Wednesday, January 30 2019



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ANALYSIS: Why we’re doomed to bad leaders, and why you’re also to blame

The rot has been exposed, but don’t expect apathetic SA to shout 'treason' – we're too tolerant of corruption

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

K-words and lies: Agrizzi’s testimony comes to dramatic end

Former Bosasa exec ends his evidence at the state capture probe – and is forced to defend himself in the process

Amil Umraw
3 min read

Trial leaves Coligny wracked by racial hatred and heartache

Ex-mayor claims the murder of teen Matlhomola Moshoeu was racially motivated

Iavan Pijoos
3 min read

Zille puts brake on Ramaphosa in tablet saga – for now

He can’t act on protector’s findings - but there’s also that Bosasa ‘donation’ he needs to speak to Mkhwebane about

Karyn Maughan
3 min read



Cape Town fire: Aussie says it’s all too familiar

Jason McGrath drew on his experience of wildfires back home but says ultimately a miracle saved the day

2 min read

Pink flock in the red as drought destroys flamingos’ home

The race is on to save thousands of chicks whose dam has dried up thanks to a drought and a burst pipe

Alex Patrick
4 min read

The lengths fellas go to ... Why size matters to men

Men have an inflated idea of how big their penises should be. And it’s ruining their sex lives, a new study finds

3 min read

Light at the end of tunnel for thousands of silicosis-hit miners?

But, challenges still lie ahead before they receive their compensation

Graeme Hosken
5 min read

ZK Matthews house an eyesore amid bickering over revamp cash

Plans to restore home of SA's first black graduate stall as nobody seems to agree on where the money is coming from

Mpumzi Zuzile
4 min read



Think SA is crooked? There’s a world of corruption out there

If you thought we were bad, have a smug little gander at the new world corruption index

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Chopra and change: How you too can be 70 with a 35-year-old’s body

The celebrity spiritualist says it's time we each took responsibility for our own health

By Charmian Evans
7 min read

Facing the facts: Is facial recognition getting too nosy?

As law enforcement and private firms start using image recognition, our privacy is ever-increasingly under threat

By Matthew Field and Natasha Bernal
6 min read


Prof Sean Davison leaves the Cape Town Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after being arrested on new murder charges in 2018. The right-to-die activist has been accused of euthanising patients unlawfully.
doctor in the dock Prof Sean Davison leaves the Cape Town Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after being arrested on new murder charges in 2018. The right-to-die activist has been accused of euthanising patients unlawfully.
Image: Esa Alexander/Sunday Times

Six things about SA you need to know

One farm murder every week in SA: AfriForum

Two-year-old Wilmien Potgieter was hacked with a panga and shot dead when her parents, Attie and Wilma Potgieter, were murdered on their Lindley farm in December 2010. Now her name will live on through a fund created to help the children of farm attack victims. The Wilmien Potgieter Fund will be launched on February 1 2019. The aim “is to financially support those children whose lives have been affected by farm attacks", AfriForum announced on Tuesday. In 2018, one person was killed every week on SA farms, the organisation said. Presenting a report on the extent of crime on rural land, as well as efforts to combat attacks, AfriForum noted that in 2018, there was a decrease in farm murders but a sharp increase in farm attacks. An analysis by AfriForum’s community safety division found that about 432 farm attacks and 54 farm murders occurred in 2018, compared with 342 farm attacks and 72 deaths in 2017.

Surge in youth registrations for poll

More than half a million people who registered to vote in this year's general elections this past weekend are young people. This is according to the CEO of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Sy Mamabolo, in a briefing on the outcomes of the final voter registration drive on Saturday and Sunday. Mamabolo said there were now 26,727,921 names on the voters' roll, with 703,794 having registered at the weekend. "Most encouragingly, of the 703,794 new registrations more than 81% (574,899) are under 30. This means that the youth have heeded the call to register," said Mamabolo. "Combined with new registrations during the March 2018 registration weekend, the voters’ roll has seen 1,194,314 new voters added ahead of the upcoming elections. Of these new voters, 52% are women and 48% men. Nearly half (49.2%) are aged 20–29, 26.6% are 18-19 and 5.9% are aged 16-17."

SABC staff left in lurch as salaries not paid

Staff at the beleaguered SABC woke up to a shocking realisation on Tuesday morning: their salaries had not been paid. A notification from the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) said it was aware of the non-payment. A staff member, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed not receiving a salary. Speaking on Morning Live, SABC spokesperson Neo Momodu said payments were loaded on Monday but there was a “technical error by the bank”. The salaries would be paid on Tuesday. The SAfm Twitter account also published a short update just before 7.30am offering hope to worried employees. “SABC management has sought to assure its staff members that their salaries will be paid today. SABC management says there was a technical glitch on the side of the bank which resulted in salaries not been paid on time,” the tweet read.

Butchery added ‘fresh’ expiry date to old chickens

What should a retailer do with its stock of fresh chickens when it reaches its sell-by date? Removing it from sale would be the right move, but instead a butchery manager at a SuperSpar in Phoenix, Durban, printed fresh labels - illegally falsifying the date the chickens were packed by the supplier and extending the sell-by date by four days. Imraan Ahmed bought one of those chickens from the Starwood SuperSpar, believing them to have been packed on that day, with a sell-by date of January 31. In fact, the supplier, Sovereign Foods, had originally printed the pack date as January 21 and put the “best-before” date as January 27. Spar’s retail operations manager Roelf Venter said the retail group had stringent food process procedures in place. “We will ensure our food safety specialist and our QPRO [food safety auditing] team follow up with the store to ensure that they follow due processes,” he said.

