Monday, August 6 2018



Fear of the EFF fuels ANC’s spectacularly stupid land move

Desperate for votes, Ramaphosa sows uncertainty among investors by taking a leaf out of Zuma’s book

4 min read

Yellow and goodbye: De Lille quits, but where to now?

Carefully crafted peace treaty ends a 13-month DA civil war. Here are the questions that still need to be answered

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read

Zimbabwe election fails to banish Mugabe's demons

The country's hopes of restoring international standing are in jeopardy in the wake of deadly clashes

By Roland Oliphant and Peta Thornycroft
3 min read



If you advertise in the White Pages, beware

Sooner or later the Telkom impersonators will find your number and make a call

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Mayosi 'was a genius, an A-rated scientist'

... but when she last saw him, 'the hope had gone', says his colleague

By Claire Keeton and Tanya Farber
6 min read

What a fag this whole vaping hoo-hah is turning out to be

Should e-cigarettes be controlled by the same legislation as normal smokes? The vapers say a big no

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

Female condoms: Many nurses not keen on promoting them

They are women's most effective contraceptive device, so why aren't far more using them?

Tanya Farber
4 min read

Hiss-teria as African dream comes true on London street

Picture of boa constrictor gobbling a pigeon on a busy pavement sends Twitter into thrill overdrive

By © The Daily Telegraph
1 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



Boabab powder collects on the eyelashes of an employee at the Baobab Fruit Company in Senegal.
NEW COLOUR Boabab powder collects on the eyelashes of an employee at the Baobab Fruit Company in Senegal.
Image: Reuters/Mikal McAllister

Six things about SA you need to know

Apartheid ministers implicated in paedo ring

Three former National Party ministers‚ including Magnus Malan‚ have been identified as central figures in a paedophilia ring that operated during apartheid. News24 reported on Sunday that investigations into Malan‚ a former defence minister who died in 2011‚ John Wiley‚ former apartheid minister of environmental affairs‚ and a third person who is still alive‚ were halted by the police and the investigating officer was hounded from service in the 1980s. The allegations are contained in The Lost Boys of Bird Island by former policeman Mark Minnie and ex-journalist Chris Steyn. The three were allegedly involved‚ along with the late Port Elizabeth businessman John Allen‚ in ferrying coloured minors to Bird Island in Algoa Bay near Port Elizabeth. The book claims the children were molested and forced to satisfy the older men’s sexual fantasies. Malan died in 2011‚ while Wiley and Allen both allegedly committed suicide in 1987. The third minister’s identity was withheld by the publishers‚ based on legal advice.

Cape cops arrest one of their own

Police on Saturday arrested one of their own and his four accomplices for alleged possession of stolen vehicles and unlicensed firearms in Montana‚ Bishop Lavis. Police said a joint operation was launched by the K9 unit‚ Flying Squad and a vehicle tracking company to trace a white Toyota Corolla Quest sedan that had been hijacked in a house robbery last week. They approached a house in Montana where they noticed the Toyota Quest and a number of men in the yard. Four were arrested and another sped off in a white bakkie, but the tracking company relayed his movements to police, who arrested him. It was established that he was an off-duty detective driving an official SAPS vehicle, and carrying an official police radio. Police confiscated four unlicensed firearms in the premises‚ including an R5 rifle, and found a bank note counting machine‚ pellet and toy guns and a crowbar.

Gumede denies funding Zanu-PF election fight

South African billionaire Robert Gumede has vehemently denied allegations that he funded Zimbabwean president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential election campaign or donated cars to his Zanu-PF. The Sunday Times reported that Gumede was said to be one of the main funders of the ruling party’s election machinery that delivered victory in Monday’s elections. The report said that according to close sources, some of the donated millions were then used to buy about 100 bakkies and two trucks all fitted with public announcement systems. Gumede labelled the allegations fake news from information peddlers. “The allegation that I funded the campaign for Zanu-PF and paid for hundreds of vehicles is outright denied and is utter nonsense” he said. Gumede said he is an “international businessman” who through his companies, “invested in several African countries for many years and in Zimbabwe for over 10 years”.

Police bag whisky, cigs after shootout

Hillbrow police have recovered about R50‚000 in whisky and cigarettes after a shooting at a suspected thieves’ car and causing it to crash. Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo said that at about 1pm on Saturday three men robbed a bottle store in Edenvale of R50‚000 worth of alcohol‚ cigarettes and premium drinks‚ including high-end whisky. A suspicious-looking car was later reported to police in Hillbrow. As police approached the car it sped away. When police gave chase and opened fire the driver lost control of the car and crashed into a parked taxi on the corner of Klein Street in Hillbrow, said Zondo. He and another suspect escaped, while officers arrested another, who would be charged with business robbery‚ possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of stolen goods. He would probably appear in court on Monday.

Stock theft unit seizes stolen pangolin

North West police have recovered a rare male African pangolin allegedly stolen from the Rampampa Mountains‚ just outside Mabeeskraal in Mogwase. The scaly ant-eating mammal is one of the most trafficked animals in the world since its meat is considered a delicacy in Asia and its scales are used in traditional medicine. Police said that following a tip-off from residents, the Phokeng Stock Theft Unit found the animal in the possession of two suspects at the Rustenburg taxi rank. Investigations revealed they were about to sell it for R20‚000. Surprise Moyani Nkomezulu‚ 25 and Tlhobogang Daniel Mantsho‚ 34‚ appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday. They were released on R2‚500 bail each and will reappear on August 31.

