Friday, January 25 2019



Agrizzi must apologise to me: ex-cop

'I have CCTV footage to prove my innocence,' says Solomon Segale, denying state capture security breach claim

Bongani Fuzile
3 min read

Bosasa boss ‘could tell Zuma what to do’

Angelo Agrizzi implicates top prosecutors, government officials and journalists

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read



Schweizer judge: Don’t find racism if there’s none

The judge lifted the suspension of the Schweizer-Reneke teacher 

Nico Gous
3 min read

How the ‘expressive’ brutality of a serial rapist became his undoing

The 31-year-old is set to be sentenced for his multitude of crimes

Shain Germaner
4 min read

Fani games: E Cape is up to the neck in headless department crisis

The premier has ignored the interviewing panel’s recommendations

Mpumzi Zuzile
3 min read

Single gene makes worker bees buzz off and conquer

Their nifty trick of producing false queens from unfertilised eggs can save their colony

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

The stairwell, it seems, is a highway to heart health

New research finds that a few minutes of stair climbing at short intervals throughout the day can improve the ticker

3 min read



Dagnab it! Through all the ages of man I had a taste for life

There are so few constants in life, and Spur burgers have been one of them

6 min read

Juju the play-play generalissimo is just a ‘Mister’ to me

Just because the EFF has agreed to call Malema by his made-up military rank, doesn't mean everybody else has to

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Post-feminist noun takes leave of its sense for single Chinese women

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read


Duduzane Zuma shares a celebratory moment his father, former president Jacob Zuma, after court proceedings on Thursday at the specialised commercial crimes court in Johannesburg. The NPA has withdrawn corruption charges against Duduzane.
paternal duty Duduzane Zuma shares a celebratory moment his father, former president Jacob Zuma, after court proceedings on Thursday at the specialised commercial crimes court in Johannesburg. The NPA has withdrawn corruption charges against Duduzane.
Image: Alaister Russell

Six things about SA you need to know

Accused’s suicide delays Vlakfontein trial

The sole surviving suspect standing trial for the murder of the seven Vlakfontein Khoza family members will have to wait until next week for his bail application to start. This after the Protea magistrate's court heard on Thursday that 61-year-old Fita Khupe's co-accused, Ernest Mabaso, had committed suicide. Proceedings were postponed to next Tuesday for the court to obtain his death certificate. A bail hearing had been scheduled for today. However, earlier in the morning the news broke that Mabaso had died on January 18. He allegedly hung himself in a police cell in Cape Town. The circumstances are under investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

Name mob attackers: murder victim’s family

The family of Mavi Fundakubi, killed by a mob in Motherwell on Saturday, has demanded the suspect in custody name his fellow attackers. Fundakubi was killed after being falsely accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in an attack led by the father of the child. It emerged later that the child had not been raped or physically harmed. The 36-year-old father was arrested on Tuesday and appeared before the Motherwell Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder on Thursday. Outside court, one of Fundakubi’s seven children, Athenkosi Fundakubi, 29, said: “My father’s soul will never rest in peace, not after how he died. We demand all those who were involved in his death be arrested and prosecuted,” Athenkosi said. The court opposed bail for the suspect and the case was postponed to Monday February 7 for the man to obtain his private legal representative. He was remanded in custody.

Fast food outlet bust for ‘selling abortion pills’

A foreigner has been arrested for selling abortion pills at a fast food outlet in central Cape Town. Western Cape police spokesman FC van Wyk said the 38-year-old was caught in an undercover operation on Wednesday by narcotics unit officers. "They received information that prescribed drugs are being sold at a fast food outlet in Strand Street," he said. "An undercover agent went in and purchased an abortion tablet (Misoprostol) for R1,000. The suspect was arrested on a charge under the Medicines Control Act. "Upon further searching of the suspect’s bag, 259 abortion tablets and 175 Adco tablets valued at R270,000 were also seized." Van Wyk said the suspect was due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Vegan blood boils over ‘free meals for models’

Debate is raging on Vegan Society SA’s Facebook page after revelations that the invitation-only Beauty Pass app is offering free meal deals to models who visit Lekker Vegan in the hipster hangouts of Kloof and Harrington streets. James Knaap of Lekker Vegan defended its participation, saying: “Whatever Beauty Pass is stating about their mission or whomever is invited to their app is not up to us. We just care that they are enabling us to reach thousands and thousands of people that will potentially make more vegan choices.” But Lindi Bergh expressed a common objection: “Too many hungry desperate people around to be handing out food to models who I assume earn a substantial salary.” The app “allows models to quickly get to a free lunch, free dinner, free gym, free drinks and much more. It is a great tool to relieve models from costly everyday expenses and to help them save money in cities they are currently working in”.

