Tuesday, April 30 2019



Pity poor politicians. Still eight long days of parroting platitudes

But there's a silver lining. Once it's over, they can go back to fleecing us for all they're worth - no matter who wins

Tom Eaton
4 min read

EXPLAINER: What exactly is hate speech and does it apply to old SA flag?

Nelson Mandela Foundation and AfriForum duke it out in court over banning of flag. These are their arguments

Ernest Mabuza
2 min read

Parents sue after teen’s sex ordeal in private hospital

After 16-year-old was allegedly raped by a casualty nurse, parents say they have not had feedback from police

By Tania Broughton
3 min read

Now right-to-die activist faces a third murder charge

Sean Davison will be indicted on allegations he administered a 'lethal amount of drugs' to paralysed former triathlete

Aron Hyman
2 min read



Moz floods: ‘We don’t know what we’ll do’

A devastating humanitarian crisis emerges after the strongest cyclone yet to hit Africa wreaks havoc

3 min read

You show him, girl! Mugging victim fights back in bag snatch to-and-fro

CCTV footage shows the plucky woman deliver swift comeuppance to the man who robbed her

Jeff Wicks
2 min read

Waste firm loses court bid after claims of ‘dirty’ business

Medical waste firm whose services were terminated by KZN health claims the choosing of new contractor was unlawful

5 min read

Cape theatre veteran bounces back after heart transplant

Set designer Saul Radomsky has had many glittering theatrical milestones, but he says having a new heart beats them all

5 min read

We were poor but classy, say daughters of Nasa genius

The daughters of the iconic mathematician flew into SA to collect her honorary doctorate

2 min read



A candle burns outside St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo a week after the bomb attacks.
THE WICK BURNS AGAINST THE WICKED A candle burns outside St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo a week after the bomb attacks.
Image: Reuters/Thomas Peter

Six things about SA you need to know

Judiciary will never be captured: Mogoeng

Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says the judiciary will never be captured. He was speaking during eNCA’s In Conversation with Chief Justice, in which he reflected on the state of the judiciary as the country entered its 25th anniversary of the post-apartheid dispensation. He was adamant that of the three pillars of state (executive, legislative and the judiciary), the judiciary was the least corrupt. “I think it would take a very weak and corrupt judge or magistrate to be captured,” he said. Judges receive full salaries and increases even after they retire up until their deaths. He said the state “went out of its way” to ensure that judges were very well paid. “The judiciary as a collective has not been captured but I cannot vouch for every individual. But I can confidently say the overwhelming majority of the judges are incapable of being captured,” he said.

KZN flood toll hits 70, damage over R1bn

The death toll from the floods that swept through parts of KwaZulu-Natal last week has been confirmed at 70, with an estimated R1.1bn in damage. KZN premier Willies Mchunu said on Monday this number could increase since two people were still missing. More than 50 people had been admitted to hospital. Mchunu said the worst-affected municipalities were eThekwini followed by the Ugu and King Cetshwayo district municipalities. He said 1,469 people had been displaced by the floods and had to be given temporary accommodation in community halls and with neighbours and relatives. At least 235 private homes had been damaged in eThekwini alone. “The estimated damage stands at R1.1bn, with eThekwini estimated at more than R685m,” he said. A provincial day of prayer will be held on May 3 to honour those who died.

Man in court after severed head found in fridge

A Senegalese man made a fleeting appearance in court on Monday in connection with the death of his decapitated girlfriend. The 29-year-old woman’s head was discovered on Friday in the fridge at a flat she apparently shared with the 31-year-old man in Kempton Park. The prosecutor asked that the man not be named because the matter had reached a sensitive stage. The man, who is facing a murder charge, spent about five minutes in the dock. He will remain behind bars until a formal bail application on May 7. Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Jethro Mtshali said on Friday the woman’s body was found in the flat they shared. “She was allegedly beheaded by her boyfriend. The woman’s head was later found in the fridge in the same flat.”

