Friday, July 13 2018



Lekota: It's a myth that whites were given land for free

An emotional COPE leader gives Times Select his take on the land expropriation debate

5 min read

How Kevin Anderson destroyed the Wimbledon script

Anderson has rapaciously changed his fitness regime, his outlook and his coach in the past 12 months

Craig Ray
4 min read

Gordhan: I wasn't being racist when I fired Transnet director

Minister says Seth Radebe’s actions – or perhaps rather inaction – amounted to 'dereliction' and were 'indefensible'

Karyn Maughan
3 min read



Sorry Zuma, you're late and we won't wait

Jacob Zuma was late for Duduzane's court appearance for culpable homicide and so had to stay in his car

Karyn Maughan
2 min read

Not all superheroes wear capes. This South African wears a scuba tank

A former Durbanite played a key role in the modern-day ‘Mission Impossible' to rescue the Thai cave boys

2 min read

Poor little rich people have to tighten their belts

Financial report shows that even the relatively wealthy find the tough economic times are 'biting hard'

2 min read

Footsek: barefoot SA kids have the jump on Germans

Barefoot South African children are better at balancing and jumping than their colder counterparts, tests show

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

WhatsApp behaving badly: We get schooled by Cape officials

City of Cape Town dept has to lecture journalists on how to speak nicely to each other on WhatsApp

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read



Nick Cave, the woman next door and me: We've all been there and back

If you can’t connect as a person to another person, what other real connecting can there be?

6 min read

Jessie and the ANC money eaters still play the victim card

ANC secretary-general's bizarre radio interview shows she has learnt nothing in the last few years

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Don’t get caught noodling, nab a forty-fying hnaffezan

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read



Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read


Meet 12-year-old Janna Jihad, a Palestinian activist who has been labelled as the youngest journalist in the world. This is her story.


Rukiye Gobut washes her 20-day-old baby Efe Gobut near Konya, Turkey. Every year, nomads start walking from Mersin on the Mediterranean coast with more than a thousand goats, travelling to the central Anatolian province of Konya.
A gypsy's life for me Rukiye Gobut washes her 20-day-old baby Efe Gobut near Konya, Turkey. Every year, nomads start walking from Mersin on the Mediterranean coast with more than a thousand goats, travelling to the central Anatolian province of Konya.
Image: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Six things about SA you need to know

Hundreds suffer disabling injuries at Prasa

Working for the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is proving to be a dangerous job, with a whopping 869 employees suffering disabling injuries while on duty over the past three financial years. Fifteen more died at the agency’s premises between April 2015 and March 2018. In a written reply to a question by DA MP Chris Hunsinger‚ Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said three Prasa employees died while on duty in the financial year that ended in March, four died in 2016/17, and eight in 2015/16. The overwhelming number (853) disabling injuries were due to assaults by fare-evading commuters and the public, and from injuries resulting from company vehicles‚ electrocutions‚ smoke inhalations resulting from high tension burnouts‚ trips and falls owing to uneven surfaces and on platforms and unsafe acts.

EC inmates without water for three days

More than 1‚200 inmates at the Middledrift prison in the Eastern Cape have been without water for the past three days, with the situation so bad that some are urinating in the corners of their cells because toilets have filled up. One of the inmates who contacted Times Select charged that the department would only act when this became catastrophic. “One of the basic human rights is to have water‚ even if you are an offender. But this prison has been without water since Monday and this can lead to deadly diseases‚” the inmate said. They didn’t have water to drink, wash with, flush the toilets or clean the floors. DCS provincial spokeswoman Nobuntu Gantana confirmed that the prison was without water but said they were doing their best to provide for inmates.

No word on opening Mandela's grave to public

With the world set to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary birthday next week‚ there has been no progress on whether to open his gravesite to the public. Many‚ including some government leaders‚ believe this will boost tourism in the OR Tambo region since many would descend on Mthatha to view Madiba’s grave in Qunu. Mandela’s eldest grandson‚ Nkosi Mandla Zwelivelile Mandela‚ the head of the Mandela chiefdom in Mvezo‚ said it could not be the decision of only the family. He would not say whether the family was in favour of the gravesite being open to the public.