NPA provisionally drops Duduzane Zuma charges

Corruption charges against Duduzane Zuma were halted in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday to allow a key witness to finish giving testimony at the state capture inquiry. "The reason this matter is provisionally withdrawn is to allow one of our key witnesses to conclude leading evidence at the state capture inquiry and it has also been indicated that such a witness might be cross-examined by Mr Zuma," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane Aldo said. Zuma, son of former president Jacob Zuma, was charged in July 2018 with corruption, alternatively conspiracy to commit corruption, relating to an alleged R600m bribe offer made to former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas in 2015 by a Gupta brother in his presence. The NPA denied it had been ill-prepared or that the provisional withdrawal had been granted because Duduzane was the former president’s son.

‘Cape Doctor’ bedevils cruise ship

The "Cape Doctor" - the notorious southeaster which earned Cape Town the moniker Cape of Storms - showed what a powerful force of nature it is when it prevented the 93,000-ton cruise ship MSC Musica from docking on Thursday. It sailed past the cruise terminal at the V&A Waterfront, made a U-turn and returned to the relative safety of the open ocean. At midday, Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman said the weakening wind may result in the ship being able to enter port on Thursday night or Friday morning. The 16-deck ship weighs nearly 93,000 tons and carries about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 staff, according to the MSC Cruises website. It is nearly 60m high and 300m long. The ship has been based in Durban since October for the duration of the southern African summer but is taking regular cruises from Cape Town during January.




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?

1 min read



Bitter harvest: African child labour and the chocolate factory

Poverty has allowed the trade of 'chocolate slaves' to flourish and no one is not doing enough to stop it, say critics

By Sophie Christie
8 min read

Killer selfies: When the perfect shot is the angle of death

The more extreme and risky the selfie, the more likes it gets, which can translate to real money

By Rosa Silverman
5 min read

Huge world study finds that, drumroll please, race has no effect on IQ

Researchers find that with the right start in life we all have the same chance to succeed

By Margarette Driscoll
8 min read

Youngest and first openly gay POTUS? Obscure Dem aims for both

He has been praised by Barack Obama as one of the gifted young Democrats

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

And you thought Camps Bay was pricey

Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, has paid $238m for a penthouse condominium overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park, a spokesman for Griffin said, in a deal that sets a record for a US home sale. The unit is in a 79-storey residential tower under construction for an estimated cost of $1.4bn at 220 Central Park South. Griffin also bought a mansion in London within sight of Buckingham Palace for $124.2m. The price paid for the New York condo eclipses the record for a US residential purchase, set by another hedge fund billionaire, Barry Rosenstein, for a home in East Hampton, on New York’s Long Island in 2014. The Griffin purchase also shatters the record for the most expensive apartment sold in New York City, which was last set by computer company founder Michael Dell’s 2018 purchase of a condo for $100.47m, according to published reports. – Reuters

Trans people in sterilisation fix

Japan's supreme court has upheld a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilised before their gender can be changed on official documents. The court acknowledged "doubts" were emerging over whether the rule reflects changing social values, but said the law was constitutional. The decision upholds a law that requires any individual wishing to change their documents have "no reproductive glands or reproductive glands that have permanently lost function," referring to testes or ovaries. It also requires the person to have “a body which appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs of those of the opposite gender”. The appeal was filed by Takakito Usui, a transgender man who wants to change official documents that identify him as female. The panel of four justices said the measure was intended to prevent "problems" in parent-child relations that could lead to societal "confusion" and "abrupt changes" in society.

