Friday, November 8 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Zuma has to apologise to Hanekom, says court, but he refuses to give in

Judge says Zuma insulted Hanekom, saying his entire life had been ‘duplicitous’

2 min read
News FREE

Sheep-shearers aim for SA sports award ... at a fast clip

FREE TO READ | We’re the best baa none, say shearers joining rugby and netball stars for the SA Sports Awards

By Maggie Connolly
3 min read
Sport FREE

Boks transform the way we think about transformation

FREE TO READ | Black players are world class when given the opportunity, which is why quotas have to remain

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Ideas FREE

Botswana, Africa’s diamond, is losing its lustre

FREE TO READ | A disputed election outcome is among the challenges threatening the country’s miracle

5 min read

Drought breaks as a new president breaks the mould

A flashy inauguration is but one marker that sets Mokgweetsi Masisi apart from his more reserved predecessor

By Sarah Hudleston
5 min read

I was friendly with Zuma, but had no ‘relationship’ with Guptas, says Manyi

State capture probe told that former GCIS boss and media mogul Mzwanele Manyi ‘lied’ during earlier testimony

Amil Umraw
Journalist
4 min read

State hauls Joburg land-grab ‘masterminds’ to court

Shack developers selling off government land amid burgeoning settlements around southern suburbs

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
2 min read

Xolani Gwala, broadcasting idol who beat rural life odds

As family and friends bid farewell to Gwala on Thursday, an old friend pays tribute to him

By Sihle Mlotshwa
4 min read
News FREE

This is your chance to make SA a star in the night sky

FREE TO READ | Something catchier than WASP-62b and WASP-62 are sought. Here are your choices

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

A little hope erupts when a Pompeiian party looks like last Saturday

It’s unfashionable to compare past and the future, but I came upon a mural from the ancient city’s ruins ...

4 min read

Oh, the in-humanities! Zille pops a shot at varsity courses

Was Zille’s latest tweet the product of a calcified Twitter troll? Well, I won’t suggest it

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Little snake in a hat makes a slow but egregious spiral into a poet’s heart

FREE TO READ | A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Journalist
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

African states owe Eskom R632m: Gordhan

Three foreign state-owned power utilities owe Eskom R632m in outstanding payments. This was revealed in a parliamentary reply by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan in response to a question by the DA. The party said that while Gordhan may be of the view that R632m would have a minimal impact on Eskom’s cash flow, in reality every cent counted when the power utility had debt of about R420bn. The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority owes R322m, Electricidade de Moçambique owes R221m and Zambian state-owned power company Zesco owes R89m. “Half a billion rands is an astonishing amount of money and could, in the long term, go a long way in stabilising the financial woes at Eskom,” said DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone. She said Eskom was also owed close to R20bn in outstanding debt by municipalities across SA.

Municipalities owed R165bn: Salga

Municipalities should urgently and aggressively enforce credit control management measures to recover billions owed to it. This was a resolution taken by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) following its national executive committee meeting this week. Salga revealed on Thursday that debt owed to municipalities for municipal services already delivered amounted to R165.5bn as at June 30 2019 - up from R143.2bn the previous year. It said the largest component of debt related to households, which accounted for R118.6bn. Salga said the government owed municipalities R10.3bn for water and electricity, while businesses owed about R23bn. The association said municipalities owed Eskom R25bn for electricity, and R14.9bn to various water boards. Salga said there was a clear link between the ability of a municipality to service its debt, and the inability of a municipality to collect money for services delivered.

Eight injured as shop roof collapses

Eight people were taken to hospital after a structural collapse at a building on Dr Pixley Isaka Seme Street in the Durban CBD on Thursday. KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the roof of the building collapsed and a number of people were trapped inside. Eight people were taken to hospital. In total, nine people were assessed by paramedics. McKenzie said emergency services were still at the scene at 2pm, and were preparing to send rescue dogs into the building to check if there were more victims inside. The reason for the collapse was not yet known. Rescue Care, which was on the scene, said everyone inside the two-storey building was accounted for after a second rescue dog was sent inside.

