Wednesday, June 26 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Traumatised ouma can’t sleep or eat, lives in fear after hospital ordeal

Human rights commission set to meet Gauteng health to discuss a settlement for alleged ill-treatment caught on video

3 min read

Free the Fees Must Fall students! Young MPs sock it to Cyril

Former student leaders and now debutant MPs prove that they have by no means forgotten their roots

3 min read

First group of SA white rhinos may soon be ‘packing for Perth’

Plans are afoot to shift rhinos Down Under by air in a bid to establish a new breeding population

Tony Carnie
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Paedo suspect must go back to UK for trial

Magistrate says there's enough evidence to prosecute the 72-year-old Scot, but he isn't giving up the fight

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

Show us our money, all R1bn of it, say KZN’s traditional leaders

Trouble brews over proposal to standardise pay and perks for traditional leaders, as government aims to cut costs

4 min read

Zim firms ‘in the dark’ as confusion follows dumping of US dollar

Rates for new Zim dollar vary greatly as forex dealers adopt cautious approach

By James Thompson
2 min read

By denying foreigners bail, are SA courts also denying their rights?

A Mosotho accused of murder, which she argues was self-defence, has been refused bail. Not fair, say experts

Shain Germaner
Journalist
4 min read

Brainwave gets more rural kids from village to varsity

Help Matriculate Centre's career days have already had some shining successes in rural areas

Belinda Pheto
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Cyril’s grand plans and big bailouts won’t solve SA’s problems

Growth, investment and consumer confidence won’t come out of a committee, panel or strategy document

Tony Leon
Columnist
7 min read

Zondo gives Zuma the ‘victim’ a captured audience

There is only one reason he would want to attend an investigation into something he thinks doesn’t exist

Tom Eaton
Columnist
2 min read

Is the key to weight loss in our DNA? We’re being fed half the answer

Genetic testing is set to transform the diet industry, but when this pasta addict tried it she was left unimpressed

By Rosa Silverman
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Tourists visit the ‘Door of Europe’ monument, which commemorates migrants who died on their journey, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy.
DEATH TRAPDOOR Tourists visit the ‘Door of Europe’ monument, which commemorates migrants who died on their journey, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy.
Image: Reuters/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Six things about SA you need to know

Another evacuation as fire starts at SABC

A fire broke out at the SABC's Radio Park building in Auckland Park, Johannesburg on Tuesday. The fire started at the canteen near the Metro FM and 5fm studios, and staff were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Security blocked the entrance and was not allowing anyone to enter the building. Five people were reportedly taken to hospital for treatment. The building was evacuated in May and a four-day clean-up operation was needed after a diesel spill.

eThekwini warns of mayor crowdfunding scam

The eThekwini municipality has warned residents about a group of alleged scammers who claim to be fundraising on behalf of mayor Zandile Gumede, who is on 30 days’ leave. The municipality said on Tuesday the scammers were randomly approaching people for donations towards Gumede’s legal costs. The municipality said she had not asked for such donations. Gumede, senior councillor Mondli Mthembu and businessman Craig Poonan were charged in mid-May over graft relating to a R208m Durban Solid Waste contract dating back to 2016. Acting head of communications Mandla Nsele said the municipality had decided to take a pro-active approach to warn residents as it had heard a number of rumours. "We … have not yet received any solid evidence of anyone being scammed," said Nsele. The three are due in court in August.

Police sergeant killed in Cape gang stronghold

A police officer responding to intense gang violence in Cape Town was killed in a shootout with suspects on Monday night. The 34-year-old sergeant from the crime prevention unit at Steenberg police station was patrolling with his partner in Fawley Court, Lavender Hill, just before midnight when they spotted five suspects. The suspects fled, but when the officers pursued them they opened fire in Grindel Crescent, wounding the sergeant at the wheel of a police vehicle. He died in hospital. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut said the sergeant's partner, a constable, escaped unharmed.

Auditing body boots man who audited Guptas

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) is cancelling Jacques Wessels’s membership of the body as a result of his role in the audit of Gupta-owned companies while employed by auditing firm KPMG. This means Wessels will no longer be allowed to use the CA (SA) designation. He is one of a number of Saica members the organisation took action against for contravening the institute's code in respect of their work on the audits of Gupta companies. Saica established an inquiry, headed by advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, in 2017 following widespread reports of wrongdoing by KMPG relating to the audit of Gupta companies. The inquiry released its report in December 2018. Saica said Wessels was one of three Saica members who were directly responsible for the Gupta audits. Draft charge sheets had been issued in respect of the other two.

Escaped KZN prisoner still on the run

A man who escaped from a KwaZulu-Natal prison on Saturday is still at large. The department of correctional services said on Tuesday that Sabelo Ngcobo escaped from the Melmoth Correctional Centre. "According to our preliminary investigation, he is serving six years' imprisonment for two counts of housebreaking. At the moment, an investigation is under way to establish the facts around the matter," said department spokesperson Thulani Mdluli. A case of escaping from custody had been opened at the Melmoth police station. "At the moment the offender is at large and the KwaZulu-Natal department of correctional services appeals to any members of the public who may have information that could lead to the arrest of this inmate to report immediately to the police," Mdluli said.

