Monday, March 11 2019



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SA is so used to crime, we don’t even expect it to be punished

From murder and rape to Zuma and the Guptas – these things are becoming normalised and they need to be crushed

4 min read

We’ll believe him ... Shaik’s miraculous decade of terminal illness

After 10 years of freedom, fraudster insists he's still very ill, and his doctor stands by his original diagnosis

Jeff Wicks
4 min read

ANALYSIS: What the EFF?! Gordhan fights being grilled by Moyane

He claims Malema's party is behind a bid by the ex-Sars boss to cross-examine him at the Zondo probe

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

When AfriForum talks about ‘merit’ in sport, it means ‘whites’

AfriForum and Solidarity are staging a 'last stand' in SA’s formerly white-dominated sports - but they won't win

3 min read



Dual-SIM phones come with only one slot. Why?

MTN and Vodacom deliberately sell dual-SIM devices with one slot disabled. We asked them for the reason

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

How I was cured of addiction, cancer and HIV

The 'Berlin patient' tells us why he celebrates four birthdays. And why many HIV people don't want to be cured

4 min read

‘He’s so funny’: when little Daisy met President Ramaphosa

Eight-year-old's letter to Cyril touches his heart, and when they met she had some questions for our number-one citizen

Belinda Pheto
2 min read

New light on the murky murder of Estina whistleblower

The suspects are expected to make their second court appearance in court on Friday

Bongani Fuzile
3 min read

Kwaai, the beloved country: There are reasons to be cheerful

There are many reasons Saffers are unhappy, but the world's top happiness expert has some tips for contentment

Tanya Farber
3 min read

You’d better duck really fast if Naomi Campbell catches you doing this

The legendary supermodel tells Times Select about the one thing that enrages her more than any other

3 min read



Why abandoning my children was the best thing I ever did

She went to the shops and never returned. Here, a mom explains why her family were better off without her

By Michele Kirsch
6 min read

Paedophile ‘masterclass’: How Jacko groomed the boys’ mothers too

As shocking sex abuse claims against the star emerge, experts reveal that exploitation often begins with the family

By Margarette Driscoll
6 min read

Germany’s other, hidden shame: the babies the communists stole

Father tells of 29-year search for his son stolen by the state - and he is but one of many thousands of affected parents

By Justin Huggler
4 min read


Caelyn Kempgen, 9, poses for a selfie with her mother at Montecasino after having her hair spray-painted in her favourite colours during the Cansa Shavathon to show solidarity with those affected by cancer.
little star Caelyn Kempgen, 9, poses for a selfie with her mother at Montecasino after having her hair spray-painted in her favourite colours during the Cansa Shavathon to show solidarity with those affected by cancer.
Image: Sebabatso Mosamo

Six things about SA you need to know

Crashed airliner had flown from Joburg

The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday — killing everyone on board — had been piloted only hours before from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa‚ the airline disclosed. A total of 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the flight. The victims were of 35 nationalities — with Kenya and Canada suffering the biggest casualties by nationality. No South Africans were on board.

Cyril to meet Zim’s Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe - described as one of SA's top trading partners on the continent - will host a meeting between presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday. The SA president's office said Ramaphosa will travel to Harare to co-chair the third session of the Bi-National Commission, following a meeting between senior officials from both countries last week. The two countries conduct their bilateral relations through the Bi-National Commission, established in 2015. Both heads of state will review progress made with the implementation of the 45 bilateral agreements signed so far spanning trade and investment, health, labour, migration, defence, taxation, tourism, water and environment.

ANC eyes drones to keep borders safe

SA may soon turn to drones to help it to protect its porous borders from illegal immigrants. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Sunday the country could consider using the unmanned aerial vehicles in an effort to keep the country's borders safe. She was speaking to the media at the ANC headquarters as part of the party's manifesto briefing on peace and stability. Mapisa-Nqakula said the SA government was always quizzed about whether it had enough personnel to deploy to the borders, but it was now time to innovate. "We have reached a point where we believe we should not be moaning about the number of companies (military units), the numbers of warm bodies, you have on the borderline. "We should now ... look at innovative ways, look at technology. For instance, SA is a big producer of unmanned aerial vehicles and we are now looking into that," said Mapisa-Nqakula.

Life for raping three-year-old girl

The Empangeni regional court has sentenced a rapist to life imprisonment after raping a three-year-old girl outside her homestead. In December 2015, the girl was playing with friends when neighbour Velenkosini Myeni, 32, called her over to walk with him into the bushes. "While he was raping her in the bushes, a 15-year-old boy who was coming from the grazing veld heard the child screaming in the bushes. "He went towards the screaming direction to investigate and found the suspect allegedly raping the child. He immediately called his elders who came for assistance," KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lt-Col Thulani Zwane said. The suspect was caught and handed over to the police.

Hunt launched for kidnapped businessman

Limpopo police are on the hunt for a group of armed suspects who attacked, robbed and kidnapped a local businessman in Polokwane on Saturday night. "It is alleged that on Saturday at about 9.30pm, the businessman was at his home with his employees when unknown suspects emerged, pointed firearms at them and ordered them to lie down," police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said. "During the process, the suspects robbed the victims of their cellphones, forced the owner inside his Porsche and drove away, leaving behind the employees. The car was later found abandoned near Ivy Park suburb within the city of Polokwane." The victim is still missing.

