Thursday, August 30 2018



Hawks: Zuma under ongoing criminal investigation

New facts have been found, Hawks confirm as they continue to investigate former president and Ajay Gupta

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Analysis: Ajay had the swagger, the Hawks did the mopping up

Testimony at the State Capture Inquiry has painted a picture of entrenched Gupta pressure

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

Is the mom ‘untameable’ or is the school just very difficult?

Other parents whose kids attend Sun Valley Primary School in Fish Hoek have come forward with complaints

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
5 min read



As Sars bled and good people left, bonuses soared

Bonuses rose 41% in one year while top managers appeared oblivious to what was happening at the tax agency

Amil Umraw
2 min read

Zuma court dates pile up, wheels of justice grind

Former president claims he's being punished for standing up to the public protector,  and cannot afford his legal bills

Karyn Maughan
2 min read

Missing boy’s father flies into rage after accused gets bail

Anguished father hits out as accused is given bail and magistrate criticises state's weak argument

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

Many ways to medicate SA’s sickly health care system

It's hard to compare medical aid schemes and know how good your hospital is, but it doesn't have to be like that

4 min read

Scientists have figured out how to lose fat without dieting

Apparently you can lose kilograms by just changing when you eat, instead of what you eat 

Claire Keeton
3 min read

Tattoos don’t leave ink stains on careers anymore

Tattoos and suits have started to go together more and more

Leonie Wagner
5 min read

Soweto looting turns deadly

Community members in White City, Soweto, on Wednesday looted foreign-owned shops amid allegations that they were sold fake, expired foods. A young man – said to have been a nonparticipant by his brother – was killed amid the chaos when a shop owner opened fire in an attempt to protect his property. Police were able to rescue two shop owners, but they found themselves with more trouble on their hands as residents emptied more shops.     



Take an educated guess: why don’t women get dates?

Researchers at Stellenbosch University say men generally don't date, or marry, educated women

4 min read

The sound of silence ... for good

After 60 years of performing, he is bowing out with a farewell tour and a final album. But is it really all over?

By Neil McCormick
8 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


Somali children stand outside their makeshift shelter at a camp for the internally displaced people outside Mogadishu.
Dress envy Somali children stand outside their makeshift shelter at a camp for the internally displaced people outside Mogadishu.
Image: Reuters/Feisal Omar

Six things about SA you need to know

Wounded DA limps to Msimanga’s defence

Mmusi Maimane said on Wednesday his party fully supported Solly Msimanga‚ the embattled DA Tshwane mayor. Msimanga will face a motion of no confidence on Thursday, tabled by the ANC and the EFF. The DA are still reeling from the removal of Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip this week. ‘We stand firmly and resolutely behind the mayor of Tshwane‚’ said Maimane. He said Msimanga was fighting corruption in Tshwane‚ something he promised he would do as mayor. Maimane was addressing the media in Johannesburg after an urgent meeting of the DA’s Federal Executive. Maimane said the DA would not forward a candidate should Msimanga be removed from his position.

Judge nails NMU rapist with help of CCTV

The man, 29, who had been charged with 12 counts‚ including the rape of a Nelson Mandela University (NMU) student on campus last October‚ has been found guilty of 11 charges. Kwanele Jack Kilana pleaded guilty to seven charges‚ including the NMU rape and the rape of a 27-year-old woman near Greenacres Village in Port Elizabeth in July 2017. Testimony of two of his victims and CCTV footage from the NMU fashion design computer labs captured on the night of October 2, 2017‚ when Kilana raped the two female students‚ sealed his fate. Handing down judgment‚ Judge Dayalin Chetty said Kilana’s denial of the other charges was merely ‘an avenue of escape’. Kilana was convicted on one count of housebreaking‚ four counts of rape‚ two counts of compelled sexual assault‚ two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and a count of sexual assault.

