Wednesday, August 22 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Shocking details laid bare in sex-pest teacher case

Parents sobbed quietly in court as ex-Parktown Boys' High boarding master pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sexual assault

Prega Govender
Journalist
3 min read

Surprise! Zumaville is a no-show, but we still paid for it

The former president's dream of building a town on the doorstep of Nkandla has remained just that 

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
4 min read

When is homophobia fair? When the NG Kerk says so

The church is in court trying to reform what is already reformed, but some of its members are not having it

Leonie Wagner
Journalist
2 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

‘Treasury has habit of leaving slips at the till’

State capture witness says keeping checks and balances at the National Treasury is ‘difficult, quite difficult’

Neo Goba
Journalist
3 min read

Stop delaying Gupta farm trial, judge tells NPA

NPA has 102 days to prove R250m intended for poor black farmers was siphoned into the bank accounts of Gupta companies

Karyn Maughan
Journalist
2 min read

One day, maybe, we will know who won the Zim election

As Constitutional Court sits, police are ready to deal with any outbreaks of violence 'without fear or favour' 

By Ray Ndlovu
4 min read

Dodgy speech therapist nailed after patients speak up

Pretoria audiologist gets house arrest, must repay R506,000 for 259 counts of medical aid fraud

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

City of the dead reveals a treasure trove from the past

Grave site, said to be the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa, is discovered in Kenya

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

Apparently they’ve been having a whale of a time

Southern Right whale population has seen a baby boom with a whopping 661 new calves spotted in SA waters

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
2 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

English Premier League coup is a smart play for SABC 3

Securing EPL matches could be a shrewd move, despite the noise about a scarcity of live local sport on TV

Andile Ndlovu
Columnist
4 min read

Has our democracy been derailed by state capture?

And if it has, can it be put back on track, and how?

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Blame the Guptas, but what really killed Afro Worldview?

As the news spread that Mzwanele Manyi’s network had met a sudden end, there were many theories ...

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

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

VISUAL SIDE

The first witness in the commission of inquiry into state capture, Willie Mathebula, took the stand on August 21 2018. Sunday Times journalist Qaanitah Hunter explains who he is and why his testimony is important.


SNAPSHOT

A Malian woman's henna-decorated hands on the eve of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha in Bamako.
A SPLASH OF RED A Malian woman's henna-decorated hands on the eve of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha in Bamako.
Image: Michele Cattani / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Did grudge turn Mbeki off foreign mission?

Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson has confirmed that Thabo Mbeki is to become SA's envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region. It is understood that it took a great deal to convince Mbeki to accept the position. There were fears that Congo President Joseph Kabila would stand for re-election, but he announced he would not. Insiders said it took four weeks to convince Mbeki to accept. The sources said Mbeki had not been keen to work with International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who he viewed as part of a group that was central to his defeat as ANC president at the party's elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

‘Opium’ for the courts saves druglord oupa from jail

An Eastern Cape druglord successfully evaded jail by paying a R1m fine instead. Livingstone Napoleon, 61, reportedly entered into an agreement with the state to plead guilty to charges of drug dealing and other related charges. His 10-year sentence was in turn commuted to a fine. The National Prosecuting Authority said there were mitigating factors when the deal was debated. 'Napoleon’s age; he is married and has six children, the youngest being 23 years, who resides with him and his wife; he only completed Grade 8 at school; he is unemployed; and his health status is bad, and he had just been medically operated [on].' Prosecutor Nceba Ntelwa said the druglord had already paid R400,000 and would pay R50,000 a month to pay the rest.

Rare wild cat hits the shelves

A rare African serval cat wandered into a curio shop in the middle of St Lucia in KZN on Sunday. Shocked onlookers spotted the feline when it entered the store and sought refuge in a box. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park says vet Dave Cooper was called to the scene to examine the animal. He had to sedate it first. The park says the young male was unharmed. It appeared he had been scavenging on the waste behind a nearby fish restaurant. Cooper said the sighting of the serval would add to a long list of outlandish wildlife encounters from St Lucia.

