Monday, October 8 2018



Our ‘hero’ Suu Kyi failed us dismally – is Cyril next?

The moral failure of a once revered leader reminds us of the heartbreaking fallibility of Nene and our other heroes

4 min read

Nene lied, but he's honourable and should keep his job

If he ends up in the political wilderness it will hardly encourage other people to come clean over state capture

By Stuart Theobald
5 min read

Hard lessons: Why private school refused to refund parents’ deposit

National Consumer Commission grapples with the issue and both sides of the argument have fair points

Prega Govender
3 min read

EXTRACT: 'Winnie's Stompie alibi was false and the evidence was ignored'

‘Truth, Lies and Alibies’ by Fred Bridgland presents a controversial account of how Makidizela-Mandela was protected

4 min read



ANC whistleblowers fear for their lives

A hit list of 'ringleaders' in an Eastern Cape municipality has sent the ‘troublemakers’ into hiding

Bongani Fuzile
5 min read

Fired woman gets her job back - but now she’s too old to take it

Dismissed on ‘trumped-up’ charges, she finally won her case. Only trouble is, she’s now retired

By Tania Broughton
2 min read

Squatters have had enough and are demanding to be heard

Overcrowding, streets filled with faeces and illegal power connections are problems these residents live with every day

2 min read

Never Forgetica: This font bends over backwards to boost memory

Hard-to-read fonts help with memory, according to research, and this font type builds on that

By Matthew Field
1 min read

What makes a young doctor great? It has little to do with medicine

Going the extra mile is just as vital as their skills, say intern supervisors around SA

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read



So you think those fruit trays are being recycled?

No they are not. But keep putting them aside for recycling with your other plastic. Good news is coming

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

They're in the CAQ: Populism has conquered even calm old Canada

Upstart movement's victory in liberal stronghold of Quebec seen as rebuke to policies of Justin Trudeau

By Christopher Guly and Harriet Alexander
4 min read

Man of (stolen) letters: was Rudyard Kipling a plagiarist?

Author copied letters from Indian soldiers almost word for word in his 1918 war text, research reveals

By Dalya Alberge
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


Six things about SA you need to know

De Lille to sue businessman over bribery claims

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has instructed her lawyers to pursue a defamation case against businessman Anthony Faul and sue him for R1m. De Lille said on Sunday she was informed by the Hawks that the senior public prosecutor had decided not to prosecute her for alleged bribery‚ based on allegations by Faul‚ for lack of evidence. She said the case related to allegations made by Faul in February that De Lille had solicited a R5m payment from him in return for her endorsing an automatic fire extinguisher which he intended rolling out to Cape Town informal settlements in 2013. “I rejected these ludicrous allegations from the outset when they appeared out of thin air in February this year. This was at the height of the time when the DA was trying everything to remove me at all costs by throwing all sorts of allegations against me‚” De Lille said.

Accountant ‘fleeced’ retailer of R8.3m

A Port Elizabeth accountant who worked for a national footwear retailer is facing 37 charges of fraud amounting to R8.3-million after an alleged scam in which he also claimed he was kidnapped‚ robbed of his Mercedes-Benz and forced to transfer R343‚000 out of his bank account. Ravishkar Ramgoolam appeared in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Friday. He faces an additional charge of defeating the administration of justice. The case was postponed to November 5 and Ramgoolam is out on bail. It is alleged that between February 2016 and May 2017‚ Ramgoolam defrauded Street Fever in Port Elizabeth of R8‚392‚847 by substituting the banking details of his employer’s creditors with his own. He then allegedly received 37 deposits into nine different bank accounts in his name.

Cape Town International the best in Africa

Cape Town International Airport was named Africa’s Leading Airport for the second consecutive year at the 25th World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremonyin Durban on Saturday. Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) said the awards were recognised across the globe as the ultimate independently assessed travel accolade‚ voted for by travel and tourism professionals and consumers worldwide. OR Tambo International and Cape Town International were also nominated for the World’s Leading Airport 2018‚ which will be announced on December 1. The airport had exceeded the 10 million passenger-per-year milestone for the first time in December 2016‚ which it repeated in December 2017 when passenger numbers significantly exceeded this mark, said Acsa.

