Friday, August 3 2018



Revealed: How badly Vicki Momberg behaved behind bars

Racist, now free on bail, was charged twice for verbal abuse in the four months she spent in jail

Naledi Shange
5 min read

'Serial killer came in the dark and killed our grannies'

Broken son speaks after three murders were committed at three old age homes in Pietermaritzburg

Jeff Wicks
2 min read

Upmarket house sales suffer as land debate hits home

The expropriation question gives investors the jitters, leading to a drop in the sale of top-end properties

Belinda Pheto
4 min read

Like Zuma, Malema has now reached for his machine gun

It was the inevitable next goose-step in the EFF's march towards kragdadigheid

Tom Eaton
2 min read



The memorial service held for Professor Bongani Mayosi was opened with a moving song in memory of the professor that left some of those in attendance in tears on Thursday.



'Our own govt is to blame for land shambles'

Changing the Constitution will not make any difference in fixing the land problem, says UWC professor

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

One year later, cops cagey about Chief Justice burglary

They refuse to say whether they've made progress in the case, or got the sensitive documents back

Graeme Hosken
3 min read

Cutting through the stigma: Sex workers are given a break

The Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Soweto employs former sex workers as support for workers on the street

Nico Gous
4 min read

Phones are smart, texting pedestrians not so much

People staring at their devices lose some of their ability to walk, a study has found

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Doom and bloom: 'zombie apocalypse' at sunflower farm

Stunned owners shut gates as hordes of Instagrammers on crazed selfie mission tear through their fields

By Mark Molloy
2 min read



Contemplating Mom

All these years I have dwelled on what she didn’t do, but it’s only now that I remember what she did do

4 min read

Swami against the tide: Why we’re brainwashed by TGIF

Indian philosopher and author says we tire ourselves out with stress and worry – not about work itself

2 min read

Interest in Kennedy eclipsed the nonsense behind a curse

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
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 gets a paywall: here's what Tom Eaton thinks

An appeal from one of our popular columnists

2 min read


Dramatic video purportedly taken from inside the cabin of an Aeromexico passenger jet shows the moment the plane took off and then crashed in Durango, Mexico. All 103 passengers and crew survived.


A supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party of Nelson Chamisa wears a cone as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Have you ever been so mad you wore a traffic cone? A supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party of Nelson Chamisa wears a cone as they block a street in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Six things about SA you need to know

Zim tourism minister's aunt killed in Harare clash

Zimbabwe tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira has confirmed that her aunt was killed when she was caught in the crossfire during clashes between the military and MDC Alliance supporters in Harare on Wednesday. ‘She was innocently coming from work and was caught in the crossfire. Imagine finding out through social media, and identifying her body through the dress she was wearing lying down,’ Mupfumira said via a WhatsApp message. Mupfumira is adamant that her aunt was not part of the group of MDC Alliance supporters, but she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Zimbabwe police commissioner General Godwin Matanga confirmed that at least three people were killed when soldiers clashed with MDC Alliance supporters in Harare. This after an angry mob barricaded some of the city’s main roads and attempted to burn the ruling Zanu-PF’s headquarters. The supporters were demanding that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission immediately release the presidential elections results as they believe their leader, Advocate Nelson Chamisa, was the winner. — Mzilikazi wa Afrika

Govt puts Grace Mugabe ball in the NPA’s court

The government has accepted a court ruling that the diplomatic immunity granted to former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe was invalid, and has referred the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority for further action. This is according to International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu‚ who also indicated the government would carry the costs of the application‚ as directed by the court. “We leave it to the NPA to see the way forward‚” she said. The DA had applied to the South Gauteng High Court to have Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity revoked after she allegedly assaulted South African model Gabriella Engels at a hotel in Johannesburg last year. Handing over the matter to the NPA means the prosecutions body could request Mugabe’s extradition to face trial in South Africa.

Don't panic about land grabs‚ farmers told

Farmers should not panic about land expropriation without compensation‚ Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Thursday. “The call is on farmers not to panic but to make sure they participate in the process‚” Zokwana said during a media conference in Cape Town about the allocation of fishing rights. He said the expropriation process would not be allowed to disrupt food production and security‚ in line with comments made by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “The aim is to bring justice to people deprived of their own land‚” he said ‚ adding that he concurred that “food security is sustained at all costs”. The minister cautioned against people using the government’s land reform programme “as political fodder” to serve ulterior motives.

