Thursday, September 20 2018



'How Zwane led the fight to save the Guptas' accounts'

Former minister said banks' licences were on the line if they didn't reopen accounts, the Zondo commission hears

Karyn Maughan
4 min read

Right-to-die man could face more murder charges

His case has been postponed while investigations into the alleged murders get under way

4 min read

Great-gran's slaying leads cops to serial killer suspects

Cops connect dots between killings of elderly women in Mpumalanga and Gauteng before nabbing pair

Belinda Pheto
4 min read



‘I was told to either join the DA or ship out’

‘The Godfather’ refuses to don the blue T-shirt and ‘sell his soul’

4 min read

Shell shocker: Hong Kong gobbles all our abalone

Nearly all of the millions of molluscs poached off the Western Cape every year end up there, a report reveals

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

KZN’s headmen headache just got a lot worse

Auditor-general wants to know what the more than 3,000 izinduna do, and why they are getting paid

4 min read

A hint of Xhosa? Then the wine is from this EC township

Soon the Chinese and Russians will be raising a toast to this Eastern Cape wine, and so should you

By Tembile Sgqolana
2 min read

Oil be damned: Mining interests ‘blocking plan to protect SA’s seas’

New marine protected areas are being delayed because the oil industry is pressuring the minister, eco alliance charges

Tony Carnie
4 min read

Give wasps a break – they’re just as important as bees

The unpopular picnic pests are crucial for pollination and deserve the same respect, according to scientists

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read



Our fragile students wallowing in self-pity need a history lesson

It is hard to grasp their woe-is-me attitude this side of apartheid - but I have found an antidote

4 min read

Obesity is a disease? Fat chance!

My concern is that this is about perception and creating a culture of victimhood

By Celia Walden
3 min read

A life torn apart: I was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Martin recalls how his world fell apart after his wrong diagnosis, yet his story is more common than we realise

By Angela Neustatter
6 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


Children perform at Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea.
MID-FLIGHT, UPFRONT Children perform at Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Image: Pyongyang Press Corps/Pool via Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Vote for EFF at your peril‚ warns ANC man

Under an EFF government you will not own your house or your farm because the party wants to nationalise land. So says ANC economic transformation chairperson Enoch Godongwana, who said the state cannot be trusted with that responsibility - hence the ANC would not go that route. Addressing the African Farmers’ Association of SA on Wednesday‚ he said any expropriated land under the ANC would go directly to the people and “not via the government”, as the EFF proposed. He warned those who wanted to vote for the EFF did so at their own peril‚ adding that under an EFF government they would lose their houses and farms because the red berets wanted to nationalise all land. “If you don’t want to vote for us‚ fine‚ you can vote for the EFF if you understand what they are saying‚” said Godongwana.

Court date for student up for stabbing roommate

A University of Zululand student accused of killing his roommate is expected to appear in the Mtunzini Magistrate’s Court on September 25. Sibonakaliso Mbatha‚ 25‚ is accused of stabbing first-year education student Sazi Ngubo to death following an argument in their residence room on Sunday. The two had been roommates since January. Footage of Mbatha being severely beaten by a mob of students while trying to escape has gone viral. Security guards eventually surrounded the student and he was admitted to hospital with serious injuries. Mbatha appeared in court in absentia on Tuesday and the matter was remanded to September 25 for a formal bail application. Mbatha is in a stable condition under police guard.

Six arrests as ‘rhino poaching’ syndicate bust

Six members of a syndicate implicated in “massive trafficking of poached rhino horns” from wildlife reserves – which are destined for sale in Asia via Gauteng middlemen – were arrested on Tuesday. Two policemen and a former policeman were caught alongside two alleged syndicate leaders and a right-hand man by a high-level team tracking the criminal supply chain of poached rhinos within the Kruger National Park‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ Gauteng and other private or state-owned reserves. They were arrested in a number of areas in Mpumalanga, and police confiscated luxury vehicles and motorbikes‚ trucks‚ an undisclosed amount of money‚ animal skins‚ suspected stolen items including trailers‚ generators and electronic equipment‚ and properties. They were expected to appear in court on Wednesday afternoon.