‘Springs Monster’ finds God in jail

An inmate who spent time in jail with the “Springs Monster” says the man who punished and locked his five children up at home believed the “world out there is ugly”. He was sentenced to an effective 35 years in prison after being found guilty of raping his eldest daughter‚ the attempted murder of his then 11-year-old son‚ defeating the ends of justice‚ obstruction of justice‚ five counts of child abuse and five counts of child neglect. Rapport reported that his cellmate at Modderbee Prison asked him how he could have locked up his children ‚ keeping them out of school. He replied that he understood that his wife was home-schooling the children because “the world out there is ugly”. He claimed his wife was the controlling one although he acknowledged that he was a strict father. “He acknowledged that the way he punished his children was too hard.” The “monster” had also found God while behind bars. “He never left his cell without his Bible.”

Witness saves pair after waterfall tumble

A person who saw a man and woman fall off the Karkloof Falls in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands managed to pull the injured pair from the water below. Netcare 911 spokesman Shawn Herbst said a report was received on Saturday afternoon about the incident outside the town of Howick. The two‚ who are in their mid-30s‚ had fallen off the small Karkloof Falls and were rescued by a member of the public. The man had sustained serious injuries and needed advanced life support. The woman had moderate injuries. They were taken to hospital for further treatment.

Zuma’s ‘incredibly secure’ home for sale

If you’re in the market for an “incredibly secure” five-bedroom home in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, speak to Jacob Zuma. The ex-president’s Forest Town home has gone on the market for R6.5m and can be viewed by appointment, says Firzt Realty. The house, with five bathrooms, four entertainment areas and a koppie in the garden, is where Zuma infamously showered after having sex with Fezekile “Khwezi” Ntsukela Kuzwayo in 2005. He was found not guilty of raping her. Zuma’s spokesman, Vukile Mathabela, confirmed the sale but could not say why Zuma was selling the facebrick house he bought for R3.6m in 2005. Facing mounting legal costs, he is due back in court next month on corruption charges. At his last appearance, in July, it was disclosed that he had changed his longtime lawyer, Michael Hulley, because of costs.
Huge waves break on the waterfront as the Typhoon Kong-rey approaches in China.
WAVEBREAK-NECK SPEED Huge waves break on the waterfront as the Typhoon Kong-rey approaches in China.
Image: Reuters/Stringer



The news you don't normally get to hear

Trump bets on 'Brett bounce' to win US midterms

Far from damaging the Republicans, the Kavanaugh kerfuffle has galvanised their grassroots supporters, say strategists

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read

Bollywood is crawling with Weinsteins, say actresses

The dark truth about India's 'casting couch' culture is  emerging and its MeToo movement is finally gaining traction

By Barney Henderson
3 min read

New low: Now Putin is targeting vital undersea cables

UK and US scramble to track Russian submarines amid fears of renewed 'Cold War cat and mouse games'

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read

London Calling from beyond the grave: the lost tapes of Joe Strummer

The Clash singer's widow tells how she found his lost recordings in their barn, and how they still have impact

By Patrick Sawer
7 min read



Rats deserve to live too, says Paris campaign

Rats have feelings too, and you should learn to love them, Parisian commuters have been told by an advertising campaign in a city where authorities are waging war to exterminate the four-million-strong rodent population. ‘Stop the massacre of rats,’ is the slogan on posters on the walls of dozens of metro stations. The posters feature pictures of cute rats and declare that rodents ‘are sensitive individuals’ that can ‘feel emotions’. The campaign was launched by Paris Animaux Zoopolis, an animal rights group that aims to defend all animals whether humans like them or not. - The Daily Telegraph

