Tuesday, June 4 2019



Cape wine farmer’s murder ‘nothing to do with land grab’

Killing of Stefan Smit after a bitter land row reignites the debate over dangerous rhetoric

Aron Hyman
4 min read

How SA’s No 1 became the Guptas’ No 9

Explosive testimony at the Zondo inquiry reveals how Zuma helped the Guptas set up ANN7

Amil Umraw
5 min read

Evil forces are out to get me, says business tycoon

KZN mall owner Vivian Reddy claims he’s the victim of defamation and slander in a new plot to bring him down

By Tania Broughton
3 min read



It’s tiaras at dawn as beauty fights for booty

Pageant queen dethroned when she asked where the promised R500k worth of 'amazing prizes' were

Shain Germaner
2 min read

Dad’s fire pain: Why wasn’t even one kid saved?

A lone shoe and a teddy bear are all that's left after four children died in a fire in a house outside Durban

By Lwandile Bhengu and Bongani Mthethwa
3 min read

The devil in the details: ‘Bride of Satan’ found guilty

Without Cecilia Steyn's involvement, none of the of the Krugersdorp killings would have taken place, judge says

3 min read

Young surfer has already saved a life, but don’t ask him to talk about it

For this NSRI award winner, rescuing a struggling swimmer was just part of another day at the sea

2 min read

SA man jumps from war-era plane to remember D-Day

And jumping with him was one of the soldiers who was just 17 when he jumped into Normandy during World War 2

Jeff Wicks
1 min read
Ideas FREE

Scales of injustice: The fight for the imperilled pangolin

New documentary highlights the precarious state of an animal that is on the edge of extinction

Nadine Dreyer
Features editor
4 min read



We laugh until we cry at these politicians and their shipstorms

Trump; freedom gas; Zuma trying to build a monument out of trash. It’d all be funny, except that it's all too serious

Tom Eaton
4 min read

Forget dying, D-Day soldier worried about ‘not coming up to scratch’

Lord Bramall recalls how a sense of duty drove him on when he led a platoon in the D-Day landings

By Con Coughlin
7 min read

The intel on incels: men’s ‘hot or not’ culture is turning ugly

Incels, sexually desperate men who hate women, see the world as being as cruel as it is simple

By Zoe Strimpel
4 min read


Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes a picture at the scene where a Grade 10 pupil was killed by a fellow pupil at Forest High School in Turffontein, south of Johannesburg.
THE THINGS HE HAS SEEN ... Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes a picture at the scene where a Grade 10 pupil was killed by a fellow pupil at Forest High School in Turffontein, south of Johannesburg.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi/The Sunday Times

Six things about SA you need to know

Grade 8s accused of killing fellow pupil: Lesufi

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Monday two Grade 8 pupils had allegedly stabbed a Grade 10 pupil to death near Forest High School in Turffontein, Johannebsurg. The stabbed pupil's mother fell to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably, when she saw his body. "My son, oh my poor son Daniel," she cried. An eyewitness and pupil, who cannot be identified because she is a minor, said four pupils were allegedly involved in an altercation. She believed the fight was related to rival gangs. "The one group had an exam, the other did not. They just came for a fight," she alleged. Family spokesperson Raymond Okitai confirmed the identity of the deceased. "Daniel Bakwela, he was a very good boy. I last saw him this morning. I thought he was not writing," he said. Okitai said the family had been alerted to the incident by a pupil.

Miner killed in South Deep rock burst

An employee of South Deep mine in Johannesburg was killed underground when struck by a falling rock during a series of "seismic events" on Sunday. The 38-year-old was treated by paramedics at the scene but succumbed to her injuries shortly afterwards. Three other employees were hurt but have since been released from hospital. All operations at the mine were suspended on Sunday out of respect for the deceased, and to allow the seismic events - some ranging between 1.4 and 1.9 in magnitude - to subside. Gold Fields spokesperson Sven Lunsche said: "This is the first fatality at Gold Fields this year and comes amid significant improvements in the group's safety performance over the past five years. The area that was affected was closed and will be shut for the foreseeable future.”

Man gets criminal record for chaining dogs

A 36-year-old man living in Etwatwa, Gauteng, has been found guilty in the Daveyton Magistrate's Court of animal cruelty, for chaining and confining his dogs. The conviction was handed down on Friday, with the offence having been committed in 2017. The court affirmed that animals are regarded as sentient beings that are capable of suffering and experiencing pain. "After nearly two years of travelling back and forth, and over 16 appearances, justice has been served," the SPCA said. SPCA inspector Shiven Bodasing had found five dogs chained and caged, living in dirty and parasitic conditions, on the premises in Etwatwa. The owner of the dogs, Gift Mtshali, was arrested and charged with contravening the Animal Protection Act. Mtshali was sentenced to a R6,000 fine or 12 months’ imprisonment. “I am ecstatic at the sentence handed down," said Bodasing.

