Monday, October 22 2018



In the land of the free, blacks don't dare breathe

The latest case of the racial profiling of black men and women adds another shameful label to America

4 min read

Reddy or not? Oceans Umhlanga takes on water

It's envisaged as the largest mixed-use development in the country, but a row has halted the R4,3bn project

Jeff Wicks
5 min read



Dauberman: 'I treated Zondi with respect, I never badgered her'

The defence lawyer in the Omotoso trial speaks out after being derided for his cross-examination tactics

By Devon Koen
2 min read

Publicly raped all over again by the legal profession

The tactics of Pastor Omotoso's lawyer deserve condemnation, and warrant a rethink of the Criminal Procedure Act

By Omphemetse S Sibanda
7 min read

Madiba's grandchild regrets not supporting Zuma rape accuser

Feelings of shame and guilt kept Ndileka Mandela from reporting her alleged rape

3 min read

It was Zondi's 'choice' to brave media spotlight

Amid concerns about secondary victimisation, witnesses can choose not to have their evidence broadcast

Karyn Maughan
2 min read



Teacher's dismissal smacked down by labour court

Labour court orders new arbitration hearing for teacher who was fired for misconduct

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

Trees are the secret to being happily stuck in traffic

A greener commute is good for mental health - but even here the apartheid legacy makes it mark

Tanya Farber
3 min read

Down in the dumps: we're in danger of trashing our future

If we don't recycle and separate waste at source we're going to be in big trouble, experts warn

Alex Patrick
2 min read

Taking strain at work? The government has your back

The workplace may soon become a pain-free zone for employees suffering from ergonomic strain

2 min read



Plane tardy: which airline will leave you stranded

Stats reveal which airline you can truly rely on (or not)

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

EXTRACT: Pieter-Dirk Uys as a 70s ‘poepgat’

An extract from upcoming memoir Echo Noise, exploring Uys's childhood and family

7 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

Chilean tourist found in KZN morgue

The search for a missing Chilean backpacker in SA has come to a tragic end after his father discovered his body in a morgue in Ladysmith‚ KwaZulu-Natal. It appears the man died three weeks ago‚ having last been seen alive on September 24. The body. showed signs of assault, with two sharp wounds in the solar plexus, said Sergio‚ the father of Slavko Andro Yaksic Besoain. It appearend his son had been camping, and his backpack‚ cellphone and passport had been stolen. His body had been found on October 13 by a passerby. Slavko was last seen in the Dundee area on September 24. His relatives in Chile raised alarm when he missed his flight home. He arrived in SA in August for a holiday with his girlfriend. She returned on September 10‚ but he decided to stay on and continue his backpacking trip across the province.

Zondo probe subpoenas banks

Banks have been ordered to hand the Zondo commission details of transactions between the Guptas and state-owned companies. Absa, Standard Bank, First National Bank and Nedbank have been served with subpoenas as the state capture inquiry intensifies its investigation into links between the Guptas and companies such as Eskom, Transnet and Denel. Three of the four banks told the Sunday Times they would comply with the subpoenas, understood to name Gupta companies including Oakbay Resources, Tegeta Exploration & Resources and VR Laser Services, as well as associates such as Trillian Capital Partners. Bank of Baroda is also expected to be summonsed. It continued to do business with Gupta entities after the big four banks closed their accounts in 2016, saying only last year that it would stop doing so.

Minister cans Saudi visit at 11th hour

The government made a u-turn on Sunday on a planned trip to Saudi Arabia by State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba following questions by the Sunday Times on the reasons for a planned visit to the kingdom. The minister’s office said she was no longer travelling to Saudi Arabia “due to pressing issues in the country that require her urgent attention”. On Friday, however, Letsatsi-Duba’s spokesperson, Lebohang Mafokosi, confirmed that the minister would be travelling to Riyadh to meet the head of Saudi intelligence, Khalid bin Ali al Humaidan, to discuss “issues of mutual interest”. She also planned to attend a showcase investment conference that has been shunned by a host of Western leaders in the past week as outrage grew over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly by Saudi intelligence operatives.

