Friday, December 14 2018



It's not only Zuma. Now no corrupt official will be able to suck SA dry

High court's ruling on state funding means all officials on trial for corruption will have to fund their own defences

Karyn Maughan
4 min read

Hlaudi for president? I wouldn’t put it past him. In SA anything goes

Don't laugh: If you’re ambitious, possess the hypnotic charisma of Nosferatu, and have no shame, SA is for you

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Ag, please, can’t we just ignore Hlaudi?

In SA, jokers like Hlaudi Motsoeneng take themselves seriously and the media gives them endless publicity

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read



How Pearl Jam legend is secret Santa to SA school

Eddie Vedder keeps things low-key as he jets in to visit school that has a special place in his heart

By Tremaine van Aardt
4 min read

Why ‘uncle’ Amon now hopes to graduate from ‘doctor’ to ‘dad’

Ugandan spent three years away from his family to do his PhD in SA. Fear of failure before his children kept him going

2 min read

Rich town, poor town ... and why the poor ones can’t catch up

Poor towns are caught in a 'catch 22'-like poverty trap, from which it will be very difficult to escape, says an expert

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
3 min read

Tired of walking on clouds, woman can now feel the ground beneath her

The 28-year-old is the first South African to have her false legs attached directly to her skeleton

Alex Patrick
4 min read

Blind man’s washing machine gripe doesn’t hold water - ruling

Joburg man has lost a long battle with his body corporate, but he's not about to give up

4 min read



Isle keep your secret

The island’s fishermen don’t take nets on a fishing trip – no, they take shovels 

7 min read

Wax angry: The huge enigma of Degas’ Little Dancer

The wax figure of a ballerina incensed critics, although they couldn’t agree on the sculpture’s cardinal sin

By Cal Revely-Calder
6 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

Durban beefs up beachfront security

Close to 800 extra guards and police will be sent to Durban's beaches as the city beefs up security ahead of an influx of holidaymakers and other revellers. The eThekwini municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal department of economic development and environmental affairs, and the private sector, have come up with a range of interventions to ensure all Durban beaches are safe and clean during the festive period. The security measures include the recruitment of 341 security guards, who will also act as "beach ambassadors", 430 metro police trainees and additional cleaners. Economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala, who did a walkabout with Durban mayor Zandile Gumede and other officials on Thursday morning, said the security measures could not have come at a better time. Gumede said the city had a zero-tolerance stance on criminal activities and litter on the beaches.

Mngxitama set for the dock at Equality Court

The South African Human Rights Commission has resolved to institute litigation against Andile Mngxitama at the Equality Court. This follows numerous complaints being lodged with the commission over comments made by the Black First Land First leader at a rally on Saturday December 8 in Potchefstroom, North West. On Thursday, the commission said it “is deeply concerned by the ongoing public statements by political leaders and members of the public which have the potential of causing harm to the right to security of persons”. While the commission promoted and defended the right of freedom of expression, it said this right did not ext end to rhetoric which was hurtful and divisive. "The commission is of the view that the utterances by Mr Mngxitama go beyond the legally permissible limits of free speech, hence the decision to institute action in the Equality Court against him."

Ex-Bok Drotské suffered ‘massive bleeding’

Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotské suffered from "massive bleeding" that left him in a critical but stable condition in hospital. Barbara Steenkamp, spokesperson for Mediclinic Bloemfontein, said Drotské was admitted late on Tuesday after his condition took a turn for the worse. He was admitted to intensive care in a critical condition. "He presented with massive internal bleeding which led to hemorrhagic shock that required a blood transfusion," she said. "Mr Drotské also suffers from adult respiratory distress syndrome with a lung infection and multi-organ dysfunction." Steenkamp said Drotskè was expected to be placed on ventilation and remain sedated for a few days. The internal bleeding had stopped.

