Global festival horror assaults | EFF attacks Vodacom shops | GOOD grief | SA to host Afcon 2019?


Frenzied attacks on concert goers

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 event was meant to help tackle ‘extreme poverty’ but will instead be remembered for a frenzy of criminal attacks on revellers heading home from the concert at FNB Stadium in Soweto. International music stars such as Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Jay-Z performed at the concert in front of more than 90,000 attendees. In the early hours of this morning many fans gathered at the nearby Sasol garage to get lifts home. According to several reports on social media they were repeatedly attacked and mugged by criminals, who stole cellphones and wallets and allegedly stabbed one person. Miss Earth SA’s Catherine Constantinides tweeted: ‘There was NO SAPS present. Nothing. The screaming of girls and people everywhere still rings in my head. People running away holding bricks because they feared for their safety. They knifed people, burning people. It was horrifying.’

WMC bad …

Another day, another scandal for the EFF to deal with (actually, there are two today). Over the weekend Vodacom franchises in Polokwane and Makhado in Limpopo were attacked by groups of EFF supporters, many wearing red EFF t-shirts. The shops were vandalised, with stock strewn across the premises and furniture tipped over. Vodacom’s sin? A lecture by Corruption Watch chair Mavuso Msimang at the Vodacom Journalism Awards in which he displayed an image of EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu under the words ‘abusers of democracy’. The EFF has denied it issued an order for the shops to be attacked.

… WMC not so bad

EWN reports that EFF leader Julius Malema’s wife and children are living in a luxury house in a high security estate in Hyde Park … and the house belongs to controversial ‘cigarette manufacturer’ Adriano Mazotti. Malema reportedly stays in the house when he is in Johannesburg. There have long been rumours that the EFF was being bankrolled by the proceedings of illegal cigarette smuggling. In 2014 Mazotti paid the EFF’s R200,000 registration fee for the elections and it has been reported that he helped settle a tax bill for Malema. EWN said today: ‘Mazzotti has been described as a self-confessed cigarette smuggler and has been accused of evading taxes.’

Can Aunty Pat deliver the GOODs?

Former PAC member, ex-ID leader, one-time DA supporter and erstwhile Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille announced yesterday that she is going to call her new political party GOOD. She says it’s a simple and authentic name that is ‘a rallying call to GOOD South Africans to resuscitate the project of optimism and reconciliation’. De Lille is planning to contest the 2019 elections but has no policies, no strategies and her leadership and premier candidates will only be put in place after the elections. Political pundits are predicting that she’s unlikely to get many votes which means it may be time to say GOOD bye.

NDPP to be named tomorrow

President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that he will announce the name of South Africa’s new National Director for Public Prosecutions tomorrow. The person will be chosen from of a shortlist of five – Advocates Shamila Batohi, Siyabulela Mapoma, Simphiwe Mlotshwa, Rodney de Kock, and Andrea Johnson.


Forces of Darkness

Load-shedding is just one example of the consequences of state capture. South Africa is trying to pull itself out of an economic hole and power cuts are pushing us further into that hole. Load shedding has a severe and long term economic impact that is causing loss of productivity and leaving businesses across industries in tatters. While Eskom is quick to issue apologies for blackouts what will help more is knowing the extent of the crisis we are facing. In other words, the power utility must not keep us in the dark about keeping us in the dark.


Tiger Brands class action gets go ahead

The South Gauteng High Court today gave the go-ahead to those affected by listeriosis to proceed with a class action against Tiger Brands.The case is expected to be heard in court early next year. More than two hundred people lost their lives in the listeriosis outbreak which infected over a thousand people – making it the largest outbreak on record, according to the WHO. In the wake of the outbreak the company saw group operating income decline by 28% to R3.3bn.

KPMG pays back the money

KPMG will pay back the R47-million it earned from the Guptas to civil society in South Africa. The auditing firm announced today that R23m will go to the  Democracy Works Foundation, the Social Justice Initiative and the National Business Initiative and the balance to non-profit organisations working in education. ‘The funding is an important step in ensuring redress for the actions of the past,’ said executive chairperson Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu.


Gayle gets payout

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been awarded 300,000 Australian dollars in damages after three Australian newspapers published claims he had exposed himself to a female massage therapist. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times, all published by Fairfax media, reported the 39-year-old partially exposed himself to Leanne Russell in a dressing room in 2015. Fairfax Media are reportedly going to appeal against the judgement.