Durban to haul striking water workers to court

The eThekwini municipality is in the process of applying for a court interdict to force striking water and sanitation workers to go back to work. Municipal spokesman Msawakhe Mayisela said on Monday. He said a skeletal staff was working on alleviating water problems caused by the strike. Several suburbs in and around Durban have been without water for almost a week as disgruntled workers have refused to repair faults. There have also been allegations that workers deliberately shut off the supply to several suburbs. Democratic Alliance KwaZulu-Natal leader Zwakele Mncwango said on Tuesday the strike was fuelled by city officials “flouting the human resources process in order to hire uMkhonto weSizwe veterans”. A week ago, city manager Sipho Nzuza said the workers were demanding a pay increase to the level they claimed the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association members were receiving.

Stop using Mandela’s name: royal house to DA

The Mandela royal house has asked the DA to desist from using Nelson Mandela’s name while electioneering. In a scathing statement on Monday, Mandla Mandela, who heads the royal house, said the opposition party must stop “pretending to be the upholders of Mandela’s legacy”. ”They are guilty of abusing the Mandela name and legacy to further their own narrow class interests. Royal House of Mandela is unequivocal in its position that those who stand united with apartheid Israel, as Mmusi Maimane and the DA do, are no friends of the Mandela legacy,” Mandela said. The royal house threw its weight behind the ANC, saying it was a party of “true unity”.

350,000 to sit for mid-year matric exams

More than 350,000 pupils are expected to sit for the country’s first mid-year matric examinations, the national department of education said on Monday. The exams are expected to start on May 2 and will continue until June 14. Explaining the high volume of those expected to write, department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said this was because the department had merged the February/March supplementary exams and the May/June senior certificate exams. “For this reason, the number of candidates who will sit for the 2019 mid-year examination has increased significantly, and will see well over 350,000 registered candidates write the annual examination, as compared to numbers that were lower than 200,000 in the past, for both exams,” Mhlanga said. The results are expected to be released on August 2 2019.


Tito Mboweni is a man of VERY simple taste. He took to Twitter to show his 'simple healthy meal'. Which is a can of Lucky Star Pilchards in a bowl. With a post like that, how can the Twitterverse not comment?



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?

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This is how Facebook tries to nipple nudity in the buds

Ever wondered how the web giant decides what billions of users can post? We sat in on such a session

By Laurence Dodds
6 min read

The Macrons: the novel romance that works against all the odds

This is how the teacher and pupil became one of the world’s unlikeliest prominent couples

By David Chazan
6 min read

Rumours rife after Brazilian model drops dead on Sao Paulo catwalk

Was it hunger? A loose strap on his sandal? His agency insists Tales Cotta was healthy and drug free

By James Rothwell
2 min read

Aquarium in deep water over hammerhead shark deaths

Europe's largest aquarium faces legal action over the 30 deaths, although it denies it mistreated them

By David Chazan
3 min read


A man helps a woman through in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth in Pemba, Mozambique.
HELPING HAND A man helps a woman through in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth in Pemba, Mozambique.
Image: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

6 things you need to know about the world

Mob film actor stabbed in Mafia hub

A teenaged actor who appeared in an award-winning film about child criminals in Naples has been stabbed in the Italian organised crime stronghold, media reported on Monday. Ukranian Artem Tkachuk, 18, played one of the gun-wielding, drug-peddling teens in Piranhas, based on a novel by renowned investigative journalist and Mafia expert Roberto Saviano. Tkachuk was attacked by a so-called "baby gang" in the early hours after a night out last week with a friend, national dailies said. He was stabbed twice while his friend was beaten. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries. Police believe the youngster may have been set upon because of his role in the film, which won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 69th Berlin film festival in February. – AFP

A video editing refresher, perhaps?

