Thursday, September 5 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Emotions run riot in the fight against gender violence

Stun grenades went off and tears flowed as the murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana galvanised SA

By Dave Chambers, Dan Meyer, Tanya Farber, Philani Nombembe and Aron Hyman
3 min read

Not just for tricks and kicks: skating across society’s divide

Skateboarding is taking off in SA as Cape Town's newest parks show - and it's about more than showing off skills

Claire Keeton
Journalist
3 min read

Hlaudi ‘escorted’ SABC chief to Guptas, Zondo commission hears

According to a former SABC employee, Motsoeneng played a role in dictating editorial policy

Amil Umraw
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Newborn burns to death in baby warmer while mom is in surgery

Now the young family is seeking legal advice as they try to cope with the devastating incident at a Mahikeng hospital

Alex Patrick
Journalist
4 min read

Thousands of pupils suffer as unpaid water bills pile up

Mangaung metro cuts supply to 132 schools over millions in arrears - right in the middle of matric exams

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
4 min read

Free State boy ‘raped’ by five fellow pupils fails his exams

The traumatised youngster is 'on then off' as he prepares to relive the alleged gang rape in court

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

SA is a major turnoff, and that’s a good thing

Travel specialist survey names the top 20 destinations in the world to take a tech-free break

3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Sexist violence is deeply ingrained in SA, and a march won’t help

We need activism around the scourge, but the problem goes much deeper into our misogynistic culture

4 min read

Dear men, enough is enough. We can no longer stand idly by

Enough of the 'jokes' and catcalling, and the 'not all men' crap. It’s time for men to take responsibility for men

Matthew Savides
News editor
5 min read

La-La Land calling: Harry and Meghan’s happy ending is in California

Square pegs and round holes were always going to be a problem for the duchess, who refuses to have her edges filed

By Celia Walden
4 min read

Secrets escape the love triangle that inspired ‘Doctor Zhivago’

While most eyes look towards the famous man who wrote the book, the two women behind him are compelling

By Lara Prescott
5 min read

SNAPSHOT

People talk outside the National Emergence Management Agency while waiting for an update on Hurricane Dorian in Nassau, Bahamas.
BLACK AND BLUE People talk outside the National Emergence Management Agency while waiting for an update on Hurricane Dorian in Nassau, Bahamas.
Image: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Cape cops shot for their guns

Two seriously injured Cape Town law enforcement officers were airlifted to hospital on Wednesday after being shot for their firearms. The officers, aged 54 and 49, were doing protection duty for municipal contractors near Sweet Home Farm in Philippi when suspects approached their marked vehicle and fired at them through the windows before stealing their guns. Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the officers had been airlifted to hospital. Police confirmed the incident. Spokesperson Lt-Col Andre Traut said: "The suspects fled and are yet to be arrested."

‘Fake news’ warning amid 300 looting arrests

Gauteng police have arrested 289 people for the violence that has been playing out in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Police said on Wednesday that there had been a "significant decline" in incidents of public violence and looting in the two cities. But they voiced concern at the circulation of "fake news" on social media that could incite more violence. "Police management is concerned about a campaign of fake news on social media highlighting a spectrum of violence that seeks to incite and instil fear among the residents of Gauteng," said police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini. On Wednesday, several videos and pictures suggesting that schools in Katlehong were burning and children had been "kidnapped" by foreigners were being circulated. Dlamini said the information was false and aimed at fuelling violence and instilling fear.

