Tuesday, February 5 2019



Sona or later we’ll find out if Cyril is part of the ANC’s mafia or not

Is Cyril Ramaphosa an undercover agent working for democracy and accountability, or has he been turned?

Tom Eaton
4 min read

State, Ford in cahoots over Kuga fire death probe, claims Gerrie Nel

The car maker and prosecutor are accused of colluding in underhand dealings

Graeme Hosken
3 min read

Punched, kicked, strangled: a two-year-old’s final days of hell

Charge sheet lists a litany of violent abuse, allegedly at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend

Shain Germaner
3 min read



Bogus Uber drivers accused of rape clam up

The trial has finally begun after 2½ years, but now the accused have refused to provide plea explanations

Shain Germaner
3 min read

Flamingo chicks get what they need ... and more

Stop sending us eggs, caregivers for threatened birds plead, because they've simply received too many

Bobby Jordan
3 min read

Cape cliffs once teemed with mammals now lost forever

Scientists have found tracks of long-extinct beasts in rocky cliffs near Still Bay that were once dunes

Tanya Farber
3 min read

E Cape lemon orchards picked bare by shadowy crime ring

One farmer in the Addo region lost six tons of fruit in a single afternoon, and losses now run into the millions

By John Harvey
2 min read

Dam serious: Grahamstown races towards Day Zero

Main dam will probably run dry by mid-February as town scrambles a tight water-rationing plan

Bongani Fuzile
4 min read

Slut-shaming blunts a vital weapon in anti-HIV armoury

The HIV-prevention pill needs its own protection from prudish fearmongering

3 min read




Zuckerberg celebrates as the shine on his empire fades

In 15 years will he be remembered as an Augustus or an Ozymandias? And if Facebook survives, what will it look like?

By Laurence Dodds
7 min read

Your kid could earn millions as an influencer, but should you let them?

With 14% of children now aspiring to have a career as a YouTuber, parents have a few reasons to be worried

By Victoria Lambert
7 min read

Old Beatle and Who’s who say farewell to Fido with a pet requiem

Only in England: Star-studded congregation at London church finds a fitting way to honour four-legged friends

By Peter Stanford
6 min read


Six things about SA you need to know

Guards suspended after Clifton beach drama

A director of Professional Protection Alternatives (PPA), three security officers and the security company as a legal entity are facing charges of violating the security industry’s code of conduct after beachgoers were allegedly removed from Clifton’s Fourth Beach in December. Manabela Chauke, a director of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira), told parliament’s environmental affairs portfolio committee on Monday that three security officers had been suspended from work. Chauke would not go into the details of the code of conduct charges, saying the merits of the case were sub judice. A hearing is set down for March 4. Chauke said Psira had received four complaints about the Clifton incident, relating to the conduct of PPA. There were allegations of assault, unauthorised restraints and use of abusive language. The inquiry continues.

ANC slams ‘imperialist interference’

The ANC has taken aim at foreign "imperialist forces" in a strongly worded statement which condemns the US, Germany, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland for expressing concern over corruption in South Africa. The statement, released on Monday, comes in response to reports by the Sunday Times that President Cyril Ramaphosa was warned by the five world powers to take a "clear, unqualified and manifest political commitment to the rule of law". "The ANC has noted with deep concern the interference by the Western imperialist forces like the USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland into the affairs of South Africa. South Africa is a sovereign state and has always respected the laws of these imperialist countries," the party said. "The ANC condemns this dramatic holier-than-thou stance of these former colonisers and we would not like to relate to them on the history of master-slave relations."

ANC, EFF students clash in Durban

ANC-aligned South African Student Congress (Sasco) students were involved in a scuffle with EFF Student Command (EFFSC) students during a protest at the Durban University of Technology on Monday. A security guard on the Steve Biko Campus in Berea said they had to intervene during the scuffle between the rival organisations after several Sasco members were allegedly assaulted by stick-wielding EFF members who accused them of interfering with their protest. The EFF students, who were marching through the campus, threatened to destroy university property if management did not accept and address their memorandum. The students’ concerns are believed to be related to a shortage of student accommodation and NSFAS funding. Neither SRC president Sesiyanda Godlimpi nor Sasco’s provincial secretary, Mqondisi Duma, were available for comment. In 2018, the EFFSC dislodged Sasco from its dominance of the SRC leadership after winning all eight available seats at DUT.

