Wednesday, November 14 2018



Back story: How Gigaba was pushed

The now former home affairs minister quit after a meeting at the Ekurhuleni mayor's house

2 min read



Hogan: Zuma shouted at me over Eskom CEO

Former minister says Gwede Mantashe told her ‘if the black guy goes, the white guy must go’

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

Beware, Zondo. State-capture gang is fighting back

With all the skulduggery being laid bare, his commission must be robustly protected against sabotage

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Life in Gauteng is on the up ... well, sort of

Life may be improving for some, but it's certainly not a bed of roses if you're black, poor and a single parent

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Municipal Scrooge to steal workers’ Christmas

Cash-strapped council says it is forced to axe almost half of its workforce by end of January

5 min read

Can it! MPs want an end to captive lion breeding

Committee tells the government to ‘put an end’ to the practice that feeds the canned hunting and bone trade

Matthew Savides
News editor
3 min read

Knysna fires: Council throws cold water on arsenic fume fears

Authorities dismiss arsenic concerns around fire-ravaged sawmill as locals report respiratory problems

Bobby Jordan
2 min read



Ideas FREE

Unless it’s a corpse, don’t put anything in the post

The Post Office assures us things will soon be back to normal - so look forward to that mid-March Christmas card

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Working Theroux death, polyamory and masculinity

'I was raised to be suspicious of masculinity,' the documentary maker admits as he mulls future projects

By Guy Kelly
7 min read
Ideas FREE

Goodbye, Boyz, and thanks for all the grated hits

Beyond the platitudes, as Boyzone bow out they reveal the bleaker reality of life in a manufactured band

By Neil McCormick
5 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

R9m ‘smuggling’ student back in court in 2019

An SA student accused of trying to smuggle about R9m worth of US dollars in her luggage will only learn her fate in 2019. Fayrooz Saleh appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where her court case was postponed to January 14. Her lawyer, Ori Moloi, had just left the country on an international trip, leaving his stand-in to request a postponement. Prosecutor Hleli Mcosini also told the court investigations in the matter were now complete but the trial could not proceed this year because witnesses were “not available in December”. Saleh was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on September 11 as she was about to depart for Hong Kong. According to court documents‚ she was stopped by SARS officials who opened her luggage in her presence and found $630‚700 in cash (about R9m). When questioned‚ Saleh said she was heading to Hong Kong to buy goods. She has been granted bail of R20‚000.

Mashaba’s citizen’s arrest a publicity stunt?

Anyone can make a citizen's arrest, but with great power comes great responsibility. This was the warning from University of Pretoria criminal law expert Llewellyn Curlewis after Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba made his first citizen's arrest in the Johannesburg CBD on Monday. "You have to ask yourself if the arrest was the only way of getting that person into a court of law. Remember, an arrest is only a means of getting someone to court. There are other methods," Curlewis said. Mashaba arrested a man who was pushing a trolley filled with severed cow heads in the city centre. "Did he have to arrest him? Did he want to make a point? Was it a political gimmick?" Curlewis asked. Joburg Metro Police chief David Tembe said the man was arrested on the corner of Harrison and Smit streets. The cow heads were a health hazard.

VBS Mutual Bank to be liquidated

VBS Mutual Bank will be liquidated after an application by the Reserve Bank’s Prudential Authority was unopposed at the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday. The bank was placed under curatorship in March after looting by executives led to a liquidity crisis. A damning Reserve Bank report by advocate Terry Motau and Werksmans Attorneys, released in October, detailed looting at VBS of nearly R2bn, and identified the role of political players from the ANC and EFF. In an affidavit to the high court in October, Prudential Authority CEO Kuben Naidoo said the bank was hopelessly insolvent. On Tuesday, a draft order was presented to the court that had been agreed to by all parties, and the ruling for the bank’s liquidation was handed down.

Pistorius released for granddad’s funeral

Convicted murderer and former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was released from prison to attend a memorial service for his grandfather in Centurion on Tuesday morning. Pistorius arrived in a correctional services Toyota Corolla, accompanied by two correctional officials. Seated in the back of the car, Pistorius covered his face with his jacket when he spotted photographers. The service was held at the Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. His 101-year-old grandfather, Hendrik Pistorius, died in October. Hendrik is survived by seven children‚ 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. His wife‚ Gerti‚ died two years ago at 92.

Blood service uses celebs as carrot

Would you be willing to give your blood to watch Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Usher, Oprah and other celebrities who are headed to SA for the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 concert? The SA National Blood Service hopes so. To increase donations it has partnered with Global Citizen to allow young people who donate until November 22 to stand a chance of winning tickets to the December 2 concert. Donors stand to win two tickets each, flights to Johannesburg, accommodation, dinner and breakfast the following morning, and transfers to and from the concert. Blood service spokesperson Silungile Mlambo said there was an overall decline of 4% in donors under the age of 26 in 2018, but a 21% rise among people aged 31 to 40 and 25 to 30. While there was an overall 7% increase, reserves were still low with the high-demand festive season fast approaching.

