Tuesday, May 8 2018



Exclusive: How Manana wriggled out of tight spot

Back story: How ex-deputy minister negotiated with his domestic worker under a tree outside the police station

10 min read



Clues to a murder: thugs, Cape clubs and hitmen

A war crimes suspect and a murder fugitive pop up as SA agents probe a hit on an underworld figure in Serbia

Graeme Hosken
3 min read

George hits Angie's G-spot, and it's 'heartbreaking'

Garden Route couple claim their tourist hotspot has been reduced to rubble because of a jealous rival lodge owner

Bobby Jordan
3 min read

Mutant, plastic-eating enzyme joins the bottle party

The discovery has been met with euphoria - and a word of caution - by environmental groups 

Tanya Farber
3 min read

Noakes had a point, about diabetes and carbs that is

Researchers find that type 1 diabetics who follow a very-low carb diet show an improvement in their blood sugar control

Claire Keeton
3 min read

Africa's kids are at the mercy of sex tourists

Conference reveals that tourism industry has done next to nothing about the scourge - but it has vowed to change

Nivashni Nair
2 min read



Maimane and the big flat lie about white privilege

Like flat-earthers, the mad lot who took aim at the DA leader were bellowing from a safe ideological niche

Tom Eaton
5 min read

It's the white time to talk about privilege

KZN's DA leader backs Mmusi Maimane over 'white privilege and black poverty' comments

By Zwakele Mncwango
5 min read


A thief managed to prevent a car’s doors from locking and made off with the driver’s valuables while he was away. The perpetrator sneakily holds one of the back doors open before the car is locked. It is unclear when and where this incident took place.


Family members pay respects to South African journalist, reporter and human rights activist Yadhana Jadoo at her funeral at the Gujurati Vedic Society Hall in Pietermaritzburg on Monday. Jadoo died in Cairo while representing The Citizen newspaper at a training course for young African journalists. The cause of her death is unknown.
A sunset in Cairo Family members pay respects to South African journalist, reporter and human rights activist Yadhana Jadoo at her funeral at the Gujurati Vedic Society Hall in Pietermaritzburg on Monday. Jadoo died in Cairo while representing The Citizen newspaper at a training course for young African journalists. The cause of her death is unknown.
Image: Alaister Russell

Six things about SA you need to know

Unisa racism probe to cover ‘entire institution’

The University of South Africa will come under the spotlight from Tuesday as the Human Rights Commission begins an investigation into allegations of racism‚ discrimination‚ sexism and harassment at the “entire institution”. Since February‚ a SAHRC panel has been probing such allegations at Unisa’s law college, but that scope has now been extended as further allegations have surfaced. The commission’s panel is set to sit for three days. “The hearing started on February 20 2018 following a request from the vice-chancellor‚ Professor Mandla Makhanya‚ to investigate allegations of unfair discrimination‚ racism‚ sexism and harassment at the college, the SAHRC said. However‚ revelations surfaced that other departments and colleges had faced similar accusations.

Not enough evidence to prosecute Baby M rapist

The National Prosecuting Authority has reined in the Gauteng department of social development‚ saying it was “unfortunate” that it named Baby M’s father as the girl’s alleged rapist. The department said on Sunday and Monday that it was determined to get justice for Baby M‚ who was raped as a two-month-old. The girl’s mother was convicted for protecting the child’s rapist who, the department said, was “believed” to be the girl’s father. But the NPA said it did not have enough evidence to prosecute anyone for the rape. “The seminal fluid found on the baby’s nappy and private parts did not produce a DNA profile. We did not have enough evidence to pursue any male person for the baby’s rape‚” said spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane. The father‚ speaking to eNCA’s Checkpoint‚ denied committing the rape.

