Friday, May 10 2019



Party crasher: Cyril is more popular than the ANC

South Africans backed Ramaphosa on the national ballot but snubbed the ANC in the provincial vote

By Isaac Mahlangu and Neo Goba
2 min read
Ideas FREE

ANC is shedding but the DA is all GOOD: the post-election state of play

From the big players to the microscopic particle-parties, this is what the results tell us so far

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Populism has SA in its grip left, right and centre

Global study shows the nation is among the most extreme in its politics, but local analysts say it’s not that simple

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

What the FF happened? They did slaan terug (sort of)

The FF Plus says it has finally hit on a formula that works

2 min read



Far-out drug dispute may give ‘dealers’ the higher ground

A legal challenge to the outlawing of ecstasy could have a startling impact for dealers and users

By Tania Broughton
4 min read

Vaal University of Technology crippled by strike ahead of exams

Lecturers, cleaners and security guards down tools amid series of resignations and claims of corruption

2 min read

Favourite ‘ancestor’ is erased from the family tree - again

Australopithecus sediba has been demoted as our relative

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

Runner pounds 1,000km of pavement for charity

NGOs reveal money raised from headline-grabbing stunts is a drop in the ocean, but it’s the publicity that matters

Jeff Wicks
Senior reporter
2 min read



Ideas FREE

My hero, soul mate and I voted for happily-ever-after

It was 25 years ago, the world was full with possibility and the voting queues were long - it was a perfect day

5 min read

US Space Force plan will end in tears, for everyone

With new space powers rapidly emerging, Trump's military drive will be an act of expensive and dangerous folly

By Robin Pagnamenta
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Our romantic fate was SWANK when we switched to tweet nothings

Messaging has freed us from a lot of anxiety, but we've lost much with the demise of handwritten letters

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read


People walk along the headland at Newborough beach in Wales.
IT’S JUST US People walk along the headland at Newborough beach in Wales.
Image: Reuters/Phil Noble

Six things about SA you need to know

It was a very bad day for BLF

Thursday was a bad day for Black First Land First. First, preliminary results from Wednesday's election showed the party has virtually no sway in the court of public opinion; then the party was ordered by a court of law to stop claiming billionaire Patrice Motsepe was involved in plotting a coup d'etat in Botswana. That is what judge Thifhelimbilu Mudau ruled in the South Gauteng High Court after Motsepe launched an urgent application to get a temporary interdict to stop the party and its leader, Andile Mngxitama, from repeating the allegations.

Woman falls to her death in Joburg mall

A woman died in a terrible fall at the multi-storey Eastgate shopping mall in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, on Thursday. Taking to their Twitter feed, mall management said the incident happened shortly before 2pm. ‘While ER24 paramedics responded to the scene immediately and attempted to resuscitate the shopper, she unfortunately passed away as a result of her injuries,’ the mall tweeted. As police investigations continued, parts of the mall remained closed to the public.

IEC probes 19 cases of duplicate voting

The electoral commission (IEC) said it expected South Africans to be honest at the voting stations, as 19 cases of ‘duplicate voting’ in KZN are being investigated by the police. IEC's deputy chief executive officer Mawethu Mosery said the commission did not expect South Africans to resort to criminal activities on election day. ‘We expected honesty. Our security features are reliant on the authority given to you to exercise 24 (A) through a scanner machine or giving us proof that you are registered as a voter. Secondly the fact that your name is either deleted from the voters’ roll or you have proof that you are registered somewhere else. The ink was the main trump card to protect that environment but the moment people starting finding ways to reprobate we couldn't counter that on the day and we learned a lot from yesterday,’ he said.