Man gets life for raping handicapped cousin

The Eshowe Regional Court has sentenced a 25-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping his 33-year-old mentally handicapped cousin. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Lieutenent-Colonel Thulani Zwane said the mentally handicapped man was at home in Gingindlovu on New Year's Day when the suspect raped him at about 4am. "The two brothers of the victim who came from enjoying themselves for the New Year's Day, noticed that the door of a rondavel where their brother was sleeping was not properly closed and they became suspicious," Zwane said. "They went inside and caught the suspect and the victim half-naked." A rape case was opened at the Gingindlovu police station after the suspect confessed.


An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.



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?

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Write on the money: robo-journalists are taking over newsrooms

There's no threat to humans' jobs, say the experts ... for now

4 min read

Melania Trump assumed my hubby was the minister, says OZ ex-MP

The revelation comes as Australia’s embattled government has been accused of having a 'women problem'

2 min read

AI has a sexism bug, and these women aim to fix it

Experts say women can help fix AI’s gender bias by rewriting algorithms to ensure sexism isn’t reflected by technology

By Natasha Bernal
3 min read

What’s the use of living longer if we all turn into zombies?

Lack of progress in ways to regenerate brain cells may create an ageing generation with feeble brains

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

Wacko ‘Simpsons’ episode is canned

A ‘treasured’ episode of ‘The Simpsons’ featuring the voice of Michael Jackson is to be removed from TV in response to the ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary. The show’s executive producer said the episode could no longer remain in circulation in light of the ‘monstrous behaviour’ described in the film. In the 1991 episode titled ‘Stark Raving Dad’, Homer is admitted to a mental hospital and Jackson voices the character of a patient who believes he is a pop star. At the time, his involvement in the episode was a secret, and was only confirmed years later. - The Daily Telegraph

Things take a dive in Melbourne

Strapped to homemade flying devices shaped as gliders and even houses, competitors jumped into a river in Melbourne’s Yarra River on Sunday as part of a quirky annual competition for charity. The Birdman Rally sees participants jump off a four-metre platform with homemade gliders. While the goal is to stay in the air for as long as possible, contestants are also judged on their costumes, pre-jump performances and how much they have raised for their nominated charity. This year’s winner, Mark Rees, jumped seven metres. - AFP

That was some Berry, Berry bad Italian

TV chef Mary Berry has angered Italian chefs, who have instructed her to learn the language properly and accused her of being ‘cringey’ after she pronounced ‘espresso’ as ‘expresso’ in her new series. Staging a cookery demonstration on a Roman rooftop, she makes individual tiramisu pots, explaining as she pours in the coffee: ‘I just used instant. You could use expresso.’ Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli said this pronunciation is ‘the most annoying thing. We don't pronounce bangers and mash wrong, we don’t pronounce roast beef wrong. British chefs, people in general always pronounce it wrong.’ – The Daily Telegraph

Bots besiege Meghan

Suspicious ‘bot-like’ Twitter accounts and handles linked to Russian conspiracy theories have been ‘obsessively’ tweeting about the Duchess of Sussex, an investigation has found. Analysis of accounts interconnected into a ‘Meghan Markle’ Twitter community found around 1,000 ‘highly connected’ accounts that have tweeted more than 2,5 million times since September. - The Daily Telegraph

Why you should buckle up when told to

Severe turbulence injured 30 people aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul that landed safely at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon. Most of the people suffered minor injuries, including bumps, bruises and cuts. One suffered a broken leg. The airliner encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before landing at JFK. – The Daily Telegraph

Women marchers ‘disrespected Islam’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused a women's march in Istanbul on Friday of disrespecting Islam by booing the Islamic call to prayer. Several thousand women had gathered for the march to celebrate International Women's Day but police fired tear gas to disperse them. In an election rally on Sunday, Erdogan showed a video taken during the protest, showing women chanting while a nearby mosque was reciting the call to prayer. ‘They disrepected the Azan (call to prayer) by slogans, booing and whistling,’ he said. Women who took part in the march said on Twitter the chanting and whistling was part of the demonstration and was not aimed at the call to prayer. - Reuters
Central America migrants cross the Mexican border and enter El Paso, Texas.
PASSAGE THROUGH EL PASO Central America migrants cross the Mexican border and enter El Paso, Texas.
Image: Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez



Private or bust: the state must keeps its mitts off power generation

The government cannot be trusted to manage power generation infrastructure to get us out of the Eskom crisis

By Ryan Ravens
4 min read

Aspen reviews operations as share plunges on debt concerns

Increase in borrowings, in particular, scared investors, although this has peaked, the company says

By Nick Hedley
2 min read

The worst idea ever: Trump’s trade war is a non-starter

Even if you measure their success by the president's favoured metric, the tariff hikes have backfired

By Jeremy Warner
4 min read



The fast route to better health

Fasting for as few as 16 hours can improve health, repair molecular damage and counteract disease

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read

Hit, stand, or Fold? If you’ve got the folding stuff, go for it

Willing to gamble about R36,000 on Samsung’s new Fold? If not, there are less eye-watering Galaxy models

By Sylvia McKeown
3 min read

If the fat or fags don’t get you, loneliness will - but tech heart

Is technology the solution to the deadly loneliness epidemic? Companion robots could well be the answer

By Jack Rear
5 min read

Easy does it, old toppies, the gogglebox will rot your brain

Watching TV for more than three hours a day may double memory decline in older people, study finds

By Henry Bodkin
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Harding takes ‘nerve-wracking’ maiden title

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
7 min read

The Solskjaer effect will be a game changer when hiring coaches

Manchester United have proven the benefits of giving former players top managerial jobs, and it might catch on

By Jamie Carragher
6 min read

Blasts from the past: Lara brushes SA aside in World Cup

Today in SA sports history: March 11

David Isaacson
1 min read