Post Office still can’t clear backlog

The SA Post Office has again missed its self-imposed deadline to sort through its backlog from the two-week strike in July and still has about 7.8 million items to dispatch to catch up. CEO Mark Barnes has previously said the Post Office would get back to normal at the end of September and then again at the end of October. Barnes now says the end of November is the new deadline. During the strike and one-week go-slow before that, the Post Office accumulated a backlog of 38 million parcels and letters. About 1 million new items come in for processing every day. Barnes said it had taken longer than expected to clear the backlog because of the increased volumes towards the end of the year due to the festive season, and increased volumes owing to increased internet postage. Unpaid bills had also led to problems with availability of equipment, such as letter-sorting machines and vehicles.
Taiwanese ‘Pokemon grandpa’ poses with his bicycle as he plays Pokemon Go in New Taipei City.
GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL Taiwanese ‘Pokemon grandpa’ poses with his bicycle as he plays Pokemon Go in New Taipei City.
Image: Reuters/Tyrone Siu


Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and many other Marvel Comics superheroes, died at the age of 95 on November 12. Fans took to social media to share beautiful Marvel-inspired memes in his honour.


The news you don't normally get to hear

No hugs for the king of drugs: US gets severe with El Chapo

The trial of the notorious Mexican druglord gets off to a dramatic start

By Brendan Pierson
3 min read

How Michelle Obama’s royal faux pas turned her and the queen into gal pals

The former first lady and the queen bonded over shared sore feet

By Anita Singh and Ben Riley-Smith
3 min read

Gender trouble: Men really are more logical, study claims

New research backs the claim that there are fundamental differences between the minds of men and women

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Band uses fake fanbase to land big tour attended by ... no one

Metal outfit, which actually comprises one man, staged a huge social media con to secure UK headline tour

By Victoria Ward
2 min read



Baby delivered after mom dies in crossbow attack

A baby is critically ill after being delivered by an emergency c-section after his pregnant mother was killed in a crossbow attack in her east London home. Sana Muhammad, 35, was eight months pregnant at the time of the attack. The crossbow bolt reportedly missed the baby by centimetres, and he was safely delivered by paramedics. A man, 50, has been charged with murder. – The Daily Telegraph

Top boxers huff and puff about Delhi smog

Finnish boxer Mira Potkonen said she would train indoors to avoid Delhi's smog as other athletes in the city for the world championships fret about their health. Potkonen said competitors would ‘just need to adjust’ to life in the world’s most polluted major city, adding Finland had ‘the cleanest air in the world’. Air pollution in the city soars during winter. Others have criticised the decision to hold the women’s championships in Delhi during winter. – AFP

‘Ross from Friends’ arrested after viral clip

British police arrested a thief whose case went viral because of his uncanny resemblance to ‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer. Police last month asked the public to identify a man who stole beer from a shop. They quickly found their Facebook feed inundated with replies to the image of the man, who resembled the star. Police reassured the public that Schwimmer had a solid alibi. But Schwimmer decided he would provide some hard evidence, posting a video showing him in a store ... carrying off a crate of beers. ‘Officers, I swear it wasn't me,’ he quipped. – AFP

Gabon gets feverish over president’s health

A Gabonese opposition party has accused the government of lying about the health of President Ali Bongo after he was hospitalised in Saudi Arabia nearly three weeks ago for ‘severe fatigue’. Bongo’s condition has now ‘greatly improved’, and he is ‘recovering most of his functions’, said his spokesperson. Opposition party National Union said the government statements were completely contradictory, and called on the prime minister to fly to Saudi to meet Bongo. A source said Bongo had a stroke. – AFP

A real-life migrant Ocean’s 12 hits the Channel

Twelve migrants of unconfirmed nationality reached the English coast after crossing the Channel in a stolen French fishing boat. French agents monitoring the coastline alerted their British counterparts after seeing a boat taking a ‘bizarre’ route between 9.30pm and midnight. Officials identified the boat and contacted its owner, who said the vessel had been. Agents intercepted the migrants on land. – AFP

Do you not see I’m not a Nazi?

A German man, 94, accused of assisting in the murder of hundreds at a Nazi concentration camp told a court he had never been a Nazi and he was not indifferent to the suffering of inmates. The accused was a guard in the SS and faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Prosecutors argue he facilitated killings between 1942 and 1944, when he served in a camp near Gdansk. About 65,000 people, including many Jews, were murdered or died there. – Reuters
The Israeli city of Ashkelon as an Iron Dome anti-missile fires near the Israel-Gaza border.
PISSING ON THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION? The Israeli city of Ashkelon as an Iron Dome anti-missile fires near the Israel-Gaza border.
Image: Reuters/ Amir Cohen



HomeChoice: Are we talking Maltese cross-purposes?

Curious case of a highly successful retailer with a most peculiar corporate structure. Buy it if you dare

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Richemont: Why does this man not report to his boss?

Chief financial officer bypasses CEO and answers directly to the board. This is odd, but there are reasons

By Larry Claasen
1 min read

Talk in fashionable circles is that Brait needs a New Look

Entire R14.2bn stake in UK retailer was written off, but New Look still offers Brait investors hope of recovery  

By Warren Thompson
1 min read



Love is zol you need: Pip-pip and all that to hemp seeds

Having a high old time with the latest health food fad

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

There are cool offshore winds a-blowin’ in Parktown North

‘I opened the wine bar I always wanted, like the wine bars I drink in overseas,’ says owner James Diack

By Sylvia McKeown
1 min read

Blissful nights in the sleepless cities of your imagination

Travel through the eyes of an insomniac: the 10 best cities to stay awake all night for

By Naomi Alderman
9 min read



SPORTS DAY: No Faf, no fuss for Springboks ... hopefully

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read
Sport FREE

Grog, glitz, glam, superstars ... er, scotch that last one

It’s always a hoot for spectators, but the Nedbank Golf Challenge needs to get out of the austerity trap

Liam Del Carme
1 min read

Blasts from the past: 1st home Test wicket for SA in 22 years

Today in SA sports history: November 14

David Isaacson
1 min read