Thursday, September 27 2018



Ever wanted to see the Gupta compound? Here it is

This is the bizarre 'evidence' Ajay Gupta submitted to Zondo that Mentor 'lied'

Karyn Maughan
7 min read



Jailhouse shock: security nightmare at prisons

Vital surveillance gear isn't working amid a contractual row with a security service provider

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Herder’s instinct saves dinosaur bonanza

Dumangwe Tyhobela's gut told him to ignore a sangoma's instruction to burn the ancient bone he had found

Belinda Pheto
4 min read

Gran theft auto: ouma fights off gun-toting thugs

Reading up on self-defence came in handy for Joburg woman who fended off hijackers

Belinda Pheto
3 min read

Held for rhino poaching 3 times. Reoffended 3 times. What's up?

Outrage that alleged poacher's legal process has been going on for nine years - and his isn't an isolated case

Tony Carnie
4 min read

Parents livid about ‘wasted’ law studies – and the law is to blame

Antiquated law means the Varsity College's LLB offering is invalid - for now, at least

By Tania Broughton
4 min read

Yes you clan: ad watchdog cans milk stout complaint

Putting clan names on beer cans isn't an insult to ancestors since booze is part of African cultural practice anyway

2 min read



Schools get a giant F for not reinforcing human values

SA education has been in chronic dysfunction for years because it is failing in its most basic function

4 min read

Bill Cosby is a disgrace, but he is not Cliff Huxtable

Its star might be a sleazebag, but 'The Cosby Show' was a ray of light in 1980s SA

Sue de Groot
8 min read

Beyond a joke: how Cosby went from icon to ignominy

We trace the funnyman's road from seemingly model citizen to handcuffed sex predator bound for jail

By Reuters
4 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


A model at the Spring/Summer 2019 women's ready-to-wear collection show at Paris Fashion Week.
IN THOSE HEELS? COLOUR ME IMMOBILE A model at the Spring/Summer 2019 women's ready-to-wear collection show at Paris Fashion Week.
Image: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Six things about SA you need to know

69,000 jobs lost between March and June: StatsSA

Employment decreased by 69,000 quarter on quarter‚ from 9,817,000 in March to 9,748,000 in June ‚ Statistics SA announced on Wednesday. StatsSA released its Quarterly Employment Statistics for June 2018‚ which stated that the contraction was largely due to decreases in the community services‚ manufacturing‚ mining and quarrying and transport sectors. There were, however, increases in the trade‚ business services and construction industries. Employment rose by 13,000 year on year between June 2017 and June 2018. Average monthly earnings paid to employees in the formal non-agricultural sector increased from R19,853 in February 2018 to R20,176 in May 2018.

Popular actor in court for tax evasion

“Generations the Legacy” actor Rapulana Seiphemo appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday for tax evasion. Seiphemo sat silently in court with his legs crossed as the matter was heard. He was seen speaking to his legal representative before going into the dock. His case was postponed to October 18 for him to make representations to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is the state's case that Seiphemo failed to submit income tax returns from 2013 to 2017. According to the SA Revenue Service‚ Seiphemo owed them in excess of R48,000, but that penalties accumulated over the years amount to more than R111,000 and the total now amounts to R160,000.

Prof Poku to head University of KZN

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has appointed an acting vice-chancellor in the wake of the resignation of Dr Albert van Jaarsveld. The university's council said the appointment of Professor Nana Poku as acting vice-chancellor and principal would be effective from October 1. Poku is currently the deputy vice-chancellor and college head of law and management studies at the university. Van Jaarsveld is set to take on the role of director-general and CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IISA) in Austria. Poku’s appointment will run until a new vice-chancellor and principal is installed. While no date for this has been given‚ the university said it had begun a recruitment process to fill "this important position".

