Wednesday, November 27 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

News FREE

Top principal suspended after pupils say he is ‘racist’

FREE TO READ | The pupils accused the award-winning educator of restricting their movement

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

This is how the Guptas captured Zuma, according to Mo Shaik

Former security boss says former president could not separate his duty to the nation from his loyalty to Guptas

Amil Umraw
Journalist
4 min read

Humble pie tastes great when it’s for a cause like Rassie

As Bok coach he achieved all of his objectives and for that I withdraw the criticism I made last year

3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Convict: ‘I’ve done time for killing 3 women, now please hire me’

Convicted murderer says although prisons provide education, that doesn’t guarantee a job upon release

Orrin Singh
Journalist
2 min read

Welcome to the Republic of Sexual Abuse, a hellhole for women

NGOs have rebranded the country to reflect the truth about gender-based violence in SA

Alex Patrick
Journalist
5 min read

‘Fraudster’ couple stuck in jail as relatives abandon them

The Lingwoods have been unable to apply for bail for three weeks because nobody is willing to offer them a home

Shain Germaner
Journalist
3 min read

Life reaches its limits in the dead pools of Ethiopia

Biologist says her evidence destroys the assumption that the presence of water on other planets is a sign of life

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Corruption and conspiracies: the lies that bind our Zuma and Israel’s Bibi

In addition to facing graft trials, both are fond of trotting out the old ‘victim of conspiracy’ chestnut

Tony Leon
Columnist
5 min read

Clueless at the crease: SA cricket is its own worst opponent

SA cricket has no director, no permanent coach, and, apparently, no idea – and England are coming

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

In the hear and now: there is life after tinnitus in your 30s

As a relatively young hearing aid wearer, Samantha Baines hopes her children’s book will help banish the stigma

By Luke Mintz
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Mboweni backs ‘intrusive’ Sars investigating unit

Finance minister Tito Mboweni has come out in support of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) having an “intrusive” investigating unit. This is in line with the finding of the Nugent commission of inquiry into tax administration governance at Sars, which found that such a unit was necessary and lawful. The issue of a Sars investigating unit has been in the spotlight following the controversy over the "rogue unit", which has had far-reaching ramifications for former Sars commissioner and current public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan. In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Mboweni said he endorsed the submission by the National Treasury to the Nugent commission in 2018, which stated that “enforcement powers that are also intrusive are necessary for any tax-collection agency”. Mboweni said he agreed there was a general requirement for Sars to have an intrusive capacity for a well-functioning revenue-collection authority.

MP Bongo ‘looking forward to proving innocence’

Controversial ANC MP Bongani Bongo was back in parliament on Tuesday, days after being arrested by the Hawks and charged with corruption. Bongo, who chairs the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on home affairs, did not shy away from the controversy in his opening remarks to a committee meeting to discuss strategies to resolve long queues at home affairs offices. He said that he had “submitted to the process that I was subjected to”, which included appearing in court. “I am looking forward to and assure the nation that I will go to court and prove my innocence,” he said. Bongo was arrested last week. He was released on R5,000 bail.

Municipality investigating if Nkandla falling apart

Municipal officials have embarked on a “fact-finding” mission to establish whether former president Jacob Zuma’s controversial R246m homestead is in disrepair. This comes after pictures started circulating on social media on Tuesday of the security fence surrounding the homestead broken in places. Municipal manager Langelihle Jili said a team was on a “fact-finding mission regarding the matter” on Tuesday. The homestead became a source of national controversy after it emerged that public funds were used to upgrade the compound. These included a “fire pool”, the fence and a helipad. Jili said the municipality would comment on the matter after the inspection.

ANC wants jailed Dalindyebo at king’s funeral

The ANC in the Amathole district has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola to allow jailed AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo to attend the funeral of AmaXhosa king Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu. It takes place on Friday. Dalindyebo is serving an effective 12 years in prison on three counts of arson, three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, one count of defeating the ends of justice and one count of kidnapping. ANC regional secretary Thembalethu Ntuthu said prisoners were allowed to apply for compassionate leave to attend funerals of direct relatives. Ramaphosa is to deliver a eulogy at the funeral. Ntuthu said this was not tantamount to “a call for his unconditional release from prison”.

Boozing under18s, you’ve been warned

Police sent a stern warning on Tuesday to youngsters planning end-of-year parties, as well as their parents: there will be zero tolerance for any under-18s who consume alcohol. “Every year, after-parties take place where large numbers of youths get together in streets close to taverns and entertainment areas where alcohol is consumed,” said Eastern Cape police spokesperson Capt Andre Beetge. “Many of the youth attending these parties are under age and become unable to control their actions, maintain an alert mental capacity, and are easily influenced. In previous years the SAPS have noted that after such parties, rape and assault cases are opened.” The warning is part of a social protection drive during the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children, which ends on December 10.