Eskom wants Pamensky to repay legal fees

Eskom has initiated a process to get former board member Mark Pamensky to repay about R310‚000 in legal fees incurred after he left the Eskom board in November 2016. Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom believed the payments were made unlawfully. They were based on a resignation agreement between Eskom and Pamensky that Eskom would pay the legal costs incurred in relation to the allegations in the state of capture report by former public protector Thuli Madonsela. The company had also agreed to pay for his home security for 12 months after his resignation. Eskom's legal advisors had found these payments to be contrary to the provisions of the company’s memorandum of incorporation‚ the Public Finance Management Act and the Companies Act‚ among others. It wants the resignation agreement set aside. Pamensky was not available for comment.

Driver to plead guilty for killing youngsters

A driver who mowed down a group of young people‚ killing four last year‚ wants to enter into a plea bargain with the state. Lazarus Malatjie‚ 42‚ has been charged with murder after allegedly causing a crash that killed the youngsters. He is out on R3,000 bail. He faces four charges of murder‚ attempted murder‚ drunk driving and reckless and negligent driving.He was initially charged with culpable homicide in September last year‚ but the National Prosecuting Authority changed the charge to murder after his blood alcohol tests came back positive. Malatjie's blood alcohol level was almost six times the legal limit at 0.30g per 100ml while the legal limit is 0.05g.

Police tighten net on alleged soccer hooligans

Two more alleged soccer hooligans were nabbed by police on Monday as the net tightened on members of a mob who invaded the pitch during a Nedbank Cup soccer semi-final at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium two weeks ago. Police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said members of the provincial task team had traced a 21-year-old scholar from Newlands West and a 42-year-old gardener from Hillcrest in their manhunt. They will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. This brings the number of those arrested for the stadium bedlam to six.

Siam’s mom broke, on wrong side of the law

Carmen Lee, a regular in the Durban Magistrate’s Court following the bail application of the man accused of killing her daughter Siam, has now found herself on the wrong side of the law. After a rental dispute with her landlord‚ Lee is alleged to have caused R9‚000 damage to an electronic gate motor. The court heard she had fallen behind in her monthly dues and that her landlord had cut off all utilities to her unit within the complex and changed the access code for the gate. Lee was vocal in court‚ insisting that she needed the criminal charges “wrapped up by Friday” since she was moving to a private holistic care facility in the Eastern Cape. She said she had no money for bail. She was released on a warning.



'Tsar' rises again as Putin extends record reign

Experts debate how his agenda is going to evolve and when he will eventually bow out

3 min read

It’s just a wall after all: Tut’s step-mummy is still missing

Radar scans show that there are no hidden rooms inside Tutankhamun’s burial chamber

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Forbidden love: Kenyan gay film makes Cannes, but is banned at home

Censorship of movie sparks heated debate on state of gay rights in East Africa

4 min read

Frankenswine is here - and it could be a 'living hell' for us

The reanimation of the brains of dead pigs should work in humans - but it has triggered an ethical outburst

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

500 kids, 17 dads and a whole lot of cancer risk

Huge number of kids fathered by a few sperm donors raises fears men could be unknowingly passing on defective DNA

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read


People take part in a nudist visit of the 'Discorde, Fille de la Nuit' season exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.
Revealing art People take part in a nudist visit of the 'Discorde, Fille de la Nuit' season exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.
Image: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP


French museum leads nude awakening

A Paris museum has opened its doors for the first time to nudist visitors, granting them special visiting hours to tour an exhibit in a one-off naturist event. The Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum is the city’s first gallery to grant such access, though naturists have recently launched other initiatives in the French capital. A park in the east of Paris, the Bois de Vincennes, trialled the city’s first dedicated nudist zone in 2017. Next in store is a nudist clubbing night planned for later this year. A gallery in Vienna invited visitors to take their clothes off for a special viewing in 2013 of an exhibit dedicated to paintings of male nudity, while a museum in Australia has also opened its doors to naked viewers. - Reuters

‘Third-world’ stop is below our station, say Brits

A “third-world” railway station where passengers are too embarrassed to take friends and relatives has been revealed as Britain’s most unpopular. Only 58% of passengers said they were “satisfied” with Glasgow Queen Street, according to a survey conducted by rail watchdog Transport Focus between September and November 2017, shortly after a £100-million modernisation project began at the city centre terminal. Passenger Cameron MacIntosh, 32, a sales adviser from Stirling, said: “The station is an absolute bomb site at the moment. It really looks like a place from the third world. I try and avoid it.” - The Daily Telegraph

