Monday, April 29 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

The heat is on Ace so he’s trying to stay out of jail Zuma-style

Magashule is running a desperate victimhood campaign because Cyril's clean-up drive is headed his way

4 min read
News FREE

Amazing disgrace: Why SA churches are turning to the Book of Actors

Several people have admitted being paid to enact 'miracles'. Why do congregations allow themselves to be duped?

6 min read

Government owes Gauteng metros millions in unpaid rates

Amounts dating back a year are still outstanding to Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Joburg, and the situation is 'catastrophic'

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
4 min read

‘Legacy of a monstrous regime’: Why the apartheid flag is hate speech

The Nelson Mandela Foundation explains why it has applied to the Equality Court to get the old SA flag banned

By Kneo Mokgopa and Nelson Mandela Foundation
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

‘How I was tricked into the sex trade’

When the mom got to her lodgings, she found another woman living there, she says, and they were then locked inside

By Matti Gellman
2 min read

Hidden Nasa genius honoured by SA varsity

Katherine Johnson broke through every racial and gender barrier in the space race, and turns 101 this year

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Serial killer whips up a social media storm from behind bars

He butchered three elderly people. Now he's on Facebook in his prison kit, and his victims' families are livid

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Birth (out of) control: Is SA’s top contraceptive putting women at risk?

Policymakers are worried as evidence mounts that the three-monthly jab leads to increased HIV and TB risk

4 min read

The worm has turned in ‘vrot’ Autumn Harvest civil case

A Joburg liquor store owner was set to sue Distell over 'contaminated' bottles but case has gone to arbitration

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Deal with the dealers when they drive up ‘on-the-road’ fees

Car dealerships have been doing it for years, countering consumer protests with ‘it’s compulsory; an industry norm’

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Poets and Paddington: how Faber & Faber changed modern literature

Through the vision of its founders, the firm, which has turned 90, became the accidental heroes of publishing

By Tristram Fane Saunders
6 min read

Stuffed polar bears and Eiffel Towers: wedding snaps have come a long way

Forget a live band, and wedding breakfasts are so last Tuesday. Big-day photos have had a 21st century update

4 min read

SNAPSHOT

A soldier stands guard at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo during heavy rain, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.
ON GUARD A soldier stands guard at St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo during heavy rain, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.
Image: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Six things about SA you need to know

Old-SA flag flutter heads to court

The legal conundrum surrounding the banning of displays of the old SA flag has escalated, drawing a range of figures and organisations into the fray. The Johannesburg Equality Court will be the battleground for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and AfriForum tomorrow. But the minister of justice, the SA Human Rights Commission, Johannesburg Pride and the Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge have joined the debate, arguing over the possibility of a ban, the nature of the constitutionality of such bans, the right to freedom of speech, a push for a change in legislation, and whether the Equality Court even has the power to make such a decision.

Hawks uncover cop ‘extortion’ racket

A police detective and his female accomplice who were bust in a sting operation for allegedly trying to extort R15,000 from her boyfriend will appear in court on Monday. The pair allegedly concocted a "rape" charge against the boyfriend and demanded he pay up to make the case "disappear". Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said on Sunday the 38-year-old detective commander from Driekop police station and his 32-year-old female accomplice were expected to appear in the Burgersfort Magistrate’s Court for alleged corruption, extortion and defeating the ends of justice.

Consumer commission wants Ford prosecuted

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) will ask the consumer tribunal to prosecute Ford over its handling of the Kuga SUV fire deaths and the treatment of its customers. The company had to recall 4,556 SUVs in January 2017, and there have been another two recalls since then. If Ford is found guilty it could face a fine of 10% of its annual turnover, NCC spokesperson Trevor Hatting said this week. Ford said it had not received any notification from the NCC.

Sars eyes Bosasa ‘tax dodgers’

In a first, dramatic move to deal with individuals implicated at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture, SA's tax authority has concluded preliminary investigations that are likely to result in individuals not only being served with hefty bills, but also charged for under-declaration of income, overstated expenses and misrepresentations. Among 89 taxpayers who will be slapped with tax claims of more than R250m by Sars are environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane, mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe, ANC MP Vincent Smith, former SAA and current Jacob Zuma Foundation chair Dudu Myeni, former prisons boss Linda Mti, disgraced former National Prosecuting Authority acting prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi and former correctional services commissioners Zack Modise.

Zuma snubs ANC Gauteng poll drive

Jacob Zuma has snubbed a request by Luthuli House to join the ANC's campaign in Gauteng ahead of the May 8 elections. This is according to people in Zuma's inner circle, who indicated this week that the former head of state and president of the ANC preferred to continue to campaign in KwaZulu-Natal because he felt he was more likely to make an impact there. Zuma's decision to decline an invitation to campaign in Gauteng is in stark contrast to the conduct of former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe, who endorsed the ANC in the province this week. Gauteng leaders claimed earlier in 2019 that Zuma would be one of the former leaders who would join the campaign in the province. But provincial leaders this week said it was not they who had invited Zuma.

Boffins blame bad planning for flood toll

The floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have left a trail of sorrow and havoc, but poor planning and inadequate governance greatly added to the death toll. In the aftermath of the floods that claimed at least 85 lives in KwaZulu-Natal, experts said shoddy workmanship in building cheap houses, poor locations and lack of maintenance of infrastructure such as stormwater drains were to blame for the high toll. Retired University of KwaZulu-Natal hydrology professor Roland Schulze said: "Climate change should not be used as a cop-out for poor planning, inadequate governance or for political gain." His calculations of the rainfall and assessment of the most recent global climate models showed that it was too early to attribute the floods to climate change.