UniZulu prof’s ‘murder plotters’ denied bail

Two men accused of plotting the murder of University of Zululand professor Gregory Kamwendo in May will remain behind bars after they were denied bail in the Empangeni Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Kamwendo’s former colleague, Selby Zweli Nkuna, and Dundee security guard Oscar Mthiyane were arrested in a police swoop. Nkuna is alleged to have put a R25,000 price on Kamwendo’s head with Mthiyani facilitating the hit. The Sowetan reported that Kamwendo’s slaying had come after the professor had uncovered a fraudulent PhD syndicate at the institution. The paper said Kamwendo had opposed the alleged syndicate, which ultimately resulted in his death. The 53-year was gunned down while sitting in his car outside his home in Empangeni. The pair will appear in court again on February 5.

ANC undecided on new Emfuleni mayor

The African National Congress in Gauteng says it has not yet decided who will replace Jacob Khawe as mayor of the Emfuleni municipality ahead of a vote on Friday. Khawe, the ANC provincial secretary, announced his resignation on Thursday. This comes after Khawe clashed with the now defunct ANC Sedibeng leadership over his refusal to step down. ANC Gauteng chairperson and premier David Makhura said the party decided to nullify the conference that elected those regional leaders. He said they are yet to decide who will replace Khawe. The municipality's council is expected to hold a sitting on Friday afternoon to appoint a new mayor.

Crooked cops ‘helped criminals get seized cars’

Two Hawks officers and an alleged drug dealer were arrested by the Hawks’ serious organised crime unit in Gauteng on Thursday. "It is alleged that a drug dealer conspired with the two senior officers based in Gauteng to bribe an investigating officer assigned to a separate criminal matter where vehicles and drugs were seized," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. "Further investigations revealed that on numerous occasions the two officers allegedly met the said investigating officer and handed various sums of money to him to secure the release of the said vehicles." The three, aged 41-48, are expected to appear before the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.
A memorial ceremony to mark the 81st anniversary of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China.
THE CRUMBS OF MEMORY A memorial ceremony to mark the 81st anniversary of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China.
Image: Du Yang/CNS via Reuters

Participate in our poll above. Click on the icon if the poll does not load automatically.



The news you don't normally get to hear

Meghan knows how to bump up her ratings in the fashion world

Ever since Diana was branded a fashaholic, royalty has been cautious, but the Duchess of Sussex is changing that

By Lisa Armstrong
5 min read

Stranded in the Arctic without God, I renewed my faith in dog

When it comes to scary travel moments, losing your huskies in the Arctic takes some beating

By Benedict Allen
4 min read

Om nom nom: Meditating Buddhist monk killed by leopard

He ignored warnings not to go into a forest haven for the big cats where there'd recently been four other fatal attacks

1 min read

Stonehenge in a moo light: Was it built by cow power?

Neolithic farmers had mastered animal traction well before the wheel came along, study suggests

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read



‘Racist’ Gandhi booted off his pedestal

A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans. India's former president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statue to the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra two years ago as a symbol of ties between the two nations. But lecturers soon began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Gandhi claiming that Indians were "infinitely superior" to black Africans. The online protest was one of a number on university campuses in Africa and beyond about the enduring symbols of the continent's colonial past. The Gandhi statue on the university's Legon campus in Accra appeared to have been removed overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, students and lecturers said. - AFP

Don’t know where you’re going? Facebook does

Facebook is set to know where you go before you get there and send you targeted adverts for your destination, it has emerged. According to a new technology patent filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the tech giant will use its users' previously logged location data from their phones as well as similar data on other people to forecast where and when people are likely to go next. The technology will blend behavioural patterns with those of friends and others to help it build up a picture of a person's habits to guess their future movements. The social media giant sought to play down the significance of the patent application. It said yesterday: "We often seek patents for technology we never implement, and patent applications - such as this one - should not be taken as an indication of future plans. "But experts say the technology is aimed at providing advertisers with valuable new information. – © The Daily Telegraph

