Tuesday, December 4 2018




Domestic worker killed defending employers against robbers

Fighting like a lioness, Mitah Mathinya stood between two knifemen and her ailing employer and his autistic son

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

The Malema dilemma: Is SA really as divided as he makes us think it is?

If you only listened to Twitter, you'd believe we're as bad as Trump's America. But there are other, more sane voices

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Concert chaos: ‘Help me! Help me! He is attacking me!’

This is a first-hand account of the violent mayhem that erupted after the Global Citizen concert

Jessica Levitt
Editor: TshisaLIVE
4 min read



A wise old owl: New clues to the mystery of Homo naledi

Four bird bones that have been identified introduce tantalising new questions to the puzzle

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

'A new Esidimeni looms': Mentally ill are dying in jail despite warnings

Prisons watchdog flagged a rise in suicide among mentally ill prisoners - then two more deaths were reported

4 min read

Water-wise preteen cracks the code with winning website

Kabir Budlender coded a website to track household water consumption

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter
3 min read

Sermoning the courage: Church’s 39-day service to save refugees

Dutch churchgoers exploit an obscure law to save refugee family from deportation

By Senay Boztas
2 min read



Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

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Six things about SA you need to know

Robber shot by victim

A man was shot and killed by the motorist he tried to rob during peak-hour traffic in Pinetown, west of Durban, on Monday. Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said a motorist had been sitting in his car in Anderson Road when he was accosted by two men. “It is alleged that one [of the men] switched off the engine and the other put a knife against the neck of the driver, before demanding money and his cellphone,” he said. “The driver pulled out a firearm and fired two shots at the suspects. One died a few metres from the scene. One was also wounded, but ran away. Police are still looking for him,” said Zwane.

Cops disarmed after court shooting

Police have been disarmed as part of the increased security in the Durban Magistrate’s Court precinct. The move could be be extended to other courtrooms across the country. Deputy justice minister John Jeffrey said stricter control on firearms in court was a national challenge. Jeffrey was speaking days after KwaMashu policeman Phumlani Chiliza shot his wife Deboseng and her brother in the public gallery of a divorce court. Chiliza shot himself and died later in hospital. “We do have to tighten security at the courts. What we are now doing is looking at the finer details and what can be applied to courts in Durban and nationally,” said Jeffrey. He said no one, apart from court orderlies, would be allowed to bring a gun into the building. “Things have been tightened up … There are gun safes at the entrance but, that said, there are broader issues of security at play.”

Speedster’s load shedding excuse doesn’t fly

A 29-year-old man was arrested for driving at 173km/h on a stretch of the N3 freeway southbound between the Geldenhuys interchange, between Pretoria and Johannesburg, and the Rand Airport turnoff in Johannesburg. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago said the man was caught at 5.44am on Sunday. He was driving a maroon Mazda 3. The 31-year-old was arrested having clocked 169km/h on the same road. The man, who was travelling with a woman and three children, had said he was on his way to Durban. Two more drivers were nabbed for speeding. A 28-year-old woman was caught doing 164km/h in a Hyundai i20 and a 47-year-old man doing 162km/h in a Toyota Fortuner SUV. The man said he was an Eskom employee who dealt with load shedding issues. All four drivers were charged with reckless and negligent driving. They are expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court.

ANC to throw big Brics party

The ANC will on Tuesday host hundreds of delegates from governing parties within Brics to discuss solutions to economic and political challenges in each country. According to Lindiwe Zulu, the dialogue will bring together 200 delegates from Brics member states and other fraternal parties from the continent. It “will explore common approaches to address economic and political challenges, as well as potential threats that confront Brics member states”. The ANC saw this “as part of promoting, advancing and strengthening multilateralism ... It is envisaged that the dialogue will reach an agreement encapsulated in the Johannesburg Declaration”. Sisulu was speaking in her capacity as the party’s chairperson of the international relations subcommittee. The dialogue is to be held from December 4 to 6 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tshwane.