Millennials are so, like, so not bothered by GM

The advent of genetically modified crops caused a scandal in the 1990s. But the younger generation is largely relaxed about eating GM foods, new research has show. Two-thirds of under-30s believe technology is a good thing for farming and support futuristic farming techniques, according to a survey. Only 20% of millennials expressed concerns about the benefits of gene editing or genetically modifying crops, despite decades of opposition and media warnings. The poll of more than 1,600 18- to 30-year-olds, carried out for the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, also found that about two-thirds of young people support the use of drones in livestock farming to count sheep and in arable farming to assess, monitor and spray crops. - The Daily Telegraph

Boy comes back to life after organs signed away

A 13-year-old boy came back to life after his parents signed papers to donate his organs, reports USA Today. The parents of Trenton McKinley, 13, injured in a freak dune buggy accident in Mobile, Alabama, were told by USA Medical Center doctors he had seven skull fractures. “He was dead a total of 15 minutes,” his mother, Jennifer Reindl, told FOX10. “They said he would never be normal again … that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.” Because Trenton was declared brain dead and barely breathing, his parents decided to donate his organs to five children. But the day before Trenton was meant to be taken off of life support, he began to show signs of brain activity. - Staff reporter

Kim falls short in South Korean media’s sole focus

In the aftermath of a landmark summit on denuclearisation and the possible end of the Korean War, South Korea’s media have found time to analyse other great matters of state: the meaning of Kim Jong-un’s oddly shaped shoes. The conservative Chosun Ilbo newspaper dedicated a full-page spread to experts scrutinising Kim’s summit footwear, concluding that he may actually be shorter than previously reported. According to a translation by the Washington Post, Kim’s shoes displayed a suspicious slope that appeared to suggest he was wearing insoles to push his feet upward. Using videos and photographs, the experts argued that Kim may be nearly 6cm shorter than South Korean President Moon Jae-in. - The Daily Telegraph

Sinkhole gives glimpse of 60,000-year-old volcano

A sinkhole on a North Island farm as deep as four double-decker buses and almost the length of two football fields has grabbed the attention of New Zealand volcanologists. It appeared after heavy rainfall near the town of Rotorua, exposing rock deposits from 60,000 years ago. Experts believe rain dissolved underground limestone over thousands of years, eventually causing the ground to collapse and creating a chasm 20m deep and 200m long. Volcanologist Brad Scott said the dairy farm where the fissure appeared lay on the crater of a long-dormant volcano. Farmer Colin Tremain said such holes were common on the property but this was by far the largest. “(I’ll) put a fence around it and forget about it, waste of time filling it in,” he told Radio NZ. - AFP



More than a whiff of insider whispers about Dis-Chem

Lax JSE ought to be rapped over the knuckles ... again

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read

Do you still think all SOEs should be privatised?

The argument isn’t as black and white as it seems

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Miners faced with a deadly choice about mechanisation

Inherently dangerous jobs can only be made safer through technology – but unions don’t want it

By BusinessLIVE reporter
1 min read



Calling all flunkies, goons, duct tapers and box tickers

Welcome to the wearying world of bullshit jobs

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

A boon for Mills & Boon: The rebirth of the bodice ripper

Lots of rude stuff from past and present to occupy you

By Paula Andropoulos
4 min read

For these three authors, the thrill definitely hasn’t gone

Sinister new stuff on the bookshelves

By Jennifer Platt
2 min read

Hang with great art this weekend

The 2018 American Express Winter Sculpture Fair is on this weekend

2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Government aims to thrash Solidarity

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Well done CAF for giving African football a swift kick

Under a new boss, in little over 12 months the confederation has revitalised the African soccer scene

By Nick Said
4 min read

Blast from the past: Low blows fell Harold Volbrecht

Today in South African sports history: May 8

David Isaacson
1 min read