Thursday, September 12 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Statutory rape: Court agrees teen may have looked like an adult

An expert was called in to verify if the girl could have been mistaken for an adult by looking at her physique

Shain Germaner
Journalist
4 min read

Talking point: Barry Bateman, pussyfooting and that word

The pressure is on EWN to set a precedent on the matter, according to an expert

7 min read

Why Uyinene’s rape and murder were a tipping point

Why have the rape-homicides of other women not had the same impact on the collective consciousness?

Tanya Farber
Journalist
5 min read

Here’s a lesson for Mugabe acolytes: His Zim education reforms are a myth

The best that can be said about the strongman's contribution to school education was that he did not destroy it

4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Chester Williams: An icon who ‘paved the way’

He was the only black member of SA's 1995 World Cup winners, and went on to win 27 caps for his country

By Telegraph Obituary
4 min read

Fynbos plant comes to rescue of Oz sheep farmers

Cape legume found to be ideal for feeding sheep on the country's sandy and infertile western region

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

David v Goliath as traders take on R1.3bn mall developers

Group of 29 hawkers dealt a blow in court battle over a dusty patch of earth that has raged for two years

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

Judge blocks licence bid of security firm caught in murder storm

But Reaction Unit SA has found a way to operate despite a ruling in assault cases against its guards

Shain Germaner
Journalist
4 min read

What a waste! Gauteng health irregularly extended contracts

They have been extended monthly for the past three years without going out to tender, it has been revealed

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
3 min read

Doctors at their Wits end as 84% are diagnosed with burnout

Emotional exhaustion and unfeeling and impersonal responses to patients are the standout symptoms, survey found

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Dros rape accused planned to harm girl: NPA

The seven-year-old girl Nicholas Ninow admitted to raping at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in 2018 contradicted his version that she walked into the bathroom cubicle while he was in it. NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane provided the media with an overview of the child’s testimony on Wednesday, after she testified in-camera in the Pretoria High Court. “The accused, in his version, said the child found him in the bathroom, so it was important for the state to call the child to come and testify about the sequence of events - that in fact the accused person followed the child to the bathroom. By doing that, we wanted to prove to the court that by following the child he had intention to harm the child,” said Mjonondwane. Ninow pleaded guilty to rape, defeating the ends of justice and possession of drugs. He did not plead guilty to assault. The case continues on Thursday with closing arguments by the state and the defence.

Zuma’s not my friend, says Motsoeneng

"I know Zuma, but he is not my friend." This was how Hlaudi Motsoeneng described his relationship with former president Jacob Zuma. He was testifying at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday. Motsoeneng, who was previously chief operations officer at the SABC, was responding to claims put before the commission by senior staff at the public broadcaster, who alleged that Motsoeneng instructed that Zuma be given prominence ahead of the 2014 national elections. "I know Zuma, but he is not my friend. I’m not close to him like people say I’m close to Zuma. I know him," he said. "There were times where media and SABC generally were calling [Zuma] names on live programmes. I said to them, 'whether you like Zuma or you don’t like him, he’s the president of the country. But even if you don’t like him, mind your language,'" Motsoeneng said. Earlier, he defended his instruction that violent protests not be aired.

Newcastle deputy mayor arrested for drink driving

Newly elected Newcastle deputy mayor Reuben Molelekoa was arrested for drink driving and reckless and negligent driving after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into two houses in the early hours of Tuesday. In response to queries about Molelekoa’s accident, police confirmed the arrest, although they did not use his name. “Today at 1am a 31-year-old male was arrested for reckless and negligent driving as well as driving under an intoxicating substance after he allegedly crashed into two houses in B Section, Osizweni," police spokesperson Lt-Col Thulani Zwane said. The mayor was expected to appear in court later in the day. Photographs from the crash scene, circulating on social media, show the vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, resting nose first between two walls. Municipal spokesperson Dumisani Thabethe said he could not comment until he had spoken to Molelekoa.

