved that the matter was now closed. Judge Ephraim Makgoba agreed with Mokwena's version that he had acted in self-defence and had no intention of killing anyone. The judge had found the evidence by four state witnesses "dishonest, unreliable and disingenuous". Mokwena, who was the managing director at Zebediela Citrus Farm Estate, shot and injured four farmworkers following a dispute over salaries in 2017. Mokwena said he was acting in self-defence. It was unclear whether an appeal would be lodged.

Probe suppression of apartheid crimes: TRC

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been urged to appoint a commission of inquiry into "political interference" that scuppered the prosecution of apartheid-era atrocities referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The call was made by former commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in a letter addressed to Ramaphosa on Tuesday, imploring him to apologise to victims of apartheid-era atrocities who were "denied justice for several decades and suffered considerable trauma as a result." The letter accused police and the NPA of "colluding with political forces" to ensure the deliberate suppression of the bulk of apartheid-era cases. "Even though the TRC had handed over a list of several hundred cases to the NPA, with the recommendation that they be investigated further, virtually all of them were abandoned,” the letter said.
Villagers dressed as ‘Maogao’ jump next to firecrackers on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig in China.
SKIRTING AROUND THE FIERY MATTER Villagers dressed as ‘Maogao’ jump next to firecrackers on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig in China.
Image: Reuters/Stringer

THE VISUAL SIDE


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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Gran scheme: German oumas square up to far-right menace

Armed with placards, woolly hats and a long memory, they have a dire warning about nationalism

By Justin Huggler
4 min read

Experts hail Trump’s plan to eliminate HIV, but …

... without a budget to bolster his lofty ambitions, it will be a 'a false and cruel promise'

By AFP
3 min read

Bully for him! Trump mini-me snoozes his way to stardom

The boy gets bullied for sharing a surname with the president of the US

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Can Hollywood cut Liam Neeson slack? Probably not

While apologetic, with his racist anecdote he might just have committed career suicide

By Celia Walden
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

6 things you need to know about the world

Green fans raise a stink over fruit

Soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for deforestation in Malaysia with vast amounts of jungle being cleared to make way for plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit. The durian is hailed as the ‘king of fruits’ by fans, who liken its intense aroma to blue cheese. But detractors say durians stink of sewage and stale vomit. Many hotels have banned guests from bringing them to rooms, while Singapore does not allow the fruit on its subway system. Growers in Malaysia are shifting to industrial-scale operations — in the jungle-clad district of Raub in Malaysia, swathes of rainforest have been chopped down to make way for a new durian plantation. Recently a single durian was on sale at a Beijing stall for $120 (about R1,600). — AFP

Where wolf? There wolf! Ach!

The sneak attack happened at a cemetery and quickly turned into a whodunnit that fired up a heated debate about the return of wolves to the wild in Germany. A gardener reported a predator that approached from behind and sank its fangs into his forearm. The case has assumed fundamental importance in a highly politicised debate. Wolves were extinct in Germany for over 150 years, only making a comeback in 2000 after they began crossing the border with Poland. Environmentalists have celebrated their return, a species rooted in German folklore and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. But wolf opponents have launched campaigns against what they see as a ruthless killer. The far-right Alternative for Germany party, best known for railing against immigrants, was first to campaign against the furry newcomers. — AFP

Probe about to enter ‘Dragon Palace’ in space

A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid to shed light on the origins of the solar system is expected to land on the rugged Ryugu rock on February 22. Hayabusa2 is about the size of a large fridge and equipped with solar panels. The mission was launched in December 2014 and will return to Earth with its samples in 2020. Photos of Ryugu — which means ‘Dragon Palace’ in Japanese, a castle at the bottom of the ocean in an ancient tale — show an asteroid shaped a bit like a spinning top with a rough surface. By collecting samples from it, scientists hope to answer some fundamental questions about life and the universe, including whether elements from space helped give rise to life on Earth. — AFP

Slapping a customs officer got her a stiff klap

A British woman was handed a six-month jail term on Wednesday for slapping an immigration officer in Bali after she missed her flight because of an expired tourist visa. A court on the Indonesian holiday island found her guilty of assaulting the officer at Ngurah Rai international airport in July last year. A viral video of the episode showed the woman launch into an expletive-laden rant when she was told she would have to pay a $4,000 fine for overstaying her visa by several months. She then hit an officer, accusing him of making her miss a flight. The woman was physically taken to the courthouse after missing several earlier court dates. ‘She fought back, hitting and kicking our prosecutors,’ said the court. — AFP

All we need is a rat with a human brain

Scientists have successfully used mice stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant. The study is the first evidence that it could one day provide a solution to the massive shortage of donor kidneys for people with renal disease. The research began with the development of a suitable ‘host’ in which the kidneys could be grown. The researchers collected rat embryo structures that had been genetically modified so they would not develop kidneys on their own. But the process of growing human organs in animals poses an ethical conundrum because human stem cells could develop into brain or reproductive organ cells in the host. — AFP

Russians purge Jehovah’s Witnesses

A Russian court has sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison for ‘extremism’, in the first conviction of its kind since a 2017 law that outlawed the religious group. Armed FSB officers detained Danish citizen Dennis Christensen in May 2017. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are an evangelical movement that rejects modern evolutionary theory and refuses blood transfusions. Authorities in 2017 specifically ordered their dissolution in Russia. Since then there has been an intensifying crackdown on believers, with around 90 criminal trials now pending in dozens of regions of Russia. More than 20 properties belonging to the organisation or its members have been confiscated by law enforcement. — AFP
People buying fruits are seen through a window of a parked car at a market in Srinagar.
RIPE FOR THE PICKING People buying fruits are seen through a window of a parked car at a market in Srinagar.
Image: Reuters/Danish Ismail

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Tito on the brink: He should stay and point SA straight

Mboweni is said to be miserable as finance minister, but he’s got the intellectual heft and ambition to do the job

By Peter Bruce
4 min read

Nampak: Shareholders give bosses a lucky break, for now

Market cap of packaging group has shrunk by a fifth, but votes go to reward underperforming managers

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Curro: Share price isn’t kid’s stuff or child’s play any more

Rapid growth at private schools business has cooled off, reflected in dwindling interest in the still-pricey stock

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: Why Ivanka reckons this artwork sucks

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion

3 min read

You glow, girl! Meghan Markle has it, and so can you

Three highlighting lessons we can all learn

By Dominique Temple
2 min read

Silver hair makes a hue-turn to youthfulness

Silver has been declared the hair colour of 2019, and everyone should embrace it

By Zola Zingithwa
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Ayanda Patosi set for debut with Iran champs

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Paul Treu: Transformation and truth lie uneasily in WP

Even if the defence coach is to be shown the door this week there is unlikely to be a clear winner in this affair

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Derby riot in ’76 after Jomo scores

Today in SA sports history: February 7

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read