Joburg inner city plunged into darkness

Johannesburg’s inner city was without power on Sunday after a contractor working in Doornfontein damaged a City Power oil cable. “The damage on the cable is extensive and resulted in oil spillage. The cable takes a minimum of 48 hours to repair,” said City Power’s Isaac Mangena. City Power technicians had begun repairs on Sunday night and 32% of it had been fixed by early on Monday. “The rest of the station where the cable feeds from will remain off while repairs are continuing.” The areas affected by the outage include Doornfontein, Jeppestown, Troyville and Kazerne.

Eskom, don’t keep us in the dark: businesses

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes Eskom will provide clarity on its power-cut plans before the start of the festive season. "With the festive period just around the corner, there is a significant risk to the tourism and hospitality sectors and we hope that Eskom can resolve the issues or provide greater certainty prior to the commencement of the holidays so that businesses can plan accordingly," the chamber's president Musa Makhunga said. Makhunga was commenting on the stage two rotational power cuts that Eskom has rolled out. Eskom began stage one power cuts early on Saturday and later upgraded that to stage two because generating units had not returned to service as planned and the additional loss of a generating unit. Durban is a tourist destination and home to some of the country’s largest manufacturers.
Competitors warm up ahead of the Santa Run in London.
THE WINNER WILL BE THE SANTA OF ATTENTION Competitors warm up ahead of the Santa Run in London.
Image: Reuters/Peter Nicholls


Riot police and Yellow Vests protesters have clashed in central Paris during the third weekend of nationwide rallies sparked by rising fuel prices. Police fired teargas, stun grenades and a water cannon on the Champs Elysees, while protesters hurled projectiles at officers.


The news you don't normally get to hear

China’s building boom has led to another boom ... in dinosaurs

Rapid urbanisation unearths so many fossils that 'China's Indiana Jones' has named 70 new species

By Sophia Yan
3 min read

Bush: The last president who didn't put his ego first

He served his nation out of noblesse oblige, and humility was his core quality, writes someone who knew him

By Charles Moore
5 min read

Michelle Obama’s advice may be just what Meghan wants

If the rumours about the duchess are true, these sage words may have come just in time

By Victoria Ward
3 min read

Poor Angela Merkel - mingling puts me in a muddle, too

Some people like nothing better than to surge into a packed party of yelling guests - then there's the rest of us

By Jane Shilling
3 min read



Another reason not to keep bears as pets

A bear standing 1.3m tall and weighing about 50kg attacked and killed a Japanese man who was found inside the animal's cage, police said on Monday. Neighbours heard Soichiro Mori, 56, screaming for help at a house northeast of Tokyo on Sunday morning, according to a police spokesman. "When the neighbour went to the house, an injured person was found in the cage," the spokesman said. The 15-year-old Asian black bear was owned by a 70-year-old man who kept the animal in a cage in his house. According to public broadcaster NHK, Mori was the bear's caretaker who had been hired by its owner. Mori was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead later on Sunday, the police spokesman said. The owner, who has not been named, had an official permit to keep the bear, which is legal in Japan. – AFP

What the beep!? Another goes the way of VHS

The end of the pager era is nigh in Japan after five decades as the country's last provider announced on Monday it would be scrapping its service next year. Tokyo Telemessage, the only pager service provider left standing, said it had decided to terminate its service to Tokyo and three neighbouring regions in September 2019, describing the development as "very regrettable". "Pagers were once a huge hit … but the number of users is now down to 1,500," the company said, adding it had stopped manufacturing the hardware device 20 years ago. Pagers - known as "poke-beru" (pocket bell) in Japan - became very popular in the 1990s, especially among high school girls obsessed by their primitive text messaging functions. – AFP

