Tuesday, May 22 2018



Van Breda: The many faces of a murderer

For 66 days we watched his many guises and listened to his innumerable lies, but none of them could save him

Tanya Farber
7 min read



No one wants Guptas' cash, not even KPMG

In bid to rescue its reputation, KPMG to donate its Gupta fees to ‘education and anti-corruption initiatives’

2 min read

Big and small ... and deadly, we save them all

Proving that no animal is too small, or too dangerous, a mamba was operated on after a horrific attack

Tony Carnie
3 min read

Richards Bay seaside 'snitch' finally becomes a has-beam

For 39 years, the iconic lighthouse had been slipping towards the cliff edge. Now its fate was decided

Bobby Jordan
1 min read

Forget ethics, simply following the law would save SA billions

If officials and companies simply comply with basic legal obligations it would make a big difference, says judge

Farren Collins
2 min read

Fuel price hikes leave more than wallets emaciated

An expected third fuel price hike this year is likely to take a toll in our lunch boxes and on our supper tables

2 min read

Fewer kids are taking technical subjects. Why?

Decline in number of pupils studying technology subjects poses threat to ‘three-stream’ curriculum model

By Prega Govender
3 min read



Before judging Cyril, count 100 and think of Zuma

There is good reason to hedge on Ramaphosa's achievements, but just imagine the alternative

Tom Eaton
7 min read

Y'all got some 'raw God': Wedding sermon a hit

Archbishop of Canterbury leads praises of American Bishop Michael Curry's unconventional royal homily

By Hannah Furness
2 min read


Five suspects arrested in connection with the cash-in-transit heist that happened on May 17 appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Subscribe to TimesLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive


African Jazz Pioneers founder Stompie Manana and singer Dorothy Masuku listen to poet and author Don Mattera during the Africa Month Colloquia at Trevor Huddleson CR Memorial Centre in Sophiatown. Mattera was part of the Living Legends programme run by the Department of Arts and Culture. He imparted his knowledge about writing books and poems growing up in Sophiatown.
Living legends African Jazz Pioneers founder Stompie Manana and singer Dorothy Masuku listen to poet and author Don Mattera during the Africa Month Colloquia at Trevor Huddleson CR Memorial Centre in Sophiatown. Mattera was part of the Living Legends programme run by the Department of Arts and Culture. He imparted his knowledge about writing books and poems growing up in Sophiatown.
Image: Masi Losi

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC forges ahead with expropriation plan

The ANC will press ahead with expropriation of land without compensation in terms of Section 25 of the constitution as it currently stands‚ national executive committee member Ronald Lamola said on Monday. The party will test the argument that the constitution already allows for expropriation of land without compensation. However‚ this did not stop the party from continuing to look at whether this section of the constitution should be amended‚ and making presentations to the constitutional review committee. This follows the ANC’s two-day land summit in Boksburg at the weekend. The party also called for the Expropriation Bill - which had been sent back and forth between former president Jacob Zuma and parliament - to be passed immediately.

Boksburg heist suspects claim police brutality

There was heavy police presence at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Monday as five men accused of being involved in a cash-in-transit heist in Boksburg last Thursday made a brief appearance. At the beginning of the hearing, Thabo Molefe‚ Sibusiso Khumalo‚ Collen Hadebe‚ Thato Gaopantwe and Paul Sibanda asked to be housed at Boksburg prison and not in the Johannesburg police station cells‚ as requested by the prosecution. They claimed they were assaulted at the Benoni police station‚ where they had been held since their arrest. The matter was postponed until next Monday. The men face charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances‚ possession of unlicensed firearms‚ attempted murder, and malicious damage to property related to the bombing of two cash vans on Atlas Road, Boksburg last Thursday. The vans, from G4S, were targeted by 10 robbers who exchanged fire with the G4S guards. Two of the guards were injured.

