Wednesday, January 23 2019

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

It was going so well ... until Marais threw FF+ deep in the brown stuff

All the FF+ had to do was find a brown man called Pieter or Peter. What could go wrong?

Tom Eaton
Columnist
3 min read

ANALYSIS: ANC can’t distance itself from Mokonyane and Co

It must punish those who use its name to reap corrupt rewards, or accept the consequences of tolerating corruption

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Capture: ‘We dug a hole, burnt the evidence and then faked a server crash’

Former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi testifies how he and his colleagues literally buried evidence

Amil Umraw
Journalist
2 min read

Leaked e-mail: Did Bosasa donate R100k to journo fund?

Secret correspondence suggests Bosasa thought it would be 'best return on investment ever'

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Pro-mining Xolobeni residents get death threats

E-mail vows to carry out 'long and protracted' kills unless they change their tune

Bongani Fuzile
Journalist
3 min read

‘They're killers’: Why I won’t help a white beggar

A Durban marketing boss disrupted the rainbow nation when he spurned a beggar for being white

Jeff Wicks
Journalist
3 min read

‘Anger and despair’: Serial rapist’s victims give harrowing testimony

They hope their horrifying victim impact statements ensure he gets a severe prison term

Shain Germaner
Journalist
4 min read

Doctors’ intern system is failing SA, warn medical deans

They want internships reduced to one year because raising it to two 'has not changed any of the health parameters'

3 min read

Why old piles of rocks are the next big thing on SA’s heritage trail

SA's mysterious fish traps are finally getting the recognition they deserve

Bobby Jordan
Journalist
4 min read

Little girl makes maths look as easy as counting to 10

The international olympiad champion from Centurion is determined to show that maths is fun and simple

Mpumzi Zuzile
Journalist
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

ANC’s overblown manifesto has a Clinton-Lewinsky feel to it

Even if you could believe the anti-corruption pledge in the document, its lists would be politically anorexic

Tony Leon
Columnist
6 min read

When, not if, China cracks it will suck Europe down with it

People have this stupefying belief that China is different from everywhere else and can grow to the moon. Not so

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
4 min read

Manga: How Japan sold the West half-nude schoolgirls and extreme violence

Western audiences have developed a taste for an art form that is often baffling to the uninitiated

By Sam Leith
6 min read

Menopause for thought: The truth about hormones and midlife fitness

A few small tweaks to your behaviour can work wonders when you're middle-aged

By Anna Magee
8 min read

SNAPSHOT

Six things about SA you need to know

Coligny witness ‘forced to lie’

The sole witness in a murder case against two Coligny farmworkers was allegedly offered R3m to lie about his testimony. Bonakele Pakisi, whose testimony ensured that the two farmers were convicted in 2018, said he was shown a firearm and was forced to read a prepared statement to "confess" that he had lied in court. Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport revealed a recording in which Pakisi confessed to have lied in court in 2018. The latest development could see the two accused, Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard, freed. They were found guilty of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu at Rietvlei farm in Coligny in April 2017. Pakisi was kept in witness protection for the duration of the trial and was only released in August. He allegedly survived two attacks at his home about two weeks ago. On Monday, Pakisi went to the local police station and told police that he had been forced by a relative of one of the accused to lie.

Zuma lawyers pocket money meant for fine

Edward Zuma did not pay the outstanding amount of his fine for hate speech due to a dispute with his lawyer. On December 22, the Equality Court ordered former president Jacob Zuma's son to fully pay the settlement of R60,000 within 30 days or explain to the court why a warrant for his arrest should not be issued. On Tuesday the court heard that Zuma had paid the outstanding R12,500 owed to Ohlange High School as part of the fine into his lawyer's trust fund - but the law firm assumed it was a portion of fees owed to them. "My client has asked me to ask the court to give him seven days to rectify this," Zuma's lawyer, Ayanda Mkwananzi, told the court. In December he told the court he did not know whether Zuma was "dead or alive" since repeated text messages and calls went answered.