Japanese use stem cells in Parkinson’s trial

Japanese researchers say they have transplanted stem cells into the brain of a patient in the first stage of an innovative trial to cure Parkinson's disease. The research team at Kyoto University injected induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells - which have the potential to develop into any cell in the body - into the brain of a male patient in his 50s, the university said. The man was stable after the operation performed last month, and he would now be monitored for two years. The researchers injected 2.4 million iPS cells into the left side of the his brain, in an operation that took about three hours. If no problems are observed in six months they will implant another 2.4 million cells into the right side. The iPS cells have been developed into the precursors of dopamine-producing brain cells, which are no longer present in people with Parkinson's disease. - AFP

Crims dealt with island style

Foreign criminals awaiting deportation from Denmark will be banished to a deserted island, the government has announced. Rejected asylum seekers who have committed crimes will be detained at a facility on Lindholm, an uninhabited, seven-hectare island in the province of Vordinborg, 2.4km from the mainland. It will also house foreigners who do not have permission to stay but cannot be deported for legal reasons, such as stateless people and those from countries that do not have a readmission agreement with Denmark. The tough regime was set up as part of an agreement between Denmark's conservative coalition government and its anti-immigration ally, the Danish People's Party. – © The Daily Telegraph

How to lure a man eater – with a man, of course

Humans are being used as bait to catch a man-eating leopard that has killed three people in a week in India's western state of Gujarat. The animal's victims included two children, and it has also injured five people in the Dahod district since mid-November. With goats failing to entice the big cat, three forest officials spent Friday night inside one of the nine cages placed around the forest in which the leopard is active. SK Shrivastava, the region's chief conservator of forests, said: "Once in a while such experimentation is needed." The eight other cages spread through the jungle contained animals. The three men were a forest guard, an official trained to shoot tranquilliser darts, and a vet. Shrivastava said the cage was securely locked and that the men were in minimal danger. – © The Daily Telegraph

No, I am not dead, and I’m still in charge

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has denied claims he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months. Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain in 2017 being treated for an undisclosed illness. One theory widely aired on social media - and by some political opponents - was that he had been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan called Jubril. No evidence has been presented, but videos making the claim have still been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook. "It's real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong," Buhari said in a town hall session in Poland, adding that those who spread the rumour were "ignorant and irreligious". The presidency circulated Buhari's comments in an e-mail entitled "It's Real Me, President Buhari Responds to Cloning Allegation". - Reuters
South Korean President Moon Jae-in receives a Maori welcome in Auckland.
FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE! ANOTHER MISSIONARY? South Korean President Moon Jae-in receives a Maori welcome in Auckland.
Image: Government House/Handout via Reuters



We’re heading for a crash – unless we thrust forward

South Africans cannot afford to hold back on the difficult stuff, so rev that throttle

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Woolies AGM suitably glum - but where were the shareholders?

Following the group’s worst year since it listed, it is remarkable that few of them bothered to turn up

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Free of Tiger, Oceana can now fish for more options

The unbundling of Oceana Group hasn't stirred market confidence, but there are more optimistic ways of looking at this

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read



One moment I was in my pyjamas. The next, there was Ed Sheeran

Dave Chappelle’s Joburg Pop Up Jam had Carfax jumping with a line-up of surprise guests

By Andrea Nagel
2 min read

Bookmarks: Some very good books and some very bad sex

A fortnightly look at books and writers

By Andrew Donaldson
14 min read

From Markus Jooste to other Beasts, we’ve got you covered

With lazing-on-beach time upon us, here's a guide to what to buy among November's bestsellers

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read

Art ‘is in the bin’, but dealers can turn trash into treasure

In the art world everything has a price. It's a pity we don't know what and why

By Hannah Betts
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: It’s a big ask but we’re up for it, says Jordaan

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

Captains can learn a lot from Ponting – luckily we have Faf

Like the straight-A Aussie skipper, Du Plessis knows a thing or two about inspiration and captaincy

Telford Vice
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Baby Jake shakes up Italian

Today in SA sports history

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read