Bus driver attacked for ‘leaving pupils’ at stop

Two teenagers who assaulted a 61-year-old man behind the wheel of a moving bus while pupils on board screamed hysterically carried out the attack because they had been left behind at a previous stop. Video of one of the attackers - from Hoerskool Oosterland in Secunda‚ Mpumalanga – slapping and punching the driver was shared on social media. “Information at police disposal suggests that the driver stopped for other pupils to board the bus when the two learners also boarded‚” said police spokesman Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe on Wednesday. The pupils allegedly asked the driver why he hadn’t stopped for the pupils, and assaulted him before he could answer. The 19-year-old pupil filmed hitting the driver, as well as a 15-year-old, have been charged with assault and appeared in the Leslie Periodical Court on September 14. The case was remanded to October 10.

Winde is DA’s W Cape premier candidate

Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde has emerged as the DA's preferred candidate to replace Helen Zille as premier after next year's election. The announcement was made by party leader Mmusi Maimane in Cape Town on Wednesday. He was joined by other prominent DA figures‚ including Zille‚ provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela and MP David Maynier. Winde emerged as the number one preferred candidate‚ followed by Maynier and Madikizela‚ after they appeared before a DA selection panel that oversaw the process to elect a premier candidate.

Right-to-die advocate on bail after murder charge

The founder of right-to-die organisation Dignity South Africa‚ Sean Davison‚ is out on bail after being charged with murder on Wednesday in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. Davison‚ 57‚ was charged over a 2013 incident in which he allegedly assisted his doctor friend‚ Anrich Burger‚ to die. Burger had become a quadriplegic after a car crash eight years earlier. Appearing before magistrate Greg Jacobs‚ who granted him R20‚000 bail‚ Davison initially appeared uneasy‚ fidgeting with his hands and continually licking his lips. In an affidavit read by his lawyer‚ Joshua Greeff‚ Davison - a professor in the biotechnology department at the University of the Western Cape - said he had no intention of evading trial and had handed his SA and New Zealand passports to the police. He pledged his co-operation with the court and the police‚ and said he would plead not guilty.


The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of the use and possession of dagga for private use. We listed some of the best #dagga memes we found on Twitter.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Trump said he'd cheat for me on 'The Apprentice', says Stormy

The porn star also reveals in tell-all book that sex with the president was the 'least impressive' she’d ever had

By Rozina Sabur
1 min read

Unfriendly status: Facebook job ads ‘shut out women’

Unions say ads target males only, while most listings are for jobs in male-dominated fields

1 min read

Mental illness: The ‘black dog’ that ties politicians to a leash

More public figures should discuss their mental health, says Alastair Campbell

By Alaister Campbell
4 min read

Have-a-go heroics: Be afraid of your own bravery

You might be braver than you think, as one man discovered

By Luke Mintz
5 min read


Jewish people walk around the Stamford Hill during Yom Kippur in London.
G’mar Hatima Tova Jewish people walk around the Stamford Hill during Yom Kippur in London.
Image: Reuters/Henry Nicholls


Booze in Malaysia packs a killer kick

A total of 21 people, mostly foreign workers, have now died from drinking tainted alcohol in Malaysia, as police made a series of arrests over the scandal. The victims, who include three Malaysians as well as people from Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, died after drinking whisky and beer in Kuala Lumpur. The first death happened Monday night and the toll has risen steadily since. Relatively affluent Malaysia attracts migrants from poorer parts of Asia who typically work in low-paying jobs such as on plantations and construction sites. In addition to the 21 people who died, another 36 were taken ill due to drinking the tainted alcohol. The last major tragedy involving tainted alcohol in Malaysia occurred in 2013, when 29 foreigners died. — AFP

When you really need a brief, refreshing blackout

Exhausted Londoners hoping to take a rest from their busy schedules are being offered an alternative to coffee breaks: a sleep pod where they can grab some shut-eye for £15 an hour. Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, Pop & Rest in London’s trendy Shoreditch area boasts four ‘sleep pods’ – rooms with dark walls and a lavender aroma to aid relaxation, each supplied with ear plugs and an eye mask. Pop & Rest currently averages between 30-35 customers a week, among them many freelancers and people working in the gig economy. Pop & Rest aims to ‘flood’ the city with sleep pods, eventually expanding to other UK cities and across Europe. — Reuters

Now will someone please bring back ‘Asteroids’?