Uyinene’s body ‘hidden overnight in safe’

After Luyanda Botha allegedly raped 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana and bludgeoned her to death with a scale, he hid her body overnight in the post office safe. This was disclosed in a summary of facts handed by the state to the court on Thursday. It also alleged that the 42-year-old man waited until the next morning to transport Mrwetyana's body to Lingelethu West in Khayelitsha, doused her with an accelerant and set her alight. Botha made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The state alleged that Botha raped Mrwetyana twice. The official cause of death was stated by autopsy results as a “head injury”. Magistrate Goolam Bawa postponed the case to November 15 for a pre-trial conference at the high court. Prosecutor Ronald de Kock said Mrwetyana's family would attend the trial and were “doing well in the circumstances”.

Ex-spy boss Mdluli acquitted of intimidation

A ruling by the Constitutional Court which found parts of the Intimidation Act to be unconstitutional has allowed former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli off the hook on four counts of intimidation. The High Court in Johannesburg acquitted Mdluli on Thursday of four counts of intimidation on which it had earlier found him guilty. Mdluli’s defence and the state submitted to the court that the recent Constitutional Court judgment had thrown a spanner in the works. After hearing representations from the state and Mdluli’s lawyer, Ike Motloung, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng said he agreed with their submissions. Mdluli was previously found guilty on four counts of intimidation, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of common assault and two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The non-intimidation counts still stand.

Lion park owner heartbroken after poisonings

A family that owns a private lion park at Hartbeespoort is inconsolable over the death of four lions that were poisoned. Chameleon Village Lion Park was the home of big cats Thor, Mumford, Isis and Mia for years until they were poisoned with laced chicken on Tuesday night. Co-owner Hennie Pio was home at about 9pm when intruders cut a fence and threw poisoned chicken pieces to the big cats, he said on Thursday. He said the intruders most likely fled because of the incessant barking of his neighbours' dogs. “My wife and I raised them and loved them wholeheartedly. They were our children. In fact, we had them way before we had our child who is three years old. This is painful, I don’t know what I’m feeling, whether I’m angry or heartbroken,” Pio said. He said police and conservation officials did not immediately have a lead on who committed the crime.

THE VISUAL SIDE

Protest action by residents of De Doorns, Western Cape, turned into looting on Thursday. Police were called to the area when striking residents looted stationary trucks on the N1 highway. The protesters stoned cars and stole big-screen TV sets from the trucks.

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

The Berlin Wall fell, but the Kremlin threat never went away

The common resolve of the West helped to bring down the USSR, but there is no unity over Russia now

By Con Coughlin
4 min read

Don’t call me self-partnered – not all of us are tragic Bridget Joneses

Emma Watson’s rebranding of her relationship status shows we still don’t believe a woman can be happy alone

By Radhika Sanghani
5 min read

Just open a window! Air-purifying house plants are a potty idea

Wild misinterpretation of a Nasa experiment means you’re pointlessly populating your lounge with foliage

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Losing the plot: Why BBC’s ‘Novels That Shaped Our World’ gets it wrong

List is in thrall to fantasy, is not representative of the full range of what fiction offers, and will please no one

By Jake Kerridge
9 min read

SNAPSHOT

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to bury a time capsule during a visit at Royal British Legion Industries village in Aylesford, England.
oh lawks, it's really her Queen Elizabeth II arrives to bury a time capsule during a visit at Royal British Legion Industries village in Aylesford, England.
Image: Richard Pohle/Pool via Reuters

6 things you need to know about the world

Napoleon’s lost general dances on one leg

More than 200 years after he died in Russia, one of Napoleon Bonaparte's favourite generals has been identified thanks to DNA tests on a one-legged skeleton found under a dance floor. Charles Etienne Gudin, whose name is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, died at 44 on August 22 1812, after being hit by a cannonball during Napoleon's unsuccessful invasion of Russia. He attended military school with Napoleon in Brienne. After his death his heart was cut out and carried to Paris to be placed in a chapel in the French capital's Père Lachaise cemetery, but the location of the rest of his body was unknown. In July, French and Russian archaeologists said they had unearthed what they believed to be Gudin's remains during a dig under an old dance floor in a park in the Russian city of Smolensk, 20km from the battlefield at Valutino. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Israeli cable car raises a few wails

