WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Malema: Go have sex, people
A bizarre video has emerged of EFF leader Julius Malema at a July Handicap ‘after party’ telling people to ‘go to your rooms and have sex’. Dressed in a gray suit, Malema says in a mixture of English and Sepedi: ‘They say sex in English is nice, but when it is said in our language, you are using vulgar language. That is self-hate. Stop self-hate. Sex is sex. Whether unyoba or ke sex, it’s the same. Sex is sex in any language. Go to your rooms and have sex, take your alcohol with you. Your women are waiting for you. Stop sleeping here now.’ News24 reports that police were called to an after party at 2am but does not say if it was the one at which Malema encouraged people to get jiggy.
11 killed in Philippi East
Police are pouring in to Philippi East today after 11 people were shot dead in the Cape Flats township over the weekend. Shortly before 11pm on Friday six women aged from 18 to 26 were gunned down in the Marcus Garvey area of the township. Less than 24 hours later on Saturday evening five men between the ages of 18 and 39 were killed. Police have ‘locked down’ the area and brought in K9 Unit and Flying Squad members to help monitor the area while crime intelligence investigates. There have been no arrests yet and police have not said what the motive for the killing might be. The area is, however, renowned for gang activity.
Man charged for homeless attack
A laughing and reportedly ‘jovial’ man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a homeless man in Pretoria. Manusi Mothupi told the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court he would not be applying for bail. His arrest has been widely linked to the so-called ‘night crawler’ serial killer in Pretoria, where seven homeless people have been stabbed to death. However, police have said they have no reason to link Mothupi to the killings at this stage.
Gordhan fights back
The Daily Maverick’s Ferial Haffajee reports today that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan will got to court for several interdicts to prevent ‘remedial steps’ demanded by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane against him. On Friday Mkhwebane found that Gordhan violated the Constitution when he was the SA Revenue Service’s commissioner by allowing the tax-collection agency’s so-called ‘rogue unit’ to operate. She also said he had violated the Executive Members Ethics Act by misleading Parliament on how often he met the Guptas. She directed that remedial action be taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa, National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise, Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo and the SA National Police Commissioner Kehla Sitole. Haffajee reports that Gordhan will be interdicting each of them to prevent any action being taken while he takes the public protector’s findings on review. Gordhan’s lawyer Tebogo Malatji said Gordhan ‘like many others, has recorded serious misgivings about the incumbent, her conduct and her partiality’.
THE DAILY MENACE
Son takes mom to court
Earlier this year a 27-year-old man from Mumbai made headlines when he announced his intention to sue his parents for bringing him into this world without his consent. Raphael Samuel told the BBC that parents should be made to pay for children who have to endure lifelong suffering. Samuel was promoting his anti-natalism philosophy, which argues that people should abstain from procreation because it is morally bad. Another son has made news for suing his mom – although his motive is entitlement. TimesLive reports that a Johannesburg university student is suing his mother for R14,655 a month to cover the cost of his living expenses such as groceries, studies, medical aid, pocket money and holiday and relaxation. His mother already pays R3,000 towards his living expenses. According to the Rapport newspaper, she had a nervous breakdown because of the drama. Son, your mother is not an ATM. Get a part-time job, take out a student loan, cut down on your expenses – and save your mom the heartache before she grounds you, confiscates your smartphone and sues you for you being a menace.
WHAT’S THE BUSINESS?
Necsa boss steps down
Moneyweb is reporting today that the head of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) has stepped down with immediate effect – just six months after taking up the position. Rob Adam, who spent nine years in jail for his underground work for MK, is also MD of the SA Radio Astronomy Observatory and he is quoted as saying his work in this role meant he could not give Necsa his full attention. Moneyweb notes that his decision coincides with the completion of an internal report that highlights several governance and legal breaches at Necsa. Among these, the report says, are that Necsa’s auditors have been improperly appointed.
Matjila testimony starts
Dan Matjila began his evidence at the PIC inquiry today with an unhappy Judge Lex Mpati noting that the commission had received his statement late and without all the annexures it refers to. Evidence leader advocate Jannie Lubbe said although the commission had been in contact with Matjila since December last year, the statement was only received on Friday evening – giving commissioners just the weekend to familiarise themselves with it. A number of annexures had not been attached. Mpati was also annoyed that the full statement of over 220 pages had been leaked to some media outlets. Only 45 pages of it was formally released by the commission today. The hearing was adjourned to give commissioners time to read attachments and affidavits that were submitted late.
IN THE SPORTS CORNER
Weekend winners 1: Bafana bury Pharaohs
Thembinkosi Lorch washed away weeks of criticism when he coolly slotted home an 85th minute winner for Bafana against Egypt. The shock 1-0 result put South Africa into the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations and turned Bafana from no hopers to heroes. As much as the victory led to wild celebrations across South Africa, the fallout for the tournament hosts has been dramatic with Egyptian Football Association President Hani Abou Rida firing the coaching staff before resigning himself. Bafana, who were woeful before the Egyptian match, face Nigeria on Wednesday.