Slap could give singer jailhouse blues

A retired Taiwanese entertainer could face jail after she slapped a minister to protest against government moves to address the controversial legacy of late leader Chiang Kai-shek, officials said on Thursday. Cheng Hui-chung, 67, was questioned by prosecutors after she slapped culture minister Cheng Li-chiun in the face during an event on Tuesday. "Prosecutors questioned Cheng to clarify if she obstructed an official in discharge of public duties, which is an indictable offence," Chen Chia-hsiu, a spokeswoman for the Taipei district prosecutor's office, said. The offence is punishable by a maximum three-years jail. Cheng, a singer in the 1960s and 70s, said she was motivated by the current government's push to confront the controversial legacy of Chiang, seen by many as symbolic of a brutal military regime. Cheng has apologised for assaulting the minister but insisted she stands firm in opposing moves to erase Chiang's legacy.

Japanese are porn to be spoilsports

Two of Japan’s largest 24-hour convenience store chains are to ban sales of pornographic magazines ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to concern that the ready availability of adult publications will give visitors a bad image of the nation. Seven-Eleven Japan Co and Lawson will stop stocking pornographic magazine by the end of August, officials told Kyodo News, to improve their brand image and to make it easier for women and children to visit their outlets. Seven-Eleven operates about 20,000 stores across Japan and Lawson has another 14,000 outlets, where pornography is separated from other magazines by a low panel indicating that the magazines can only be bought by customers over the age of 20. – © The Daily Telegraph

Drunken man escapes death by one foot

British 53-year old man survived having his foot sliced off after a train ran over him after he fell asleep on a rail track at a station in western France, according to local reports. The individual from the Channel Island of Jersey was reportedly inebriated and inexplicably chose to lie down on the track in the station in Rennes in Brittany, western France in the early hours of Wednesday, at about 3am. A freight train entered the station shortly afterwards, according to France Bleu radio. The driver spotted the man on the tracks and jammed on the brakes, but was unable to stop the train in time. The wheels cut off one of his feet and caused serious head and abdomen but he somehow escaped with his life. Ambulance workers were quickly on the scene and rushed him to a nearby hospital for treatment. - © The Daily Telegraph

Emus on the lam in Texas

They didn’t make it as far as Thelma and Louise, but a pair of runaway emus made a go it it before being caught in Texas. Police in coastal Galveston nabbed the two, who had been on the lam for a day after fleeing their owner’s backyard. The birds may not legally be kept permitted in the island city, but the man recently brought them in after the death of his mother near Houston, where she had kept them at home. The escaped emus slipped out of the man’s yard on Monday, according to The Galveston County Daily News, and were recaptured by police near an elementary school on Tuesday morning. Officials said their owner didn’t know about the city’s ban on emus, and that he was now working with authorities to find an off-island home for the birds. - AP
A woman walks her dog as she passes a creation by street artist Bordalo II in Paris.
I’M STILL CUTER THAN THE OTHER DOG, RIGHT? A woman walks her dog as she passes a creation by street artist Bordalo II in Paris.
Image: Reuters/Philippe Wojaze



Stats about rising inequality are a bit rich: it’s debt simple

Is it possible for the poor to get richer without the rich getting richer? Now there is a question worth answering

By Tim Cohen
5 min read

Investing in the ‘first world’ could be very risky business

Often SA investors muddle global diversification with fleeing risk, when emerging markets offer a better bet 

By Stephen Cranston
5 min read

Looks like the PIC is going to blow R3bn on ‘saving’ Edcon

CEO says cash can keep retailer alive for two years, but fears are that no amount of time or money can fix it

By Larry Claasen
1 min read



Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
3 min read

Cops, killers, and whatever the hell it is you call Keanu Reeves

Nic Pizollato’s detective anthology series True Detective is back on TV, and catch the new John Wick trailer

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

How many happy endings does one person need?

The future of TV, according to Netflix, is shows with multiple storylines ... 'Bandersnatch' was just the first

By Laurence Dodds
18 min read

Richard E Grant: Doing the lurch from ‘Withnail’ to Oscar

His latest role led to his first Golden Globe nomination, and some are betting on an Academy Award nod too

By Robbie Collin
9 min read



SPORTS DAY: Business end of the Aussie Open hots up

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

Terrifying ghosts of Wasim and Waqar still haunt Proteas

No surprise that Pakistan are the best-performing subcontinent team in SA, so let’s see this ODI series

Telford Vice
2 min read

Blast from the past: Yahya McClain destroys SA’s Smith

Today in SA sports history: January 25

David Isaacson
1 min read