Tuesday, September 25 2018



Wake up, SA! Get more chutzpah, or we'll get more Guptas

Mcebisi Jonas: The ANC isn't going to change, so it's up to civil society to put SA back on track

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
4 min read

The new world is no place for this Trumped-up sexist creep

The sex assault case against his right-wing Supreme Court choice harks back to the dark, sexist days of 1991

4 min read

Indefensible! SANDF splashes out R17m on suspended staff

And minister of Defence fails to tell parliament why, or what they are going to do about the waste of money

Bongani Fuzile
3 min read

Don't be a crash dummy: your airbags could kill you

The warning about potentially lethal airbags was sounded in 2015, yet thousands of SA motorists have not acted

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read



Shembe leader: My church has changed its spots on leopard skins

He says they are willing to ditch centuries-long tradition for the sake of dwindling leopard population

By Lwandile Bhengu
2 min read

Love’s offshoots: Couple rebuilds forest from ground up

The forest, a pilgrimage for nature lovers, has been officially declared a nature reserve 

Bobby Jordan
3 min read

It's 2018 but SA's kids are still dying of diarrhoea. Why? And what to do?

KZN, Eastern Cape and urban areas are most vulnerable, but new study suggests how to tackle the problem

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Read it and weep: we're closing the book on our kids' future

We say we know how vital it is to read to our children, but life just gets in the way

2 min read



A bout of influencer: Beware of ads masquerading as opinion

With the rise of the social media influencers, adverts have become far less obvious. What does the law say?

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

#MeToo? Absolutely not. Count me out of this prissy insanity

Moral purists pose as guardians of liberal values, but they have never been more illiberal

By Zoe Strimpel
4 min read

Drawn and quartered: cartoons keep the powerful humble

They are the 'little voice in the ear' of politicians, and we should be proud it hasn't been silenced

By Bob Moran
3 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


Pope Francis arrives at Aglona Basilica in Aglona, Latvia on Monday.
It was all a bit of a blur Pope Francis arrives at Aglona Basilica in Aglona, Latvia on Monday.
Image: Max Rossi/Reuters

Six things about SA you need to know

Mandela's legacy lives on at the UN

A life-size statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the United Nations headquarters in New York in the US on Monday. The unveiling was done by President Cyril Ramaphosa. "President Mandela firmly believed that the United Nations was the most valuable and effective instrument for the advancement of peace‚ development and equality that humanity had conceived‚" Ramaphosa was quoted as saying during the ceremony. "We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the UN and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all." The statue was erected in honour of what would have been Mandela's 100th birthday this year. According to the Presidency‚ it is the only life-size statue to have been erected at the UN.

‘Bullied’ manager’ quoted Bible in suicide note

Parliamentary manager Lennox Garane‚ who shot himself at work after being bullied by a manager‚ referred to four verses from the Old Testament book of Job in his suicide note. The note from Garane‚ 57‚ a section manager in parliament’s international relations and protocol division‚ was handed to mourners at a memorial service. Headed “It’s A Protest Suicide”‚ it described how his life became a misery after a former ANC MP was appointed as his manager. “Mortals‚ born of woman‚ are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows‚ they do not endure. Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgement? Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!” - Job 4: 1-4

Family members held for PE man’s murder

A mother and daughter and the mother’s boyfriend were arrested shortly after a 32-year-old man was found lying on the side of the road in Vastrap in Booysens Park‚ Port Elizabeth‚ on Monday morning. Eastern Cape police said that according to information‚ the suspect’s son had returned home after a month at about 9am on Sunday. “He forced the door open and was met by the three suspects inside the house. It is further alleged that the deceased left the house about a month ago due to a family altercation. The suspects [allegedly] rushed towards him and chased him into the street. He was assaulted with heavy stones and also stabbed several times on his face with a broken bottle neck. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene‚” police said. His mother‚ 54‚ 21-year-old sister and his mother’s boyfriend‚ 57‚ were expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Petition to stub out illegal ciggies grows