Sony announced on Wednesday it plans to launch a miniature games console designed like the original PlayStation pre-loaded with 20 vintage games as it joins the retro gaming craze just in time for Christmas. The PlayStation Classic shares the design of the original that launched in 1994, but is considerably smaller. It will cost just under $100. The console comes pre-loaded with 20 classic PlayStation games such as the 1997 role-playing game ‘Final Fantasy VII’ and 1998-1999 racing game ‘R4: Ridge Racer Type 4’. The move by Sony comes two years after Nintendo launched the NES, a palm-sized version of its 1980s games console, tapping into nostalgia for titles from the early era of home video games. The console which retails for around $60 comes with 30 games including ‘Super Mario’ and ‘Donkey Kong’. — AFP

How nice. A site where you can ‘buy’ a maid

Online ads in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale were on Wednesday condemned as ‘unjust and demeaning’, in a rare flare-up of tensions between the neighbours over domestic helpers. Singapore is home to almost 250,000 maids, mostly from poor parts of Indonesia or the Philippines, who head to the wealthy city-state to earn higher salaries than they can back home. However reports that Indonesian helpers were being offered for sale on online marketplace Carousell quickly drew condemnation from rights groups. The adverts under the user name ‘maid.recruitment’ reportedly offered the services of several helpers from Indonesia, while some ads indicated maids had been ‘sold’. The e-commerce site, which operates in several Asian countries, describes itself as ‘a simple way to sell the clutter in your life’. — AFP

Sharp words from Oz PM over ‘strawberry needles’

The piercing of supermarket strawberries with sewing needles is comparable to terrorism, Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as he demanded sentences of up to 15 years in response to a nationwide scare. ‘We’re not mucking about,’ said Morrison, after pieces of fruit were found to be contaminated with needles or pins. Calling the perpetrator a ‘coward and a grub’, Morrison called on parliament to quickly raise the maximum sentence for such deliberate food contamination from 10 to 15 years behind bars. That, he said, would put the crime on par with ‘things like possessing child pornography and financing terrorism. That’s how seriously I take this.’ The scare has prompted a series of supermarket recalls, and some stores in New Zealand have temporarily banned the sale of Australian strawberries. — AFP

India outlaws Islamic ‘instant divorce’

The Indian government on Wednesday issued an executive order making the Islamic practice of ‘instant divorce’ a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison. The controversial move brings an outright ban on ‘triple talaq’ — when a Muslim man ends his marriage by saying ‘talaq’ (‘you are divorced’ in Arabic) three times in succession — a step closer. Muslim women say they have been divorced over messaging apps like WhatsApp or in letters, leaving them without any legal remedy. But India’s 180-million-strong Muslim community has opposed the move, saying it will erode their religious identity and violate the Constitution. The opposition Congress Party said the next step would be to ensure Muslim women get alimony. — AFP



High time the govt jumped on this smokin’ hot bandwagon

Can SA afford to be left out of a global trend for a product already produced locally in huge volumes? 

By Tim Cohen
4 min read

Astral Foods: Even this tough old bird came in for a plucking

Despite a strong trading update, investors marked down the price of the poultry operator’s shares

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

‘There’s a potential party out there, we just need a partner’

For Pan African Resources, finding a group willing to invest in an underground mining project is a challenge

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



Fear and clothing: Ever get that Sun King feeling?

A weekly column on the vagaries and charms of fashion

2 min read

Victoria Beckham: From raw spice to really quite nice

Her decade-anniversary show proved that her style has matured since that ambitious first collection

By Lisa Armstrong
2 min read

Now look here, sunny ... you just can’t miss Gen Z yellow

Sunshine is the colour of the moment

By Keneilwe Pule
1 min read

What’s in a pocket? Not a lot, actually - if you’re a woman

The moaning about the size of pockets on women’s jeans has proved to be justified

By Staff reporter
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Cough till it hurts for All Blacks at Loftus

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Cool heads needed after such an unexpected hit of ecstasy

Perspective is necessary, especially when the Boks sleepwalked through three defeats in four matches before the miracle

3 min read

Blast from the past: Parkin makes a splash for SA men

Today in SA sports history: September 20

David Isaacson
1 min read