Footage of an American aircraft carrier in the Gulf which Iran claimed it shot with a drone in the Gulf appears to be "several years old", the US Navy has said.The video was shot by a military drone, Iran's Tasnim news agency claimed on Sunday in a report on its website, and published some of the imagery from the surveillance flight."The footage the Iranians recently released... appears to be several years old, and of the last deployment to the Arabian Gulf by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)," Lt. Chloe Morgan, US Naval Forces Central Command spokesperson, told AFP in an email. – AFP

No end of trouble for kids born to IS fathers

Children born to Yazidi women as a result of rape by Islamic State group fighters will not be permitted to join the community in northern Iraq, the faith’s Supreme Spiritual Council said. The Yazidi community once numbered around 500,000 members in the mountainous Sinjar region of northwest Iraq, but it was ravaged by IS’s 2014 sweep into the area. Jihadists killed Yazidi men, forced boys to join their ranks as fighters and abducted and imprisoned thousands of Yazidi women as sex slaves. The children born of those rapes have been the subject of fierce debate in the insular community, which only recognises children as Yazidis if both their parents hail from the sect. – AFP

Pope urges hairdressers to cut gossip

Pope Francis has welcomed hairdressers, hairstylists and beauticians to the Vatican but warned them not to indulge in gossip while feathering locks or painting fingernails. “Practise your profession in a Christian style, treating customers with kindness and courtesy, and always offering them a good word and encouragement,” he said. Snip split ends and wax limbs while “avoiding giving in to the temptation of chatter that easily creeps into your work environment,” he urged them during an audience in the Vatican. He said the cosmetologists should be guided by their patron saint, Peruvian Martino de Porres, a 16th-century barber-surgeon whose miracles include levitation, being in two places at once, instant cures, and an ability to communicate with animals. – AFP

Wanted: workers to restore Notre-Dame

France is in a hurry to rebuild world famous Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Romain Legoube, an 18-year-old apprentice carpenter, hopes to be among those chosen for the prestigious task of restoring its centuries-old roof. He Legoube is one of about 10,000 students trained every year by Les Compagnons du Devoir, a guild association created over 70 years ago, with a nod to medieval traditions, to train people in different crafts. However, Legoube must obtain his certification, and travel around workplaces in France and abroad to become a skilled craftsman. Jean-Claude Bellanger, who heads the association, alerted the French government in the wake of the fire that there was a lack of manpower in the building trade, which could slow down Notre-Dame's reconstruction. The organisation's partner companies were facing a shortage of about 100 stonecutters, 100 masons, 150 carpenters and 200 roofers. – Reuters

Floating resort dream scuppered

The 6m-wide floating cabin that was home to an American bitcoin trader and his Thai girlfriend was supposed to launch a village of buoy-based homes in international waters. That was until the Thai navy came along. Chad Elwartowski and Supranee Thepdet lived for about two months in the cabin hailed as the "first seastead" by the group Ocean Builders. They envisioned a community that would include an underwater resort and restaurant off the coast of Thailand. Advocates say floating communities in international waters offer a way to explore alternative societies and governments beyond the borders of countries. It's a concept that has been around for more than a decade, but the couple were the first to actually live on one. Now, however, they have been charged with violating Thai sovereignty. - Reuters



Freedom’s just another word until we put it into practice

Patience has turned to urgency and anger. Maybe we have five years to fix it, certainly not another 25

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Pick n Pay: Not still picking up scraps from the Shoprite floor

A weak Shoprite is still proportionally more profitable than a strong Pick n Pay. CEO Brasher is trying to fix it

By Larry Claasen
1 min read

Great, you found a whopping diamond, now try to sell it

Lucara’s new find, a 1,758 carat, tennis-ball sized gem, offers bragging rights but how much cash in the bank?

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



Bookmarks: Do it Euro-style and you might make this list

A fortnightly look at books, writers and reviews

By Andrew Donaldson
9 min read

Call it locavore or simply ‘no waste’: it’s a smart way to eat

Jozi’s Urbanology has tasked itself with sourcing ingredients within a 150km radius over 150 days

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Bibliomaniacs of SA, where art thou? More than likely at Wits

Joburg art collector and philanthropist Jack Ginsberg opens the Centre for Book Arts at Wits Art Museum

By Graham Wood
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: IBO champs go head to head for top SA award

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
3 min read

Cricket World Cup: Looks like a batsman’s track, I'm afraid

Cricket’s batting über alles dictum - and Kookaburra balls - means pace will suffer and spin might prosper

Telford Vice
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Starry Boks blitz Scotland in 1960

Today in SA sports history: April 30

David Isaacson
1 min read