Israel’s government has approved a controversial cable car that will ferry up to 3,000 people an hour over the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem to within a few hundred yards of the Old City's Western Wall. The plan, which received the green light this week, proposes an overhead route starting in west Jerusalem and swooping over a valley towards the Old City, where it will deposit visitors at the 16th century Dung Gate. Israel's government says the plan will boost tourism, relieve traffic congestion, and make it easier for worshippers to reach the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, called the plan "an illegal assault on the occupied Palestinian city and its people who have been living there for centuries". – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Record half a mil shelled out for crab

A Japanese bidder may be feeling the pinch after forking out $46,000 (R677,690) at auction for a snow crab - a price that "probably set a new world record", local officials said on Thursday. The winter seafood delicacy is in season from this week in the western Tottori region, where the crustacean was snapped up for a final price of five million yen. In Japan, buyers often pay eye-watering sums to secure a seasonal first at auction, from tuna to melons, with media attention guaranteed. The crab weighed 1.2kg and measured 14.6cm across. The price exceeded 2018’s record price of two million yen, which was registered at the time in the Guinness World Records for most expensive crab. The crab was bought by a local retailer, and will be served at a high-end Japanese restaurant in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, local media reported. – AFP

How to make a Kiwi heckler go boom

With the quickfire putdown "OK, boomer", a 25-year-old New Zealand politician dismissed a heckler during a speech about climate change - highlighting the generation gap between herself and other MPs in a clip that has gone viral.The catchphrase is used to dismiss out-of-touch, condescending or closed-minded attitudes associated with the baby-boomer generation and older people more generally. In recent months, "OK, boomer" has gained traction as a meme on apps like TikTok that have a predominantly young user base. Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick used it to hit back at interjections while speaking this week in support of a bill to reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. – AFP

French musicals strike a chord in China …

French musicals that were hits in their country have struck a chord and found a second life far from home - in China, where fans sing along with the foreign cast. Western musicals have grown in popularity in China in recent years, with fans flocking to classic Broadway shows such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. But French shows have given American musicals a run for their money, with Notre-Dame de Paris, Mozart, L'Opera Rock and The Red and the Black filling theatres. French musicals have gained fans in a communist-ruled country that sees itself as the heir of the Paris Commune, a revolutionary government that briefly ruled the French capital in 1871. – AFP

… and in miserable Venezuela

The angry, oppressed citizens are actors and their caps and overcoats evoke 19th-century France rather than modern-day Venezuela. But local people going to the theatre to see a new performance of Les Miserables in Caracas could be forgiven for thinking this show was about them. In a country deep in economic crisis, getting the show on the stage was a heroic feat almost on the scale of the epic novel it is based on. "It was an act of rebellion," said producer Claudia Salazar. The social injustice in Victor Hugo's 1862 novel - and songs such as Do You Hear the People Sing? and I Dreamed a Dream - resonate with Venezuelans. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Vampire squid or damp squib? Goldman Sachs SA boss leaves

Colin Coleman reflects on 20 years in which the bank thrived despite bumping heads with the Zuma ANC

By Warren Thompson
4 min read

Global funds: Where in the world should you invest?

Quality and sexy aren’t quite the same, so don’t be dazzled by funds that chase short-term cycles

By Stephen Cranston
5 min read

Mpact shows the benefits of believing in rubbish

Share price has fallen to attractive levels given the prospects for the recycling and packaging company

By Sekgabo Molelekoa
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Crime with a fine line in cankered comedy-cynicism

After ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino’, here’s another tree with golden rotten apples, sumptuously shaken

By Nigel Andrews
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

Press pause on your life, baby, there’s stuff you must watch

Ten great shows streaming in November

By Kevin Kriedemann
4 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Tiger lurks as Ernie names wild cards

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Morne leads 13 of 15 wins

Today in SA sports history: November 8

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read