Thursday, May 16 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Selfish gratification: teaching kids about masturbation is a woke thing

Our government is determined to be seen as modern, but really should focus on teaching our kids how to read

4 min read

BLF hit by funding home truth in fight for Brooklyn house

Election-battered Black First Land First has been forced to pull out of its court fight to occupy the property

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
2 min read

‘We’ll be dancing in heaven one day’: murdered farmer’s daughter

Family of slain Bonnievale dad are struggling to make peace with her father’s death

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Transnet ‘went off track’ to sweeten Chinese deal

Acting Transnet CEO tells the state capture probe how China South Rail appeared to enjoy special treatment

Amil Umraw
Journalist
3 min read

Little lost ellie gets a jumbo second shot at life

Locals saved the lost calf's life after spotting it wandering around in Mozambique

Tony Carnie
Journalist
1 min read

MTN gives customers no other option but to y’ell at it

The network is accused of forcing a service on someone unless they take steps to opt out

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Rugby lads may have lost every game, but they won hearts in Monaco

These orphaned kids from Durban were given the trip of a lifetime to play against five other countries

Alex Patrick
Journalist
3 min read

Employers can milk breastfeeding for their own benefit, says expert

It boosts loyalty among women staff, so companies should rethink their stance, says an expert from UCT

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Hoodoo you call to break a losing streak? The pope, of course

Extreme or unusual methods have been used to lift curses in sport. One team even called the pontiff for help

By Daniel Schofield
3 min read

Iraqis restock barren bookshelves to close dark IS chapter

For centuries Mosul was known for its writers and libraries brimming with books - until jihadists arrived

By AFP
3 min read

A twirl back to ballet star Margot’s Fonteyn of youth

To mark the centenary of the idol’s birth, a former director of the Royal Ballet from SA remembers a star like no other

By Monica Mason
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Muslim men stand around after a mob attack in a mosque in a nearby village in Sri Lanka.
NOT ALL IT’S CRACKED OUT TO BE Muslim men stand around after a mob attack in a mosque in a nearby village in Sri Lanka.
Image: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Six things about SA you need to know

I take responsibility: Zuma on fatal crash

Duduzane Zuma said on Wednesday he sympathised with the families of the two people who died when his Porsche collided with a minibus taxi in 2014. "It's a traumatic experience for everybody. I was fortunate to walk away with my life. I take responsibility for what happened. I do sympathise with people who were affected," Zuma said in the Randburg Magistrate's Court. He has pleaded not guilty to culpable homicide. Taxi passengers Phumzile Dube and Jeanette Mashaba died after Zuma’s car crashed into their vehicle on the M1 South near the Grayston turnoff in Johannesburg. Presenting his defence, Zuma told the court he did not know he had collided with another vehicle after he lost control of his car. He said his car spun after he hit a puddle and came to a dead stop. The case resumes on Thursday.

SABC radio staff evacuated after diesel spill

Radio staff at the SABC were evacuated from their building in Johannesburg. The SABC on Wednesday confirmed there was a diesel spill at its Radio Park building. "There was a power outage earlier this morning which resulted in the SABC's internal systems switching from City Power to the back-up generator. Due to the failure of the equipment this led to the diesel tank overflowing," said SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu. "The health and safety of SABC employees is of paramount importance and, as a precautionary measure, all our employees from the Radio Park building have been safely evacuated." No injuries were reported.

Beware ‘demonic phone’ scam by false prophets

The theft of cellphones has taken a new turn: Johannesburg police are now investigating the use of religion to con gullible victims. Captain Xoli Mbele said on Wednesday several cases of theft by false pretence were under investigation. "The latest incident is where a victim was robbed of his cellphone by a false prophet who uses the name of God for his selfish gains," said Mbele. "The suspect told the victim that his cellphone has demonic power; he told him to leave it with him to pray for it and sent him to buy something from a shop. When he came back the suspect was no longer there with his cellphone." Mbele cautioned the public not to fall for cons.

Siam Lee murder accused in dock for 5 minutes

The 30-year-old businessman accused of the brutal murder of Durban escort Siam Lee hobbled on crutches into the dock when he appeared in the Durban High Court on Wednesday. The matter was initially due to be heard on Thursday, but was brought forward. The man, who cannot be named because he is also facing a separate rape charge, stood in dock A for barely five minutes before Judge Shyam Gyanda postponed the matter. Prosecutor Cheryl Naidu told the court the matter had been set down for a pre-trial hearing but the defence was not ready to proceed for various reasons she did not provide. Gyanda told the accused his bail was extended and adjourned the matter to July 29 for the pre-trial hearing.

Security guards buried R2.9m in backyards

Two former Fidelity security guards have been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing about R2.9m. Tinyiko Thomas Maluleke, 41, and Rofhiwa Emmanuel Luvhimbi, 31, were sentenced in the Makhado Magistrate's Court on Monday, Limpopo Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said on Wednesday. The pair stole the money between December 2018 and January 2019. "The pair had collected money from various places but instead of making deposits they took the money for themselves," Maluleke said. "The theft was reported by the pair's manager after Maluleke and Luvhimbi failed to account for the missing money." Maluleke said almost R2.7m was recovered when they were arrested. The money was buried in their yards in ice cream containers and refuse bags.

Lights back on for Maritzburg protesters

Electricity and utility services have been restored at a Pietermaritzburg hostel on Wednesday following violent protests the night before. Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafambatha said protesting hostel dwellers met the mayor earlier in the day. "Their representatives and representatives from the human settlements department met the mayor and the issue was resolved. Their electricity and services have been restored," she said. During a rampage through the capital city's centre late on Tuesday night, protesters demanded to address mayor Themba Njilo after their electricity was disconnected due to non-payment. "They protested in the city centre last night and in Imbali. In the city centre there was no damage reported. However, in Imbali they were trying to damage the roads - but those people ended up being arrested," said Mafumbatha. They had dispersed by Wednesday morning.