Meghan Cremer murder accused abandons bail

Shiraaz Jaftha, one of three men accused of kidnapping and murdering Meghan Cremer in August, has joined his co-accused in forfeiting his bail application. The 34-year-old, who appeared briefly in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, is also implicated in a separate murder case, prosecutor Envar Hartnick revealed in August. Charlie Daniel, 39, and Jeremy Sias, 27, are also in custody. The three are accused of kidnapping and murdering horse rider Meghan Cremer after the 29-year-old left her home at the Vaderlandche Rietvlei farm on August 3. Her body was found in a sand mine with a rope around her neck days after the three men were arrested and found in possession of her car. They will appear again on October 16.

Gautrain water row: ‘Commuters shouldn’t suffer’

The Gautrain service has appealed to the City of Johannesburg to reverse its decision to turn off the water supply to the Sandton station due to a rates/taxes payment dispute with the private entity that owns the premises. “The water supply was turned off on Friday in spite of the Gautrain water account with the City of Johannesburg being paid in full and up to date,” Gautrain said. “Whilst we have subsequently implemented temporary measures, such as portable ablution facilities … we do have health and hygiene concerns as it’s imperative for a transport system that services more than 20,000 people at the Gautrain Sandton station every day to have its standard ablution facilities operational.” Gautrain asked the city to urgently restore the water supply to the station and to resolve the dispute they have with the property company.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka slams ‘fake’ xenophobia link

Veteran musician and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka has slammed fake news implicating her in xenophobia. The musician took to Instagram on Tuesday after reports claimed that she said foreigners must go back to their countries of birth. This followed the looting of her daughter’s shop in Maboneng, Johannesburg, at the weekend. She said she was appalled at what was happening in Africa, adding that fake news was unacceptable. “I live and work for Africa. This is my continent and my roots are here in Africa,” she said. The singer described the person who wrote the article as full of hate and anger, adding that it was fuelling more hatred. Since the wave of xenophobic attacks started last week there have been old and misleading videos, as well as fake news articles, doing the rounds.

THE VISUAL SIDE

Nicholas Ninow, the man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at the Dros restaurant in 2018, appeared in court for a third day on September 11 2019.


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

John Bolton: Trump’s arch-hawk and ‘human scum’ is marched out

An Iran nuke deal U-turn was worth the pain for the national security adviser who planned war to protect the US

By Nick Allen
3 min read

Now they’re Cookin’: Apple targets Netflix universe as iPhone fades

It's a big strategic shift and a huge first salvo in a pricing war with established streaming giants

By James Titcomb, Matthew Field and Ellie Zolfagharifard
3 min read

Foot artists have a unique and handy leg-up – ‘toe maps’ in the brain

Painters born without arms have been found to develop a mental map of each toe - so, are we all born with this trait?

By AFP
2 min read

A spot of yoga at the office? Work is turning into one hell of a workout

The blurring of the lines between work and exercise is a godsend, say employees and employers

By Charlotte Lytton
5 min read

SNAPSHOT

A man walks by the Tribute in Light, lit to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City.
REMAIN IN LIGHT A man walks by the Tribute in Light, lit to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City.
Image: Reuters/Andrew Kelly

6 things you need to know about the world

Test-tube rhinos pull species from the brink

Conservationists have successfully created two northern white rhino embryos in a key step towards pulling the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists in Italy said on Wednesday. There are only two survivors in the world, and both are female and unable to carry calves. The last male, named Sudan, died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya last year, making scientists the majestic animals’ last chance. Using eggs harvested from the females and frozen sperm from deceased males, a team in Cremona in Italy has been able to create two viable embryos, according to the BioRescue international consortium of scientists. — AFP

Right-wing geezer loses it over geckos

A team of Sri Lankan scientists caused uproar in parliament and sparked a police probe after they used the names of mythical heroes and national figures to name six newly discovered species of gecko. Two of the new species were named for warriors loyal to a first-century BC king, while the others were given the names of 19th century rebels against British rule. But the association with the diminutive reptiles so infuriated Wimal Weerawansa, an ultra-nationalist MP, that he brought the matter up in parliament. ‘Our heroes are not geckos,’ he thundered. ‘If you touch a gecko’s tail, it snaps. Our heroes are not like that.’ — AFP

Tito, what would you tell this guy to do?

