Tuesday, July 31 2018



ANALYSIS: Why politics may still get Grace off the hook

She has no immunity, but is still very unlikely to stand trial thanks to political considerations

Karyn Maughan
4 min read

Zulu king wants his Disney-type park so much, he's opening his palaces

Visitors will get an audience with Zwelithini in his bid to turn his palaces into a tourist paradise

3 min read

'He made me shoot him': woman who wed adoptive dad

Mother of two tells harrowing tale of sexual abuse and torture, in bid to be referred to a psychiatric hospital

By Kgaugelo Masweneng
4 min read



Poll went well, but will it bring vim back to Zim?

Some scattered complaints registered as MDC says it's sure it will win

By Ray Ndlovu, James Thompson, Nhau Mangirazi, Kenneth Matimaire, Elias Mambo, Vuyo Ndaba and Mzilikazi Wa Afrika
4 min read

Timol killing: apartheid cop in dock is a 'bittersweet moment'

Reopened case stirs hope the 'bigger fish' will be brought to justice, says MEC Panyaza Lesufi

3 min read

‘My Justice bosses are bullies and they’re spying on me’

Fresh round of internal squabbles hits Justice Department as staffer cries harassment and crimen injuria

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Elusive Mohamed and the mountain of evidence on how he conned Absa

Lawyer with fake qualifications allegedly defrauded Absa of R17-million and bribed high court staff to steal files

2 min read

Times Select paywall and smart new app launched

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2 min read



SA is just a holding company - guess who your new boss is

At least Chinese rule will provide lots of work for budding totalitarians within the ANC

Tom Eaton
4 min read

From grit to glitter and back again: the strange journey of Andy Warhol

From the grey of downtown Pittsburgh emerges the city's most colourful - and unlikely - celebrity

By Chris Leadbeater
9 min read

Warhol: 'She became a junkie, disappeared.' But where did Nico really go?

The sad but strangely magnificent final years of the superstar who inspired the Velvet Underground

4 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

Times Select paywall and smart new app launched

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2 min read


During the EFF’s 5th birthday celebrations in Eastern Cape on July 28 2018, party leader Julius Malema said that the EFF is the second coming of Jesus.


Elementary school sumo wrestlers compete in the sumo ring during the Wanpaku sumo-wrestling tournament in Tokyo.
It's big in Japan Elementary school sumo wrestlers compete in the sumo ring during the Wanpaku sumo-wrestling tournament in Tokyo.
Image: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Six things about SA you need to know

Armed cop caught ‘passed out’ at Durban mall

Acting KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi is keenly following a probe into the conduct of one of his officers, who was found seemingly intoxicated at Durban’s Pavilion shopping centre. It is understood that the officer‚ from the Westville police station‚ was found asleep on the floor at the centre last Thursday. Pictures of the constable‚ prostrate on the floor in full uniform and still armed with a gun‚ have been circulated on social media. The images prompted a full scale internal probe‚ with a view to instituting departmental charges. Police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said the cluster commander had taken charge of the inquiry: “It is alleged that the culprit is from the Westville police station and the incident occurred on Thursday when he was off duty.”

Beef up of crime intelligence at OR Tambo: DA

The police’s efforts to make OR Tambo International Airport a crime-free zone have yielded results but more still needs to be done to intercept criminal syndicates operating in and around the national key point‚ DA police spokesperson Zakhele Mbhele said. Mbhele conducted an oversight visit at South Africa’s busiest airport on Monday‚ a year after then police minister Fikile Mbalula intervened by implementing the Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Tactical Security Plan following a brazen crime wave. “The incidents of crime have been reduced but there are still challenges. There is understaffing of the police‚ manpower needs to be beefed up to operate better despite improvement‚” he said. However‚ Mbhele said there was inadequate crime intelligence to combat the most serious criminal activity‚ organised crime including passport fraud‚ drug trafficking‚ violent crimes‚ and theft from luggage.

Youngsters storm rehab‚ demand treatment

Staff at a rehabilitation centre in Tshwane were stunned when a group of youngsters stormed the facility‚ some accompanied by parents‚ demanding to be treated for addiction. About 40 youngsters descended on the Dr Fabian and Florence Ribeiro Treatment Centre on Saturday night‚ seeking admission without being properly processed in terms of rehabilitation procedures. Gauteng social development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said. “We are encouraged by the interest among the youth in Tshwane to find solutions themselves. But it is important that proper procedures are followed. Otherwise we run serious health risks.” She said first prize was always prevention and early intervention.