SA to host Afcon 2019?

South African is looking more and more likely to stage Afcon 2019 following CAF’s decision to strip Cameroon of the hosting right. The central African country lost the continental soccer tournament because of slow progress in building the required infrastructure and security concerns. South Africa has the infrastructure – from World Cup 2010 – and Safa on Sunday tentatively accepted a request from CAF to step in as the emergency hosts. According to TimesLive, the decision depends on getting government support. Morocco has also declared their availability.

Banyana pay the penalty

Nigeria beat South African 4-3 in a penalty shootout to deny Banyana Banyana the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title. The teams ended extra time locked at 0-0, before a missed penalty and a save from Nigerian keeper Tochukwu Oluehi in the shootout broke the hearts of Banyana on Saturday. It was the ninth Women’s Afcon title for Nigeria and the fifth time South Africa has fallen in the final. There was some consolation for Banyana when the tournament’s top goalscorer, Thembi Kgatlana, was named as the Player of the Tournament, and three South Africans were named in the Team of the Tournament – Kgatlana, defender and captain Janine van Wyk, and defender Lebohang Ramalepe.

SA has a new surfing World Champion

Steven Sawyer from Jeffreys Bay won the 2018 World Longboard Championship at the Taiwan Open of Surfing yesterday. The 24-year-old beat longboarding legend Kai Sallas (Hawaii) in one metre waves at Jinzun Harbour in Taitung, Taiwan. Sawyer was runner-up in 2016.


Washington Post cartoonist Marshall Ramsey’s cartoon after George HW Bush’s death has gone viral and even the former president’s family have been touched by it. Here’s the cartoon and you can read about how Ramsey came up with the idea.


Hard Brexit may leave Brits, er, soft

As Britain hurtles towards crashing out of the EU with no deal, sexual health company, Zava, is preparing for the worst. The London-based company, which prescribes treatments for patients too embarrassed to see their GP, is building up an emergency supply of Viagra to make sure they can fulfil their patients prescriptions. Zava plans to stockpile a million pills by the end of the year. Drugs firms are worried about medical supply chain chaos between the EU and Britain if no deal is reached. The key ingredient in Viagra is made in the Republic of Ireland while the pills are manufactured in France. Zava CEO David Meinertz told the Mirror the company wants to be prepared in case of ‘a hard Brexit’. The state of British politics is getting everyone down.


This tweet by Chester Missing, PIC (@chestermissing) is pretty pretty good.
De Lille has a party called Good. I’m gonna start one called Enough. And then we can have a coalition.

Jonathan Jansen (@JJ_Stellies) responded by saying:
Mine called Grief

Micha (@Micah6ver8) added:
Mine will be called For Nothing

And Anton Neethling (@antonneethling)
You’re too late. I hear she’s already in talks with the ACDP. Going to call the coalition Good God.


Today’s clue, compiled by cruciverbalist Ignoble (Jim Houghton) is: Kind of revolutionary vegetable? (6) 

The solution to Friday’s clue, Animal’s sexually ambivalent offspring (5) is BISON – a wordsum BI (‘sexually ambivalent) + SON (offspring).


Former United States president George HW Bush died on Friday. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and is referred to as the most successful one-term president, was 94. He is known for his ‘read my lips’ pledge, skydiving and being the father of another US president. What you didn’t know about the 41st president of the United States is covered in this The New York Times obituary.


Much has been made recently about the media’s coverage of Julius Malema and the EFF. Many critics feel the party and its leader have been given an armchair ride to becoming the country’s third biggest political party. They are right, but there are some vaguely extenuating circumstances – the decades-long juniorisation of newsrooms, Malema’s charisma and instinct for a good sound bite and the causes that the EFF cleverly championed are among them. Recently all that has changed. The VBS Bank saga and subsequent revelations – thanks to the excellent investigative journalists in the country – have exposed the EFF’s claim to be the party of the poor as a lie. This, and an apparently resurgent ANC, will probably damage the EFF at the polls. And while that might be a good thing, South Africans should remember that the issues of poverty and inequality which the EFF chose to highlight for opportunistic reasons are still a nagging reality.

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