Man burnt to death in Pretoria

Police are investigating a murder after a man was burnt to death In Pretoria on Monday morning. Constable Herman Moremi said police found burning tyres, plastic, rocks and sticks at the crime scene in Eersterust. “A community member who was busy at his farm, saw plus-minus six vehicles full of people around the bushes and later he heard the man screaming for help, then he saw big smoke from that side,” Moremi said. “He called other farmworkers and went together to check what’s happening and they found the deceased burning.” The police have opened a murder case. No suspects have been arrested. “The deceased is unknown at this moment and we urge anyone who is looking for a family member or with information about the suspects to come forward or call Temba police on 012 717 9000.”

‘Staycations’ great for Robben Island

Robben Island was Cape Town’s star tourism performer in December, increasing visitor numbers by 28%. This was mainly the result of improvements in operations, and came at the end of a year in which the island’s overall visitor numbers were down 10%, Cape Town Tourism said on Tuesday. The shortened school holiday hit tourism numbers, it said. “Many locals opted to ‘staycation’ and visited local attractions and experiences.“ The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway had also reported an increase year-on-year for December of 6%, after ending the year 3% down for the whole of 2018. The V&A Waterfront’s visitor figures for December were 2% lower than in the same period in 2017, as were those for the Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Point. International passengers at Cape Town International Airport were up 4% year-on-year in December and over 9% in total for 2018, at 2.4 million passengers, according to Airports Company SA.

‘Rapist’ killed by vigilantes was innocent: cops

A Port Elizabeth man who was beaten to death by an angry mob after being accused of raping a seven-year-old girl was innocent, police say. Mava Fundakubi, 52, was killed near his house in De Vos Crescent in Shukushukuma, Motherwell, on Saturday night. The murder stems from a seven-year-old girl living in the same street as Fundakubi alleging that she had been raped by him. She allegedly led an angry mob to Fundakubi. Police have now warned residents not to take the law into their own hands, since innocent people are being killed. Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said the examiner’s report revealed that the girl had not been raped or molested. “After consultation with doctors and the girl, it was found that she was not sexually assaulted at all. The reason for the claims is now being investigated,” he said. Beetge said it was not known why the residents thought Fundakubi had been involved.

There’ll no be Zuma album: eThekwini mayor

Jacob Zuma's singing voice has been muted for now. That's according to eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede who briefed councillors and members of the executive committee on Tuesday that there was "no such" thing of a municipality album with the former president. Gumede said she had learnt about the so-called album through the media but that proper protocols had not been followed with regard to a request for such a deal. "Nobody has informed us about this project. Under normal circumstances, politicians make political announcements. As an ANC-deployed mayor I would have briefed the ANC caucus first before making such an announcement. The protocol was not followed and we are prepared to speak about the items once we get a full briefing. "As things stand, there is no such [thing]. Only the city manager and myself will speak to the public with authority about this matter," Gumede said.
Nuns ahead of Pope Francis’ visit in Panama City.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT Nuns ahead of Pope Francis’ visit in Panama City.
Image: Reuters/Carlos Jasso

THE VISUAL SIDE

SA’s six-year-old DJ Arch jnr amazed millions on America’s Got Talent while DJing his heart out. He received a standing ovation from everyone, including the judges.


CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

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

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Baffled by Brexit? Aren’t we all? Here’s a guide to what is really going on

With parliament and the major parties still hopelessly split, it's anyone's guess which will be the last plan standing

By The Daily Telegraph
7 min read

You can’t hide from social media – even if you’ve never been on it

Your friends' activity can be and is used to profile you  accurately, even if you've never had a Facebook account

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

This Boeing’s finally going: farewell to the 727

The ‘earth-trembling’ workhorse that brought air travel to millions has flown into the sunset for the last time

By Hugh Morris
7 min read

Instagram darling ‘Bikini Climber’ freezes to death

The adventurer, known for hiking in a bikini, fell down a ravine in Taiwan

2 min read

SNAPSHOT

6 things you need to know about the world

Escort with ‘Trump’s secrets’ released from jail

A Belarusian escort who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s election campaign was freed from a Russian jail following her arrest last week. Anastasia Vashukevich, who was headed to Minsk, Belarus, was arrested when she arrived in Moscow after deportation from Thailand for participating in ‘sex-training course’. – AFP

The Brexit survival kit comes with mac and cheese

With just nine weeks to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, a company is selling a survival kit to help them Brits prepare for the worst. The kit provides food to last 30 days, and has reportedly sold hundreds already. Retailers have warned a ‘no-deal’ Brexit could cause food and medicine shortages. The ‘Brexit Box’ includes freeze-dried chicken tikka, macaroni and cheese, chicken fajitas and other foods. – Reuters

Chris Brown held for rape in Paris

American singer Chris Brown has been detained in Paris for rape. Brown, his bodyguard and a friend allegedly assaulted the woman, 25, at a luxury hotel after she met him in a nightclub before agreeing to join other women who went back to his hotel. – AFP

Passenger steers Russian plane off course

A commercial airliner flying from Siberia to Moscow made an unplanned landing in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk after a passenger demanded the plane change course. There were conflicting reports about the passenger, with some Russian news agencies saying he had been detained on landing, while others said he remained on board and had managed to seize control of the plane. – Reuters

It’s raining amnesty in Ethiopia

Ethiopia says it granted more than 13,000 people amnesty as part of a broad reform agenda pushed by PM Abiy Ahmed. Parliament in July passed a law allowing people convicted or facing charges of ‘treason crime against the constitutional order and armed struggle’ to apply for pardons. More than 13,200 individuals reportedly applied in the past six months. – AFP

Hunt for Dead Sea Scrolls comes back to life

Recent finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls have stirred fresh excitement for the manuscripts, and archaeologists are probing higher and deeper than before. Hundreds of caves remain unexcavated, and the experts are racing against antiquities robbers. Archaeologists have noticed new pieces of scrolls and parchments arrive on the black market recently, driving them to return to caves since the search fizzled after the first discovery 1947. – Reuters
A frozen pond in a field in Germany.
ICY IRIS A frozen pond in a field in Germany.
Image: Jens Büttner /dpa /AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Stats SA: Idyllic picture of SA retail sales looks a bit funny

Divergence between official statistics and the utterly rotten numbers reported by JSE-listed companies

By Chris Gilmour
2 min read

Steinhoff: New R4.6bn claim chucks a spanner in the works

Dispute could delay the publication of the group’s financial statements, which were expected by April 18

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

Beer with us for a second while we shake up the market

Why would the biggest brewer, AB Inbev, even think of selling its fast-growing Asian business? It is bizarre

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Posh restaurants serve ‘junk food’– it’s just well disguised

If KFC is junk food, then 90% of ‘real’ restaurants serving chicken are junk-food establishments

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Make yourself feel a whole lot better, without the hair shirt

Health is taken seriously at Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa, without the deprivation

By Nokubonga Thusi
1 min read

The ins and outs of enjoying how to do it Greek-style

Lashings of olive oil coupled to an insatiable lust for life, you'll find plenty to like in a Mediterranean taverna

By Rachel Howard
4 min read

Mindful travel: Do yourself a power of good by doing good

Apps and AI will help you plan the ideal trip, but make sure you follow the global trend to be nice to the world

By Allison Foat
3 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Oof! Only KG from SA cracks the ICC nod

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

How many head-on car crashes at 60km/h can one player take?

What Pat Lambie has shown is that he was well informed and wise when it came to his own health

Craig Ray
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Phil saves us from a beach slap

Today in SA sports history: January 23

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read