ANC move halts public protector hearing

A parliamentary meeting to consider public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's submission as to why she should not be removed from office was postponed on Wednesday morning. The National Assembly’s justice and correctional service committee met briefly, but could not continue with its agenda because the ANC had removed the committee's longstanding chairperson, Mathole Motshekga. Vincent Smith was appointed new chairperson. He requested time to familiarise himself with the committee's business, including the item on Wednesday’s agenda: the DA's request for parliament to expedite the procedure to remove Mkhwebane from office.

MPs want water infrastructure high on the agenda

MPs have called for water infrastructure to be declared a national key point‚ following this week’s disruption to water supplies in Johannesburg. A fire at Rand Water’s Eikenhoff pump station on Monday night left large parts of Joburg without water‚ forcing Johannesburg Water to provide water to residents via tankers until supplies were restored. MPs from parliament’s portfolio committee on water and sanitation said on Wednesday water infrastructure was frequently vandalised and needed greater protection. Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti told MPs he had raised the issue of declaring water infrastructure a national key point with President Cyril Ramaphosa. ‘There is a positive response‚’ he said.

‘Varsity killer’ grins in Gucci loafers before judge

A glib Thabani Mzolo, accused of the brutal slaying of Mangosuthu University of Technology student Zolile Khumalo, was indicted in the Durban Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The 23-year-old was arrested moments after he allegedly shot and killed Khumalo in her room at a student residence in May. Dressed in a leather jacket and Gucci loafers‚ the alleged triggerman found it hard to hide a grin during proceedings. He faces charges of murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. Prosecutor Calvin Govender‚ outlining the state’s summary of substantial facts‚ painted Mzolo as a jilted lover who struggled to come to terms with Khumalo ending their relationship. Mzolo will appear in the Durban High Court for the start of his trial on October 8.

Editors forum welcomes the new ‘ANN7’

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has welcomed the commitment from a new 24-hour TV news channel to absorb journalists from Afro Worldview. MultiChoice said on Tuesday it had selected Newzroom Afrika to run the news channel on DStv in early 2019. The channel will replace the previously Gupta-owned ANN7, and more recently Mzwanele Manyi-owned Afro Worldview. ‘Sanef notes the fact that the channel is 100% black-owned and 50% woman-owned. We also note MultiChoice and Newzroom Afrika’s stated commitment to journalism ethics and independence and the decision to establish an oversight body‚” Sanef said. The forum believes new voices and quality journalism are needed. On Wednesday‚ the EFF demanded that MultiChoice disclose how Newzroom Afrika won the bid. ‘We have it on good authority that the chosen company was not the best of those who responded to the bid‚’ the party alleged.


The news you don't normally get to hear

‘It’s not right’: Trump accuses Google of hiding ‘fair’ news

Search engine faces tighter regulation after president claims it rigs results in favour of the ‘liberal left’

By Ben Riley-Smith and James Cook
2 min read

Bumblebees get a buzz from harmful pesticides

Addicted insects are actively seeking out the world's most common pesticides

2 min read

Founder: Facebook responsible for countless deaths. Sour grapes or fact?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is fuelling a deadly addiction, says the man who created ‘the first Facebook’

By Charles Hymas
2 min read

Howling mad: protesters dump wolf’s head in pool

Severed head found as fury mounts among Spanish farmers over killing of sheep, goats and calves

By James Badcock
1 min read


The body of the late singer Aretha Franklin lies in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for two days of public viewing in Detroit, Michigan
lady in red The body of the late singer Aretha Franklin lies in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for two days of public viewing in Detroit, Michigan
Image: Paul Sancya/ Pool via Reuters


Travelling corpse: prof’s wife found in suitcase

A University of Hong Kong professor, 53, has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife after police found a body stuffed in a suitcase in his office. She was wearing only her underwear and with electric wire around her neck. Cheung Kie-chung had reported his wife missing on August 20, saying she had not returned home after an argument. Police said they became suspicious of Cheung after CCTV footage failed to show his wife leaving their home, while Cheung was seen moving a large wooden box out of the premises. ‘There was blood seeping out from the suitcase and it stank,’ police said. – AFP

