Landmark ruling for miners, and unemployment on the rise

By Andrea Teagle 14 May 2016

Landmark ruling for miners, more student anger, and unemployment on the rise

 “Now…if you trust in yourself…”
“…and believe in your dreams…”
“…and follow your star…” Miss Tick went on.
“…you’ll still be beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy. Goodbye.” 

Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

This week’s wrap-up

Judging the Judge
Mabel Jansen, the judge who infamously claimed that rape is part of black culture, has been put on special leave. The surfacing of Jansen’s 2015 Facebook post was met with additional outrage due to the decidedly unSparrowish position of power its author occupies. The Black Lawyers Association has called for Jansen to resign.
Landmark ruling for ill miners
The High Court in Johannesburg gave the go-ahead on Friday for a class action suit representing miners who contracted lung disease  This paves the way for miners who contracted Silicosis and Tuberculosis while underground to sue mining companies for negligence. The ruling is expected to affect 200,000 miners. 
Reversing illicit financial flows
A plan to return illicit financial flows to their home countries was announced at aglobal anti-corruption summit in London on Thursday. This is in light of the Panama Papers evidence that while people may find such a feat supremely difficult, African assets apparently have no difficulty entering safe overseas havens. In a level-headed response to UK PM Cameron’s remark that Nigeria is ‘fantastically corrupt’, Nigeria’s President Buhari admitted the truth of the observation, and suggested stolen assets be returned.
Young anger
The Vaal University of Technology has suspended class after three days of increasingly violent protests left charred shells of former buildings. Students there are angry about a lack of security on campus. Meanwhile, UCT students gathered on Thursday to protest the effective expulsion of 5 of their peers of the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement in a Wednesday court ruling. 
Unemployment on the rise
Stats released this week revealed that unemployment rose 10% this quarter from 24.5% to perch at 26.7% By the expanded definition of unemployment, over 1 in 3 – 36.3% of SA’s workforce – cannot find work. 

Video of the week

What would happen if you fell into a black hole?
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Fact of the Week

It’s a myth that shaving makes hair grow back thicker. Shaving hair has zero effect on thickness, colour or growth-rate. The stubbly, blunt-tipped property of new hair might make it appear thicker initially, but it’s no different. 

Sporting weekend

Tennis: WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia SF1
Saturday: semi-finals 1: 11.50am- 2pm; 2.30pm- 5pm; 
semi-finals 2: 5pm-7pm, 8pm-10.30pm.
Sunday: Finals: 1.55pm- 3.50pm, 4.50pm-8pm.

Super rugby
Saturday: Hurricanes v Reds, 9.35am;  Waratahs v Bulls, 11.55am; Sunwolves v Bulls, 1.55pm; Cheetahs v Kings, 5.05pm; Lions v Blues, 7.15pm; Jaguares v Sharks, 10.40pm. 

Soccer (ABSA Premiership): 
All at 3pm: Kaizer Chiefs v Chippa Utd; University of Pta v Golden Arrows; Orlando Pirates v SuperSport Utd; Mamelodi Sundowns v Platinum Stars; Ajax CT v Bidvest Wits; Jomo Cosmos v Maritzburg Utd; Bloem Celtic v Polokwane City; Black Aces v Free State Stars


Want to watch Richard Poplak’s audition for SA’s Got Talent?

Who doesn’t? Alas, it was removed by the host site for prolific swearing*... Now that we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to you about the small matter of book burning and freedom of speech.

Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.

*No video of Richard Poplak auditioning for SA’s Got Talent actually exists. Unless it does and we don’t know about it please send it through.


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Cyril Ramaphosa elected president while the ANC factional bombs detonate in full view

By Marianne Merten

The movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is titled It’s Raining Falafel in Israel.