Tuesday, February 25 2020

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

State gathers ammunition as more Malema ‘rifle’ clips emerge

It turns out that the state has more video clips of the infamous incident than just the one that went viral

By Asanda Nini
3 min read
Ideas FREE

Don’t raise taxes, get the money back from corrupt ANC leaders

Burdening ordinary people will bring in very little. It’s better to recoup from the thieving untouchables

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Whatever those Cuban docs are ‘curing’ Zuma of, it’s not hypocrisy

The dodging by his lawyers can’t stop Saffers asking the obvious question: why doesn’t he go to a local hospital?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Did CEO nab R1.5m from Dros franchise owner?

Man sues Dros holding firm Krugkor for allegedly double-charging him and causing his business to fail

Shain Germaner
Journalist
5 min read

SA’s kidney specialists are exhausted and ready to emigrate

Overworked, overstressed and underpaid, nephrologists are reaching breaking point

2 min read

Roaming hippos of St Lucia chomp on residents’ lawns

But nobody minds since there’s no need to haul out the mower when the animals eat up to 60kg a night

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter
3 min read
News FREE

Facebook comment and now it’s wedding bells for #ImStaying couple

She called him handsome on the #ImStaying group, and the rest is history

3 min read
News FREE

I only had vetkoek, your honour! Man gets R130k for bungled drug bust

Court finds he should have been released on bail, even though it doubts he was in mandrax den only to buy cakes

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Revellers of Mangueira samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.
WHAT HAVE I DONE THIS TIME? Revellers of Mangueira samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.
Image: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes

Six things about SA you need to know

Arrest warrant for Malema for missing court date

A warrant of arrest has been issued for EFF leader Julius Malema after he failed to appear at the East London Magistrate's Court on Monday. Malema and co-accused security official Gerhardus Adriaan Snyman were meant to appear in relation to charges that emanate from Malema's alleged discharging of a firearm in public during his party's fifth-anniversary rally in Mdantsane in 2018. The warrant for both accused will, however, not be affected until their next court appearance on May 8. Malema's legal team said his absence was a result of an agreement reached with the state, the defence and the magistrate when Malema made his first appearance in court in November, where it was agreed that he will only appear when his trial starts.

Ramaphosa says healthcare system ‘unjust’

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday the country's healthcare system, in which those who can afford medical aid are better off while the majority depend on public health care, was “unjust and unfair”. Ramaphosa said the National Health Insurance (NHI) was the much-needed intervention to put everyone on the same pedestal of quality healthcare, which is a constitutional right for all. He wrote in his weekly newsletter that it was unsustainable that 20% of the country's population who are on medical aid have R250bn worth of medical care cover per year while the remainder of the population, who are dependent on public healthcare, are covered by R220bn through public funds. “This flies in the face of the constitutional right of access to healthcare for all citizens, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances,” he said. The NHI bill in parliament will soon be taken on a countrywide public hearings awareness programme towards its finalisation into law.

Hundreds of pigeons missing after race

Hundreds of pigeons missing after race The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCAs) has raised the alarm after only a few hundred pigeons returned to their loft after the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race. NSPCA senior inspector Arno de Klerk said the race took place at the beginning of February. He said 1,548 pigeons were liberated in the early morning of February 1 in the Northern Cape and were expected to return to the Sasolburg loft, about 600km away. To date, only 675 pigeons have returned. “No one is able to confirm the fate of these sentient creatures. This race takes place in one of the hottest months of the year, with scarce water sources along the route and other adverse weather conditions, such as thunderstorms. One can only imagine the suffering that these birds endure. The NSPCA remains opposed to animal racing in all forms,” he said. The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCAs) has raised the alarm after only a few hundred pigeons returned to their loft after the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race. NSPCA senior inspector Arno de Klerk said the race took place at the beginning of February. He said 1,548 pigeons were liberated in the early morning of February 1 in the Northern Cape and were expected to return to the Sasolburg loft, about 600km away. To date, only 675 pigeons have returned. “No one is able to confirm the fate of these sentient creatures. This race takes place in one of the hottest months of the year, with scarce water sources along the route and other adverse weather conditions, such as thunderstorms. One can only imagine the suffering that these birds endure. The NSPCA remains opposed to animal racing in all forms,” he said.

Paroled child rapist back in jail for life

A child rapist initially given a “slap on the wrist” by Umlazi magistrate Kholeka Bodlani was re-sentenced on Monday and is now serving life imprisonment. Widower Khomokwakhe Hector Mkhize, 58, was sentenced to an effective five-year prison term by Bodlani in August 2015. He was released on parole in December 2018. But he found himself back behind bars late in 2019 after being rearrested on the instruction of two KZN High Court judges who reviewed four sentences imposed on child rapists by Bodlani, describing them as “shocking”. Bodlani convicted Mhkize of the rape of a 10-year-old girl “on diverse occasions” in January and February 2011, but she only imposed a 10-year sentence, half of which was suspended. The matter came before the Durban Regional Court for re-sentencing on Monday. Bodlani’s cases are being audited by the Magistrates’ Commission. So far, seven have been referred back to various magistrates. Bodlani has repeatedly ignored requests for comment.

Baby ‘stolen’ after mom lured by false job

The search is on for a woman who allegedly kidnapped a two-week-old baby at the Lakeside Mall in Benoni, police said on Monday. Police spokesperson Capt Kay Makhubela said the mother first met the woman at the local clinic. “They became friends and would visit each other. The woman promised the mother that she would find a job for her.” Makhubela said the alleged baby snatcher asked the woman to meet her at Debonairs at the mall for lunch last week. “When the mother and her baby arrived at the mall, the woman gave her R100 to buy snacks at Checkers.” The mother left her baby and her handbag with the other woman. “When she returned, the woman was nowhere to be found.” A kidnapping case has been opened.