Implats to axe 13,000 jobs

Platinum miner Implats said on Thursday that it would slash some 13,000 jobs in Rustenburg as it takes drastic steps to keep the struggling unit afloat. It will also shrink the number of shafts operating there from 11 to six. ‘Structural changes are required to restore the operation to long-term profitability,’ the company said. By slashing its labour costs, Implats is hoping the restructuring plan will restore Rustenburg to ‘long-term economic viability’ by the 2021 financial year. Mining minister Gwede Mantashe called it ‘a clear example of a company that is careless and mindlessly committed to implement its predetermined outcome, no matter how unworkable that might be. Their reckless actions add injury to insult.’ — AFP

Boxing champ stoned to death

Boxing champion Manelisi “Leli” Mbilase was stoned to death by residents in Mdantsane near East London after he was allegedly caught robbing two women of their belongings. Mbilase‚ 40‚ and two of his friends fled‚ but residents chased them and apprehended Mbilase in the bushes, where they pelted him with stones. Screaming‚ singing and ululating‚ they took turns to beat him up before loading him into a wheelbarrow and leaving him at a nearby government building. Police were called and he was rushed to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital where he was certified dead. Mbilase, a previous holder of the South African featherweight title, will be buried on August 11 in Mdantsane.

Theatre doyen Winston Ntshona dies

South African theatre great and anti-apartheid activist Winston Ntshona has died. Ntshona’s son Lawula confirmed the icon passed away at 8am on Thursday. Lawula said Nthsona‚ 76‚ had been ill for the past eight years. Ntshona started his career in 1965 when he formed the Serpent Players in Port Elizabeth with playwright Athol Fugard and actor John Kani. Together they created pioneering South African plays, with Ntshona’s work with Kani on stage achieving global recognition. Both won numerous awards for their contribution to theatre‚ including Broadway’s prestigious Tony Award in 1975 for writing and acting in “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead”. In 2010, Ntshona was among the recipients of the National Orders awards.



Princesses whine about how tough the modern world is

Beatrice and Eugenie discuss life in the public eye and how mockery has reduced them to tears

By Anita Singh
3 min read

Made-to-order lungs could be here in five years

American doctors bring hope to desperately ill patients after bioengineered organs work in pigs

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

New chapter beckons Nairobi’s crumbling libraries

Two Kenyan women are leading a bold revival of the faded glory of three stately institutions

3 min read

We've finally figured out where blue diamonds come from

There's much more to these pricey gems than meets the eye

By Sarah Knapton
1 min read


People cool off at the beach during the heatwave in the southeastern coastal town of Benidorm, Spain.
Bit hard to find your towel People cool off at the beach during the heatwave in the southeastern coastal town of Benidorm, Spain.
Image: Reuters/Heino Kalis


Randy abbot was nun too subtle

China’s top religious authority launched an investigation on Thursday after two former monks alleged that a prominent Buddhist abbot and Communist Party member coerced several nuns into having sex with him, one of the country’s most high-profile #MeToo moments. The allegations against abbot Xuecheng and the Beijing Longquan Monastery burst into the public eye when a 95-page document written by the ex-monks, who also claimed the temple is in financial trouble, emerged online this week. He is accused of sending illicit text messages to at least six women, tempting or threatening them to have sex with him. Four gave in to Xuecheng’s demands, the report said, adding that he tried to assert “mind control” by claiming the sex was a part of their Buddhist studies. - AFP

Ruler no longer black by popular demand

The ruler of ex-Soviet Turkmenistan has ditched his signature black hair dye, a move that will be closely analysed in a nation famed for its leadership personality cults. A photograph of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on the front of state mouthpiece Neutral Turkmenistan on Thursday showed his thick, dark mane flecked with grey for the first time since he came to power in 2006. TV footage showing the 61-year-old meeting neighbouring Kazakhstan’s new ambassador confirmed the change. Berdymukhamedov’s new look marks a break from his late predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov, who made waves in 1999 when he appeared in public with auburn hair after previously sporting a whiteish do. Niyazov claimed the change was a byproduct of seeing a Chinese scalp doctor to cure hair loss following heart surgery. Niyazov’s hair later transitioned to jet-black, with cabinet ministers and the country’s ambassador to China following suit in shows of solidarity. - AFP