Vendetta claim ‘absolute bollocks’, says Gigaba

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has vehemently denied allegations that he tightened regulations for children travelling into and out of SA because of a personal vendetta. He was forced to make the denial after journalist-turned-author Redi Tlhabi took to Twitter on Tuesday night to slate Gigaba‚ who had that day announced that the much-criticised visa regulations were being loosened. Tlhabi claimed the regulations were put in place because of a “domestic issue” as Gigaba’s ex-wife’s cousin took his daughter out of the country without his consent. But Gigaba said: “I would never bring a personal issue into my professional work. It’s absolute bollocks‚ to bring my personal experience into this.”

NSPCA wants quick stop to lion bone exports

The National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has applied for an urgent interdict against the Environmental Affairs Department for it to suspend its authorisation of lion bone exports. “The NSPCA has long been actively involved in addressing the cruelty in the captive lion industry; starting with lion cubs for petting to ‘canned lion’ hunting or slaughter for lion bone‚ with pending cruelty cases‚” the organisation said. The department announced a 1,500 quota for 2018‚ despite a request by the organisation for a judicial review of the quota. “The NSPCA has launched an urgent interdict based on welfare concerns,” the organisation said. Cruelty to lions was an inevitable consequence of the department’s “misguided” actions and the NSPCA was therefore committed to fighting this decision in court to protect lions.

Garane avoided X-ray to take gun into parliament

The Department of Public Works and the police have revealed that parliament official Lennox Garane did not place his bag through an X-ray machine at one of parliamentary entrances when he arrived for work on Friday, September 14. Garane committed suicide when he shot himself in his locked office that morning. The police officer stationed at that entrance was served with a suspension notice the following day and is facing a disciplinary process by the police. Police found that the officer contravened the static protection standard operating procedure by allowing Garane to gain access to the building without screening the bag. This was revealed at a joint meeting of the public works and police portfolio committees on Wednesday.


HBO has announced that it plans to transform the 'Game of Thrones' Northern Ireland sets into fan attractions. 'Game of Thrones' is known for its intricate sets and lush scenery. The sites will also feature 'Game of Thrones' props, costumes and weapons. The popular series will be wrapping up in 2019.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Common touch: How Queen Elizabeth learned to smile

A turning point for the queen, according to a royal watcher, was her Golden Jubilee in 2002

By Peter Stanford
5 min read

Ending decades of doubt, 'biggest bird' debate put to nest

After more than a century of conflicting evidence, Anglo-French animosity and an HG Wells novella involving murder most ...

3 min read

'A Star is Born': they went Gaga over a big career gamble

How Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga leapt into the unknown to retell the classic story for the modern age

By Robbie Collin
8 min read

Vaping breathes new life into an industry going up in smoke

Smoking rates are at an all-time low, but tobacco companies are seizing the opportunity to move with the times

By Oliver Gill
7 min read


Palestinian cadets at a police college run by the Hamas-led interior ministry in the southern Gaza Strip.
SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE Palestinian cadets at a police college run by the Hamas-led interior ministry in the southern Gaza Strip.
Image: Reuters/Mohammed Salem


Dutch cheesed off with yakking cyclists

The sight of cyclists hurtling along while glued to their smartphones is a common one in the bike-mad Netherlands, but it will soon be illegal. With a growing number of accidents involving phones and bikes, the government is to ban the use of all but hands-free devices while cycling. Car and lorry drivers are already banned from using mobiles at the wheel unless they are in hands-free mode. Cycling is a way of life in the Netherlands, where bikes outnumber people, with an estimated nearly 23 million cycles for some 17 million people. But the use of mobile phones is a growing hazard, with a smartphone involved in one in five bike accidents involving young people. — AFP

Probably the only living thing in there

Concerns were growing on Wednesday for a beluga whale spotted in the River Thames estuary outside London, thousands of kilometres from its natural home in Arctic waters. The extremely rare sighting triggered wonder and excitement when the whale was first seen on Tuesday, but after it was spotted again on Wednesday in exactly the same location, concerns grew that the beluga had got lost and was potentially in danger. The sight of a beluga whale so far south — 1,600km from even Iceland — is exceptional. The Thames remains a busy waterway. The whale’s location is between two major container docks, Tilbury and the new London Gateway port. — AFP

