Tuesday, October 23 2018



Former SARS exec in bid to shake ‘rogue’ charges

Johann van Loggerenberg makes bid for urgent probe into the prosecutors behind the 'rogue unit' charges

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Acres of doubt: ANC split over land expropriation

Survey finds 30% of party faithful don't agree with the proposed policy

4 min read

Pray on the meek: Omotoso church ‘is like a cult’

Wielding the promise of salvation, religious leaders seek out the vulnerable, says an expert

Jo-Ann Floris
5 min read



Paul Allen’s multimillion-dollar toy - what now?

The late Microsoft co-founder’s megayacht bobs in limbo in the Port of Cape Town

Bobby Jordan
1 min read

Engineering boffins hit bullseye for para-archery

KZN students' invention honours quadriplegic archer who died before he had a chance to use it

3 min read

Nothing to sneeze at: TB crisis much worse than we think

People are getting the wrong meds for the drug-resistant strain, a researcher warns

3 min read

SA rhino deaths a blow to translocation plan

But experts say there's no evidence the pair sent to a national park in Chad were poached

Tony Carnie
4 min read

Cheetah sheet: how they can spot known human voices

The cats have shown a higher visual attention to human voices that sound familiar

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read



Politically and privately, dolts must be ditched

For every train-wreck of a politician in SA there are 100 appalling bosses

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Bin Laden to Bin Salman: in the orbit of Khashoggi

An editor and author, he was a leading commentator on Saudi affairs

By © The Daily Telegraph
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


Honduran children, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants en route to the US, play with water fountains in Tapachula, Mexico.
TEMPORARY RELIEF FROM ANTI-IMMIGRANT HEAT Honduran children, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants en route to the US, play with water fountains in Tapachula, Mexico.
Image: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Six things about SA you need to know

Two shot in M1 highway attack

Police are searching for five suspects who shot at a car travelling on the M1 North highway in Johannesburg at about 12.50pm on Monday. Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said the suspects started shooting at a BMW X1 travelling alongside them with rifles and pistols‚ before the BMW stopped. The male driver was shot in the upper body and the female passenger was hit in the lower body. Both were taken to hospital. The incident occurred at about 12.50pm. The attackers were in a grey BMW. The motive of the shooting is unknown‚ but a bag was stolen from the car. "It was like a scene from a movie‚ everything happened in less than five minutes‚" said Zane Huma, a homeless man who witnessed the shooting. Huma said he rushed to the car to see how he could help the people who had been shot.

Soweto residents picket ANC to demand plots

About 20 people, most of them elderly, took to the ANC’s headquarters on Monday to express their grievances over land. One of them, Elizabeth Ngwenya‚ 60‚ a resident of Freedom Park in Soweto‚ said: “All I want is a piece of land or a house. If I can get a house or even if it’s land of my own‚ which I will leave for grandchildren‚ and then I would die happy.” The protesters, identifying themselves as the Gauteng Civics Organisation, said they had tried on various occasions to engage Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba‚ with no success. The group threatened to sleep outside Luthuli House on Sunday‚ which will be the eve of an ANC national executive committee meeting‚ if their demands were not attended to by the end of the week.

Date set for Ahmed Timol trial

A trial date for Ahmed Timol murder accused João “Jan” Rodrigues has been set for January 28 2019. Johannesburg High Court Judge Ramarumo Monama said on Monday there was an indication that Rodrigues‚ 79‚ a former member of the security police‚ intended to bring an application for a permanent stay of prosecution. Monama said the application would be heard before the trial date. The judge invited interested parties who wanted to be heard to notify the prosecution on or before November 5. “The court will‚ if necessary‚ sit even during the recess. The idea is that, come January 28 2019‚ the application must have received the attention of the court‚” Monama said. Timol‚ an anti-apartheid activist‚ fell from the 10th floor of the then John Vorster Square police station in Johannesburg in 1971, where he had been detained. It was found earlier this year that he was pushed.