Eskom could shut plants over emissions

Cash-strapped Eskom could be forced to shut some plants if it fails to reduce emissions, its chief operating officer warned on Wednesday, raising the spectre of further blackouts. The potential closures, which Jan Oberholzer said could cut a 10th of the state utlity’s 45,000MW production capacity, piles pressure on the government that has had to bail out the debt-ridden company to keep it afloat. Africa's biggest public utility supplies more than 90% of SA’s electricity, relying largely on ageing, heavily polluting coal-fired power stations, but does not generate enough cash to meet its debt-servicing costs. It is also responsible for at least a third of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

Dad arrested after 4 kids hanged

A KwaZulu-Natal man accused of hanging his three biological children and his stepdaughter has been arrested. Three of the children, Siphesihle, Khwezi and Kuhlekonke Mpungose, were found by their mother, at their Wyebank home on Tuesday afternoon. Grade 11 Pinetown Girls' High school pupil Ayakha Jiyane was found hanging in bushes in New Germany on Tuesday night. KZN's MEC for social development Nonhlanhla Koza - along with police - confirmed a short while ago that the man, believed to be in his 40s, was arrested in Claremont, west of Durban. He is understood to have been hiding in bushes. Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said a 44-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday. "He was arrested in Kwadabeka Sub 5. He will face four counts of murder."

Brenda Fassie home where she belongs

A life-size statue of the late singer Brenda Fassie will return to the Newtown district of downtown Johannesburg - this time in pride of place outside the Market Theatre. The bronze piece was sent off for repairs in June, and the city contemplated moving it to a different site, such as Constitution Hill, because of fears of vandalisation. Public consultations ensued, with the vote firmly coming in on the side of Newtown. The statue shows Fassie casually sitting on a stool on a stage, before a mic, with an empty stool next to her, inviting the viewer to take a seat. It was first installed outside the Bassline music venue in Newtown in 2006, after being commissioned by the Sunday Times centenary heritage project.

Timol-death cop abused me: daughter

Tilana Stander, the daughter of Joao Rodrigues, the apartheid era policeman accused of murdering political activist Ahmed Timol, says she wants her father prosecuted for abusing her. Speaking to Radio 702 on Wednesday, Stander, who has opened a case of child abuse against Rodrigues, said she wanted her father to be prosecuted for sexually assaulting her more than 40 years ago. She said the abuse took place between 1972 and 1976. On Tuesday, Stander said she had been contemplating coming out about the abuse since 2007. “I was, however, always afraid that nobody would believe me, felt ashamed, and was under the impression that such cases prescribed after 20 years and that it was thus too late for me to take any legal action.”

THE VISUAL SIDE

Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos on September 3 2019 after the violence against foreigners in SA.


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

Churchill’s grandson swept along with Boris’s wave of purges

In one of the most bizarre Brexit turns, the great statesman’s grandson has been expelled for defying the new PM

By Michael Holden and Andrew MacAskill
3 min read

Untold history: a trunk unlocks family’s Holocaust secrets

Inside were the possessions of Jewish parents who had sent it to South America ahead of a planned escape from the Nazis

By Luke Mintz
6 min read

Now AI can predict your heart attack nine years before it happens

And the checks are up to 90% accurate - compared with current CT scans which show blockages in only about 25% of cases

By Laura Donnelly
2 min read

Mass appeal: Indian plus-size actors defy stereotypes with bold theatre

They take aim at thinness-obsessed Bollywood and sexualised dancing, along with eating a large, creamy cake

By AFP
1 min read

SNAPSHOT

A cow stands amid smoke from a burning tract of the Amazon jungle in Apui, Brazil.
A HUMP IN THE ROAD A cow stands amid smoke from a burning tract of the Amazon jungle in Apui, Brazil.
Image: Reuters/Bruno Kelly

6 things you need to know about the world

Bangkok knocks Paris into cocked hat

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, edged out Paris and London as the world’s most popular city to visit, according to a survey released on Wednesday. Bangkok was top for the fourth consecutive year, with about 22.8 million visitors reported in the annual rankings by MasterCard. Paris and London were ranked second and third, each with about 19.1 million arrivals, trailed by Dubai with 15.9 million. Other Southeast Asian cities, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were fourth and fifth in the rankings. New York, Istanbul, Tokyo and Antalya, Turkey, rounded out the top 10.The number of international visitors across the 200 cities grew by 76% in the last 10 years. — Reuters