R5.2m for Lotto player with R800 ticket

How much would you spend on the SA lottery game each week? R10? R50? R100? Last week, a person from KwaZulu-Natal spent R800 playing the game and the gamble paid off. According to Ithuba, the punter won just more than R5.2m. “The winning ticket was purchased at Checkers in Margate, corner of Watski Drive and Windsor Avenue,” Ithuba said. The winner is yet to come forward.

THE VISUAL SIDE

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

We’re in an alien populist world, and the global left is clueless

The US Democrats and Labour in Britain are yet to confront the West’s new ideological dividing line

By Janet Daley
5 min read

In the war-ravaged birthplace of the Taliban, new hope is born

Exhausted by 40 years of fighting, many say they will cautiously welcome a deal letting the group back into government

By Ben Farmer
5 min read

Global wealth emergency: Covid-19 may be deadly to the world economy

As the world’s second-largest economy splutters, the global supply chain knock-on effect has been brutal

By Liam Halligan
5 min read

‘He called us buffoons’: ex-palace guard spoils Duke of York’s alibi

On that night, he says, Andrew could have been in London where he allegedly had sex with Epstein’s sex slave

By Martin Evans
3 min read

SNAPSHOT

An Afghan boy walks past a destroyed Russian-made tank in Kabul, Afghanistan.
WRITTEN off An Afghan boy walks past a destroyed Russian-made tank in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Image: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

6 things you need to know about the world

Now, if they’d done this sooner …

China on Monday declared an immediate and "comprehensive" ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The country's top legislative committee met on Monday and approved a proposal "on comprehensively prohibiting the illegal wildlife trade, abolishing the bad habit of overconsumption of wildlife, and effectively protecting the lives and health of the people”, state television reported. - AFP

Virus clears the room for Armani

Giorgio Armani held its Milan Fashion Week show behind closed doors on Sunday after Italy announced a spike in coronavirus cases and imposed lockdown measures in some areas. Italy has confirmed 152 cases of the virus, including three deaths. Most of Italy's cases are centred on Codogno, about 70km southeast of Milan. Anxiety over the outbreak crept onto the catwalk as Milan closed its five-day fashion week. Giorgio Armani said it would hold its womenswear show to an empty room as a precaution. - AFP

Sherpas in bid for Everest record

Four veteran Sherpa climbers left on Monday for Mount Everest on a mission to climb the world’s highest mountain in five days from the Nepali side, aiming to set a record for its shortest winter ascent in nearly three decades, hiking officials said. If successful, the team led by 34-year-old Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, who has climbed Everest eight times, will be the first to climb the 8,850m peak in 27 years during winter, when freezing cold and shorter daylight hours make climbing difficult. - Reuters

Series lands Amazon in Holocaust row

The Auschwitz Memorial criticised Amazon on Sunday for fictitious depictions of the Holocaust in its Prime series Hunters and for selling books of Nazi propaganda. Seventy-five years after the liberation of the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, world leaders and activists have called for action against rising anti-Semitism. Hunters features a team of Nazi hunters in 1970s New York who discover that hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in the US. The series has faced accusations of bad taste, particularly for depicting fictional atrocities in death camps, such as a game of human chess in which people are killed when a piece is taken. - Reuters

Sanders’s Soviet sojourn is back to haunt him

It was 1988 and Bernie Sanders was in the Soviet Union, bare-chested, and singing This Land is Your Land as those around him downed vodka. Sanders, then the socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, had spent his honeymoon behind the Iron Curtain to "learn from each other", he later said. The trip is set to feature heavily in attacks against Sanders. Robert O'Brien, Donald Trump's national security adviser, said: "Well, there are these reports that they [Russia] want Bernie Sanders to get elected president. That's no surprise." At a rally in Las Vegas Trump said: "Putin wants to make sure I get elected? Doesn't he want to see who the Democrat is going to be? Wouldn't he rather have Bernie, who honeymooned in Moscow?” – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Flat-earther dies in homemade rocket crash

Michael “Mad Mike” Hughes, 64, a self-styled explorer and daredevil bent on proving the Earth is flat ,was killed over the weekend when his homemade rocket crashed in the California desert, according to a tweet by the Science Channel, which was planning to feature him on an upcoming series. Hughes gained fame in 2002 when he jumped a stretch limousine 31m, a stunt certified by Guinness World Records as “longest limousine ramp jump”. The silver-haired daredevil, 64, later took to trying to prove Earth was flat and building rockets in a quest to launch himself past the Karman line, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space. - Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Surprise and novelty have worn off the Peter Moyo case

Long drawn-out court action, with its hefty attendant costs, would be tougher on ex-CEO than Old Mutual

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

‘Windfall tax’ on mines would do shareholders a disservice

Government has a dismal track record on misspending tax funds, and the cream is best spent on new projects

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

L2D thanks lucky heavens for kugels and African tourists

Sandton City defies talk of a downtrend in shopping centres, much to the delight of Liberty Two Degrees

By Alistair Anderson and Karl Gernetzky
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: That guy who sang ‘Babylon’ goes big

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
9 min read

Arty facts: The pieces SA experts dream of owning

Art aficionados talk about what they’d spend big bucks on, artists they love … and the one piece that got away

By Staff reporter
4 min read

Mackintosh: Is this surreal life, or is this just fantasy?

Portraits on show in Cape Town are as much about fashion as they are about being a modern African

By Paula Andropoulos
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Pitso fancies an easy ride to Nedbank ...

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Benni boots SA into 2nd ...

Today in SA sports history: February 25

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read