Cops arrested for TUT student’s murder

Two police officers have been arrested for the murder of a Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) arrested a constable and a captain on Monday for the murder of Andries Katlego Monareng‚ 26‚ in August. “The arrest follows a shooting incident which occurred in August at TUT in which Monareng was shot during a protest over SRC elections. At the time the police [stated] that they fired warning shots at the ground with R5 rifles‚” IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said. “The IPID has concluded its investigation‚ only two technical reports are outstanding.” The suspects will appear in the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Monareng was a third-year LLB student from Limpopo and a member of PAC student organisation Pasma.

Kruger gets new anti-poaching plane

The Kruger National Park received a new Foxbat A22LS aircraft last week to help fight poaching. The aircraft‚ a donation from the MyPlanet Rhino Fund‚ will play an essential role in monitoring rhinos‚ identifying and responding to threats‚ and ensuring the park’s anti-poaching unit is better equipped when it comes to combating increasingly sophisticated gangs of poachers. “Over the last few years we have had great success due to our deployment of aircraft piloted by rangers over the vastness of Kruger‚” said Marula North regional ranger Steven Whitfield‚ who will pilot the plane. “Aircraft have become irreplaceable assets‚ enabling quick response and support to poaching incidents. They are vital for combating poaching on many levels: improving monitoring‚ identifying high-risk areas‚ patrolling remote areas inaccessible by vehicle and foot‚ and enhancing our rapid detection and response capabilities as poaching trends shift.” The aircraft will be based at Satara‚ in a new hangar funded by MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and StopRhinoPoaching.com.

Cape Town ward councillor shot dead

An ANC ward councillor has been shot dead in Cape Town. It was reported on Monday that Luyanda Mbele‚ the ward councillor for Bloekombos‚ and his cousin, Mzwandile Mathenjwa, were killed on Sunday night. “The ANC is deeply shocked at murder of councillor (Mbele) and calls on all to work with the police to bring the killers to book. We will not rest until these cowardly murderers are arrested‚ prosecuted and sent to jail‚” said ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs. Mbele is the second ANC Cape Town councillor to be shot and killed this year. In March Elese Depouche was shot dead while his wife was wounded by assailants in the driveway of their home in Crossroads.


A red sunrise in the town of Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape left residents shocked by the colours brought about by a huge dust storm on Sunday morning, October 21 2018.


The news you don't normally get to hear

Reaping the deadly fruits of the 'Iron Harvest'

Cleansing Flanders Fields is seen as a calling by those who risk their lives to ensure the safety of others

By Joe Shute
6 min read

Trump heckler set to be first Muslim woman in Congress

Rashida Tlaib is on her way up, with a wave of grassroots support behind her

By Rozina Sabur
3 min read

New moons: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space

The satellites will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter

1 min read

Prime suspect: Helen Mirren's shack falls foul of the rules

Mirren and her husband irk planning authorities in southern Italy for the second time

By Josephine McKenna
2 min read



‘Honestly, I thought he was a boar?’

The third fatal shooting of a man who was mistaken for a wild boar has provoked a political outcry from Italian animal rights groups demanding an immediate ban on hunting.Marco Tosti, 20, a hunter, was killed by a companion as they combed the mountains in search of their prey near Santa Rufina, 40km north of Rome. Tosti was reportedly shot when his 70-year-old friend heard a noise, mistook him for a boar and fired at him. It was the third hunting tragedy in Italy in the past month. A 56-year-old hunter died near Velletri, south of Rome, last week and an 18-year-old was killed in northern Italy at the end of September. - © The Daily Telegraph

Nails with a side-order of toothpicks

Ethiopian doctors extracted more than 100 iron nails and other sharp objects from the stomach of a patient in the capital Addis Ababa. Dawit Teare, a surgeon at St. Peter’s Specialised Hospital, said the 33-year-old has a mental illness and had apparently consumed the items, including 122 10cm nails, four pins, a toothpick and pieces of broken glass. “The patient has been suffering from mental illness for the last 10 years and had stopped taking his medication two years ago,” Dawit said after the two-and-a-half hour operation. “I’m guessing he consumed the objects with the help of water, however he is a lucky person that those sharp objects didn’t cut his stomach.” - AFP

Ciggie campaign is a ‘smokescreen’