Police station evacuated in third bomb scare

The police have themselves become a target in a spate of bomb threats in Durban‚ with the Phoenix police station evacuated on Thursday. It is understood that a bomb threat was received by the station‚ with the claim that three explosive devices had been planted within the complex. The station was evacuated while members of the explosives unit responded to the scene. This follows two hoax bomb scares earlier on Thursday - at Woolworths in the Cornubia Mall and then at the Commercial City building in the Durban city centre. These came after several “devices” were found at Woolworths stores in the city, and on two cars near the Durban July venue at the weekend.

Sassa reports CPS for ‘interfering’ with grants

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has reported controversial grants distributor Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to the police and the Constitutional Court for allegedly interfering in their migration to a new grants payment system. This was revealed by Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu on Thursday at a briefing to provide an update on the migration from the old payment system administered by CPS to the new one‚ to be operated by the SA Post Office. The migration is part of a Constitutional Court judgment last year. Shabangu claimed there have been many instances of CPS employees waiting at payment points to coerce beneficiaries into signing forms to commit them to remaining on their system. These possible breaches of the court order had been reported.

Govt failing the poor: HRC

The South African Human Rights Commission released a scathing report on Thursday on the government's failure to address inequality and poverty. Its Equality Report for 2017-18 evaluated the government’s programme of radical socio-economic transformation from a rights-based perspective. It found that the increase of VAT to 15% this year “seriously threatens the human rights of the poor and is not constitutionally justifiable”. In terms of the role of private companies‚ the report says the private sector is not sufficiently contributing to the transformation of the labour market‚ the transformation of the economy, further education or land reform. It also found that the wealthiest 10% of SA’s population earns seven times more than the bottom 40%. Commission CEO Tseliso Thipanyane said about 60% of SA’s black population live in poverty while only 1% of the white population fell into the same economic bracket.



They're hardly dry, but everyone's trying to make cash from the cave boys

As rescuers pack up their gear, attention turns to films, books and plans to turn the site into a museum

2 min read

It seems the Insta generation has literally jumped the shark

A woman tried to get the perfect Instagram shot by swimming with sharks. She got bitten. What more can we say?

By Rozina Sabur
1 min read

It's no mare coincidence: This little filly has so much more to snort about

Scientists have found that the more a horse snorts, the happier it is

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

He said no fangs to a sequel, but Drac had other ideas

Burnt-out 'Hotel Transylvania' director vowed never again ... but you never say never in Hollywood

3 min read


Young members of Loyalist Orders throw a baton in the air as they participate in Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Little troopers Young members of Loyalist Orders throw a baton in the air as they participate in Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Image: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne


Trump’s face is sealed with the Russians

US President Donald Trump may not be making making friends with his environmental policies at home, but he literally has the stamp of approval from a Russian mining company, reports The Guardian. One of the world’s biggest asbestos producers, Uralasbest, is pasting a seal of Trump’s face on pallets laden with its product, accompanied by: “Approved by Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States.” This comes as environmental groups have slammed the US Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to ban new asbestos products outright, the report adds. The agency will evaluate new uses of asbestos. Eco groups want the agency to bar them on public health grounds. - Staff reporter

If only they spent this much time staring at a book

More than 150,000 younger UK teenagers are spending more than eight hours a day online at weekends, according to an official breakdown of young “extreme” users. Amid mounting concern over the potential effect of screen time on rising mental ill-health among the young, new figures from communications regulator Ofcom show about 6% of children between the ages of 12 and 15 are devoting most of their waking weekend time to online activities. One-tenth of teenagers (11%) are spending between five and eight hours a day online at the weekend - that’s about 300,000 children. The proportions fall during the week when the children are at school, but 1% (about 28,000 children) are still spending more than eight hours a day online, 4% more than six hours and 11% between four and eight hours, equivalent to more than 300,000 pupils. - © The Daily Telegraph