Timol: Ex-security branch cop to stand trial

Joao Rodrigues, the retired security branch policeman implicated in the murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol in 1971, will have to answer to the charges against him. This comes after the Johannesburg High Court on Monday dismissed Rodrigues's application for a permanent stay of prosecution. He made the application after being charged with Timol's murder in July 2018. Timol died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the then John Vorster Square police station in central Johannesburg, where he had been detained. The original inquest in 1972 concluded that Timol had committed suicide, the reopened inquest in 2017 found that he had been pushed. It also recommended that Rodrigues be investigated. Rodrigues was indicted for murder and defeating the ends of justice in July 2018. Judge Seun Moshidi, who read the judgment of a full bench, said the ruling meant that justice would not be compromised.

Men held for cop deaths want separate cells

Lawyers representing three men arrested in connection with the death of two Durban metro policemen have asked that their clients be kept in separate cells. Mondli Mthethwa - who represents Musawenkosi Ndebele and Bonginkosi Msomi - and Thembelihle Manzi - representing Thamsanqa Mabaso - told the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Monday they wanted their clients to be kept in separate cells at the Mayville police station. The trio made their second court appearance on Monday in connection with the murders of Sergeant Zephinia Dladla, 61, and Constable Sonto Mhlanga, 40. The officers were gunned down while guarding the home of Ward 52 councillor Moses Zulu in Bhambayi, near Phoenix, two weeks ago. The first accused in the matter, 19-year-old Nkululeko Zuma, is under police guard in hospital. Reasons for the request were not given, and the magistrate granted it. The matter will be back in court on June 10.

End of road for taxi driver with R100,000 in fines

It’s the end of the road for a “warrant dodger” with nearly R100,000 in unpaid traffic fines. A Cape Town taxi driver was arrested in Sea Point on Sunday after police, who were conducting an operation to combat illegal street racing, pulled his vehicle over. They found he had 44 outstanding warrants against him, amounting to R97,350. He was one of four people arrested during the operation; the other three were charged with driving under the influence. “The city will not compromise on the safety of its residents and is serious about enforcement for road users who disobey the law,” said JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security. In total, 90 people were arrested last week for traffic-related crimes.


Petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele helped a woman at Shell Ultra City outside Cape Town by using his own money to buy fuel for the motorist who had forgotten her bank card on May 30.



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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What’s so special about the ‘special relationship’?

As Trump visits Britain, we look at what the much vaunted close ties between the US and the UK actually mean

By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill
4 min read

Caught out: Canned tuna brands fail to fight slavery

Most companies aren't enforcing their modern slavery policies throughout supply chains, a rights group says

By Lin Taylor
2 min read

Chess piece kept in a drawer for 50 years is worth R18m

Family learns the little medieval 'trinket' is part of the Lewis Chessmen, a famous hoard of 93 objects

By Gareth Davies
4 min read

Magic bullet means things are looking up for prostate cancer patients

The ‘huge’ breakthrough could significantly extend survival for men with no other options

By Laura Donnelly
2 min read


The Trumps arrive for their state visit to Britain at Stansted Airport, near London.
WALKING ON BRITISH SUNSHINE The Trumps arrive for their state visit to Britain at Stansted Airport, near London.
Image: Reuters/Carlos Barria

6 things you need to know about the world

Last survivor of Nazi death camp dies

Semion Rosenfeld, the "last known survivor" of the Nazi death camp Sobibor, has died at the age of 96, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency said on Monday. The head of the agency, Isaac Herzog, said he was "very sad" about the death of Rosenfeld. "Semion fought the Nazis as part of the Red Army and was then sent to the Sobibor death camp as a prisoner of war, where he encountered death every day until the famous rebellion," Herzog said. Rosenfeld had been a resident of Jewish Agency-supported assisted living for the past 20 years, Herzog said. Born in Ukraine, the Jewish soldier was one of more than 50 camp prisoners who survived World War 2, according to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre. About 250,000 European Jews perished in Sobibor camp, which was in Nazi-occupied Poland, between May 1942 and the summer of 1943. – AFP