SARS IT chief apologises for interviews

SA Revenue Service IT chief Mmamathe Makhekhe-Mokhuane has issued a public apology for her behaviour during two interviews that went viral this week. Makhekhe-Mokhuane was first interview by Sakina Kamwendo on SABC 2 “Morning Live” about IT problems at SARS but she failed to give clear answers. Instead she said “protect me from yourself” to Kamwendo when she interjected during her reply. She later appeared at the SARS inquiry where she got a public backlash for showing arrogance and failing to give clear answers. Makhekhe-Mokhuane said she took full responsibility for her behaviour and apologised. “I took time to do a deep personal reflection following my interview with ‘Morning Live’ and subsequent appearance before the Nugent Commission on Wednesday.

Armed robbers hit Joburg substation

City Power has opened a case of theft following an armed robbery at its substation in Mulbarton‚ south of Johannesburg‚ on Friday night. City Power spokesman Isaac Mangena said that from information received‚ six armed men had stormed the substation at around midnight‚ and held up the security officers on duty and a staff member‚ tying them with cable ties‚ before stealing valuable equipment from the site. Mulbarton substation is undergoing a major upgrade and is guarded by the contractor. The robbers had arrived in a truck and overpowered the two guards before breaking into the storage and loading a 500m drum of cable and five 75m copper cables. A City Power electrician had also been tied up and three City Power employees were robbed of their cellphones. The robbers also took the electrician’s toolbox‚ worth R3‚500.

Safa-SABC rights row intensifies

The battle between the SA Football Association (Safa) and the SABC over Bafana Bafana TV rights is set to escalate to vicious levels. Safa is taking the matter to parliament and will request the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to request the regulator to free Bafana and Banyana Banyana from the stipulation that binds the two national teams to be broadcast on the public broadcaster. Icasa classifies matches involving the men’s and women’s senior national soccer sides as national-interest events that must be broadcast on free-to-air TV. Relations have soured between Safa and the cash-strapped SABC over the latter’s insistence of paying R10m to renew the rights that expired back in April. Safa views the sum as a pittance considering that the SABC pays close to R235m for Confederation of African Football rights for Bafana matches played beyond the borders of the republic.
Lightning streaks over the Auberge de Castille, the office of Malta PM Joseph Muscat.
A STRIKING CONTRAST Lightning streaks over the Auberge de Castille, the office of Malta PM Joseph Muscat.
Image: Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi



The news you don't normally get to hear

House of shame: Khashoggi killing puts Saudis on the spot

The family needs to answer tough questions, such as why did 15 thugs bring a saw to the table?

By Robert Lacey
2 min read

New breast cancer treatment can offer '10 extra months of life'

Nearly a quarter of patients with triple-negative breast cancer will not survive for more than five years

By Camilla Turner
2 min read

Doing time in 'hell': Life in Sierra Leone's rundown prisons

The state of Sierra Leone's penitentiaries is a national scandal, independent voices say

4 min read

Dam shame: China project threatens rarest orangutan

The hydroelectric dam in a Sumatran rainforest is smack-bang in the ape's only known habitat

4 min read



Meghan makes a duck Down Under

Meghan, the pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, is scaling back her engagements during the royal couple's 16-day Pacific tour, Kensington Palace said on day, ahead of their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The couple have had a gruelling schedule since arriving in Australia on Monday, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo, as well as opening the Olympic-style Invictus Games for disabled and wounded soldiers. "After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess' schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour," Kensington Palace said. The duchess of Sussex did not attend a cycling medal presentation with Harry on Sunday, where the prince was asked by someone in the crowd where his wife was. "She's resting at home," the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported him as saying. "Being pregnant takes its toll." – AFP

Koreans flip the finger at facelifts

South Korea's women have begun to rebel against impossible standards of beauty in a country known as the plastic surgery capital of the world. Women who call themselves "beauty resisters", have been destroying their cosmetics, cutting their hair and denouncing the pressures imposed on them by a patriarchal society which emphasises flawless beauty as the key to career and marital success. The trend, which has spread across social media and has been dubbed the "remove corset" movement, is the latest in a series of feminist initiatives in South Korea since the MeToo campaign began. - © The Daily Telegraph