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

Huge pressure on troubled princess to spark new chapter in Japan

Despite her struggles to adapt to imperial life, many pin their hopes on Masako being a catalyst for modernisation

By Danielle Demetriou
3 min read

Who owns the moon anyway? Why space is the new frontier for lawyers

Laws on mining asteroids or dumping stuff in space are virtually non-existent, which could lead to a cosmic free-for-all

By Robin Pagnamenta
3 min read

The dead could take over Facebook by 2070

Experts warn no single commercial company should control this immense, invaluable historical archive

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

The mystery of the Saudi prince and a missing Da Vinci

'Salvator Mundi' is slated for a Louvre show, but it hasn't been seen since 2017 as debate over its authenticity rages

By AFP
4 min read

SNAPSHOT

LinkSpace's co-founder Chu Longfei and teammates react to the successful test launch of NewLine Baby in China.
CARTWHEELS OF PROGRESS LinkSpace's co-founder Chu Longfei and teammates react to the successful test launch of NewLine Baby in China.
Image: Reuters/Jason Lee

6 things you need to know about the world

Tourists at risk now that IS has time on its hands

Terrorist masterminds have been freed up to carry out further Sri Lanka-style attacks on tourists because they are no longer preoccupied with running the Islamic State, intelligence officials say. Agencies are concerned that holiday destinations are now vulnerable to so-called ‘terrorist spectaculars’ as a result of the collapse of the Isis. It is believed jihadist fighters fleeing Iraq and Syria will now concentrate attacking holiday resorts. Well-placed sources suggested India, the Maldives and east African resorts in Kenya and Tanzania were most vulnerable. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

A Texas first as white racist is executed

The first white man in Texas to be convicted of the murder of a black man was executed last week, after 20 years on death row. John William King, 44, a self-confessed white supremacist, declined to give any last words but prepared a statement in advance, saying: ‘Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment.’ King and two other white men attacked James Byrd jnr, 49, in 1998 after offering him a lift home. They beat him, spray-painted his face, chained him to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged him to his death on a back road. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

A rare act of Middle East good will

Israel on Sunday released two Syrian prisoners in a ‘goodwill gesture’ after the remains of one of its soldiers missing since 1982 were returned earlier this month. The two men were transferred to the Red Cross through the Quneitra crossing to Syria in the Golan Heights. Israel's prison service said the prisoners were Zidan Tawil, who was convicted of drug trafficking and was due to be freed in July, and Khamis Ahmed, a Fatah member who was originally due to be freed in 2023 after he attempted to attack an Israeli army base in 2005. - AFP

Blushes at top paper over antisemitic cartoon

The New York Times on Saturday apologized for publishing an antisemitic cartoon in its international print edition featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. The cartoon, which appeared in Thursday's newspaper, depicted Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind Trump - who was wearing a kippah, or a Jewish skullcap. ‘The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it,’ the newspaper said. - AFP

Musk does a deal on his tweets

Elon Musk has escaped further punishment in a settlement with a US regulator over his tweets. The Tesla chief executive had faced possible fines and removal from his role over a February tweet about production figures. In a settlement on Friday Musk agreed to ‘obtain the pre-approval of an experienced securities lawyer’ before making statements on topics including previously unpublished production numbers or sales or delivery numbers, new business lines unrelated to existing ones, projections or forecasts, and regulatory decisions. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

The beginning of the end of on-flight screens?

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways will offer wirelessly streamed movies and TV shows to passengers on mainly short-haul flights as it removes entertainment screens from its Airbus A320 fleet. Passengers will be encouraged to connect their personal devices to an onboard streaming service that does not rely on internet satellite to watch entertainment content. The removal of screens will save the airline 18 tons in weight a year, meaning aircraft will use less fuel, a major operating cost for all carriers. - Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Beware policy complacency about Eskom - it still needs to be fixed

It is dangerous to assume that after the elections the financial and operational challenges will magically be solved

By Attard Montalto
5 min read

MakeMyTrip share swap is just the ticket for Naspers

Exchange for a stake in China's Ctrip will boost growth ambitions of both entities, the company says

By Nick Hedley and Mudiwa Gavaza
2 min read

Tesla in a spin as it falls deep into the red - but Musk is unfazed

He says he may need to raise funds as electric car maker suffers a $702m loss in the first three months of 2019

By Matthew Field, Hannah Boland and Olivia Rudgard
5 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

‘Game of Thrones’: Nobody likes a spoilsport, but ...

When is it okay to start discussing the series?

By Zola Zingithwa
2 min read

Naysayers may cough and splutter, but the flu jab works

With flu season upon us, is getting the vaccine worth it?

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read

R800 for a toothbrush? It’s not a joke, just a Quip

You deserve nice things – your teeth do too

By Sylvia McKeown
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: This the last thing Rassie wanted to see

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Goalies give Bafana an Africa Cup of Nations headache

Coaches says it's very unlikely that first-choice Itumeleng Khune and Darren Keet will be available for Egypt

2 min read

Blasts from the past: Botile wins it for East London gym

Today in SA sports history: April 29

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read