All drone and dusted for flying sports car

A Philippine inventor has unveiled what he calls a flying sports car that represents the future of transport, riding it out of a warehouse towards a cheering crowd, leaving a cloud of dust in his wake. Former dancer and camera operator Kyxz Mendiola flew and hovered for a few minutes in a single-passenger contraption powered by the ‘multicopter’ technology commonly used in small unmanned drones. Mendiola’s machine, the ‘Koncepto Milenya’, can fly as high as 6.1m and speed up to 60km/h but its maiden flight lasted just a little over 10 minutes. The single-seater is powered by six lithium-ion batteries whose passenger steers with a portable radio frequency controller. — Reuters

Jail birds: Better not feed the flying rats

The Thai capital is considering jailing people who feed pigeons in public to try to eliminate the risk of bird flu and other diseases. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is spearheading a campaign to catch pigeons and has vowed to impose a ban on feeding them — violators could be jailed for up to three months. Other cities around the world have imposed similar bans, including Venice where feeding pigeons is illegal — but there is no threat of serving time. In Bangkok, pigeons — often dubbed ‘rats with wings’ — are often found in crowded areas, including temples, markets and public parks. Taweesak said health risks from pigeons include respiratory diseases, meningitis and bird flu. — Reuters

Next time give Joey the knuckledusters, Bruce

Three men accused of torturing and killing kangaroos are being hunted by police in Australia, just days after a man was arrested for intentionally mowing down emus. Police in Western Australia on Wednesday released images of the men wanted for questioning. A man was seen brandishing knuckledusters alongside another suspect with his face pixelated and wearing a similar weapon on his hand. The hunt for the alleged kangaroo killers comes on the heels of an arrest made after sickening footage of a driver running over emus in the outback sparked a social media storm. The video showed a man ploughing into at least a dozen of the ostrich-like birds in his four-wheel drive, counting and laughing loudly each time he hit one. — AFP

Charging phone in a cockpit was a bad call

A passenger was kicked off an Indian flight after he tried to access the cockpit to charge his phone, the airline said on Wednesday. The incident took place as an IndiGo flight was preparing to take off from Mumbai for Kolkata on Monday. ‘While an IndiGo aircraft being on the ground an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needs to be charged,’ IndiGo said. An airport official said the man, said to be in his mid-thirties, was drunk. It was the second bizarre incident involving an Indian domestic flight this week after a passenger tried to open an exit door in mid-air, apparently mistaking it for the toilet. — AFP



The ghost of Brett Kebble haunts Barrick-Randgold deal

Late dealmaker helped launch the company that will now be part of the largest gold miner in the world

By Tim Cohen
4 min read

Softly, softly, the Chinese slip into SA telecommunications

News of ‘alliance’ has reignited speculation that China Mobile could take a strategic stake in MTN

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

The MultiChoice millstone gone, Altron can get cracking

Sale of set-top box maker Altech frees group to focus on information and communications technology

By Nick Hedley
1 min read



Fear and clothing: Slow fashion’s timeless appeal

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion

2 min read

Yay for Milan Fashion Week: Hot town, summer in the city

Trust the Italians to inspire next season's looks

By Kenilwe Pule and Andrea Nagel
1 min read

What happens in Italy doesn’t have to stay in Italy

The catwalks of Milan Fashion Week were brimming with new fashion ideas

By Lisa Armstrong, Victoria Moss, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Sasha Slater
5 min read

A nipple of laughter (or was it a titter) ran through the crowd

GCDS keeps well abreast of the future of fashion

By Zola Zingithwa
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Dyantyi’s the danger man, reckon Aussies

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

At last, the lost generation of kids can now see their heroes

You may not like cricket but its domestic return to SABC will make you love it. Rugby, the ball’s in your court

2 min read

Blasts from the past: Ramirez goes Bungu bashing but fails

Today in SA sports history: September 27

David Isaacson
1 min read