Mantashe avoids burning issues at mining meet

SA is a safe venue for mining investments, and licensing corruption is being addressed, mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe said as he opened Africa’s largest mining conference on Monday. Explaining his reasoning, Mantashe, who has been SA’s mineral resources minister for a year, said there was a policy and legislative framework that would give investors certainty around what was expected from them and the regulatory environment in which they would operate. In a speech devoid of any specifics and that failed to address key concerns around land expropriation without compensation or a potential electricity tariff hike that would all but destroy deep-level mining, smelting and refining in SA, Mantashe said his department was addressing licensing problems at provincial level. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address delegates on Tuesday afternoon, extending the reassurances for mining companies and encouraging investment in SA.

Malema wants ‘hate speech’ case in high court

The Equality Court challenge brought by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan against EFF leader Julius Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, was postponed on Monday. Gordhan lodged a complaint in the Equality Court against Malema and Shivambu following public utterances they made against him in November 2018 which he charged contravened section 10 of the Equality Act. Malema, who was speaking outside the state capture commission hearing in Johannesburg, accused Gordhan of being corrupt and of being a lackey of white monopoly capital, among other slurs. Gordhan said the statements were intended to be hurtful, incite harm and promote hatred, and thus constituted hate speech, as contemplated by the act. Counsel for Malema and Shivambu, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, told the Equality Court on Monday that the pair wanted the matter to be transferred to the high court for them to challenge section 10 of the Equality Act. A decision will be made on February 11.

Giraffe dies after being stranded on Kruger island

A giraffe that was stranded for days on a small island in the Kruger National Park has died. The giraffe took refuge on an island in the Olifants River after heavy rains in the park, and was spotted on January 31. SANParks had said it was aware of the animal's predicament and would monitor the situation closely. In an update on Sunday, SANParks tweeted: "SANParks regrets that against every hope, the stranded giraffe on the Olifants River Bridge was discovered dead this morning. "As per our founding principles to let nature take its course, the carcass will be left in the same position to continue the natural process."
A man stands next to a car on a riverbank outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
WAITING FOR THE DUSK TO SETTLE A man stands next to a car on a riverbank outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
Image: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin




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



Kate v Meghan social media wars reach rock bot

It’s not about a rivalry between the duchesses' fans any more. It’s a festering cesspit of sexism and racism

By Guy Kelly
6 min read

Judgment day: Credits close on El Chapo’s high-drama trial

The infamous drug kingpin wanted a film on his life, and the trial made for a fitting climax

By Harriet Alexander
4 min read

Papua’s highway to hell bulldozes indigenous rights, rainforests

New road network stokes already volatile conflict over land claims - like 'pouring gasoline on a campfire'

By Rina Chandran
2 min read

Fat youngsters are ruining all the good work done to cut cancer rates

Cancer deaths are dropping in the US, but obesity threatens to reverse that trend, say experts

3 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

Net giants show less love for haters

Internet giants have more than doubled the rate at which they fight hate speech online than when they joined the European Union's voluntary approach in 2016, EU officials said Monday. Firms like YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 72% of content deemed illegal, the officials said. The figures compare to 40% and 28% respectively when the firms signed up to a code of conduct in 2016, according to officials with the European Commission, the EU's executive arm. – AFP

Blast from past has had its chips

An unexploded World War I hand grenade was found among a shipment of French potatoes when they were unloaded at a Hong Kong crisp factory. The German grenade is believed to have been left in a trench during the war and accidentally gathered up with potatoes planted a century later in the former battlefield. Hong Kong police safely detonated the grenade at the Calbee snacks factory. Superintendent Wilfred Wong Ho-hon said it “was in an unstable condition because it had been previously discharged but failed to detonate”. A police video showed bomb disposal officers packing the 3-inch wide grenade in a drainage channel before exploding it. It weighed more than 1kg. – © The Daily Telegraph