School confirms ‘sex assault’ teacher suspended

Bryanston High School confirmed on Tuesday that one of its teachers had been suspended and arrested over allegations of sexual assault. Police said on Tuesday morning the 33-year-old teacher, who cannot be named, was arrested on January 17 and appeared in court the same day. The case was postponed to March 12 for further investigation. According to reports, the teacher is accused of sexually assaulting pupils at the school between 2017 and 2018. News24 reported that “at least three girls” had come forward. However, Sandton police spokesperson Captain Granville Meyer said only one person had opened a formal complaint with the police. School governing body chairperson Aidan Hillebrand said the school was aware of the allegations. “This matter is of grave concern to the school as the safety and wellbeing of learners are a priority. The Gauteng department of education and SAPS have been advised of the situation and an internal investigation was launched.”

Gauteng education department ‘under siege’

The Gauteng education department is outraged at another break-in at its premises, with thieves escaping with computer equipment. The theft, which follows break-ins at schools, took place at the Gauteng East district office in Springs on Friday. Two security guards were allegedly accosted by armed robbers who took them from one office to another, breaking office doors open with a crowbar in search of tablets. The suspects took off with about 29 PC boards and six monitors. No shooting or injuries were reported. "It looks like we are under siege. How do we explain theft of our equipment at different institutions at this rate? Really, it seems we are hit by robbers every second week. This is unacceptable and concerning. We appeal for patience as there may be service disruption while the police investigate," MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday.


Jeremy Oliver, a former Voice SA contestant, has fulfilled a promise his family made five years ago to a newspaper street vendor. When the Oliver family befriended Bongani, they promised him that when they could afford a new car for themselves, they would give him a car to make his job selling newspapers easier.



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Huawei isn’t just a phone, it’s the Cold War 2.0

The salvo of US charges against China over Huawei has heightened tensions between the two nations

By Chris Graham
4 min read

Watching rubbish is a great way to get trashed

Complete with a pop-up bar, the facility is designed to get locals to think about the waste they produce

3 min read

Who’s fuelling who? France’s hated speed limit works - or does it?

Road deaths are at an all-time low, but opponents say they were dropping anyway

By Henry Samuel
2 min read

Taped! When Ziggy played guitar on TV for the first time

Unearthed recording of Bowie on ITV show a month before his groundbreaking ‘Top of the Pops’ debut 

By Anita Singh
3 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

‘Mnangagwa is worse than Mugabe’

Zimbabwe’s main opposition says violence against civilians is worse than anything in recent years under Robert Mugabe, accusing Harare of escalating ‘terrorism’. MDC leader Nelson Chamisa said his party had recorded 844 cases of human rights violations since protests erupted over fuel prices. – AFP

Confessional becomes Vatican hunting ground

A senior Vatican priest accused of making advances towards a nun during confession has resigned. Hermann Geissler was one of three top officials at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which ensures Catholic moral doctrine. In 2014, the Austrian was let off with a warning after another nun accused him of inappropriate behaviour during confession. – AFP

Welcome to Italy. You have 5 secs to get the hell out

Italian far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said 47 migrants rescued at sea could disembark if they agreed to leave for Germany or the Netherlands. The Netherlands has refused a request by Italy to take them in. Italy has allowed the ship to shelter off the coast of Sicily, but has refused to let them disembark. – AFP

Prince Harry to get a cold reception on Valentine’s

Prince Harry is to fly to the Arctic Circle to join royal marines who are being trained to survive the extreme cold. The duke will spend Valentine’s with British troops as part of the winter training exercise to mark the 50th anniversary of the marines’ deployment to the Arctic Circle. – The Daily Telegraph

‘French Spiderman’ gets grounded in Philippines

French urban free-climber Alain Robert was arrested after he scaled one of Manila’s tallest towers. The 56-year old climbed the 47-storey GT Tower without safety equipment. Police took him into custody on a charge of public disturbance as soon as he reached the ground. – AFP

iPhone bug leaves FaceTimers exposed

A newly discovered FaceTime bug lets people hear and even see those they are reaching out to on iPhones even if the other person hasn’t answered their phone. Apple said the iPhone maker was aware of the issue and had ‘identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week’. – AFP
A worker cleans debris around the Martin Luther King Jnr Memorial in Washington DC.
CLEANUP AFTER THE SHUTDOWN A worker cleans debris around the Martin Luther King Jnr Memorial in Washington DC.
Image: Reuters/Jim Young



Things are bloody awful out there, whimper world’s bosses

CEOs have lost confidence that things will get better in 2019, which sadly might be a self-fulfilling prophecy

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Absa: How do you solve a problem like Maria leaving?

There clearly wasn’t an internal succession plan in place to cope with Maria Ramos stepping down now

By Nick Hedley
3 min read

Jokes aside, after that hell ride we’re due for a market spike

Coronation Fund Managers had a ghastly year, but says depressed investor sentiment signals a good time to buy

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



Just for the record: Must-get box set of David Bowie singles

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl 

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

All alone in this great big world? There’s an app for that

Six of the best apps for the solo traveller 

By Aneesa Adams
2 min read

World’s top chefs say Michelin Guide is sounding a bit tyred

Could it be out of touch with modern tastes in food?

By Tymon Smith
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: Flak flies as bitter Silva lays into Pitso

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read
Sport FREE

Life’s a pitch for Evan Flint, from Newlands to Wanderers

End of a 10-year era in Cape Town as grounds manager leaves the wicket for Wednesday’s ODI to fresh hands

Telford Vice
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Sylvester Clarke annihilates SA in 1984

Today in SA sports history: January 30

David Isaacson
1 min read