Friday, August 24 2018



‘Ajay Gupta threatened to kill me’, and other revelations from Jonas

Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas will provide his first public account of that 2015 meeting with the Guptas

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Donning the dunce hat: Orange you glad Trump isn’t ours?

Yeah, so he opened his mouth about us. Of course it’s got nothing to do with the legal maelstrom he’s in ...

Tom Eaton
2 min read

‘Warder said, you are free as a bird, and I felt like I could fly’

Wrongly jailed for 14 years, this man’s parents and a law-student friend stood by him

Nivashni Nair
4 min read

EFF, ANC smell blood as exposés hurt Tshwane mayor

Msimanga's job in jeopardy as parties file motions of no confidence while EFF turns its back on DA

Aphiwe Deklerk
2 min read



SA rhinos: It’s war and both sides are armed

Rangers and pilots are embroiled in an undeclared war in the Kruger National Park

By Paul Ash
5 min read

Family that ‘slays’ together doesn’t stay together

A family that allegedly killed their electrician are blaming each other for the murder, but evidence doesn't lie ...

By Devon Koen
4 min read

Sars inquiry: Tom Moyane ‘paralysed’ decision-making

Staff ‘at their wits’ end’ as commissioner's new operations model hit unit dealing with multinationals 

Amil Umraw
2 min read

Former prisons boss still stuck at home after 7 years

Fired Correctional Services manager still not back at work despite a 2014 court order to reinstate him

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Stench warfare: family’s sewage spill battle rages on

For six years they have put up with the stink and health hazard - but Joburg Water has dug in its heels

Poloko Tau
4 min read

Frisky or risky? Youth taught early to treat sex with caution

Early intervention helps to reduce HIV, risky sexual behaviour and victimisation

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read



Can do, as long as I don’t have to run

I looked at the track thoughtfully. It didn’t seem so hard

6 min read

Might I enquire about your inquiry?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
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


South Africans came out guns blazing on Twitter after US president Donald Trump sent out a tweet early on Thursday August 23 2018 claiming that white farmers were being murdered for their land in South Africa.


Hurricane Lane is seen in the early morning hours near Hawaii from the International Space Station.
Got our eye on, er, your eye Hurricane Lane is seen in the early morning hours near Hawaii from the International Space Station.
Image: Courtesy @astro_ricky/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Man in drag robs jeweller

A clerk was injured in a daytime jewellery heist on Umhlanga’s plush Chartwell Drive on Thursday. It is understood that three men entered Anastasia Jewellers‚ one of whom was dressed as a woman. They accosted the store clerk and smashed display cabinets before fleeing the scene with an undisclosed amount of jewellery. The clerk sustained a head injury and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Gymnast flies to SA to thank photographer

A top former Bulgarian gymnast travelled from her home in the US to Joburg just to attend the launch of the exhibition by veteran sports photographer Wessel Oosthuizen. Silvia Mitova was just 16 when she broke her neck in a training accident in 1992‚ less than two months after competing at the Barcelona Olympics. Oosthuizen played in 1993 helped her to travel to SA to undergo surgery that allowed her to walk again. The photographer met Mitova only briefly on a gymnastics trip in Europe before the 1992 Games. ‘It was brief‚’ Mitova said. ‘But that meeting changed my life.’

Leopard uses cars for hunting trick

A tourist in the Pilanesberg National Park recently spotted a sneaky leopard appear out of nowhere, using the cars as cover to creep towards a group of impala. His sneaky plan was foiled when the impala spotted him and bolted. He then hides in a termite mount to ambush some warthogs, but they also got away after a quick chase between the cars. Undaunted, the leopard finally uses a white vehicle to stalk a new herd of impala, even going so far as to crawl underneath the car. It’s unclear if the leopard eventually got his lunch.

Township boy brings As from US school

A Joe Slovo teenager recently returned home briefly from the US, where he has been studying at one of New York’s most prestigious private schools – and one-upping most of his American peers. Anele set out on a life-changing journey in October 2017, after being identified by Artworks for Youth founder John Lombardo for a 96% bursary from the Brooklyn Friends Private School for the $41,000 (about R583,000) annual school fees. He returned home in August for “summer break”, and will be heading back on September 1 to start grade 7 on September 6. Anele said the school system in the US was worlds apart from his alma mater Joe Slovo Primary. ‘Anele has adapted well to US schooling, so much so that in his last report he brought home nothing but As and Bs, beating the majority of the American pupils in his class,’ Lombardo said.

Doctor ‘lied’ about another Esidimeni – ombud

Health Ombud Malegapuru Makgoba on Thursday denied allegations of patients being abused at the Tower Hospital in the Eastern Cape. A doctor reported a high number of deaths‚ but Makgoba alleged the senior psychiatrist had fabricated the information. Psychiatrist Dr Kiran Sukeri had gone to Rapport newspaper to claim there were gross human rights violations at the hospital‚ alleging that a total of 90 patients had died at the facility. Makgoba said he had conducted extensive investigations at the hospital, and found no evidence to support the claims. ‘He fabricated the data entirely‚” the ombud said.

School flails, pigs starve

Lwando Rwayi‚ the principal of Arthur Mfebe Agricultural School in the Eastern Cape, said they might have to close as the school stands teeters on the verge of collapse. The school follows a curriculum with three compulsory subjects: agricultural management‚ agricultural science and agricultural technology. Rwayi blamed the school’s financial woes on the Eastern Cape Department of Education for allegedly delaying the school’s R1.5m budget allocation. Now the farm’s 20 pigs are being starved‚ its crops are failing‚ and the infrastructure is coming apart. For four months‚ the school has been requesting feed for its pigs. The farm has also been repeatedly burgled.