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has been accused of "staggering hypocrisy" over its campaign urging smokers to quit. The firm said the campaign, called Hold My Light, is an "important next step" in the company's path to "ultimately stop selling cigarettes". But Cancer Research UK said the company is only trying to promote its smoking alternatives such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco. George Butterworth, from Cancer Research UK, said: "This is a staggering hypocrisy from a tobacco company to promote its own smoking cessation products in the UK while continuing to promote tobacco cigarettes across the world. "The best way Philip Morris could help people to stop smoking is to stop making cigarettes. – © The Daily Telegraph

This is the loopy Musk we like

Elon Musk has come a step closer to creating a "loop" transit system beneath Los Angeles to bring an end to "soul-destroying traffic" in the city. The billionaire SpaceX founder said on Twitter his underground tunnel for the project will be ready on December 10. In a follow-up tweet, a fan asked whether that was "in real time or Elon time?" Musk replied: "I think real." The tunnel, built by Musk's Boring Company, will contain autonomous electric skates capable of transporting cars and people at speeds of up to 200-240km/h. "The concept is that a vehicle would be able to drive on to the skate, the engine would be turned off and the vehicle and its passenger would be transported from one end of the Test Tunnel to the other," according to a Hawthorne council document submitted by the Boring Company. – © The Daily Telegraph

Eye trouble was a boon to Da Vinci

A common eye disorder may help explain Leonardo da Vinci's talent for three-dimensional representation and the sense of perspective in his mountain landscapes, according to research published in an academic journal. The study looked at two sculptures, two oil paintings and two drawings by the Renaissance master which it said showed "a consistent exotropic strabismus angle of -10.3 degrees". Exotropic strabismus is a form of eye misalignment and is the opposite of crossed eyes, or esotropia. A misalignment of 10.3 degrees would be considered a medium level. People with strabismus often have monocular instead of binocular vision, meaning that both eyes are used separately, thereby increasing the field of view and depth perception." "The presence of exotropia, particularly if it was intermittent, may have contributed to da Vinci's exceptional ability to capture space on the flat canvas," according to the research published in the JAMA Opthalmology journal this month. – AFP

Cops arrest gay Facebooker

An Indonesian has been arrested for running a Facebook page that catered to the gay community, police said Monday, under a sweeping internet law criticised by rights groups. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested along with his boyfriend in Bandung city after an online user told police the page had pornographic content, including selling sexual services. The man was charged with violating Indonesia's electronic information law, which critics say is vague and open to misuse. He could face a maximum six years in prison and a $66,000 fine if found guilty, police said. His boyfriend was still being questioned as a witness over the Facebook page, which had been operating since 2015 and had more than 4,000 members. It mainly operated as a hangout platform for the gay community in Bandung, a city east of the capital Jakarta, but police said they also found adult content and massage services on offer. - AFP
A woman works in a plastic bottle recycling factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF PLASTIC MATTER A woman works in a plastic bottle recycling factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Image: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain



Would somebody please stick a rocket up this country

Business and political leaders and civil society must fire up the engines and outpace the past's clawing gravity

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

The suite life beckons for Sibanye after Lonmin deal

Takeover looks nearly done, leaving shareholders with a pile of cash and a nice new array of platinum mines

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read

Some shareholders are not exactly in clover over Clover

SENS statement on Friday morning suggesting it might be a takeover target took smaller investors by surprise

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



Bookmarks: Picking up Stompie’s saga all over again

A fortnightly column on books and writers

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

Shani Krebs: From heroin smuggler to jailbird to artist

In a Thai prison his ballpoint pen drawings gave him an escape from the violence, filth and appalling food

By Suthentira Govender
3 min read

A dazzling smile behind the scenes of a world unravelling

Zimbabwe-born Cape Town-based artist Richard Mudariki mixes gallows humour with stark reality

By Claire Keeton
4 min read

Bob Dylan’s drawings: Surreal life or seriously baffling?

Try as you might to decipher his art in ‘Mondo Scripto’, you’ll battle to find out what makes the enigma tick 

By Mark Hudson
5 min read



SPORTS DAY: Caster in the running for top IAAF prize

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Anybody got a red card handy? Please show it to Mr Baxter

The best man to take Bafana Bafana forward is none other than Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane

3 min read

Blast from the past: Kukame both hero and villain for SA

Today in SA sports history: October 23

David Isaacson
1 min read