Small win not enough for Hong Kong activists

Hong Kong’s leader on Wednesday bowed to a key demand of pro-democracy protesters following three months of unrest, announcing the withdrawal of a loathed extradition bill, but activists vowed to press on with their campaign. Millions of people have taken to Hong Kong’s streets since June in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of semi-autonomous Hong Kong since its handover from the British in 1997. After refusing for months to scrap the bill, which aimed to allow extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, chief executive Carrie Lam finally conceded as she called for calm and an end to violent protests. Pro-democracy activists voiced anger and determination to press on with their broader democracy campaign. — AFP

Penal colony for touching cop’s helmet

A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced a protester to three years in prison for violence against the police. Investigators said 28-year-old Kirill Zhukov hit an officer during an unsanctioned protest at the end of July, causing him ‘physical pain’. A video widely circulated on social media showed Zhukov lightly touching the policeman’s helmet. Judge Maria Sizintseva of Moscow’s Tverskoy court sentenced him to three years in a penal colony. More than 1,400 people were briefly arrested in Moscow during that protest for free and fair local elections. — AFP

Chopper spoils dagga-grower’s sport

Spanish police were lent an unexpected hand in a drug raid in the province of Barcelona after a helicopter camera filming the Vuelta a Espana cycling race alerted officers to two rooftop marijuana plantations. Officers seized 40 cannabis plants in the town of Igualada after being alerted to the plantations due to videos from last Saturday’s stage eight which had been posted on social media. The images showing the plants were taken from a helicopter camera as the riders approached the finish line in Igualada, located 65km outside of Barcelona. — Reuters

Bummer for UK junkies after R2bn bust

Police have made the largest-ever seizure of heroin in Britain after discovering drugs with a street value of over £120m (about R2.2bn) hidden in a shipment of towels and bathrobes. The haul was discovered on a container ship that docked last week in the eastern English port of Felixstowe. National Crime Agency intelligence had ascertained that the heroin would be on the vessel when it docked in the UK. After officers removed the drugs, they returned the container to the vessel, which continued on to Antwerp and docked in the Belgian port city on Sunday. Four people were arrested after the container was then driven to Rotterdam, the NCA said. — Reuters

When it’s time to pay, simply pose

No cash, no cards, no wallet, and no smartphones: China’s shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial-recognition payment technology. Customers simply make a purchase by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras, after linking an image of their face to a digital payment system or bank account. The software is already widely used, often to monitor citizens — it has been credited with nabbing jaywalkers and catching criminals. But authorities have come under fire for using it to crack down and monitor dissent. — AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BULL’S EYE: The fine line between desperate and serious

Problems we have are replicated in virtually every other country – just ask the Italians, and they seem to cope

By Jeremy Thomas
3 min read

SA companies at risk abroad as xenophobia bites back

The game has changed: people have found a way to retaliate without having to set foot in SA

By Mudiwa Gavaza
1 min read

Old Mutual: Shareholders got stiffed by the Peter Moyo spat

Neither the insurer nor its former CEO have emerged with much glory, and investors have taken the pain

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Kids who can’t read? Glad Kaiser’s got a novel solution

For every private-school child who registers and pays for a Bala Books course, another child is sponsored

By Tswelopele Maputla
2 min read

Five SA product designers quietly storming the world

African design is getting special attention and our wares have become collectible, thanks to these studios

By Mila Crewe-Brown
2 min read

A Kimberley kid’s flying leap into fashion superstardom

SA designer Thebe Magugu has just won one of the most coveted awards in fashion – the LVMH Prize

By Nothemba Mkhondo
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Lappies lies in wait in Japan’s engine room

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

The Springbok is the swastika of sport, yet there the filthy thing still is

Revive the boycott and to hell with how much money would be lost and whose careers would be cut short

Telford Vice
Journalist
6 min read

Blasts from the past: First rowing medal for SA in 2015

Today in SA sports history: September 5

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read