Student spent R20k two hours after R14m landed

In less than two hours after the accidental transfer of R14m into her student account, Sibongile Mani allegedly spent R20,000 on cigarettes and alcohol, according to a four-page charge sheet presented in court. The Walter Sisulu University accounting student is charged with theft of R818,469 after the R14m was transferred as a result of a 'systems error'.

Gunman kills teen in taxi with Chinese passengers

An 18-year-old boy was shot dead when a taxi transporting Chinese passengers from Johannesburg to Krugersdorp was stopped by a gunman. Police said the group was apparently on its way home after a trip to Mpumalanga on Monday. ‘They were supposed to be picked up by arranged transport in Johannesburg [and taken] to their homes in Krugersdorp. They found that their taxi had been delayed and used another taxi to travel home‚’ police said. ‘On their way home‚ their taxi was stopped and an 18-year-old young man was shot at. We do not know the motive of the attack. We are investigating a case of murder.’

Bulgarian murderer caught in PE

A Bulgarian man convicted of killing a student in an attack outside a nightclub in his home country spent almost four years on the run before his arrest in Port Elizabeth. Vili Krasimirov Georgiev was sentenced to 18 years for the 2008 murder of Stoyan Baltov. The attack provoked an outcry in the country’s capital‚ Sofia‚ with students embarking on mass protest. It was reported Georgiev absconded just before he and two co-accused were to start serving their sentences in 2014. He was arrested by the Hawks at Amsterdamhoek on Friday, and he appeared in court in PE with his right arm in a sling. An extradition process is under way to have him sent back to Bulgaria.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Bully for you, Melania – but what has Donald said now?

First Lady warns of social media risks as president rants online

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read

‘Busty’ and ‘Little Fatty’: now those are superstar names

Foreign players' names cannot be transliterated into Chinese, but their nicknames are so much more fun

By AFP
2 min read

Venerable game makes ‘gran’ entrance on the big stage

An entirely different sort of 'action' has debuted at the Asian Games - but bridge fanatics have bigger dreams

By Reuters
3 min read

Nothing Buddha criminal: ‘jet-set monk’ gets 114 years

A Buddhist monk gets 114 years for money laundering and fraud, among other charges, and there's a potential rape charge

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

A pig-shape balloon is held up among participants holding red scarves as they celebrate the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.
SEEING RED A pig-shape balloon is held up among participants holding red scarves as they celebrate the 'Chupinazo' (start rocket) to mark the kickoff at noon sharp of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Image: Miguel Riopa / AFP

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Goats guests on Jon Stewart’s morning show

It seems ex-Daily Show host Jon Stewart is always eager to play the goat. This time it was commuting New Yorkers who were treated to the sight of the funnyman corralling two goats that had been spotted roaming the tracks on the subway’s N line in Brooklyn, the BBC reports. Stewart and his wife Tracey leapt into action, helping to capture and tranquillise the pair – who were contentedly munching grass - and took them to an animal shelter, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Jon Weinstein was quoted as saying. The Stewarts are longtime animal welfare activists and are supporters of the Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York where the rogue goats were taken in, and have previously adopted an abused horse and a bull that escaped from a slaughterhouse. - Staff reporter

Billy sees Parky despite Parkinson’s

Billy Connolly has firmly dismissed broadcaster Michael Parkinson’s claim that the 75-year-old comedian was no longer capable of recognising him. Parkinson described an "awkward dinner" he had with his close friend, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013. "[His] wonderful brain has dulled," said Parkinson, 83. "I saw him recently - he's now living in America - and it was very sad, because I was presenting him with a prize at an award ceremony [...] We had an awkward dinner together, because I wasn't quite sure if he knew who I was or not." The comedian hit back: "I would recognise Parky if he was standing behind me - in a diving suit." - © The Daily Telegraph