US President Donald Trump wants US ‘interest rates down to ZERO, or less’, he tweeted on Wednesday amid widespread expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut rates later this month. ‘We should then start to refinance our debt. INTEREST COST COULD BE BROUGHT WAY DOWN, while at the same time substantially lengthening the term,’ he added. ‘It is only the naivete of Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve that doesn’t allow us to do what other countries are already doing. A once in a lifetime opportunity that we are missing because of “Boneheads”.’ Trump has publicly berated Fed chair Jerome Powell and the central bank for failing to loosen monetary policy fast enough. — AFP

‘Rising Sun’ flag is like swastika, says S Korea

South Korea has requested the International Olympic Committee to bar Japan from using the ‘Rising Sun’ flag during next year’s Games. Relations between the neighbours are at their lowest ebb since they normalised ties in 1965, strained over the issue of South Korean forced labour during Japan’s 1910-45 occupation. South Korea’s sports ministry expressed its ‘disappointment’ over the Tokyo organising committee’s decision to allow the flag to be displayed at Olympic venues and called for action to thwart the move. The flag defies the peaceful spirit of the Olympics as it was a symbol of Japan’s imperialist past that reminds Asian countries of ‘historical wounds and pains’, the ministry said, likening it to the swastika, a symbol used by Nazi Germany. — Reuters

Dutch doc wins landmark euthanasia case

A Dutch court on Wednesday acquitted a doctor over euthanising a woman with severe dementia in a landmark case for the Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia. Prosecutors had accused the unnamed doctor of failing to properly consult the 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in the case in 2016, saying that the woman may have changed her mind before about dying. The case attracted media attention due to details of how the patient was given a sedative in her coffee but nevertheless had to be restrained by her family as the now-retired doctor injected the euthanasia drug. But applause broke out in the courtroom after judges ruled that the doctor was right to abide by the woman’s wish, expressed four years earlier, to be euthanised instead of being placed in a care home. — AFP

Jolly good show: no Brexit effect for SA region

Britain has agreed a deal with six southern African countries that will ensure continuity of trade conditions after Brexit. Britain initialled an economic partnership agreement with SA, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, eSwatini (Swaziland), and Mozambique. ‘This trade agreement, once it is signed and takes effect, will allow businesses to keep trading after Brexit without any additional barriers,’ Britain’s international trade secretary Liz Truss said. Once signed formally, it will mirror the trade conditions the southern African nations currently enjoy with the EU. Machinery and motor vehicles top British exports to the region. The UK meanwhile imported mainly edible fruit and nuts. — Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BULL’S EYE: Share buybacks sound cool, but can burn you

Traditional wisdom is that when a company buys back its own shares, the price goes up ... well, not always

By Jeremy Thomas
3 min read

Prosus listing leaves Naspers investors with some thinking

Why invest in Naspers and its SA businesses when one can go straight to Prosus for the lucrative global assets?

By Mudiwa Gavaza
1 min read

AVI: Perhaps it’s time to give footwear brands the boot

Could unbundling be in store as Green Cross and Spitz continue to drag down the consumer products group?

By Siseko Njobeni
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

A film about Manolo Blahnik, Vivienne Westwood, and me

‘You’re such a chameleon, you don’t have a style yet, so you absorb whatever environment that you’re in’

By Beth Webb
3 min read

You don’t get to be Riky Rick without a plan: Here’s his

‘Pay or die’ – the hit maker and entrepreneur gets candid about building a brand and his own challenges

By Andrea Nagel
1 min read

Listen up, gents, we can do something about that smell

From Gucci to Guerlain, the beauty editor of Wanted magazine chooses the five best new fragrances for men

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: All Blacks and Boks amp up the intensity

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

When Handre Pollard clicks, the Bok engine switches on

Senior flyhalf holds the key to World Cup success for SA because much of the game-plan revolves around him

By Nick Said
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Kiwis win series amid angry scenes

Today in SA sports history: September 12

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read