Friday, March 2 2018



BTC Global 'is a load of crypto crap'

But woman at the centre of the controversy in Johannesburg claims there is no scam

Nivashni Nair
3 min read

Brown has escaped ... for now

Lynne Brown quits as MP but she might still answer for her role in state capture

Sabelo Skiti
4 min read



Lifting plastic, it's fantastic

... but human nature has a way of complicating even the most noble of pursuits

5 min read

Was Pauw raid tit for Zupta tat?

Targeting investigative journalist shows Cyril Ramaphosa is dragging a coffin of rotting baggage

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Today's word in the hand: Cabinet

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
2 min read


A silver Ford Fiesta was involved in an hijacking/armed robbery attempt on Altham road in Robertsham, Johannesburg on Wednesday.



Neighbour turning on neighbour in Cape drought

For multi-millionaire businessman Ragi Moonsamy, moving from the hood has come with its challenges

Nashira Davids
2 min read

'It feels forever, but it also feels like it was yesterday'

A decade after being gang-raped, Jessica Foord is changing lives

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

The Soweto derby: So much more than a soccer match

Pirate vs Chiefs is our most-watched TV sports event 

Marc Strydom
4 min read

Sexed-up ads meant to give Russians a big election

Racy online videos have popped up amid a limp campaign with a predictable result

3 min read


Environmental activists chant slogans during a protest in Nairobi against a government decision to construct a standard-gauge railway line across the Nairobi National Park.
blue greens Environmental activists chant slogans during a protest in Nairobi against a government decision to construct a standard-gauge railway line across the Nairobi National Park.
Image: Tony Karumba / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC HQ assault victim gets crowdfunded home

Donations from the US‚ Canada and South Africa helped buy a decent structure for Olivia Mokete - who was assaulted outside Luthuli House last month - to live in. Dianne Bayley of Bryanston‚ Johannesburg‚ could not stand the sight of Mokete’s assault - which went viral after being captured by a Sunday Times photographer - and the picture of her little shack in Orange Farm. She established a crowdfunding page and more than a dozen people raised enough to build Mokete and her husband a wooden structure. It was delivered this week and will soon be filled with furniture to make it a dignified space for the Moketes.

Child maintenance defaulter to lose house

A divorced father who failed to honour his child maintenance obligations is set to have his house sold in execution of his debt towards the child. The Constitutional Court dismissed an application on Thursday for leave to appeal by the man‚ known as SS‚ against a 2015 High Court judgment that his house be sold in execution of a R306,000 maintenance debt. The Constitutional Court did not hear the merits of the man’s appeal‚ despite sitting on two occasions‚ because he did not fully comply with its order made in August that he make payments towards the maintenance of the child. The couple divorced in 2010 and the man was to pay R2,500 per month. He stopped paying towards the end of 2012 and his debt rose to R306,000. In 2015‚ the mother brought an application before the High Court in Pretoria seeking to execute against the man’s house to satisfy the debt. In August 2015‚ the High Court ordered the execution against the man’s property.

Cosatu lambasts Cyril for ‘recycling’ ministers

The Congress of South African Trade Unions‚ which backed President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC leader‚ has lambasted him for "recycling" the same ministers when he announced his cabinet on Monday. Speaking on Thursday following a three-day central executive committee meeting‚ Cosatu secretary-general Bheki Ntshalintshali said Ramaphosa should have aimed for competency. In Ramaphosa's first cabinet reshuffle, 10 ministers who were directly linked to Zuma were axed. However‚ Ramaphosa brought back former cabinet ministers who were fired by Zuma and also moved Zuma cabinet members to other portfolios. Cosatu leader S'dumo Dlamini said they expected Ramaphosa to announce a decreased cabinet but accepted that it wouldn't be an immediate step.

Cops want R500,000 each from Mbalula

Three senior officers are demanding R500‚000 each from former Police minister Fikile Mbalula‚ who they accuse of defamation. The South African Policing Union said lawyers had been appointed to take on Mbalula. This comes after Mbalula apologised and blamed a junior after being called out by the union over a remark published on his official Twitter account. The tweet related to an announcement that two police station commanders on the West Rand had been replaced during a visit to the area by the minister to address community protests over criminality. On Thursday the union said that while it accepted the apology, the injury to the officers’ names was “already done”, and that it was suing Mbalula in his personal capacity.

Baroda, Gupta firms in ‘unhappy marriage’

The relationship between the Bank of Baroda and 13 Gupta-linked companies is an unhappy marriage and one of the parties is holding out for a divorce, Judge Ntendeya Mavundla said when he addressed advocate Arthur Cook SC in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday. Cook represented the Gupta-linked companies in their urgent application to stop Baroda from closing down its South African operations. The application started out on behalf of 20 Gupta-linked companies but has been reduced to 13. Nedbank informed Baroda at the end of January that it would be cutting ties with the bank within three months. Baroda in turn said it would not accept deposits into Baroda accounts from March 1. Baroda has a correspondent banking relationship with Nedbank in South Africa, meaning it relies on Nedbank to clear its transactions. Judgment will be delivered on March 12.