Floods bring croc and awe

Australia’s military has been deployed to tackle devastating "once-in-a-century" floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country’s northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets. Desperate residents had to contend not only with flash flooding, landslides and power blackouts, but also several saltwater crocodile sightings in residential roads and cul-de-sacs. The Queensland police issued a blunt warning for people to stay out of floodwaters. "If the thought of coming face to face with a crocodile isn’t deterrent enough, before you start playing in flood waters you should always remember the distinct possibility you could be wading in your neighbour’s faeces," they said. – © The Daily Telegraph

Muscle muezzin called out over briefs

A prayer caller at a mosque in the Israeli city of Acre is appealing for his job back after being fired over photos posted online of him in a revealing outfit at a bodybuilding contest, he says. Ibrahim al-Masri said he lost his job as chief muezzin of the Al-Jazzar Mosque after local officials came upon the photos of him at the state bodybuilding championship in 2017. "Each sport has a specific type of clothing. Football has its own, tennis has its own, swimming has its own. Same thing for bodybuilding," Masri said, referring to the wire-thin briefs competitors typically wear. About 20% of Israeli citizens are Arab. Mosques and other non-Jewish religious institutions are supervised by local officials who report to the Interior Ministry. A ministry spokesperson said Masri "was dismissed in accordance with all the rules" but declined to give further details. – © The Daily Telegraph

Yes, Nepal, you are in the 21st century

Nepal faced urgent calls on Monday to stop women being banished from their homes during their periods after a teenager died sleeping in a hut, becoming the fourth victim in weeks. Parbati Bogati, 17, suffocated after lighting a fire to keep warm in the windowless mud and stone hut she had been made to sleep in under the centuries-old Hindu practice of "chhaupadi", which remains prevalent in Nepal despite an official ban. Her death last week came after a woman and her two young sons died in similar circumstances, prompting a parliamentary investigation and leading local officials to warn families they would be denied state benefits if found practising chhaupadi. – Reuters

That’s a rap for sneaky Savage

Grammy-nominated Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage was arrested on Sunday by US immigration officials, who said he was illegally in the country and a convicted felon. The rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, went to the US from the UK in 2005, overstaying his visa to settle in Atlanta, said Bryan Cox, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Cox said Abraham-Joseph, whose 21 Savage Facebook page shows several forthcoming concerts, was in custody in Georgia and faced deportation proceedings in federal immigration courts. He said Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in 2014, and was arrested on Sunday as part of a targeted operation with the co-operation of local law enforcement. – © The Daily Telegraph
Migrants walk on the side of a highway in Mexico during their journey towards the US.
ON HER TAIL Migrants walk on the side of a highway in Mexico during their journey towards the US.
Image: Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini



Wall the troubles of the world: Why immigration works

Despite our very own unemployment and poverty, we’d do well to turn the influx of foreigners to our advantage

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Sellers hang up on Vodacom as its name takes a battering

Shares dip to a five-year low on Monday on the back of a spate of bad financial news and reputational damage

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Edcon: Landlords grudgingly cough up as chain cuts space

Becoming shareholders in the retailer might not be what they signed up for, but the alternatives are worse

By Larry Claasen
1 min read



Apps upside your head: Coding’s the key for SA girls

Book extract: 'The New Girl Code'

By Niki Smit
9 min read

Toothpick and choose: Joburg artist’s prickly abstracts

Chris Soal creates strange organic patterns that look like thick, dense animal fur. Or a field of long grass

By Graham Wood
4 min read

Oil be damned: The world’s most haunted painting

A painting with ‘supernatural powers’ makes the rounds on eBay, bringing with it all sorts of creepy history

By Alice Vincent
11 min read

The prizewinning book written one SMS at a time

Kurdish Iranian refugee detained in Australia thumbs out an account of his experiences via cellphone

By Michele Magwood
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: PSL may dock Downs a point over Arendse

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
4 min read

T20: Andile and the new boys do skipper David Miller proud

Phehlukwayo snuffs out Pakistan’s chances in the last over, but he had plenty of support from the debutants

2 min read

Blasts from the past: Umpire walks out of Bob Hewitt match

Today in SA sports history: February 5

David Isaacson
1 min read