Thursday, October 11 2018



Teacher fired for sex abuse ... but turns out it was a vendetta

Man falsely accused by three pupils has to be reinstated and compensated for loss of income

Prega Govender
3 min read

Too bad for SA's breast cancer patients

Drug only costs R1 a day, but it's been out of stock for two weeks at Baragwanath. This in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

4 min read

Disabled kid bashed at crèche ‘doesn’t want to be alone’

Mum describes child's trauma as rights commission grills staff at Joburg childcare centre

4 min read



Tears as Hannah’s friend faces her 'killers'

Cheslin Marsh breaks down as he relives the hellish night Hannah Cornelius was raped and bludgeoned to death

Aron Hyman
6 min read

Guess what SA's biggest prejudice is (Hint: it's not race or gender)

And fattism is the worst form of discrimination, experts say

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Church waited 17 years to act on priest who ‘raped’ SA child

That kind of allegation wasn't reported back then 'as a matter of course', say Jesuits of Britain

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Cele cops an ultimatum from Zille: fix Cape policing or else

Premier sends list of demands to address the 'crisis of police under-resourcing' in the province

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
4 min read

Township gets a big byte out of cookbook proceeds

The sponsored book means free wifi for the residents - and it's revolutionised their lives

Nivashni Nair
2 min read



Right, wrong, you, Nene ... what’s the difference?

We the ordinary citizens assume we are better than our public ‘servants', but I’m not so sure

4 min read

Global middle class is fine, but in the West it faces extinction

Capitalism has succeeded in homogenising prosperity, but it is alienating its Western, lower middle-class support base

By Jeremy Warner
2 min read

Not a shred of doubt: Banksy destroyed the art game

He shook the art world from the outside with this stunt, and the irony is that it's made his work even more valuable

By Colin Gleadell
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

EFF’s Floyd Shivambu’s brother in the pound seats

Former president Jacob Zuma‚ the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and Floyd Shivambu’s brother have been implicated in a forensic report on the failure of VBS Mutual Bank‚ which was released on Wednesday. It says Brian Shivambu received R16.1m from “gratuitous payments” flowing from VBS Mutual Bank. The forensic report goes into detail about how the bank heist occurred and lists a number of former executives of VBS and its largest shareholder‚ Vele Investments‚ that were the perpetrators and beneficiaries of the crime.

Gift of the Givers staying put in Indonesia

The South African Gift of the Givers team which headed to Indonesia in a bid to assist the earthquake-torn nation is still in the country‚ despite being halted from conducting search and rescue efforts. Founder Imtiaz Sooliman said after being barred from doing search and rescue efforts, they “started doing other things”. “We are putting up tents for clinics and helping wherever we can‚” he said.

Duarte ready to testify at state capture inquiry

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte says she is keen to appear before the ongoing Zondo commission of inquiry to talk about the party’s role in the establishment of the Gupta-owned media houses‚ ANN7 and The New Age newspaper. “By the time I got into the picture‚ that was a well-established fact. I’m very willing to go and talk about meetings I held with Moegsien Williams‚ I have no problem with that‚ I have nothing to hide‚ not afraid that we did discuss a media that would give the ANC unmitigated space to put its policies forward. I would do that with pleasure‚” she said.

Dros crowd-funding campaign gains momentum

A total of R46‚879 has been donated by Wednesday afternoon in a crowdfunding initiative to help pay for therapy for the seven-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at a Dros restaurant in Silverglen‚ Pretoria. One donor pledged US$2‚122.47 (R31‚018.97)‚ BackaBuddy spokesperson Zane Groenewald said on Wednesday. The campaign was launched on October 3.

Durban ‘bombers’ also held man in dungeon

A Tanzanian man‚ shackled and alone in a dark underground pit‚ was saved by chance when a team of Hawks detectives on the trail of those behind a spate of Durban “bombings” pulled him from the hole. He survived on little more than a banana a day in a dramatic hostage drama which spanned three weeks after he was kidnappeed for ransom money.

Hogan’s testimony before Zondo postponed

Former public enterprise minister Barbara Hogan’s testimony before the Zondo commission on inquiry has been postponed until November. This is because her affidavits were not submitted in time to allow implicated persons to exercise their rights provided in the commission rules.


President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday that Nhlanhla Nene had tendered his resignation as minister of finance. This comes after some political parties rejected his apology for his previously undisclosed meetings with the Gupta family when he served as deputy minister and minister of finance, respectively.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Don't snicker at Russia's spy goons. They may have the last laugh

Despite strong words, Western governments have been weak fighting Russian spying and money laundering

By Con Coughlin
4 min read

The great ‘gay cake’ war is over, and the Christians won

After four years of litigation, UK's highest court rules bakery can refuse to decorate a cake with a pro-gay message

By Gareth Davies
7 min read

Did the Bard have syphilis? 'King Lear' strongly hints he did

The vile lines spat out by Lear in the play point to Shakespeare having got up to no good in the East End of London

By Anita Singh
1 min read

Meet the fashion royalty who'll strut the aisle on Eugenie's big day

The princess has quite the stylish little black book, so Friday's royal wedding will be a treat for fashionistas

By Charlie Gowans-Eglinton
4 min read



Tip: next time don’t spend R307m at Harrods

The wife of a jailed Azeri banker, who spent more than £16m (R307m) at luxury London department store Harrods, was identified on Wednesday as the first target of new British powers to combat corruption after London’s High Court lifted an anonymity order. Last week, Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of the former chairman of Azerbaijan’s largest bank, lost an appeal at the High Court against an attempt by the British authorities to seize two properties worth about £22m using a new Unexplained Wealth Order. Hajiyeva’s husband Jahangir Hajiyev, who was chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan, the country’s only state-owned bank, from 2001 to 2015, was convicted of fraud and embezzlement in October 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in jail. — Reuters

Wondered why you’re getting so much spam?