PP stopped from releasing report on minister

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has described a judgment by the North Gauteng High Court interdicting her from releasing a report against minister Gugile Nkwinti as ‘an academic exercise’. Judge Cassim Sardiwally on Thursday granted the interdict sought by Nkwinti to halt the public release of a report that found he had violated the executive ethics code and the constitution. Nkwinti argued that Mkhwebane did not provide enough time for him to respond to the report. But Mkhwebane's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, said: ‘We are puzzled by the order. In our view, the applicant didn’t even argue or plead for an interim interdict. It is therefore unclear what the basis for the order is.’ He said it was a pity that they are yet to know the reasons for the judgment.

Prosecutor held for taking bribe

The Hawks on Thursday arrested a Limpopo prosecutor who allegedly demanded and accepted a R1,500 bribe to withdraw a drunken driving case. ‘The prosecutor allegedly demanded a R1,500 bribe from the complainant who was arrested for driving under the influence of liquor,’ said Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke. ‘The complainant reported the matter to the Hawks who swiftly conducted an undercover operation that culminated in the arrest of the suspect in her office soon after accepting a bribe.’ Maluleke said preliminary investigations revealed that the case of driving under the influence of liquor against the complainant was indeed withdrawn. The 45-year-old prosecutor is expected to appear in the Seshego Magistrates Court on Friday .

Election cops nab abalone smuggler

While South Africans cast their votes for a better future, criminals worked hard to destroy it. Luckily, police patrolling to keep voting stations free of trouble stumbled on a man trying to smuggle abalone worth R2m out of the country. The Chinese man was arrested on Wednesday when a police patrol spotted him trying to reverse a Ford Ranger out of a warehouse in Bellville, Cape Town. According to police spokesperson Sgt Noloyiso Rwexana, officers thought the driver appeared suspicious and decided to stop and search his vehicle. ‘At about 3.15pm they approached and searched the vehicle, upon which they recovered 16 sealed boxes of dried abalone,’ she said. She said the officers then searched the warehouse and found an illegal abalone-processing facility.




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



World FREE

Our survival may be underground. Let that sink in

We're losing arable land at an alarming rate, but scientists say going below the surface could help feed the planet

3 min read

Home of the brave again: amid US mass shootings, ‘heroes’ emerge

Youngsters who sacrifice their lives to save others from mass shooters have inspired hope the scourge can be stopped

3 min read

The free will myth: your fate may be decided before you’re born

Neuroscientist says free will may be a (necessary) myth, and that your life choices and physical traits are a done deal

By Rachel Cocker
6 min read

Kermit the Frog and that ‘bitch’ Joan: the starry story of the Walk of Fame

The LA institution, which has just unveiled its 2,660th star, is probably Hollywood's best piece of marketing

By Celia Walden
7 min read


A supporter waits for the arrival of Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, US.
BIG PEOPLE SHOES A supporter waits for the arrival of Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, US.
Image: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

6 things you need to know about the world

Chimp chump makes an Archie-enemy

The BBC has fired a British radio presenter who tweeted an image of a chimpanzee dressed in clothes below the caption “Royal Baby leaves hospital”. Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth in the early hours of Monday to a boy, Archie, the first mixed-race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history. “Just got fired,” Danny Baker, a broadcaster with BBC Radio 5 Live, said on Twitter. The BBC said the tweet was a serious error of judgement that went “against the values we as a station aim to embody”. “Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us,” the BBC said. Meghan, whose mother is African-American and father is white, has been the target of racist commentary on social media in the past. – Reuters

Thai bounty is a royal load of bull

Thailand’s royal oxen predicted a good harvest in an annual ploughing ceremony on Thursday, as the world’s second-largest rice exporter heads into a new growing season. The ceremony - an ancient Brahmin ritual that heralds the start of the season in May - was presided over by newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his queen. Draped in red and gold, two light-skinned royal oxen, named “Perm” and “Poon”, which together form the word “multiply“ in Thai, pulled a plough round a ceremonial field nine times, accompanied by court Brahmins and government officials. Then they were presented with seven food items, with court astrologers interpreting their choices as a pointer to the country’s harvest. They ate rice, predicting bountiful grains and fruits, said farm ministry official Meesak Pakdeekong. “They also had water and grass, predicting good water and bountiful grains, food, fruits and meat.” Hindus revere the white bull Nandi as the vehicle of the god Shiva. – Reuters

