NEWS: Three rape suspects were beaten and burnt to death by angry Khayelitsha residents on Monday. This comes after the gang rape of woman at gunpoint. Speaking to eNCA, concerned resident Nokuzola Dlodla said the community were often at the mercy of rapists and felt the criminal justice system had let them down as police often failed to apprehend and convict perpetrators.
POLITICS: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has moved to assure investors that the party’s policies would not jeopardise their businesses should the EFF win the general elections in May. “They [investors] have realised that the EFF is a viable alternative, and we have softened them up. They looked at whether their billions will be at risk, and we explained we will not forcefully take their companies,” Malema told TIMES Live.
BUSINESS: SABMiller might be taken over by the world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev to form a MegaBrewer, reports Business Day. After a decade of growth from $91 billion (R989 billion) worth of acquisitions that increased their revenue by five-fold, AB InBev is said to be forecasting a slowdown in the next 10 years. As a means of avoiding this, it seeks to extend its footprint to where its $79 billion (R859 billion) rival SABMiller already has a presence. The merger, although not confirmed as yet, would bring make MegaBrewer responsible for half of the world’s beer profit pool.
NEWS: Shrien Dewani has exhausted all avenues not be extradited to South Africa after his last appeal to London’s High Court was dismissed. However he may have one last option, and that is to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights in France. There, he may plead that his human rights would be infringed upon should he be extradited to SA. Meanwhile Justice minister Jeff Radebe has praised the SA legal team that secured Dewani’s extradition order.
SPORT: Graeme Smith, captain of the SA cricket team has announced his retirement from international test cricket. Smith told his teammates on Monday that he will be bowing out after the current test series. “This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life,” Smith said. “It’s a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year. I have a young family to consider, and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years old.”
SPORT: It has been announced that the Motsepe Foundation will sponsor the South African Football Association (SAFA) Second Division League for the next five years to help SAFA develop young talent. A total of R40 million will be plowed into the division. The league will now be known as the ABC Motsepe League, and will carry a first prize of R1 million to the winning team of which R200 000 will be used by the winning team for development purposes.
SOURCES: eNCA, Sapa, Business Day