Polly wants a cracker but he’ll blush if you call him fat

It turns out that macaws show signs of embarrassment - now scientists just have to figure out why 

1 min read

Prof held for killing daughter, wife with gas-filled yoga ball

Cheating anaesthetist hatched carbon monoxide plot because his wife wouldn't divorce him, court hears

2 min read

Brushes with death: artists return to paint among ruins

In Syria’s battered and abandoned Yarmouk refugee camp, artists return to paint among the ruins

3 min read

Stormy hush money came from me, says defiant Trump

Contradicts his former lawyer, who admits breaking the law over payments to porn star and Playboy model

By Ben Riley-Smith
3 min read


Men play soccer on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
What a ball Men play soccer on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Image: Reuters/Sergio Moraes


May I book a seat for my horse on this train?

A man in Austria reportedly tried to board two trains with his horse named Frieda on Wednesday. Train conductors refused to continue the journey with Frieda aboard. Photos of the young man holding Frieda surrounded by laughing passengers went viral. – AFP

Rappers’ brawl shuts Paris airport

Two of France's biggest rap stars were released on bail Thursday after a brawl between their entourages forced a partial shutdown of a Paris airport. The rumble between bitter rivals Booba and Kaaris in the departures hall of Orly airport three weeks ago was filmed by holidaymakers on their phones, as the two groups fought in a duty-free shop. A judge later ordered that the rappers be locked up until September 6 because of the ‘persistent animosity between the two groups’. But an appeal court in Paris on Thursday overruled the decision, freeing the rappers and eight members of their respective posses on bail. – AFP

Pop star MP charged with treason

Uganda filed treason charges against pop star-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi shortly after prosecutors dropped accusations of illegal weapons possession against him. The court ordered Kyagulanyi – stage name Bobi Wine – to be held in custody until August 30. Earlier, a military court withdrew charges against Kyagulanyi for illegally possessing weapons, saying he was to face the more serious charge of treason in a civilian court. Kyagulanyi was first arrested last week while campaigning in a hard-fought by-election that also drew President Yoweri Museveni in support of the ruling party candidate. After the campaign, Kyagulanyi, 36, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of weapons and ammunition, while 34 others, including four MPs, were charged with treason. – AFP

Horror plunge won’t clip Afghan woman’s wings

Afghan TV presenter Lida Hozoori is unfazed after surviving a horror plunge while paragliding at the Asian Game. Hozoori wants to inspire Afghan women to take part in sport as paragliding made its Asian Games debut. On Wednesday, she was helicoptered to hospital with neck and back injuries when a sudden drop in the wind sent her plummeting 15 metres to the ground. However, Hozoori shrugged off her crash, sending smiling pictures from her hospital bed and complaining that her coaches wouldn't let her get up and fly again. – AFP

Man lives large after hiding wife’s body in freezer

A man who killed his wife and stored her body in a freezer for three months was sentenced to death by a Shanghai court. Zhu Xiaodong, 31, was convicted of strangling his wife to death in 2016 during an argument. He reportedly wrapped the corpse in a bed cover and hid it in a freezer on their balcony. Zhu then used his wife's money to travel and sleep around with women. The man also used his wife's WeChat messaging account to impersonate her in communications with her friends and relatives. But he eventually turned himself in when his father-in-law's birthday came around and relatives were expecting his wife to attend a family gathering. – AFP

Drones regenerate Japan’s ageing farmers

For several months, developers and farmers in Japan have been testing a new drone that can hover above paddy fields and perform backbreaking tasks in a fraction of the time it takes for elderly farmers. Developers of the new agricultural drone say it offers relief for rural communities facing a shortage of labour as young people leave for the cities. The drone can apply pesticides and fertiliser to a rice field in about 15 minutes, a job that takes more than an hour by hand. ‘It's a matter of whether the body breaks down first, or the tractor,‘ a rice farmer, 69, said. – Reuters



Woolworths: Moir talks tough about jacking up their ideas

CEO reckons the turnaround is happening in everything from local fashion and food to Australia

By Giulietta Talevi
5 min read

Basket case? Off its trolley? The pros and cons of Shoprite

Financial 2018 was the first time in 20 years that Shoprite reported a drop in full-year earnings

By Ann Crotty
3 min read

There must be some Mustek: Why aren’t punters buying it?

Technology company advised that earnings would be about 30% higher, but the market still doesn’t rate it

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read



Wow. If you thought Mr Musk was weird before, read this ...

A most peculiar tale of the rocket man and two very odd pop stars: Grimes and Azealia Banks

By Adam White
8 min read

Hot tips on how to make your very own weekend special

Our pick of the best jols in Joburg

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

Simply the best: How local star Borole became Tina Turner

Soweto-born Caroline Borole shines in the international tribute show ‘Tina: Simply the Best’

Leonie Wagner
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read



Schools rugby: High time to unclog those pipes of talent

The game shouldn’t revolve around a set of schools, regardless of their pedigree

3 min read

SPORTS DAY: Which of these codgers will take home $9m?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Blasts from the past: What kind of No 8 lands a drop goal?

Today in SA sports history: August 24

David Isaacson
1 min read