Church decries Malema’s ‘Jesus is the EFF’ claim

Nelson Mandela Bay church leaders have accused EFF leader Julius Malema of trying to “score political points” by likening the party’s arrival in politics as the “second coming of Jesus” at the weekend. The red berets celebrated their party's fifth birthday at Mdantsane in East London on Saturday. Malema told a packed stadium that the arrival of the party on the political scene was akin to the second coming. “There was an impression created that the ANC will never be removed‚ that South Africa’s future has been predetermined‚ that the ANC will rule until Jesus comes back. Jesus has arrived five years ago. That Jesus is the EFF‚” he said. Methodist bishop Jacob Freemantle‚ speaking on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Church Leadership Group‚ said on Sunday the statement was abusive and sought only to score political points.

Should you get time off to look after your parents?

Hendri Terblanche‚ who successful petitioned parliament to allow men to get more days off to take care of their newborns‚ now wants the roles reversed for adult children and their elderly parents. Terblanche is petitioning parliament to amend the Basic Conditions of Employment Act to include “parent‚ adoptive or grandparent” in the section relating to time off work - or to introduce a new “elder care leave” to allow time to care for an ageing parent who is sick or terminally ill. In a letter to the National Council of Provinces‚ Terblanche said elder care was just as important as childcare‚ so employees should receive three days’ paid leave‚ or six weeks’ unpaid leave‚ when a parent or adoptive parent is ill. "As the population in South Africa ages‚ more time needs to be devoted to take better care of our elders,” he wrote.

Kidnapping of small children on rise in SA

As hopes of finding missing Sydenham, Durban, schoolboy Miguel Louw dwindle‚ police are chasing leads that he may have been trafficked. A 44-year-old man‚ who cannot be named‚ appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with human trafficking. The man had originally been charged with kidnapping‚ and the change of tack gives a glimpse into what may have befallen the boy. Bianca van Aswegen‚ for NGO Missing Children SA‚ said abductions were on the rise while only 1% of child trafficking victims were found. She said human trafficking was a global problem. It is believed that Louw was taken from his school‚ which is less than a minute from his home‚ on the afternoon of July 17. His relatives have frantically taken up the search‚ canvassing shelters‚ hospitals and the state mortuary.



British Jews meet hatred at the end of a razorblade

They once felt safe in liberal, multicultural Britain, but anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise and fears are palpable

By Rosa Silverman
6 min read

A lake on Mars? Don't pack snorkels in the space ship quite yet

Nasa’s chief scientist explains what a newly found Martian ‘lake’ means, and why it may not exist at all

By Laurence Bergreen
5 min read

We're not saying Paul lied about Beatles song, he just 'misremembers'

Researchers used statistical analysis of 'In My Life' to prove Lennon was the actual author, not McCartney

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

He was lost for 64 years. Then Facebook found him

When a body was found in the Alps, the authorities despaired of identifying him. They didn't reckon on social media

1 min read


Julian Assange's cat sits on the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in London.
Not amused Julian Assange's cat sits on the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in London.
Image: Reuters/Peter Nicholls


‘My wife’s Japanese … no, Chinese. Oh dear’

In a slip of the tongue during his maiden trip to China as Britain’s new foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt told his Chinese counterpart on Monday that his wife was Japanese, but backtracked quickly. At the start of talks Hunt told the government’s top diplomat, state councillor Wang Yi, that he had a long relationship with China, beginning with a backpacking trip when he was 19. “My wife is Japanese - my wife is Chinese. That’s a terrible mistake to make,” Hunt said, to laughter. “My wife is Chinese, and my children are half-Chinese, and so we have Chinese grandparents who live in Xian and strong family connections in China.” Hunt, who took over this month following the resignation of Boris Johnson, was visiting Beijing on only his second trip outside Britain since assuming his role as foreign minister. - Reuters

‘Thish ish your captain shpeaking …’