Brexit’s a strange and Nazi business

Thousands of Britons whose families fled from Nazi Germany to the UK to escape persecution are applying for German citizenship because of Brexit, it has emerged. There has been a surge of Britons invoking a German law under which the descendants of anyone who lost or gave up their citizenship to escape Nazi persecution is entitled to reclaim it. A total of 3,408 people living in the UK have applied to reclaim German citizenship under the law since the Brexit referendum. Tens of thousands of mostly Jewish refugees fled to Britain from Germany and countries controlled by the Nazis in the years leading up to World War 2. They include nearly 10,000 unaccompanied Jewish children who were evacuated in the final months before the war and given refuge in Britain in the Kindertransport rescue mission. - © The Daily Telegraph

‘Meddling’ Russian has had her chips

A Russian woman has been charged with conspiring to interfere in the forthcoming US midterm elections in a Kremlin-linked operation. It is the first criminal case brought by the US Justice Department against a foreigner trying to undermine the November vote. Elena Khusyaynova, 44, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the US. According to the allegations she was in charge of finances for "Project Lakhta", said to be the code name for an operation to "sow discord in the US political system". According to the complaint, the operation was funded by Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. He is known as "Putin's chef" because his company provides food to the Kremlin. - © The Daily Telegraph

Chick lit is a big little pain in the genre

Books should not be referred to as "chick lit" because more women than men read novels - and it should be men's fiction that is the "sub-category", the author of “Big Little Lies” has said. Liane Moriarty, who sold the rights to the book to Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for a blockbuster TV series, said women's fiction should never be treated as a sub-genre because "women read more than men". Admitting she felt a "sense of shame" when people described her novel as "a girl's book", she said: "I get frustrated by the women's fiction label. I'm not fond of the term. It doesn't make sense, because women are the biggest readers of fiction … If I'm at a party and someone asks, 'What sort of books do you write?' I have no idea what to say.” - © The Daily Telegraph

MeToo gives Snow White kiss of death

As Hollywood deals with the fallout of the MeToo movement, Snow White has become the latest target, amid claims the Disney version of the fairytale encourages men to kiss women without consent. Kristen Bell, the actress who provided the voice of Princess Anna in another Disney blockbuster, “Frozen”, said the way the prince kisses Snow White while she is asleep is "weird", and she had warned her young daughters about the male character's behaviour. Bell said she reads every night to her daughters, but had to have a serious conversation with them about Snow White. She told Parents magazine: "Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!" The actress also suggested that the Snow White storyline could encourage children to speak to strangers. - © The Daily Telegraph
A member of the US border patrol acknowledges a family after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT AMERICAN DREAM A member of the US border patrol acknowledges a family after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico.
Image: Reuters/Adrees Latif



Amazon puts faith in robots to pick a more efficient path

Many workers fear the robot revolution will put them out of work, but the online giant has other ideas

By Steven Wood
7 min read

Focus on scalability needed to reach growth goals

To accelerate the growth required to deal with unemployment, a change of mindset and economic model is needed

By Peter Montalto
4 min read

Foreigners unload Saudi stocks in wake of Khashoggi killing

Investors rattled by Jamal Khashoggi scandal take stock of deteriorating relations with foreign powers

By Reuters
1 min read



He is stardust, he is Goldblum: How Jeff broke the internet

He may be an old geezer but he’s been adopted as the hippest ‘Zaddy’ in showbiz. Here’s why we agree

By Pearl Boshomane Tsotetsi
2 min read

Portable speakers: How to make the most beautiful noise

Summer is better with sound, indoors or out

By Thembekile Vokwana and Katharynn Kesselaar
2 min read

Baby love: Midwives are the key to cutting mortality rates

A new initiative to save the lives of mothers and babies in childbirth is a cheaper option for many women

By Katharine Child
4 min read

It takes a village for a mother and her child to thrive

Soweto community-based programme is a step towards a stunting-free future for SA children

By Shanthini Naidoo
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Enough bad luck already, says Chiefs coach

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

Mzansi Super League teams all set to run out

Who has the muscle for a good innings? We look at how the teams square up

5 min read

Blast from the past: Willie throws in the Toweel in 1960

Today in SA sports history: October 22

David Isaacson
1 min read