Alcohol, drugs fuelling brawls at E Cape varsity

Drugs and alcohol are believed to be at the centre of ongoing fights between students and security guards at Walter Sisulu University. On Sunday a fight broke out between students and Fidelity security guards on the Nelson Mandela Drive campus. Police used tear gas to disperse a group of students gathered by the main gate after they chased away the security guards. University spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo said management was aware of what had happened on the Mthatha campus. “The reason is there are people from outside who were part of the drug ring‚ other drug lords that were using the university as a distribution point as well as a market for them‚” she said. The university had “obviously stepped on the territories of powerful individuals” with a drug bust last week and the confiscation of alcohol from illegal shebeens on campus.

Gauteng to use drones to monitor projects

The Gauteng department of infrastructure development will use drones to monitor the progress of projects across the province. The initiative - launched in Etwatwa‚ Ekurhuleni‚ on Monday - uses drones in tandem with the nerve centre of the department – the Lutsinga Infrastructure House. It combines human intelligence‚ business intelligence and now artificial intelligence to ensure projects are delivered in time‚ within cost and at the right quality. Infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo said the aim was improve efficiencies in the sector. Through the drone project‚ the department ensured construction work was done in line with work schedules, and helped monitor safety compliance on construction sites. Over the next three years it had committed to delivering 340 projects worth about R4.5-billion “on time‚ within cost and at the right quality”.

Equal Education ordered to stop operations

Education advocacy group Equal Education has been ordered to stop operations at Western Cape schools owing to accusations of sexual misconduct. On Friday, the organisation announced that its members were "deeply distressed" by the allegations against three top managers, all of whom resigned. On Monday‚ Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer said that while allegations were made by members of the organisation‚ it was not clear whether children were involved. However, if they were true, "this is hardly the type of person we need working in our schools". She has demanded “details regarding every interview or engagement conducted by [the men] so far this year with any female learner in the Western Cape” by Friday, and that, by 5pm on Tuesday‚ Equal Education undertook to cease operations in Western Cape schools until they had a chance to meet them and discuss the way forward.

Cape Town’s first desalination plant online

Cape Town’s first temporary desalination plant came online on Tuesday in Strandfontein‚ where three-million litres a day are being pumped into the city’s water supply. The plant will eventually produce seven-million litres daily. The desalinated water has cleared testing in laboratories‚ and was tested again on Monday when deputy mayor Ian Neilson took a sip while on a site visit. The city was satisfied with the quality‚ Neilson said while touring the plant in heavy rain‚ noting that it doesn't taste any different from bottled or tap water. The plant is one of the temporary desalination facilities the city hopes will augment the existing water supply. Desalinated water is the city’s second priority when it comes to augmentation‚ with greater focus on efforts to tap into groundwater.



Rank and vile: German Nazi hunters race against time

The work of a small team intensifies as the last perpetrators, accomplices and survivors are finally vanishing

4 min read

Google employees are now allowed to be evil

Google has removed its ‘Don’t be evil’ motto from its code of conduct

By Joseph Archer
2 min read

Pet hate: Chinese club dozens of dogs to death in rabies scare

Villagers target dogs with knives and clubs in bloody frenzy

By Neil Connor
2 min read

Meghan’s folks are at it again, but this time it’s Trump’s fault

Nephew tried to take a knife into a Windsor nightclub because Trump said London was 'like a war zone'

By Harriet Alexander
1 min read


Supporters wear moustaches imitating Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro while he speaks during a gathering after the results of the election were released, outside of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
A colourful duo Supporters wear moustaches imitating Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro while he speaks during a gathering after the results of the election were released, outside of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
Image: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins


This Brazilian baby is a born rebel

A remote Brazilian island has welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there. The baby born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone, including her parents. Tiny Fernando de Noronha, with a population of just more than 3,000, doesn’t authorise births because there’s no maternity ward, O Globo reported. Expectant mothers are told to travel to the mainland, where the nearest big city is Natal, 365km across the ocean. The unidentified mother in Saturday’s birth has another child who was born on the mainland, but told O Globo that this time she “didn’t feel anything” during her pregnancy. - AFP

