Wednesday, July 25 2018



Don't tell me you expected any better from them ...

With the voting in of lethally incompetent Qedani Mahlangu, its crass, greedy mechanics roar ever louder

Tom Eaton
3 min read

... don't expect Cyril to choose between fact and faction ...

Corruption and in-fighting still rule the ANC, and Ramaphosa doesn't know who his allies are

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

... and don't expect them to stop choosing dodgy candidates

Unless it stops operating as if it is still a banned movement, tainted characters will keep swelling its ranks

Sibongakonke Shoba
Sunday Times political editor
3 min read



'The teargas killed my baby'

Police insist there were no fatalities in the violence that broke out in Hermanus, but township residents say otherwise

Aron Hyman
3 min read

Cash heists cost far more than the money stolen

Experts reveal how this SA scourge has consequences that make life far worse for all of us

Graeme Hosken
3 min read



ConCourt is the last resort for Busisiwe

If she loses her appeal against the SA Reserve Bank ruling, the PP will have nowhere left to go

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Women's groups livid about Manana, Moyane

NPA's decision not to prosecute former minister and SARS boss 'does not instil any sense of hope for women', they say

3 min read

Quake brings 'refugees' together on walls of Cape Town gallery

How a 400-year-old Italian painting and a contemporary African artwork ended up in 'conversation'

Aron Hyman
3 min read

The sport of kings has a queen in the making - at just 7

Little Anotha is making quite a name for herself on KZN's increasingly popular rural horse-racing scene

3 min read

OMG - the Lassie story is real, our dogs really do care

Dogs will go out of their way to help you if you're distressed - and there's science to prove it

Claire Keeton
3 min read

Times Select paywall and smart new app launched

Here's how you can keep reading your favourite digital daily edition

2 min read



Handmaids and ball culture triumph over Trumpism

In very different ways, The Handmaid's Tale and Pose remind us of the power of art to galvanise minorities

By Andile Ndlovu
4 min read

Why 100s of eco warriors are being murdered

2017 was the worst year yet for environmental activists, with over 200 being killed. What is going on?

3 min read

Oh Man - that Booker Prize really turned a new page

The Man Booker Prize long list has been announced, and for the first time it includes a graphic novel

By Anita Singh
2 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


Eleven new members of the canine family have been introduced to their law enforcement partners in the Metro Police K9 Unit to help tackle crime in Cape Town.


A Capetonian grabs a selfie with the statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled on Tuesday on the balcony of Cape Town City Hall, where Mandela made his first speech after his release in February 1990.
It's an ussie A Capetonian grabs a selfie with the statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled on Tuesday on the balcony of Cape Town City Hall, where Mandela made his first speech after his release in February 1990.
Image: Ruvan Boshoff

Six things about SA you need to know

ANC chief whip in Knysna shot dead

The ANC chief whip in Knysna was shot dead on Monday. Victor Molosi‚ 50‚ was killed near his home in Concordia at about 10pm as he was returning from a school governing body meeting. Southern Cape police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said on Tuesday no arrests had been made and that the motive was unknown. Mayor Mark Willemse paid tribute to Molosi‚ the councillor for ward 8: “He was a passionate contributor in council debates‚ advocating strongly on behalf of his party and the community he served. Our thoughts go out to his wife and his children.” ANC provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs‚ who announced Molosi’s death on Facebook‚ said it was “an enormously sad moment”. Molosi was deputy secretary of the ANC in the Southern Cape‚ he said‚ and had been the party’s mayoral candidate in Knysna.

KZN Woolies customers to be searched

All Woolworths customers will be searched before entering stores in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows bomb threats and the discovery of “incendiary devices” planted at several stores in Durban over the past three weeks. In an e-mail to customers subscribing to its rewards programme‚ Woolworths head of divisions Kay Raidoo said the searches were for the "safety and protection" of customers, even though they “may cause you some inconvenience”. Woolworths has also deployed additional uniformed security guards at all stores in KZN. Raidoo said the motive for the bomb threats and the planted devices was unclear. "We continue to work closely with the relevant authorities‚ including the South African Police Service‚ the Hawks’ Crimes Against the State Unit‚ local and national government as well as our own investigators‚ who are providing input and guidance‚" she said.