Fury as unknown soldier gets an eyeful

Italians are fuming after two tourists stripped down to their underwear and cavorted in a fountain in Rome beneath a monument that commemorates the dead of World War 1. One of the young men pulled down his underpants to reveal his genitals, in a scene that was captured on video by a passer-by. It is not common for foreign visitors to cool off in the city’s many Baroque and Renaissance fountains, despite signs prohibiting it. But the latest episode provoked particular anger because the fountain is part of the Altar of the Fatherland, a giant white stone monument that includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an eternal flame. “I condemn in the strongest terms this behaviour, which offends each one of us, as well as the memory of those who died for our country, to whom the monument is dedicated,” said Luca Bergamo, the deputy mayor of Rome. - © The Daily Telegraph

Buddhist jailed for mosque complaint

A woman in Muslim-majority Indonesia was sentenced to 18 months in jail Tuesday for complaining about the volume of a mosque’s call to prayer - the latest conviction under a controversial blasphemy law. Meiliana, 44, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist, was found guilty of insulting Islam for asking her neighbourhood mosque to lower its sound system because it was too loud and “hurt” her ears. There are about 800,000 mosques across the archipelago, with the five-times-a-day call to prayer heard everywhere in the biggest cities and smallest towns. The verdict will likely fuel fears that Indonesia’s moderate brand of Islam is coming under threat from increasingly influential radicals. The court in the city of Medan on Sumatra island said the woman’s comments two years ago triggered riots that saw angry Muslim mobs ransack Buddhist temples. Some ethnic Chinese in the area fled in fear. - AFP

Probation for man who wanted to eat a child

A man who South Carolina authorities say wanted to enslave and eat a child has been sentenced to probation. News outlets quote court records as saying 36-year-old Justin Teeter Bensing pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was suspended for five years of probation. A sentencing sheet The Greenville News obtained from the Greenville County Clerk of Court’s Office says Bensing was diagnosed with autism and considered low risk. The judge said no prior criminal charges were also among the factors determining Bensing’s sentence. Bensing had been accused of soliciting an undercover officer he thought was a girl. Bensing’s attorney, James Brehm, said on Saturday the cannibalism comments were Bensing joking with someone else and were unrelated to the investigation. - AP

Instant rebuke for Jacko’s Paris

Paris Jackson has apologised for appearing on the front cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in Singapore, which has laws against homosexuality, after the bisexual actress came under fire for hypocrisy. She sparked a storm of criticism after posting an Instagram picture of the cover of the September issue, with an editorial on website Gay Star News saying that the “hypocrisy is absurd”. While Singapore boasts a modern and vibrant culture, attitudes towards homosexuality remain conservative. The daughter of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson apologised on Twitter at the weekend, and removed the Instagram post. “(I) don’t want to be hypocritical or hurt anyone, and my support for my fellow LGBTQ+ community comes first before my love for fashion and gratitude for this opportunity,” the 20-year-old wrote. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Amsa steel standing despite government doing its worst

The authorities need to take a hard look at how they are harming the competitiveness of SA businesses

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Sasol just idling before it really puts its foot on the gas

Shares are up 36% over the past three years and eight out of 14 analysts recommend the company as a buy

By Lisa Steyn
1 min read

Ain’t no mountain high enough for Harmony Gold

As it closes old mines in SA, all eyes are on the start of the giant Wafi-Golpu project in Papua New Guinea

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

I’m going to wash those kids right out of my hair

How to plan for some time apart from your offspring

By Sally Peck
3 min read

Winter’s the time to warm the cocktails of your heart

They’re certainly not only for summer sundowners

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Bored appétit! Has everybody had their fill of French food?

The Lonely Planet Ultimate Eatlist seems to suggest so

By Debora Robertson
3 min read

Box office poison: Spacey gives punters the creeps

Latest movie tanks as actor’s touchy-feely transgressions turn him into a Hollywood pariah

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Serena to sizzle in snazzy Abloh for US Open

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
5 min read

No-go for logo? What’s a bet this is all a silly waste of time

Why all the fuss about Cape Town City’s sponsors? Something to do with gambling or a personal spat?

Marc Strydom
Journalist
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Winger Theo scores SA’s first points

Today in SA sports history: August 22

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read