More than 10‚000 South Africans have signed a petition on the #TakeBackTheTax campaign‚ said anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee. Abramjee said those who had added their voices to a call to stop the economy from losing at least R7bn in potential tax revenue every year were responsible citizens. The petition calls on the authorities to put an end to the illegal trade and ensure that full tax is paid for every cigarette sold in the country. The campaign was launched by the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA). “The response from the public has been excellent so far and we urge South Africans to continue to stand up and take a stand against the illicit trade‚” said Abramjee. “Traders don’t even try to hide this theft anymore. Cheap cigarettes for R5 and R10 per pack are boldly displayed and sold in almost every shop and on every table top in the country.”

Mental health to be ‘outsourced’ in E Cape

The Eastern Cape health department has published its R120m tender to outsource chronic mental healthcare in the province - and has put emphasis on the reintegration of mental health patients in their communities. Apart from chronic care‚ service providers have also been asked to tender for community-based initiatives to achieve this. Seven-hundred adult and 180 paediatric mental health patients are now being cared for in Life Esidimeni centres in Kirkwood and Bethelsdorp. The tender documents show that the department is also seeking to distribute beds for chronic mental health patients across the province, if possible. Long-term patients are currently housed at the 700-bed Life Esidimeni Kirkwood facility and the 180 children at Life Esidimeni’s Algoa Frail Care Centre in Bethelsdorp. Provincial health spokesperson Lwandile Sicwetsha declined to elaborate on any of the information in the tender documents‚ saying this would compromise the tender process.

Man arrested for kidnapping ex-mayor

A man has been arrested for hijacking and holding captive Lindiwe Ntshalintshali‚ the former mayor of Emalahleni. The 35-year-old is expected to appear in court soon. “The former mayor and a family member were reportedly hijacked on Wednesday evening‚ September 19 2018‚ at Ogies‚ near Witbank and kept hostage up until the early hours of the [next] morning‚” said Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe. “It is reported that during the hostage ordeal they were assaulted and robbed of their personal belongings as well as cash. They were later dropped around the Balmoral area and the suspects drove away in the victim's motor vehicle‚” he added. The suspect was traced to a guesthouse in Ekangala where the former mayor’s car was recovered parked outside. The victim’s other belongings were found in his possession. Police believed the suspect was linked to a case in Vosman where a police officer had been hijacked and robbed of his service pistol and a private firearm.


South Africans took to Twitter on Heritage Day under #HeritageDay on Monday to show their pride through cultural dress and traditional dance. Here are some of the most touching posts.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Meet the heroes of D-Day who were airbrushed from history

The lost narrative of the famous Bénouville bridge rescue is every bit as exhilarating as the hitherto accepted version

By Giles Milton
6 min read

Blacktrack: Disney restores its 'whitewashed' princess

Studio redraws Tiana cartoon character after campaigners claim she has lighter skin in latest film

By Helena Horton
2 min read

Drivers see red over Oslo's green 'war on cars'

The Greens are determined to rid the city of traffic, but many say it's an attack on people’s freedoms and their wallets

3 min read

It had to happen: Scrabble gets twerked and nubbered (facepalm)

OK, ew, zomboid and bizjet are also now allowed as 300 new words are added to the official game dictionary

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read


Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Pennsylvania, on Monday for sentencing in his sexual assault trial.
A rather different sort of Cosby show Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Pennsylvania, on Monday for sentencing in his sexual assault trial.
Image: Jessica Kourkounis/Reuters


No, officer, I didn't want to Taser Her Majesty

A man arrested at Buckingham Palace on suspicion of possessing a Taser has been released by police. The 38-year-old - a visitor to London from the Netherlands - was detained by security staff at the visitors' entrance to the palace on Sunday. Scotland Yard on Monday confirmed the man was released without further action on Sunday evening as officers were satisfied that his possession of the device, which was low-powered and part of a keyring, was a genuine error on his part, and that he posed no threat. – The Daily Telegraph