THE VISUAL SIDE

Duduzane Zuma took to the stand at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday May 15 2019, facing a charge of culpable homicide relating to a 2014 road accident in which one person died.


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

US Catholic abuse victims plan to beat the Vatican to a pulpit

Five Americans have filed a lawsuit against the church to get it to provide the names of abusive clergy

By AFP
3 min read

You go offside, you go offline: Facebook to curb live streams

This follows the Christchurch shooting and the live stream that was shown to the Facebook masses

By AFP
4 min read

Teen kills herself after Instagrammers vote ‘death’ in poll

Probe launched after Malaysian leaps from building after asking fellow netizens whether she should choose life or death

By Reuters
2 min read

Record 23rd Everest climb is like a regular day at the office for sherpa

Extraordinary climber Kami Rita Sherpa ‘did not even know you could set records’

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Donald Trump talks to reporters before he departs for Louisiana from the White House.
ESCAPE FROM THE CLUTCHES Donald Trump talks to reporters before he departs for Louisiana from the White House.
Image: Reuters/Carlos Barria

6 things you need to know about the world

‘Great Firewall’ of China burns on

Beijing has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions ahead of the country’s most politically explosive anniversary. Previously, most editions of Wikipedia — besides the Chinese language version, blocked in 2015 — were available. China’s online censorship apparatus — dubbed the ‘Great Firewall’ — blocks a large number of foreign sites such as Google, Facebook and The New York Times. In November, China’s cyberspace authority said it had ‘cleaned up’ 9,800 accounts on messaging app WeChat and the Twitter-like Weibo that it accused of spreading ‘politically harmful’ information and rumours. — AFP

Dodgy or not, if it’s cheap we’ll fly on it

US air passengers still consider ticket prices the most important factor when choosing a flight, suggesting two fatal crashes of Boeing Co 737 MAX jets have had little effect on consumer sentiment. In the public opinion poll released on May 15, only about half of US adults say they are familiar with the aeroplane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people, and only 43% could identify the Boeing 737 MAX as the aircraft involved. Only 3% said that aircraft maker or model number was most important to them when buying a plane ticket. In contrast, 57% said ticket price was most important. — Reuters

If you’re a baddie, they won’t spot you in Frisco

San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition by police and government agencies, the first US city to take such a step as privacy fears mount. Backers of the legislation argued that using software and cameras to positively identify people endangered civil rights and civil liberties. Facial recognition could ‘exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring,’ they said. The ban did not include airports or other federally regulated facilities. — AFP

Thank heavens SA parties never got one

WhatsApp clones and software tools that cost as little as R200 are helping Indian digital marketers and political activists bypass anti-spam restrictions set up by the world’s most popular messaging app. After false messages on WhatsApp last year sparked mob lynchings in India, Facebook restricted forwarding of a message to only five users. The software tools appear to overcome those restrictions, allowing users to reach up to 100,000 people at once. For Indian politicians, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are key campaigning tools to target the country’s near 900 million voters. — Reuters

Just what Americans wanted — a McVisa

Lost and hungry for help? US citizens who find themselves in distress in Austria can now seek support at an unusual address — McDonald’s. Under a new partnership, outlets of the US fast food chain throughout Austria will help US citizens from Wednesday to get in touch with their embassy. Consular services include reporting a lost or stolen passport or seeking travel assistance. Facebook users commenting on the post wasted no time in coining terms such as ‘McVisa’ and ‘McPassport’. — AFP

Crossbow killings ‘like a medieval cult’

The man killed in Germany’s crossbow murder-suicide pact is thought to have led a cultish group devoted to medieval folklore and treated the women around him like slaves. Germany has been baffled by the bizarre case since the man and two women killed with crossbows were found on Saturday in a hotel in Passau, followed by Monday’s discovery of two more dead women in the town of Wittingen. Torsten W, 53, appeared to have controlled the four women like a harsh sect leader who used physical force and psychological manipulation. Investigators suspect they were all members of a kind of sex circle with a focus on the Middle Ages. Police were treating the case as a ‘requested killing and suicide’. — AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bull’s Eye: MTN and Citron’s short and sour Jumia gamble

What now after short-seller Citron’s vicious ‘sell’ call on Jumia, MTN’s great big hope for e-commerce in Africa?

By Jeremy Thomas
3 min read

Set your clock: Later in 2019 another huge plant will close

Giant manganese smelter and alloy producer in Meyerton cannot operate under Eskom’s conditions

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Investec Property Fund may be missing out in Australia

Trust says Europe offers the most attractive returns on capital, but investments in Oz have been outstanding

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Fear and clothing: Wellness or simply not well in the head?

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion

2 min read

Glow for it, girl: Expert tips on how to bring your skin alive

Aesthetic physician Portia “Dr P” Gumede gives the inside gen on chemical resurfacing and injectables

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

Grace under no pressure at all: Lessons from the truly stylish

Grace Kelly’s effortless style is more relevant than ever

By Lisa Armstrong
4 min read

Nowt more of-the-moment than this malachite bowl

Your design-fundi friends will be green with envy if you find yourself with an Envy & Co and Wola Nani piece

By Mila Crewe-Brown
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Hint of Premier League glamour in Amajita

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

World Cup: The yearning is burning, the ache isn’t fake

There’s one way, and only one way, to draw the sting of 1999 in Edgbaston: win the damn tournament already

Telford Vice
Journalist
4 min read