Height of rudeness? Not for Trump

US President Donald Trump met Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Monday after kicking off his UK state visit by branding the London mayor a "loser" and weighing in on the Brexit debate. With a 41-gun royal salute ringing out across the royal palace's lawn, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles shook hands with the US leader and First Lady Melania Trump before British soldiers played the national anthems of the two countries. Trump's plane had not even touched down when he tweeted that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been highly critical of the red-carpet welcome laid on for Trump, was doing a "terrible job". The president called the mayor a "stone cold loser", adding: "Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, (Bill) de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job - only half his height." – AFP

Women kick back with #KuToo

A group of Japanese women on Monday submitted a petition to the government to protest against what they say is a de-facto requirement for female staff to wear high heels at work. The #KuToo campaign, a play on words from the Japanese word "kutsu" (shoes) and "kutsuu" (pain), was launched by actress and freelance writer Yumi Ishikawa and quickly won support from nearly 19,000 people online. Campaigners say wearing high heels is seen as near-obligatory when job hunting or working at many Japanese companies. "Today we submitted a petition calling for the introduction of laws banning employers from forcing women to wear heels as sexual discrimination or harassment," Ishikawa said after meeting labour ministry officials. – AFP

New York battles sky-high energy use

It’s a tall order: How do you make aging, energy-hungry skyscrapers more efficient and less polluting? The city of New York, the historic capital of the skyscraper, is determined to do so by requiring the enormous buildings to drastically curtail their energy consumption. Traditional skyscrapers are an energy-saver’s nightmare, with their vast glass facades, electric lighting everywhere, overly generous use of air conditioning and heating, and lifts by the dozen: they almost seem designed to consume a maximum of energy while emitting copious quantities of greenhouse gases. They are targeted by the Climate Mobilisation Act, passed in late April as part of the city’s commitment to reduce emissions by 80% from now through 2050. The law requires buildings of more than 2,300 square meters to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 from their 2005 levels. It will affect the about 50,000 buildings that emit one-third of the city's greenhouse gases. – AFP

Scientists tweak chicken genes to fight flu

Scientists in Britain have used gene-editing techniques to stop bird flu spreading in chicken cells grown in a lab - a key step towards making genetically-altered chickens that could halt a human flu pandemic. Bird flu viruses currently spread swiftly in wild birds and poultry, and can at times jump into humans. Global health and infectious disease specialists cite as one of their greatest concerns the threat of a human flu pandemic caused by a bird flu strain that makes such a jump and mutates into a deadly and airborne form that can pass easily between people. In the latest study, by editing out a section of chicken DNA inside the lab-grown cells, researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute prevented the bird flu virus from taking hold in the cells and replicating. The next step will be to try to produce chickens with the same genetic change. – Reuters

Eco-friendly fashion is a croc

Police in 22 countries have rescued thousands of live reptiles, including turtles and crocodiles, that traffickers intended to kill for use in fashion accessories such as wallets and handbags, Europol said on Monday. Europe’s police agency said the arrests of six people in Italy and six in Spain for illegal trafficking in live animals capped a month-long global sting dubbed Operation Blizzard that targeted smugglers, commercial cargo and pet shops. “Wildlife trafficking has increased significantly in recent years to the point where we have now thousands of reptiles worth millions of euros being seized every year,” said Pedro Felício, head of economic and property crime at Europol, which helped co-ordinate the operation. “Despite the various efforts made, the threat of environmental crime remains high,” he said. - Reuters



The economy is not only a numbers game – SA needs confidence

We need a plan to get out of our economic mess, but moreover we need dogged determination to stick to it

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

The big banks’ sudden price cuts expose a bundle of nerves

There is no doubt these are defensive moves in reaction to stiffening competition

By Londiwe Buthelezi
3 min read

No woolly thinking as Mr Price expands offshore

With Woolworths’ misadventures firmly in mind, Mr Price CEO wants to take a new approach to overseas deals

By Nick Hedley
1 min read



Just for the record: Take your Pik of the Staples

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
9 min read

Niq Mhlongo’s truth is no stranger to friction

In his raw and unpretentious fiction, Mhlongo captures the brutality, hopes and cynicism of post-apartheid SA

By Nthikeng Mohlele
5 min read

Q&A: Being married with kids can be murder sometimes

Samantha Downing explains how 'My Lovely Wife' took shape, and how she created sympathy for a killer

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read

When winter descends, you can either breed or read. We suggest the latter

And here are some books to snuggle under the duvet with

By Jennifer Platt
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Baxter’s Euro plan hits brick wall

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
6 min read

Mzanzi needs some love, just don’t look to SA sport for it

Between the Proteas, Bafana, Banyana and the Blitzboks, there isn't an awful lot to lift our spirits

Craig Ray
4 min read