Mum slams twit ads after stillbirth

Facebook and Twitter have apologised to a mother who suffered a stillbirth after she was bombarded with adverts for baby products and adoption services. Gillian Brockell, a journalist with The Washington Post, hit back at targeted advertising of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after she returned home from the hospital and kept getting baby-related sales pitches. She said that if those social media giants were clever enough to know she was pregnant they should also have known she'd lost the baby. "I know you knew I was pregnant," Brockell wrote to the companies in a letter posted on The Washington Post and Twitter."It's my fault, I just couldn't resist those Instagram hashtags - #30weekspregnant, #babybump. And, silly me! I even clicked once or twice on the maternity wear ads Facebook served up." "But didn't you also see me googling 'braxton hicks vs. pre-term labor' and 'baby not moving'?", Brockell added. – © The Daily Telegraph

Roads to nowhere between North and South

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking later this month for a project to reconnect railways and roads across the divided peninsula, despite concerns of possible sanctions violations. But the event on December 26 will not herald the start of actual work on the plans, which even if they go ahead will not see the border opened to unrestricted travel. The South's President Moon Jae-in has been pushing engagement with the nuclear-armed North to try to persuade it to give up its weapons, but talks between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled with the US demanding it make further moves before any sanctions relief is offered. Connecting up the rail systems on either side of the Demilitarised Zone and refurbishing the North's dilapidated tracks - a marked contrast to the South's KTX high-speed lines - was one of the steps agreed by Moon and the North's leader Kim Jong-un earlier year. – AFP

Stevie Nicks another spot in rock shrine

Pop icon Janet Jackson, angst rockers Radiohead and post-punk innovators The Cure on Thursday earned spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organisers announced. Also joining the Hall in the Class of 2019 is American folk rock legend Stevie Nicks, already an inductee with her band Fleetwood Mac, but now also honoured as a solo artist. British heavy metal group Def Leppard, pop experimentalists Roxy Music and English psychedelic rock harmonists The Zombies round out the list of artists entering the shrine to rock culture. The Cleveland-based Hall of Fame - which surveyed more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members to choose the winners - will honour the seven acts at a gala concert on March 29 in New York. – AFP

At least we know this Nazi guard has a heart

A German judge suspended the trial on Thursday of a former Nazi concentration camp guard after the 95-year-old defendant was admitted to hospital for serious heart and kidney problems. Johann Rehbogen is accused of complicity in mass murder at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland. His trial opened on November 6, but after several hearings was adjourned because Rehbogen's health deteriorated. Fourteen hearing days had been set for the trial but on Thursday a medical expert found it unlikely the defendant would recover from his current health problems, a court spokesman said. - AFP
A man delivers flowers for Theresa May in Downing Street.
A BOUQUET FOR MAY A man delivers flowers for Theresa May in Downing Street.
Image: Reuters/Hannah McKay



Ramatrends: 2018, a year of receding high hopes

Ramaphoria has been somewhat muted as the year now draws to an end

By Tim Cohen
5 min read

Huawei ‘pledges $2bn security fix’ after Brit meeting walkout

But tensions between UK and the Chinese tech giant remain high as it fights US-led allegations of state spying

By Jack Stubbs
2 min read

Apple to beef up its empire with $1bn Texas campus

The site will be the largest outside its California headquarters

2 min read



Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
3 min read

No cookie cutter empress: 6 things you didn’t know about Taraji P Henson

There's more than meets the eye to the 'Empire' star, who is back in town

By Aneesa Adams
2 min read

The wildest, wittiest web-slinging Spidey movie yet

In a spiffing fusion of Marvel’s aesthetic the makers have laboured to replicate the look and feel of Stan Lee’s comics

By Tim Robey
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Chad takes crown off speed king

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Boks will face their true test when they hit the road

Their away record has been in decline for years, but it's their success on tour that will define their season

Liam Del Carme
2 min read

Blast from the past: The first time SA went Down, Under

Today in SA sports history

By David Isaacson
1 min read