Teen adrift at sea for seven weeks

An Indonesian teenager survived seven weeks adrift at sea after his tiny fishing trap lost its moorings and ended up some 2,500km away in waters near Guam, his family said on Monday. Aldi Novel Adilang's harrowing tale began in mid-July he was working solo on a fishing hut anchored off Sulawesi. Heavy winds knocked the raft off its moorings and sent Adilang out to sea. The teen survived by catching fish and sipping water from his clothes that had been wetted by sea water. – AFP

Lesbian film unbanned ... for a week

A Kenyan judge has temporarily lifted a ban on an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian relationship, making it eligible to be entered for a Foreign Language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering the censor. ‘Rafiki’ premiered at Cannes, the first Kenyan film to be selected by the prestigious festival. It was banned at home on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality, which is a criminal offence there. However, on Friday Justice Wilfrida Okwany ordered the ban lifted for a week. Okwany said the director was ‘hereby allowed to admit the film’ to Kenya’s Oscars selection committee. - Reuters

Four Oz sharks killed after 2 swimmers bitten

Four large sharks have been killed in Australia after a woman and a 12-year-old girl were attacked at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot. Drum lines, which use baited hooks to catch the predators, ensnared four tiger sharks, one 3.7 metres (12 feet) long and the others each between two to three metres. ‘While sharks of this size are potentially very dangerous to humans, it is unclear if they were responsible for injuries caused to two swimmers,’ a Fisheries Queensland spokesperson said. – The Daily Telegraph

One of art's great mysteries solved at last

Art historians have scratched their heads for centuries over the identity of the young man in one of Van Gogh’s most celebrated works, ‘Portrait of a Gardener’. It was painted at the asylum where Van Gogh went after cutting of his ear. Now the subject has been identified by Martin Bailey. He unearthed an unpublished revealing him to be Jean Barral, who worked as a gardener in the area, and was ‘highly likely’ to have carried out gardening and landscaping work within the asylum’s grounds. - The Daily Telegraph

Tigers burning bright again in Nepal

Nepal's wild tiger population has nearly doubled over the last nine years, in a victory for the impoverished country's drive to save the endangered big cats. Wildlife groups have welcomed the news as a sign that political involvement and innovative conservation strategies can reverse the decline of the majestic Royal Bengal tiger. A survey carried out earlier this year counted 235 tigers in Nepal, up from around 121 in 2009. – AFP



Lessons from China: How it's turning a bear market into a bull run

While its debt growth has been astonishingly rapid, Trump’s trade war risks a stand-off between the East and West

By Jeremy Warner
4 min read

Barrick Gold to buy Randgold Resources in $18.3bn deal

Boards believe the merger 'will create an industry-leading gold company'

By Justin George Varghese and Zandi Shabalala
1 min read

Davies hails clean audits as a sign of good governance

Minister also cites ethical leadership, accurate reporting and curbing wasteful expenditure

By Linda Ensor
1 min read



Book extract: ‘Louis Botha: A Man Apart’ by Richard Steyn

Author has written acclaimed books on Churchill and Smuts

By Richard Steyn
7 min read

A pinch of Pullman, a soupcon of '12 Years', a huge dollop of originality

Esi Edugyan's third novel is a work of unmistakable literary sensibility, written in prose that is fresh and beautiful

By Amanda Craig
5 min read

Honour or horror? How a museum is making Portugal rethink itself

The museum of discovery in Portugal has to deal with its colonising past

By Tymon Smith
2 min read

Steel yourself, there's an awful lot of art to see

Now that Art Week is over, these are the shows that you should get to over the next few weeks

By Staff reporter
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Chiefs coach bows to Billiat the Best

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

Gosh, Josh, England needs more like you

In the ring, nobody comes close to Anthony Joshua, but he is also intelligent and blessed with empathy

Telford Vice
5 min read

Blasts from the past: All-time greatest Boks set the bar high

Today in SA sports history: September 25

David Isaacson
1 min read