Wildfire breaks out at Cape nature reserve

Fire-fighters rushed to the scene of a large wildfire inside Cape Point nature reserve late on Thursday. Large plumes of smoke are visible billowing above the southern peninsula, where a strong south east gale was blowing. South African National Parks spokesperson Merle Collins said the cause of the blaze was unknown. Park accommodation in the Olifantsbos area of the reserve had been evacuated and a helicopter had been deployed‚ Collins said.



Don't let pretty face fool you - she is a beast

The Beast From the East has brought unusually heavy snowfall to Europe this year 

3 min read

Kiwi teen tried to kill the queen

And cops covered up the botched attempt during 1981 New Zealand visit, say intelligence agency documents

3 min read

It's OK at the gunfight corral when the NRA's in town

Researchers believe gun injuries decline because of the brief period of gun abstinence during the conventions

2 min read

CONFIRMED: Pesticides could bee the end of honey

Europe’s food safety watchdog has found that three major pesticides do put bees at risk

By Kate Kelland
2 min read

Believe your square-eyes: TV giants ready for Netflix war

Television titans bulk up to battle internet rivals

3 min read

To kill a legacy: the mystery of Harper Lee deepens

Her unsealed will fuels an unseemly wrangling over the assets of the famously private novelist

By Harriet Alexander
2 min read


A college student smears a friend with coloured powder during Holi celebrations in Agartala, India.
Anita was green with envy A college student smears a friend with coloured powder during Holi celebrations in Agartala, India.
Image: Reuters/Jayanta Dey


Court zaps far-right leader

A court has upheld the right of Austrians to give the leader of the country’s far-right Freedom Party the finger, officials confirmed on Thursday. Heinz-Christian Strache had accused the far-left group “Linkswende” of slander after they published a video before last year’s elections featuring supporters giving their reasons for saying “Fuck Strache” while showing their middle fingers. Strache lost an initial judgement in the case in December and on Thursday officials told the APA news agency his appeal before Vienna’s Higher Regional Court had been rejected. - AFP

This battle Trumps Vietnam, says singer

Veteran singer Joan Baez is musing about Donald Trump and even Hitler and what she believes is their shared lack of empathy. “Most of the weird ones have their pets,” she said, referring to Hitler’s German Shepherd, Blondi. “But I don’t think Trump could even have a dog. I don’t think there is any feeling for anybody but himself and his money. I mean, Hitler wanted to rule the world. Trump wants to make money.” Baez said standing up to Trump is far more difficult than the more straightforward battles her generation had to face. “For us it was easy... There was Vietnam and civil rights. Now there are 50 Vietnams going on in the world and there is this insane narcissistic crazy person creating a situation we could not have invented.” - AFP

Queen's gesture of good Will a first

Prince William will be the first senior British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Kensington Palace said on Thursday, as part of a tour that will also take in Jordan. The visit “is at the request of Her Majesty’s government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities“. There have been no previous official visits by members of the British royal family to the Palestinian Territories.Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas welcomed the “important” visit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the trip would be “a historic visit”. - AFP

Mona Lisa on the move

The "Mona Lisa", Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece which has spent nearly all of the past 500 years in Paris, could soon embark on a rare tour of France, the country’s culture minister said on Thursday. Francoise Nyssen told Europe 1 radio she was “seriously considering” the move as part of travelling exhibition of the country’s most prestigious artworks. The painting draws millions of people to the Louvre each year. But it has rarely ventured outside the museum’s walls, with officials citing concerns for the fragility and security of the painting, which was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, resurfacing only two years later in Florence. - AFP

Zoo animals feed on each other

The situation in economically depressed Venezuela is so dire, workers at one zoo are slaughtering animals to feed others. The zoo, in the town of San Francisco in Zulia state, closed after horrific pictures surfaced showing starving animals. The list of malnourished creatures includes a lion, a Bengal tiger, a jaguar and several birds of prey, staff said recently. Ducks, pigs and goats have been sacrificed to feed other animals. The bone-thin pumas were saved from poachers, and photos of them published in the newspaper Panorama have shocked people across the country. - AFP

Law should be clear-cut, says Iceland

A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders. Should the ban go through, it would be a first in Europe. It also calls for a six-year prison sentence for anyone causing “damage to the body or health of a child by removing all or part of his or her sexual organs”. Unless justified for health reasons, the proposed law says circumcision is “a violation of the rights” of young boys, citing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. - AFP



Green shoots peek out in wake of cabinet reshuffle

Return of old hands gives economic confidence a boost

By Vuyani Ndaba
2 min read

Why aren’t we rushing to invest offshore?

Are overseas markets too expensive, or is the local scene turning out to be more and more attractive?

By Maarten Mittner
2 min read



A weird and warped tale of 1950s high fashion

Daniel Day-Lewis is sublime in 'Phantom Thread'

By Lisa Armstrong
2 min read

Date night? Want to escape the world? Here's what to watch

What to watch this weekend if you're stuck at home on a Sunday

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

What's on if you feel like going to a movie

Movies of the week: The Oscars are coming

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Laughs, booze, parties and a bit of the serious stuff

Get into the Jozi groove

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Neymar’s World Cup chances in doubt

And more of the day’s top sporting news

By Agencies
5 min read

The greatest sportsman of all time? Roger that

An ode to the matchless art and craft of Federer

By Craig Ray
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Dingaan defends his WBO title

Today in sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read