Theft case against partying student postponed

The theft case against a Walter Sisulu University student‚ accused of stealing R810,000 from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme‚ was postponed to August 20 in the East London Regional Court on Tuesday. Magistrate Rochel Sam postponed the matter for the defence team to study the contents of the docket and prepare for trial. Sibongile Mani's lawyer, Asanda Pakade, confirmed receiving the dockets. “We have received the contents of the dockets‚ we are busy perusing them. It is quite a lot.” Mani‚ a third-year accounting student‚ was arrested by the Hawks on May 29 for theft after R14-million was allegedly erroneously loaded into Mani’s student account. Mani is accused of failing to report the alleged “error” and instead blowing R810,000 in 73 days.

Dad who killed son to be prosecuted

A father who shot and killed his teenage son‚ apparently by mistake‚ will be prosecuted for the death. Emmanuel Tshabalala shot his son‚ Luyanda ‚ on the premises of Fred Norman Secondary School in Ennerdale‚ south of Johannesburg‚ on June 5. Tshabalala had dropped off Luyanda for evening classes and then fell asleep in the car. In an affidavit during his bail application‚ Tshabalala claimed that he shot his son after mistaking him for a hijacker as Luyanda tried to wake him up. Tshabalala appeared briefly in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where he has been charged with his son’s murder. Prosecutor Tumi Maunye told the court that the director of public prosecutions had decided to proceed with the matter in the South Gauteng High Court. The matter was postponed to September 4 for further investigation.

Makhanda has only enough water for two months

Makhanda West‚ home to Rhodes University‚ several prestigious schools‚ the city’s prison‚ industrial area‚ army base‚ suburbia and CBD will run out of water in about two months‚ Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation Pam Tshwete was told on Tuesday. DWS water regulation director in the Eastern Cape‚ Andrew Lucas‚ warned Makhanda (Grahamstown) residents to continue hard-boiling their drinking water because the city still faced water-quality challenges. Tshwete was meeting Makhanda stakeholders and residents in an effort to understand the water crisis. Makhanda municipal infrastructure and technical services director Dali Mlenzana said the city faced a major disaster with its main supply dam to the west of the city down to less than 30%. Day Zero would arrive in about 60 days, he warned. Strict water restrictions allow each resident just 60 litres a day.

September could be firearms amnesty month

Parliament’s portfolio committee on police says it will formally consider a request by Police Minister Bheki Cele to have a firearms amnesty in September. Committee chairman Francois Beukman said the process followed a letter Cele sent to the speaker of the National Assembly requesting that the portfolio committee consider the matter. “The proposed amnesty could potentially assist in the reduction of firearms in circulation in the republic. The biggest challenge is still‚ however‚ to address the matter of illegal firearms in circulation‚ and to prevent legal firearms being stolen and getting lost in the pool of illegal firearms‚” Beukman said. He emphasised that the police had to ensure that strict control measures were in place when people handed over firearms during the amnesty. The amnesty would run for six months.



One giant leap for moonkind: was there lunar life 4 billion years ago?

Conditions could have supported simple lifeforms at about the same time life was getting started on Earth

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

Supersonic travel is booming, and we're all in for the ride

Faster-than-sound planes will be financially viable and affordable in our lifetime

By Hugh Morris
3 min read

Oh crumbs, Palmerston - the in-house mouser - is a murderer

If you're bored of the politics, Downing Street can offer an alternative in cat-watching

By Helena Horton
1 min read

Oh my God, am I going to die? Woman savaged by pack of dingoes

Aussie describes following one animal that had snatched her phone, and suddenly realising she was surrounded

2 min read


Women help a child to cross over to another house on a wooden plank after flash floods in Srinagar, India.
a bridge over troubled waters Women help a child to cross over to another house on a wooden plank after flash floods in Srinagar, India.
Image: Danish Ismail/Reuters


A Stormy divorce for Daniels?

