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Independent on Saturday

Independent on Saturday

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Independent on Saturday (IOS) is entertaining, informative and sporty. It’s the most popular, must read English Saturday newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s your guide to being up to date and having fun, whether you are staying in or going out. It’s the perfect way to start the weekend, it’s a case of “Miss the IOS, miss the weekend”.

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2 min.
tv personality dropped from morning show, ads pulled

SOCIAL media was abuzz yesterday over allegations of a sex scandal involving prominent media personality, Katlego Maboe. The scandal gave rise to #Katlego and #Nikita, in relation to Nikita Murray, the woman he admitted to having an affair with in a video apparently recorded by his former girlfriend and mother of his child, Monique Muller, trending on Twitter for most of the day. His infamous catch phrase “chencha dai deng” on his Outsurance television commercial, as well as #Outsuranceguy and #Expresso, on which Maboe is a presenter, were also among the top Twitter trends as South Africans weighed in on the controversial topic. In the video which surfaced on social media on Thursday night, Muller said Maboe gave her an STI that damaged her womb and put chances of her having another child…

4 min.
forensic lab cuts let rapists run free

SIKHANGELE Mki was given a five-year suspended sentence for grievous bodily harm. But then his DNA linked him to 30 rapes, many of young girls. He was convicted on 30 counts of rape, 20 counts of kidnapping, four counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, 12 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, six counts of attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances, two counts of robbery and three counts of attempted robbery. His youngest victim was 11 years old, nine victims were younger than 16. Mki admitted to raping some of his victims more than once, often providing gruesome details. He was convicted in the Western Cape High Court in 2017 and is now serving 15 life terms and 120 years imprisonment. He was only caught and convicted after his DNA sample was run…

4 min.
sabc could demand licence for mobile tv

IF YOU watch Netflix and DStv on your phone, laptop, tablet or good old fashioned TV, the SABC could force you to pay your TV licence. Experts say this may be the public broadcaster’s last resort to recover lost TV licence revenue and the law says the SABC has the right to do just that. Director at Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird, said MultiChoice had a footprint in 50% of households across SA and many of those subscribers did not have valid TV licences. “MultiChoice definitely has the infrastructure. They can do it. As it stands, you could interpret it that the SABC can demand Netflix and MultiChoice or another entity to help with the collection of TV licence fees. Under the current law they can’t, but if the White paper is adopted,…

1 min.
plan should unite us against pandemic, hunger – not each other

“THIS clock is moving and I haven’t started,” complained Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe as he rose to contribute to the parliamentary debate on the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan on Wednesday. But Uncle Gweezy, as some call the minister, should by now know that time waits for no man – not even honourable members of Parliament. The minister went on to make some solid points about the vitally important energy reforms under way and assisted the president deal with some very cheeky comments from the opposition benches. DA interim leader John Steenhuisen simply went too far in dismissing the plan as “a wish list” and “a letter to Santa”. But it’s true the plan is not new and delivery is long, long overdue. Gwede’s little timekeeping joke illustrates an important maxim. Time…

3 min.
shift in lockdown attitudes

THERE IS A HIGH LEVEL of awareness about Covid-19 among South Africans, pointing to widespread policy and media coverage and uptake by the public. However, attitudes towards the handling of the pandemic have changed as lockdown has been extended. At least three-quarters of respondents in the second UJ-HSRC Covid-19 democracy survey reported a high level of knowledge, with the dominant channel for information being television (72%), followed by radio (45%) and news sites, both print and online, (41%), with a third of respondents relying on social media for information. Researchers said it was disconcerting that after five months of pandemic (at the time of the survey), one-fifth of respondents claimed they knew little and 2% claimed not to know anything about Covid-19. At least 70% of participants agreed they were willing to sacrifice…

2 min.
outcry over park dog ban

PARK gates are locked to dog walkers, yet burglars caught in the act on video get no attention. One Durban dog-lover is exasperated at security priorities in the city, even though the two cases fall under different authorities. Clothing manufacturer and trader Vaughan Bennewith and his partner Dominique Owen used to walk Jake the labrador at Jameson Park in Morningside every day. But security personnel have stood guard at the park to prevent dog walkers from entering. He said he was frustrated at the locked gate and strict ban while other issues in the city were more pressing and getting no action. “The contrast of the policing just doesn’t make sense,” he told the Independent on Saturday. He said he had reported repeated burglaries at his business, including video evidence and a suspect caught at the…