The Russian hackers that targeted Ticketmaster and British Airways have attacked a customer review company linked to thousands of sites including Google, Bing, Facebook and Twitter. Magecart, an anonymous group of cyber criminals, hacked into Shopper Approved to gain access to more than 7,000 sites at once, cyber security company RiskIQ has claimed. Shopper Approved collects reviews from shoppers about their e-commerce experience, surveying their results to send to online sellers, search engines and social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The hackers planted malicious code into the company’s system in an attempt to access the sites that partner with it. — © The Daily Telegraph

Hooks make fish suckers for punishment

Fishing may be cruel even if the fish are thrown back in the water, because they subsequently struggle to feed, according to a new study. ‘Catch-and-release’ policies have become the norm in recent years, considered a more human method and vital for conserving stocks. But scientists now believe that hooking fish injures their mouths so that they become less able to suck in prey. Researchers monitored 20 shiner perch caught from the wild in Canada. Half had been hooked and half caught in a net. When they were observed using high-speed cameras in a controlled environment, those that had been hooked fed significantly less well. The scientists at University of California Riverside believe this is because the hole caused by the hook disrupts the suction system, which works similar to how humans suck fluids through as straw. — © The Daily Telegraph

This place sure isn’t Witbank or Boksburg

The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes for Bhutan’s record as the world’s only carbon negative country. The mountainous Himalayan kingdom absorbs three times more CO2 than it emits, thanks mainly to the lush forests covering 72% of its land. Famed as the ‘last Shangri-La’ for using happiness as a measure of success, Switzerland-sized Bhutan has been careful to keep its environment pristine, often by sacrificing profits. The nation of 800,000 has restricted tourist numbers with a daily fee of $250 per visitor in high season, helping keep at bay the kind of boom that has ravaged other scenic hot spots. The constitution stipulates that at least 60% of Bhutan must be covered in forest, putting a brake on farming and a potentially lucrative timber industry. — AFP

Five men and the sea: huge marlin sinks boat

It reads like a modern day take on ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ — five Filipino fishermen cast adrift for days on a makeshift raft after a huge marlin sinks their boat. The men were fishing in the South China Sea when a 1.8m marlin punctured their boat’s wooden hull twice with its giant bill. Their 12m boat quickly dipped beneath the waves in the early evening of October 3, leaving the crew with little drinking water or food until their eventual rescue by the US Navy on Monday. The fishermen salvaged what they could, removing the outriggers, planks and barrels to create a makeshift raft. — AFP

Like driving a sewing machine for old toppies

When Honda launched the latest version of its N-Box a year ago, it promoted features on the pint-sized minicar such as error-detecting pedals and automatic emergency braking, part of a push to market the vehicle to young families. But a drastically different demographic has made the N-Box Japan’s best-selling passenger vehicle: roughly half the owners of the most recent model are 50 or older. Tiny cars represent nearly a third of all Japanese passenger car sales, and about one of every 20 cars sold this year has been an N-Box. They have 660cc engines — a size more common in motorcycles than cars. Sensors that track the surroundings and assess whether drivers have depressed the wrong pedal is among the features that can offset common challenges for older drivers. — Reuters
Members of the honour guard stand before Angela Merkel’s meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Berlin.
FEET IN CLAY Members of the honour guard stand before Angela Merkel’s meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Berlin.
Image: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch



The problem with AB InBev and beer is, well, Americans

It may be the no 1 brewer in the world, but that doesn't help when tastes in its biggest market are changing

By Tim Cohen
4 min read

Come on miners, tell all about Zwane, Eskom and the Guptas

There has hardly been a stampede of mining company CEOs wanting to talk to the state capture inquiry

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

It ditched the Steinhoff name, but Pepkor’s still in the dwang

The former Steinhoff Africa Retail is battling to regain the trust of investors who've punished the share price

By Warren Thompson
1 min read



Your A-Z guide to the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

Everything you need to see and do this weekend

By Andrea Nagel
7 min read

Fear and clothing: For fake’s sake, fake it till you make it

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion

2 min read

Meet the curator: How to get from Vryheid to freedom

Storm Janse van Rensburg tells how he become curator at one of North America’s top art museums

By Petra Mason
4 min read

Kimono my house: Fashion finally gets comfy with comfy

Forget all the trends of Fashion Week, the defining definition of today's style is comfort

By Victoria Moss
5 min read



SPORTS DAY: More pain as Bafana’s Achilles heel exposed

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Getting to the bottom of CR7: Good luck with that, suckers

Ronaldo's backers and supporters know he is useful to their cause. Until that changes, he ain’t going anywhere, folks

Telford Vice
7 min read