A Dubai-bound flight from Nepal was delayed by nearly 10 hours after the pilot was found to be under the influence of alcohol, officials said Monday. The FlyDubai flight eventually left Kathmandu with a different crew. Crew members alerted airport officials that the pilot seemed impaired by alcohol less than an hour before the flight was scheduled to take off on Sunday morning. “A breathalyser test showed he had consumed alcohol. A medical test confirmed the result,” Raj Kumar Chettri, Tribhuvan International Airport general manager, said. FlyDubai’s headquarters was informed and the flight with 154 passengers was suspended until the new crew arrived. Authorities did not disclose the pilot’s nationality. - AFP

Wolf whistler follows up with a punch

Video of a man hitting a woman in the face in central Paris after she told him to “shut up" for harassing her in the street has shocked France and prompted an investigation. Social media posts of Marie Laguerre on her ordeal have prompted outrage and a pledge by France's gender equality minister to start imposing on-the-spot fines for street harassment. The 22-year old student was walking home in Paris’ 19th arrondissement last week when she was accosted by a young man at the terrace of a bar. Laguerre wrote on social media: “I walked past a man who sexually/verbally harassed me. He wasn't the first one and I can't accept being humiliated like that, so I replied ‘shut up’. He then threw an ashtray at me, before rushing back to punch me, in the middle of the street, in front of dozens of people.” – © The Daily Telegraph

Parkinson’s treatment trials to begin

Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting “reprogrammed” stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder. Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical. The trials come after researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University successfully used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to restore functioning brain cells in monkeys last year. These iPS cells are made by removing mature cells from an individual, from the skin or blood, and reprogramming them to behave like embryonic stem cells. They can then be coaxed into dopamine-producing brain cells. - Reuters

Clinic’s new sales pits costs an arm

A Japanese advertising agency has started selling advertising space on the armpits of attractive young women, snagging a beauty treatment clinic as its first client. The Wakino Ad Company (“waki” is the Japanese term for armpit) was set up this year as a subsidiary of the Liberta beauty products firm, which does a brisk trade in items designed to make armpits beautiful. The company’s website has images of sample adverts, with a rectangular, full-colour ad measuring nearly 5cm by 10cm, set snugly into an armpit costing ¥10,000 (about R1,200) for one hour of exposure. The models displaying the adverts are pictured grasping overhead handles on trains or stretching to show off their armpits. – © The Daily Telegraph

Top cleric quits amid child sex scandal

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic cleric in the world found guilty of concealing child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, has resigned, the Vatican said on Monday. Wilson, 67, of Adelaide, was convicted in May of failing to disclose to police abuse by another priest, James Fletcher, after being told about it in 1976 by two victims, one of them an altar boy who told him inside the confessional. The resignation came two days after the Vatican announced that the pope had stripped Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, of his rank as cardinal and ordered him to live in seclusion. McCarrick has been accused of sexual abuse of minors and adult seminarians decades ago. The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted Wilson’s resignation but did not mention the reason. - Reuters



Facebook, Twitter, Steinhoff: Joys of catching a falling knife

If enough of us get together and decide to buy something, its price will go up. Be careful though

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Burger this for a lark ... Spur rides high on RocoMamas

Fast-expanding ‘smash burger’ specialist brand is expected to show a 31.5% increase in restaurant sales 

By Marc Hasenfuss
2 min read

Anglo shows it’s not chicken: Mantashe should cock an ear

Under pressure to ditch SA, Anglo CEO stands firm and commits the company to help with the Mining Charter

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Tongaat Hulett: Sweet for some, very bitter for others

CEO walks away with R12.8-million while pension fund members are left in the lurch

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



BOOKMARKS: Drugs, more drugs and rock ’n’ roll

Humankind’s fifth urge: the desire for intoxication to ease the passage of a dreary and often pain-filled life

By Andrew Donaldson
6 min read

Read the one about Noah, or do you not give a f***?

South Africa’s bestselling books in June

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read

It could be called comical if it wasn’t deadly serious

Man Booker is testing new ground with a graphic novel

By Michele Magwood
1 min read

Dealer or no deal: Why pay a middleman when you buy art?

Blockchain aims to ‘democratise’ art sales. Will it work?

By Colin Gleadell
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Be afraid, Crusaders, here comes Aphiwe

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
5 min read

Why is it so hard to do the decent thing, and remember?

History has robbed the stars of their right to shine on for decades hence. Damn you, history

Telford Vice
5 min read