Weekend winners 2: Proteas blossom
South Africa said goodbye to the Cricket World Cup and a smattering of senior players with a victory that was truly as wonderful as it was frustrating. The 10-run win over Australia on Saturday was proof of what could have been at the World Cup – which just made the win over the old foe bitter-sweet. Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markhram hammered 79 runs in the first 12 overs and set the tone for a thrilling battle between the two rival teams. Add in 100 off 94 balls from Faf du Plessis and 95 from Rassie van der Dussen, and Australia had to chase 325. Opening the bowling with spinner Imran Tahir quickly yielded dividends as he took his final wicket for South Africa in the third over and put pressure on the chase from the start. All the bowlers chipped in and even a wonderful 122 from David Warner and a quick 85 from Alex Carey could not save the Aussie chase. Australia’s loss means India, who earlier in the day beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets, topped the league standings. They will face New Zealand in the first semifinal tomorrow. Australia take on England in the second semi on Thursday.
Brad’s back, Darryn dumps it again
Brad Binder picked up his second podium in two weekends when her rode a storming race from 17th on the grid to claim second in the German Moto2 race yesterday at the Sachsenring. The South African former Moto3 World Champion looks to be back to his best as he finished behind Alex MArquez. As the riders go into the short mid-season break, the two strong results on an upgraded bike means Binder should be confident of a strong showing over the second half of the season. Earlier, in the tightly-contested Moto3 race, Brad’s younger brother Darryn fought from 25th on the grid and started the final lap inside the top 15 – within two seconds of the leader. But as Lorenzo Dalla Porta went on to win, the South African was one of four riders in the big lead group who crashed on the last lap. In the MotoGP race, Marc Marquez won his tenth German GP and his seventh in a row.
Rapinoe guides US home
Megan Rapinoe has become the face of the Women’s World Cup and she ramped up the pressure on the administrators yesterday as she led the USA to the successful defence of their title. The pink-haired American, who went toe-to-toe with Donald Trump on Twitter as well as being outspoken on women’s rights and equality during the tournament, slotted home a penalty midway through the second half of the final against the Netherlands. The goal ensured she won the Golden Boot as the top goalscorer and she was also awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player. Rose Lavelle added a second goal a few minutes after Rapinoe to give the holders a 2-0 victory. It is the USA’s fourth win in eight Women’s World Cup final tournaments.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
A teenager from Brakenfell in Cape Town has won the latest edition of The Voice South Africa – becoming the first female artist to do so, and the youngest winner of the local competition. Tasché Burger, 19, took the prize last night and chose to perform with her coach for the show, François van Coke, in her winner’s slot. You can watch them here.
Kidney surgery for Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder told fans at the British Summer Festival in London at the weekend that he will be performing three more shows before he takes time off to undergo a kidney transplant later this year. The singer, who has 25 Grammys and 100-million record sales to his name, was helped up to the keyboard and piano on the Hyde Park stage and explained to the crowd that he did not want rumours about his health so he was letting the world know he has found a donor and will have the procedure in September.
Fans fox Fox anchor
Donald Trump’s favourite TV station, Fox News, was broadcasting live from the Women’s Soccer World Cup as the final contest between the USA and Netherlands was under way yesterday. Filming Americans in a sports bar in Lyon, France, was anchor Greg Palko, who was talking to camera with the crowd behind him, explaining how ecstatic fans were celebrating the win. ‘Listen to it,’ he said. And then realised the crowd was chanting ‘Fuck Trump’.
Hold the fries: Cops grill hamburglar
Florida police have finally arrested the ‘hamburglar’ – a thief who allegedly broke into two restaurants, made himself a burger and then robbed the establishments. Police said that Patrick Benson, 34, used bricks or large rocks to force his way into two Florida restaurants after hours, then at one of them, a Wendy’s, ‘fired up the grill and cooked himself a hamburger before stealing the safe’. The Hamburglar thought he was on a roll but his misdeeds caught up with him as multiple tips led deputies to his front door. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office posted this bold headline on its Facebook page: SNACK AND PACK BURGLAR STARTS HIS WEEKEND AT THE DRIVE THROUGH OF THE MARTIN COUNTY JAIL. Benson has been charged with burgerlary and is likely to end up serving time in McPrison.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Monday’s champion tweeter is Oops! I Dad It Again (@NewDadNotes):
Friend: have you ever been to Norway?
Wife: sadly no.
Friend: why not?
Wife: my husband said we can’t afford it.
Me: that’s not what I said.
Wife: [sigh] he said we can’t afjord it.
CRYPTIC CLUE OF THE DAY
Today’s clue in honour of US women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe and compiled by Juhi Saklani, is: Trump is abnormal, the first president needing to be kicked out. That’s so obvious (6)
The solution to Friday’s clue: Overweight Pacino, but deadly (5) is FATAL– FAT (overweight) + AL (Pacino)
THE BIG READ
‘How did we get to this dark, self-destructive space?’ asks Songezo Zibi, the former editor of the Business Day in a thoughtful and important essay titled Recover ‘blackness’ butchered during Zuma years. ‘We have been silent as a great many evil things were done to people and to this country in our name as black people. We cannot and should not be silent anymore,’ says Zibi.
WHAT WE SAY
There can surely be no doubt now that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is pursuing an agenda. Her latest spate of findings against Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan contradict the results of several other investigations and play right into the hands of those opposed to the reformist agenda of President Cyril Ramaphosa – discredited ANC members aligned to Jacob Zuma’s state capture project and the EFF. Mkhwebane was, of course, appointed by Zuma’ administration and has turned a blind eye to some of its worst excesses. Gordhan has indicated that he will take Mkhwebane’s findings on review and, given her dismal record in previous court challenges, he is likely to be vindicated. If that happens her incompetence will once again have been proven and she should immediately resign.