Stormy’s arrest makes her lawyer touchy

Stormy Daniels has been arrested at a strip club in Ohio after allegedly allowing a patron to touch her while she was performing. The adult film actress (real name Stephanie Clifford) was performing at Sirens club in the city of Columbus. After her “Make America Horny Again” show undercover officers approached Daniels and said she would be arrested for allowing the patron to touch her. An Ohio strip club law prohibits clients from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, unless the patron is a member of the dancer’s immediate family. The patron is not believed to have been detained. Michael Avenatti, Daniels’s lawyer, who is engaged in a legal battle with President Donald Trump over a non-disclosure agreement she signed after an alleged affair, said she was being politically persecuted. He said she was "set up" in a "sting" operation. - © The Daily Telegraph

Turkey seizes bizarre kitty ‘cult’ preacher

Turkish police have detained on fraud charges a televangelist notorious for propagating conservative views while surrounded by scantily clad women he refers to as his “kittens”. Adnan Oktar, a bizarre and controversial figure who also denies evolution, was detained alongside dozens of mainly female alleged supporters on accusations of fraud, bribery and sexual assault. Oktar, who critics see as a cult leader, gained notoriety for his programmes on the online A9 television channel and has regularly been denounced by Turkey’s religious leaders. In a major crackdown on his group, he was taken into custody in Istanbul as part of a probe by the city police’s financial crimes unit, state-run Anadolu news agency said. - © The Daily Telegraph

He has no limbs but he’s hardly armless

A 46-year-old homeless man with no arms has been arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, for stabbing another man with a pair of scissors using his feet, police say. Jonathan Crenshaw stabbed a 22-year-old twice before running away, according to the police report. Crenshaw, a local fixture known for painting colourful works of art with his feet, was detained near the attack in a shopping and tourist area near South Beach. He had told police he acted in self-defence. The victim, Cesar Coronado, was admitted to a local hospital bleeding from his left arm, police said. He and a female friend who was present said Coronado had asked Crenshaw for directions and was attacked. Crenshaw said he was lying down when Coronado approached and punched him, police added. Crenshaw has an extensive criminal past, including battery of law enforcement officers, according to the Miami Beach Police Department. - Reuters

Honey of a home for last dancing bear

Nepal’s last known dancing bear has found a home in neighbouring India, to the relief of animal activists who feared for his safety after the death of his buddy. Rangila, a 19-year-old bear rescued from captivity, made the 30-hour journey from Nepal to a sanctuary in Agra, officials from Indian animal charity Wildlife SOS said. “He loves honey,” said Kartick Satyanarayan from Wildlife SOS. Rangila was one of two sloth bears rescued in southern Nepal in December from itinerant street performers who used the animals for entertainment. They were transferred to a zoo but the female died weeks later from what activists described as negligence. Nepal outlawed the practice of performing bears in 1973. Dancing bears are trained as cubs to dance on their hind legs. Their snouts are pierced with a heated rod so they can be controlled by the tug of a rope or chain. Sloth bears are a critically endangered species. - AFP



Treasury fingered as the real fiend behind roads slowdown

Sanral CEO says Treasury's procurement regulations have allowed armed vigilante groups to run riot

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read

No surprise as Petra bails out of its Ekapa joint venture

Fear that more unmined surface resources will be taken over by hostile groups and given mining rights

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Stock buyers start circling the scraps of sorry Steinhoff

Share price has doubled since June but is still 97% off where it was in December 2017

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



Syncretism? Arts fest says no to all that 1990s nonsense

National Arts Festival bid a belated voetsek to forced Rainbow Nation platitudes and told it like it was

By Anton Krueger
6 min read

How Daniel Craig and Halle Berry turned a riot into a farce

Set amid the racial unrest in LA, it will leave you scratching your head at what the point of it all might be

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read

Click off the cricket, tune out the tennis, ignore the soccer ...

What to do and where to go this weekend

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Has Nadal got a complex about Djokovic?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Why breakaway cyclists are saddled with a disadvantage

Tour de France riders who try to lead from the front take a hammering when it comes to air resistance 

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Aussies humble world champ Boks

Today in SA sports history: July 13

David Isaacson
3 min read