Boyfriend from hell gets time for selfie-reflection

A man who banned his girlfriend from using Snapchat and controlled her use of Facebook has been jailed for psychological abuse after a relationship that lasted less than a month. Matthew Bailey, 24, prohibited Molly Cunliffe, 19, from posting selfies on Snapchat, ordered her not to swap Facebook and Instagram messages with heterosexual men, and told her she was not allowed to put kisses at the end of social media posts. Bailey would regularly check Cunliffe's phone, tell her what to wear, and demand she send him pictures to prove she was at home. He also bombarded her with calls (up to 30 in half an hour) and accused her of cheating on him when she did not answer. Cunliffe tried to end the relationship but Bailey threatened to kill her family. He was jailed for six months and barred from contacting Cunliffe for five years. - © The Daily Telegraph

Pensioner has a crack at thug life

A British pensioner has been accused of selling crack cocaine and heroin from his retirement complex to “supplement his pension”, police have said. Elderly residents of John Gwynn House in Worcester have complained people have injected themselves with class A drugs after visiting the retired man's room. He started selling drugs to “supplement his pension”, they claim. An 80-year-old female resident, who did not want to be named, claimed drug activity had been taking place "for years". She said: “There's a constant flow of people coming and going, buying drugs. I can tell 90% are drug users from the state of them. The users sleep in corridors here if they can, with their sleeping bags.” Another man added: "He's been doing it for a while, starting off selling cannabis to friends in order to make a few bob on the side to supplement his pension." Police are investigating. - © The Daily Telegraph

With chip on shoulder, French mussel in on frites

Belgians have hit back after leading French newspaper Le Figaro claimed that frites – the world-famous chips served with Belgium’s national dish of mussels – were invented in France. The story was particularly provocative because August 1 is the International Day of the Belgian Frites. Historian Pierre Leclercq insisted modern day frites were first served on the streets of Paris to theatre-goers in the revolutionary era. Cookbooks date the recipe to 1855, he said. Frites, which are thought to have been fried in Belgium since the 17th century, are taken extremely seriously in that country, where long queues snake from 4,500 fry shops, or frietkoten. Bernard Lefèvre, president of the national association for frietkoten, said: “We are used to the French looking down on us … They mock us but they do it with sympathy. I think it is not an attack. It is more a feeling of embarrassment that one exceptional thing was not invented in France.” - © The Daily Telegraph

Fat-ass tourists crippling donkeys, say activists

The spectacular scenery of the Greek island of Santorini is coming at a high cost in animal cruelty, with the price paid by its donkey population, according to reports. The practice of selling donkey rides to visitors is attracting growing criticism from animal welfare groups, who argue the creatures are being forced to carry excessive numbers of increasingly overweight tourists from the UK, the US and Russia. Coming in for particular fire is the busy route up the cliffs of the west coast to the capital Fira, about 400m above the water. While many cruise passengers take the 30-minute walk to the top, or the cable car, others pick an “authentic” donkey ride. This, according to opponents of the “service”, leaves the animals struggling with a burden far heavier than they have the strength to cope with, causing spinal injuries and stress. - © The Daily Telegraph



Hopes that former CFO will spill a few beans on Steinhoff

Ben le Grange says he’ll attend the third in the series of parliamentary hearings into this corporate scandal

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

It may look like a dump to you but it’s a prime source of gas

Montauk offers a way to invest via the JSE in a remarkable renewable energy story in the US

By Lisa Steyn
1 min read

Share prices wobble as Aton inches closer to takeover

German engineering group’s bid for Murray & Roberts made simpler by ruling of SA takeover authority

By Ann Crotty
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

The fires of Al: Brace yourself for the ‘Deadwood’ showdown

The beloved TV show looks set to end, finally, in a movie

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Whose tube is it anyway? Oh well, let's just enjoy the movies

Documentaries made from footage found on YouTube are being made about anything from Inuits to Trump

By Tymon Smith
4 min read

Making a big to-do: Your guide to this weekend’s fun

Where to go and what to wear

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Who has a hope of bringing down Downs?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Super Rugby final: Don’t go breaking our hearts, Elton

The Lions flyhalf has his demons, but the stage will be his in Christchurch to show he’s slain them

Liam Del Carme
2 min read