Bank takes ‘responsibilty’ for typo

Millions of A$50 banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing typographical error that was overlooked by the country’s central bank before they were printed and circulated. The goof first became known on Thursday when a listener on radio outlet Triple M sent the station a magnified photo of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s new A$50 note highlighting the word “responsibility” misspelt as “responsibilty” three times. The note is Australia’s most widely circulated, accounting for nearly half the total value of other banknotes in use, the bank says. - Reuters

A killer of a cable car ride

Tanzania wants to boost tourist numbers by putting a cable car on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, and is in talks about the project with a Chinese and a Western company. About 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually. A cable car could increase tourist numbers by 50% by providing access to the mountain for those unable to climb it, Constantine Kanyasu, the deputy minister for tourism, said. “We are still doing a feasibility study to see if this project works. There are two companies, one from China and another from a Western country, that have shown interest. This won’t be the first time in the world - cable cars are there in Sweden, Italy, the Himalayas,” he said. -Reuters

Join the post-9/11 Q for old-school gadgets

A lipstick pistol, a button-hole camera, a lethal umbrella and an authentic waterboarding table: the espionage world’s heroic, ingenious and sordid sides are all on show in Washington’s all-new, much-expanded International Spy Museum. The showplace that once conjured James Bond and Austin Powers as much as it did actual life-and-death Cold War intrigue, has grown and, in the tailwind of 9/11 and the War on Terror, grown up. Relocated in a gleaming new steel and glass building double the size of its former premises, the museum still amazes and charms with the tales and gadgets of the undercover world going back centuries. But now it also depicts the complex and often unsettling challenges of the world of shadows, with visitors asked in clever interactive games and simulated situation rooms to decide: could I be an intelligence agent? – AFP

Never mind the Sex Pistols, here’s Brollocks

Britain’s Liberal Democrats have unveiled “Bollocks to Brexit” as their stark new campaign slogan in the European Parliament election campaign. The centrist party, which performed well in council elections last week, is seeking to beef up its credentials as the traditional pro-European party. “We’ve been the pro-Europe party for 50 years,” party leader Vince Cable told The Guardian. The Lib Dems are facing competition from Change UK, a new group of former Conservative and Labour MPs who also oppose leaving the EU and want a second referendum on Brexit with an option for Britain to remain in the EU. The “Bollocks to Brexit” slogan has until now been used only by campaigners. The word “bollocks” - used in British English - means both rubbish and testicles and was made world-famous by the Sex Pistols punk album Never Mind The Bollocks. - AFP



You can’t kill my kid, then expect to cover the funeral costs and walk away

Class action suit against Tiger Brands gears up in the wake of the listeriosis tragedy in which 218 people died

By Giulietta Talevi
4 min read

Investors whack Steinhoff but real pain comes with accounts

Share price falls 20% on Thursday after a quarter of a trillion rand in ‘accounting irregularities’ are revealed

By Warren Thompson
1 min read

SA shareholders were the big winners in AB InBev-SAB deal

ABI paid a premium price to SABMiller shareholders in 2016, a valuation the company is still battling to match

By Ann Crotty
1 min read



‘Game of Thrones’: Who will take out Mad Queen Daenerys?

Let’s venture deep into the wildest, darkest theories

By Alice Vincent
7 min read

Inside the affectations and afflictions of Ben Affleck

Exclusive interview with the star of ‘Triple Frontier’ on Netflix, a buddy-heist action film with some odd twists

By Margaret Gardener
6 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Whiteley and Marx back to jinx Tahs

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
4 min read

Chris Morris: Biltong goes pretty well with pot roast

This week he joined the SA World Cup squad, and now Hampshire have nabbed him for county T20 tourney

Telford Vice
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Madiba inauguration inspires Bafana

Today in SA sports history: May 10

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
1 min read