How a real pig ended up in a cop car

The police thought he was drunk or hallucinating, but when a US man called them to report being followed by a pig, he was gravely serious. The man called the North Ridgeville Police Department at about 5am as he was walking home from the train station in Elyria, Ohio, the Evening Standard reports. The officers posted on Facebook about an “obviously drunk guy”, but when they rolled up at the scene they found the man completely sober - and he was indeed being followed by a pig. One of the officers managed to lure the animal into his car and get it into one of the dog kennels at the station, the report added. It has since been returned to its owner. - Staff reporter

Paraguay adds fuel to Palestinian ire

Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the second country to follow the US in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv. The US moved its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian anger. It was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad international backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital. Israel regards all of the city as its capital. The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Hanan Ashrawi denounced Paraguay’s move as “provocative and irresponsible” and a conspiracy “with Israel, the United States and Guatemala to entrench the military occupation and to seal the fate of occupied Jerusalem”. - Reuters

Beware flagging enthusiasm, China warns

All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to “promote a spirit of patriotism” among Muslims, the country’s top Islamic regulatory body has declared, as the Communist Party seeks to tighten its grip on religion. Flags should be hung in a “prominent position”, the China Islamic Association said, to “further strengthen the understanding of national and civic ideals, and promote a spirit of patriotism among Muslims of all ethnic groups”. Mosques should also publicly display information on the party’s “core socialist values”, and explain them to devotees via Islamic scripture so that they will be “deeply rooted in people’s hearts”. The association is a government-affiliated body with sole power to accredit imams. The letter comes on the heels of new regulations intensifying punishments for unsanctioned religious activities and increased state supervision of religion in a bid to “block extremism”. - AFP

Coke mule breaks record after round of laxatives

Indian police used laxatives for several days to retrieve 106 cocaine capsules worth about $900,000 from the stomach of a Brazilian woman who tried to smuggle them into the country, officials said on Monday. The 28-year-old was remanded in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, having been held on May 14 after she arrived at Delhi airport from Sao Paulo, according to Vishwa Vijay, a Narcotics Control Bureau superintendent. “She was taken to Safdarjung hospital where doctors administered laxatives after x-rays showed the presence of the capsules.” The capsules, containing about 930g of pure South American cocaine, were supposed to be delivered to dealers in the Indian capital. “This is the highest number of cocaine capsules extracted from any professional drugs swallower in Delhi,” said Vijay. - AFP

Facing forced marriage? Use a spoon

A Swedish city is advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear before going through airport security. Airport staff in Gothenburg have been told how to respond in such circumstances, said Katarina Idegard, who is in charge of tackling honour-based violence in Sweden’s second-biggest city. “The spoon will trigger metal detectors when you go through security checks … It is a last chance to sound the alarm.” There are no data on the number of girls taken abroad for forced marriage, but Idegard said a national hotline received 139 calls last year about child marriage or forced marriage. The idea comes from British charity Karma Nirvana, which said it had already saved a number of girls in Britain from forced marriage. - Reuters



Barloworld says thank heaven for Russia, not so much Spain

Some worries about US-led sanctions, but for now equipment sales in that part of the world are booming

By Mark Allix
1 min read

Forget precious metals, let’s focus on industrial minerals

Plenty of other less sexy metal deposits, if only the government would make mining investors welcome 

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Crime and corruption don’t pay. Better believe it, bub

The marginal utility of money diminishes sooner than you think, and, anyway, money isn’t power. Don’t start

By Mark Barnes
4 min read



Here's a critique on modern Islam for you to Wolfe down

The books that should be on your radar this week

By Andrew Donaldson
15 min read

The good, the bad and the book trailer

Should we really be watching book previews online?

By Jennifer Platt
2 min read

No Puff-piece: More money than you can imagine for an artwork

Fortune paid by P Diddy for an iconic American artwork

By Staff reporter
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Pitso’s my kind of winning guy, says Teko

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Rugby: Too much of a good thing is always a bad thing

Good news that bosses have cut number of matches

By Craig Ray
3 min read

Blast from the past: Proteas smash England in World Cup

Today in SA sports history: May 22

David Isaacson
1 min read