Just a statue to you, but a Turkish Hitler to them

Wiesbaden, Germany, removed a temporary statue of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a town square after it sparked confrontations between his supporters and opponents. ‘In agreement with state police, Mayor Sven Gerich decided to have the statue removed as security could no longer be guaranteed,’ the city's government said. Firefighters arrived shortly after midnight with a crane to lift the four-metre tall golden effigy. Since a failed 2016 coup attempt in Ankara, Erdogan's crackdown on political opponents and journalists has drawn insults such as ‘Turkish Hitler’. – Reuters

Flying cars? Finally

Japan's government wants a future with flying cars, and has launched an initiative Wednesday with the private sector to develop futuristic vehicles. The initiative aims to draw up a roadmap this year on commercialising flying cars. Japanese government officials are partnering with companies including Boeing and Airbus, as well as major Japanese firms such as All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, NEC and the Toyota-backed Cartivator. ‘[Flying cars] are expected to solve issues of transportation in remote islands or mountainous areas, or rescue operations and goods transport in disaster,’ the trade ministry official said. – AFP

Bar in Rab switches up with a shot for your pup

A beach bar on a Croatian island of Rab attracted pet owners by organising a swimming contest for them and their dogs. About a dozen owners and their pets on Tuesday jumped from a boat moored about 100 metres off the Adriatic island, swam to shore and then jogged back to the bar. After their swim, the pets faced another contest – to see which of them was fastest to gobble down a special soy milk-based ice cream and drink a cup of non-alcoholic beer made to suit a dog's taste. The bar said the contests were a way of raising awareness about how important pets are in our lives and also of bringing the community together. – Reuters

Korean champ worth more than his weight in gold

A South Korean archer refused to celebrate his gold medal at the Asian Games after his second-placed compatriot missed a final chance to win an exemption for military service. Kim Woo-jin, 26, brushed off a strong challenge from Lee Woo-seok in the men's individual recurve on Tuesday, where the top spot would have exempted the 21-year-old from South Korea's mandatory near two-year military service. But Kim – the reigning Olympic champion in the recurve men's team – diplomatically claimed Lee's military predicament wasn't on his mind as he declined to wave the national flag in celebration. – AFP

Man beats woman who just wants to be left alone

A man alleged to have been caught on film assaulting a woman who objected to him harassing her with wolf whistles and lewd gestures has been arrested in Paris. It showed an assailant throwing an ashtray at student Marie Laguerre, 22, and punching her after she told him to stop. Sources said yesterday the suspect, who was arrested after leaving a psychiatric hospital in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, where the attack took place, fit descriptions of the man in the footage. Laguerre, who has launched a website for victims of harassment, said: ‘I am sick of feeling unsafe walking in the street. Things need to change.’ – Telegraph



SA gold miners: Been down so long it looks like up to us

Mining minister after mining minister has somehow failed to notice SA’s biggest industrial disaster unfold

By Tim Cohen
4 min read

Old retired geezers are getting blazed on dagga stocks

Retail clients - surprisingly mostly older investors - have been handsomely rewarded since mid-August

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

At last, the drugs appear to be working for Adcock Ingram

Hard graft put in since the Bidvest hostile takeover deal was struck is paying off, and the pain is just about gone

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

Does Sasse have it sussed, or is Growthpoint a goner?

SA property may be battling, but with a portfolio this diversified it may be premature to bail out just yet

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read



Fear and clothing: Kim K is the new old school, a mod classic

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion

1 min read

Fashion puts the boot in and tells us all to take a hike

Hiking boots are it at all the major fashion houses 

By Chloe Mac Donnell
2 min read

Spring is (nearly) sprung: Get set for it with 10 cool dresses

Shop for them now because it’s never too early

By Keneilwe Eleanor Pule
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Is Shabba too chicken to fly high in Turkey?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Gold up for grabs for Caster and Luvo at Diamond League

Pair of world champions are strong favourites tonight: Semenya in the 800m, Manyongo in the long-jump

David Isaacson
2 min read

Blasts from the past: SA pair crack sculls at world champs

Today in SA sports history: August 30

David Isaacson
1 min read