Fire corrupt nominees, DA MP urges

DA MP Natasha Mazzone has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss ANC MPs who have been designated to chair the National Assembly's portfolio committees. ”Through you, chairperson, I ask that the president, as the leader of the ANC, steel your resolve and dismiss these people from parliament. Prove that you are indeed the master of our fate, the captain of this ship, and that you are not just being led around by the nose by factions in your party,” said Mazzone, while debating Ramaphosa's state of the nation address (Sona).

THE VISUAL SIDE

A video showing convicted killer Ruwain Meer and fellow inmates having a cocaine-fuelled party in Westville prison emerged on Monday. Meer was convicted of a double homicide in 2009. The department of correctional services has responded by moving Meers and another inmate to the Kokstad Super Max Correctional Centre.


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

At last! Sisters can do it for themselves on Kenyan farms

After a landmark court ruling, brothers no longer have all the power when it comes to inheriting land

By Dominic Kirui
5 min read

Fear stalks Gay Pride 50 years after Stonewall riots

The New York rally marking the landmark protests takes place amid a rise in homophobia once again

By AFP
4 min read

‘Of course I don’t know if I was speeding – I have too many cars’

But the court didn't buy this extraordinary excuse by the super-rich sister of the Duke of Westminster

By Bill Gardner
3 min read

Judith Krantz: a nice Jewish girl who became queen of the ‘bonkbuster’

With competent, ambitious and ravishing heroines, she weathered sharp criticism as she pioneered a genre

By Daily Telegraph obituary
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

The Soyuz MS-11 capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew lands in remote Kazakhstan.
A BALL OF FUN AND ENERGY The Soyuz MS-11 capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew lands in remote Kazakhstan.
Image: Alexander Nemenov/Pool/ Reuters

6 things you need to know about the world

Love is in the air – Venus’s perfume is to blame

The Louvre has asked two of France’s top perfumers to create fragrances to go with statues of the goddess of love. The pair were asked to match fragrances with Ingres’s works, the ‘Grande Odalisque’ and ‘The Valpincon Bather’ as well as Gainsborough’s ‘Conversation in a Park’. Among the paintings chosen is Fragonard’s ‘The Bolt’, the famous seduction scene some feminist critics now say raises questions of consent. – AFP

Count us in or it’s over, Papua tells Australia

Australia must end or completely rework a controversial Aus$400m contract to manage refugees stuck in tropical island camps, Papua New Guinea PM James Marape demands. Marape said the Paladin Group’s contract to manage facilities on Manus Island holding about 500 refugees and asylum seekers turned away by Australia must include local companies. – AFP

Some like it hoarded and vandalised

A man who vandalised Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was charged with the theft of a nearby statue of Marilyn Monroe. Austin Clay, 25, was arrested Friday at his home in LA suburbs after police identified him from video surveillance footage. The statue itself has not been found. – AFP

Thank God it’s Frida the rescue dog

Frida the rescue dog, a labrador retriever who gained worldwide fame for her heroics after the earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, officially retired from duty. Frida went into retirement at 10 years old in a ceremony at the canine unit of the Mexican marines. Frida saved 12 people’s lives across her decade-long career as a search and rescue dog. – AFP

Bye Huawei. Welcome back, noughties

About a dozen rural US telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for network gear are in discussions with its biggest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia, to replace their Chinese equipment. The carriers, which include Pine Belt in Alabama, and Union Wireless in Wyoming, are seeking discounted pricing and looking forward to government assistance but have yet to reach agreements. Nokia and Ericsson declined to comment. – Reuters

By Zeus, climate change is truly monumental!

Climate change is threatening ancient Greek monuments, among them the Acropolis. Air pollution and acid rain are eroding marbles, while extreme weather phenomena such as droughts or torrential rains have led ancient walls and temples to develop structural problems. Even though the Acropolis hill is probably Greece’s best preserved archaeological site, there are signs that climate change threatens that. – AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Kauai, my bru ... how Real Foods made fast food hip

Because millennial consumers are willing to pay a premium for health and sustainability

By Chris Gilmour
2 min read

Finally, some moving and shaking in listed property

Investors have been clamouring for more mergers and acquisitions, and now they’re starting to get them

By Alistair Anderson
1 min read

What does the JSE hope to gain from Tongaat director?

If non-exec directors can’t hold executives accountable by asking the hard questions, what value do they add?

By Siseko Njobeni
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Q&A: TV chef Siba Mtongana dishes up her life on a plate

Host of ‘Siba's Table’, author, menu curator and caterer spills the beans on what sustains and delights her

By Nothemba Mkhondo
3 min read

Rand Steam: Shop while you catch a whiff of old Joburg

The new complex in Richmond has plenty of history to make it more than your run-of-the-mill mall

By Sanet Oberholzer
4 min read

What is the potent attraction behind the Magnet Theatre?

A unique initiative oriented to stage productions nurtures talent in disadvantaged communities

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Cricket SA gears up for an almighty purge

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

Lord’s have mercy: So this is what all the fuss is about

Our man saw only the first part of Australia’s innings against England, but that was more than enough

Telford Vice
Journalist
7 min read