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is battling President Donald Trump in court over their alleged sexual encounter a decade ago, and her husband are planning to divorce. Daniels, 39, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, married Glendon Crain, 41, in 2010. Crain is a heavy metal musician and pornographic movie actor, featuring in adult films under the name Brendon Miller. Daniels is suing Trump to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from discussing their alleged 2006 sexual encounter. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 (R1,7-million) just days before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence. - AFP

Labola? India gives 200 cows to Rowanda

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has staked a claim to the concept of ‘cattle diplomacy’. During a visit to Rwanda, Modi donated 200 cows — considered sacred in India — to poor residents of Rweru model village, south of the capital Kigali. The gesture builds on a Rwandan government scheme called “Girinka” which since 2006 has contributed cattle to poor rural families in an effort to combat malnutrition by ensuring children have access to milk. Modi also announced a series of deals including a a $200-million (R 2,6-billion) Indian loan that will be used to develop Rwanda’s irrigation schemes and expand the Kigali Special Economic Zone. - AFP

Rescued Thai cave boys become monks

Eleven Thai footballers, rescued from deep inside a flooded cave in a dramatic mission, are preparing to live as novice monks and stay in monasteries for nine days to ‘make merit’ for former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan, who died while installing oxygen tanks along the rescue route. Their coach will also enter the monkhood as an adult. One player, Adul Sam-on, attended the event but will not be ordained as he is a Christian. Dressed in white robes, the teammates gathered at the Wat Pha That Doi Wao temple in northern Thailand’s Mae Sai district. They had their heads shaved and sat on the floor in the monastery where they prayed together. - AFP

China bans religious activities in Tibet

Students in Tibet have been banned from taking part in religious activities over the summer holidays. The ban will fall hard on Tibet’s large Buddhist community, already under pressure as Chinese President Xi Jinping tightens controls over religious observance. China is the midst of rolling out newly revised Religious Affairs Regulations, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned religious activities across all faiths and regions. China’s constitution protects free speech and religion but critics say in reality there is little room for any opinions that challenge government policies. Earlier this year a Tibetan who campaigned to preserve his region’s ancestral language was jailed for five years for ‘inciting separatism’ in a case which Amnesty International denounced as ‘beyond absurd’. - AFP

Paedophiles prefer Nepal

Weak law enforcement appears to have made Nepal a favoured destination for paedophiles, with several arrests and convictions in recent years, including two French nationals who were arrested this week. Police arrested the two men, aged 42 and 38, in Kathmandu following a tip-off that they were luring children with chocolates, money and food. Last week a Swiss man was arrested for allegedly abusing a 16-year-old boy. Former UN official Peter Dalglish is currently on trial in Nepal on charges of sexually abusing young boys. Sexual abuse of minors carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. - AFP

Ugandans want their Tinder tax-free

Campaigners against Uganda’s tax on social media have been broadcasting calls on loudspeakers urging users not to pay the levy, playing a game of cat-and-mouse with police, witnesses said on Tuesday. Since the start of July, access to social media networks, as well as dating sites Tinder and Grindr, has been blocked unless users pay a 200-shilling (72 cents) daily tax. In an unusual protest, a recorded message was broadcast from loudspeakers at strategic points across the capital Kampala. Mobile internet users are required to input a code on their phones to prove payment of the charge before they are able to access the sites. The scheme has met angry opposition from users, some of whom have turned to virtual private networks to evade the fee while others have joined sporadic street protests. - AFP



The tricky business of being Tiger Woods

Golf sponsors and manufacturers need icons, especially now that the sport is in decline in the US and Europe

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Amplats, Kumba turnaround can give Eskom a jolt

A master class in how to deal with underperforming assets, high debt, and relentless conditions

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Hell to pay: What’s a couple of bar between bosses?

Mining claims to be struggling to cover its costs, but it’s rather generous with payments to execs 

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read



Feed the world, make it a better place, but no meat and dairy

Current crop production is sufficient to feed Earth's masses – but only with radical dietary shifts

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Tapping Ash: Hot cooking tips from the master chef

Cape Town restaurateur Ash Heeger is touring the world for inspiration for her next project

By Lucienne van Pul
3 min read

Need a sharpener? Use your noggin and have a snifter

Aperitifs are the new cocktails, for winter that is. When it’s too cold for a sundowner, pour yourself an ‘opener’

By Susy Atkins and Andrea Nagel
3 min read

No bull but plenty of beef at Brahman Hills

A delightful getaway off the N3 to Durban on the Midlands Meander

By Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Mbappe lines up with Messi and CR7

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

We mustn’t give a toss about those sons of pitches

Whether Faf won the toss or not, the Proteas should have been prepared for home-town wickets

3 min read