Hitchhiker gets free ride - to police cells

A 25-year-old man hitch-hiking along the West Coast Road in Cape Town on Friday got a free ride - to the holding cells at the Table View police station. Officers had stopped to search him and found 22 parcels of cannabis in his backpack. “He was arrested and charged for possession of illegal substances, and taken to the police station for detention. He will remain in the holding cells until his court appearance on Monday‚ said Western Cape police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk.



Japan offers a cure to Monday blues: take the morning off

Shining Monday aims to improve its citizens’ work-life balance by giving them a lie-in

By Julian Ryall
1 min read

Stonehenge: The most English thing in England isn't even English

Well, there goes their heritage. Studies have revealed that Stonehenge's builders were Welsh

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

When life gives you shrapnel, you use it for scrap metal

Yemeni blacksmiths are collecting rocket shrapnel and turning it into the country’s celebrated traditional daggers

2 min read

Get off your fricking phone - we're all tired of being phubbed

We spend so much time on our phones that even the phone companies are getting annoyed

By Rosa Silverman
7 min read


Residents at the Ter Biest house for the elderly refresh their feet in a pool on a hot summer day in Grimbergen, Belgium.
Pooling their resources Residents at the Ter Biest house for the elderly refresh their feet in a pool on a hot summer day in Grimbergen, Belgium.
Image: Yves Herman/Reuters


Trump to fight subpoena all the way

If US President Donald Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russia, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said on Sunday. Any legal battle over whether the president can be compelled to testify could go all the way to the US Supreme Court, he said. - Reuters

Shark kills tourist off Egypt

A Czech tourist has been killed by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Marsa Alam, where the attack occurred, attracts divers who explore coral and other marine life, including fish and sharks. ‘There is no problem in diving’ around Marsa Alam, but people who swim on the surface in deep waters beyond the coral can be vulnerable to attack, an official said. In 2015, a shark killed a German tourist off Egypt’s Red Sea coast, marking the first death in five years. - AFP

Pre-war aircraft crashes in Alps, kills 20

Twenty people died after a vintage World War 2 aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend. There were 11 men and nine women aboard, including an Austrian couple and their son. The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors’ item, crashed into Piz Segnas, a 3,000-metre peak. “The plane turned 180 degrees to the south and fell to the ground like a stone,” a witness said, adding that the debris was scattered over “a very small area,” indicating an explosion was unlikely to have been the cause of the crash. - AFP

IS beheads young Druze student

Islamic State has beheaded one of dozens of Druze hostages abducted from Syria’s southern province of Sweida last week, a monitor said Sunday. IS went on a rampage in Sweida on July 25, killing more than 250 people in the deadliest attack ever to target the province. On Thursday, IS killed a 19-year-old male student who was among the hostages. His family received two videos, the first showing him being decapitated and the second of him speaking before being killed as well as images of his body after his death. - AFP

Pooh is a dangerous dissident, it seems

A new film inspired by AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books has been denied a cinema release in China, where the cuddly bear is seen as a symbol of political dissent. Since last year, references to the character have been banned on the Chinese social media site Weibo, after a spate of posts comparing the ‘bear of very little brain’ to the country’s president Xi Jinping. No official reason has been given for the decision to block Disney’s new film ‘Christopher Robin’. – The Daily Telegraph

Patrick Stewart returns to 'Star Trek'

Patrick Stewart is to reprise his ‘Star Trek’ role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new television series. Few details of the show have been revealed. However, the Hollywood Reporter said it will not be a reboot of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ but will rather explore Picard's later. ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ ran for seven seasons, from 1987 to 1994, and four feature films, the last of which was in 2002. – The Daily Telegraph



Vigilant regulator needed to fight white-collar crime

We shouldn't rely only on the Reserve Bank to shut down pyramid schemes, property frauds and the like

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Wanted: entrepreneurs to show some inner-city faith

SA's CBDs need investment and care, but a handful of companies can't do it on their own, says investment fund head

By Alistair Anderson
2 min read

Workers' fate unknown as Mondi shuts Durban machine

Group cites declining production margins following rapid rise in hardwood pulp input costs

By Siseko Njobeni
2 min read

It's Frankenwine: purists sound supergrape warning

Scientists claim new varieties don't need cancer-causing pesticides, but others insist it's just not natural

By Henry Samuel
1 min read



As a sign of the times, thumb thing’s gone very wrong

RIP the artful signature, once a flourish of our individual personality as well as our word of honour

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend?

Why having a BFF or two is brilliant for your health

By Nivashni Nair
2 min read

Cellphones and the loveless death of social intercourse

Yes, being online could help with feelings of isolation, but it’s killing the art of conversation 

By Chris Graham
7 min read



SPORTS DAY: Reeza smashes SA to series-clinching win

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Hard fact: Lions are far from second best in Super Rugby

The Lions lead the SA conference, but did they deserve a spot in the final? The facts don't back it up

Craig Ray
3 min read

Blast from the past: British Isles come adrift in 1910

Today in SA sports history: August 6

David Isaacson
1 min read