‘Qwaqwa k-word’ case moved to February

Politically connected businessman Peter-Paul Ngwenya's crimen injuria case has been postponed to 2020. Ngwenya was convicted of crimen injuria by the Randburg Magistrate's Court in August. The court acquitted him on two counts of contravening court orders. He made a brief appearance again on Tuesday, and his case was postponed to February 4 for arguments on sentencing. He was convicted for referring to Titi in a text message as a "Qwaqwa k****r" and a "Bantustan boss". The conflict between Ngwenya and Titi stemmed from a business deal that turned sour.
A demonstrator uses a skateboard as a shield during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago.
SKATING ON THIN ICE A demonstrator uses a skateboard as a shield during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago.
Image: Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

THE VISUAL SIDE

Black Friday on November 29 is a huge discount-driven shopping day, held annually the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday. It has slowly become one of SA’s biggest shopping days. Here are some of the dos, don'ts and definitely don’ts to make your shopping experience enjoyable.

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

Killer crocs invade tropical island, and the locals can’t fight back

As scientists try to work out why attacks are soaring in East Timor, the islanders continue to worship the reptiles

By AFP
4 min read

Big oil is fouling up the arts, but they’ll die without the likes of BP

Those targeting museums and galleries for their links with the company should picket fuel stations instead, some say

By Chris Harvey
7 min read

Re-imagine that: the consultancy firm racket is done for

The industry’s conflicts of interest, overblown theories and half-baked waffle have been rumbled

By Matthew Lynn
5 min read

We all know ‘festive’ means getting drunk. But say you don’t want to?

For most of the year, my sobriety is manageable. In booze-obsessed December, it’s a different story

By Kate Mulvey
6 min read

SNAPSHOT

Donald Trump attends a bill-signing ceremony in which he signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act in the Oval Office at the White House.
POLITICAL ANIMAL CRUELTY Donald Trump attends a bill-signing ceremony in which he signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act in the Oval Office at the White House.
Image: Reuters/Loren Elliott

6 things you need to know about the world

Hunt for suspects in ‘biggest art heist of all time’

Police in Germany were hunting robbers who snatched priceless 18th-century jewellery from a state museum in Dresden in what local media have called the biggest art heist of all time. Authorities have been put on alert after thieves made off with treasures from the Green Vault at Dresden's Royal Palace early Monday morning. – AFP

Skyscraper set to be Korea’s tallest gets off ground

The Seoul city government says it has approved the construction of Hyundai Motor Group’s new headquarters in Gangnam distict, set to be South Korea’s tallest skyscraper when it’s completed in 2026. The 569m building will break ground in the first half of 2020, Seoul city said. The approval came more than four years after Hyundai purchased the site for $10bn in 2014, more than triple its market price. – Reuters

Medical worker on trial for six murders

A Polish healthcare assistant accused of killing six people under his care with insulin overdoses went on trial in Germany. The defendant on trial in Munich, who has been named by prosecutors only as Grzegorz Stanislaw W, 38, is also accused of three attempted murders. He has also been charged on multiple counts of stealing from his victims. – AFP

Chief of staff resigns over journo murder case

Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said his chief of staff had resigned amid an ongoing probe into the murder of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. Sources said chief of staff Keith Schembri ‘was called in for questioning by police’ on Tuesday after his name was mentioned by the main suspect in the case, Yorgen Fenech, who was arrested last week. – AFP

Hong Kong police find last woman standing

Officials at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where police and protesters clashed violently last week, said they had searched the entire campus and found just one remaining holdout in a sign the campus siege may be near an end. Only one protester, a woman who is not a student, was left standing after the others found a way to sneak out. The university said it was trying to convince her to leave. – AFP

Farmers’ protest in Berlin gains tractors

Thousands of farmers drove their tractors to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in a mass protest against new environmental regulations they say threaten their livelihoods. Long convoys brought traffic to a standstill in the heart of the city’s government district, in the biggest display yet of farmers’ anger over agricultural policy changes agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet in September. – AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Something about the SA bond market makes no sense at all

Why are investors shying away from the juicy yields offered on SA government bonds?

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Far fewer are dying on mines, but then far fewer are working

Industry is right to be pleased with the 45% reduction in deaths so far in 2019, but employment has dwindled

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Deals within wheels as ELB, Torre and Apex circle closer

Corporate action gooses the ELB share price by 50%

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Why it’s no longer a simple matter of seafood, eat food

FREE TO READ | If we want seafood to remain on menus we need to be mindful of where it came from and how it was caught

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Bombshelter Beast: so cool they named a beer after them

Drink a hearty one of their namesake brews to see out the old year at the band's final gig of 2019 in Joburg

By Mila de Villiers
1 min read

Love on the rocks: A hotel you’ll fall for more than once

Happy to be beside the seaside at Cape Town’s rebuilt Tintswalo Atlantic on Chapman’s Peak Drive

By Richard Holmes
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Tinkler reckons he’s got a star

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Malinga is world champ

Today in SA sports history: November 27

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read