Tot shredded far more than his parents’ nerves

Little Leo Belnap loves nothing better than helping his mother put junk mail, credit card statements or other documents with personal information through the family's shredding machine. So when the two-year-old spotted a bundle of papers on the counter at their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, he knew what to do. He shredded them. Only in this case it was not a stack of worthless documents - it was an envelope filled with more than $1,000 in banknotes. ‘This will make a great wedding story some day,’ said Leo’s mother. - Daily Telegraph

Never mind ‘Free Willy’, let’s free Benny the beluga

An operation could be mounted to rescue the beluga whale which has taken up residence in the mouth of the Thames. Animal welfare experts are preparing to use the same methods deployed to lift and fly Keiko - the whale which starred in the film ‘Free Willy’ - to safe sanctuary in the nineties. But for the moment Benny the beluga will remain in the Thames unhindered, unless it begins to show signs of ill health or distress. With the waters of the Thames and North Sea cooling with the onset of winter, scientists believe the whale will be happy until spring. - The Daily Telegraph

Ham saves rare pigs’ bacon

A breed of hairy Hungarian pig that had nearly disappeared in Europe is once again thriving in the hills of southeast France - ironically thanks to ham lovers who have high hopes for the animal's famed fat. Lyon charcuterie owner Bruno Bluntzer began experimenting with Mangalitza pigs after meeting a couple who were raising dozens of the rare breed. ‘I was looking for a specific pig variety that I could work with differently, because I wanted a certain taste,’ he said. For the past year and a half, Bluntzer has been buying one a week for preparing hams and roasts as well as more elaborate fare. - AFP

Stop attacking innocent pope, says cardinal

A top Vatican official on Sunday issued a scathing open letter accusing an archbishop who launched an unprecedented attack on Pope Francis of mounting a ‘political frame job devoid of real foundation’. Cardinal Marc Ouellet said in the detailed, three-page letter that calls by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano for the pope to resign because he had allegedly covered up sexual misconduct by a senior American churchman were ‘calumny and defamation’. Ouellet, who heads the Vatican's powerful Congregation for Bishops, issued the letter in response to the bombshell statement on August 26 by Vigano. - Reuters

Neanderthal fluke saved us from flu carnage

Modern humans may have been wiped out by flu if they had not mated with Neanderthals, a new study suggests. Scientists have discovered that ancient trysts led to the swapping of important DNA which protected humans from diseases after they left Africa. Neanderthals became extinct around 40,000 years ago, but most modern Europeans still carry about two percent of their DNA in their genomes. The researchers found that the 152 genes we inherited from Neanderthals interact with modern day influenza A and hepatitis C, and helped our ancestors fend off the diseases when they encountered them. – The Daily Telegraph
An activist dressed as Brett Kavanaugh holds 'beer cans' outside US District Court in Washington.
CANS UP, PANTS DOWN An activist dressed as Brett Kavanaugh holds 'beer cans' outside US District Court in Washington.
Image: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque



JSE pounded as world sees SA as risky business

Weaker performance is linked to risk-off sentiment out of the US and trade tension between America and China

By Maarten Mittner
3 min read

Eskom black-ownership target 'not official policy'

New board found no evidence of a requirement that coal suppliers must be 50%-plus black-owned

By Lisa Steyn
3 min read



Hear here: That tingle you feel in the nethers is your ASMR

It's the sensation you get from listening to certain sounds. Who knew? Go check it out on YouTube ...

By Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi
4 min read

The robots are coming to take your job! No they aren’t!

Sure, millions of workers will be replaced by machines, but WEF reckons millions more jobs will be created 

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

Success turned her psychotic: Katie Melua’s sobering story

The singer-songwriter battled to bring herself back from the brink, getting totally creeped out along the way

By Craig McLean
6 min read



SPORTS DAY: Boks make All Blacks think big in Japan

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

All Blacks teach Boks it's not over until the whistle blows

Rassie's men had the better of them, but the All Blacks proved the importance of playing the full 80 minutes

3 min read

Blasts from the past: Classy Kitch tastes first Bok success

Today in SA sports history: October 8

David Isaacson
1 min read