Wednesday, June 5 2019



ANALYSIS: Why the ANC’s anti-corruption fight is one big con

A closer look at the measures it claims to have taken to restore integrity reveals nothing more than smoke and mirrors

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

No sign of a New Dawn, but here’s one more No 2 left by No 1

The plunge in GDP is like a goodbye gift from Zuma, although he can't take all the credit for this turd

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Slick soccer spin doctor sniffed around lucrative oil refinery project

Businessman Louis Tshakoane, who is already wanted for fraud, popped up for a meeting over KZN deal

Orrin Singh
4 min read

SA court damns Lesotho ex-official to jail

Mochebelele sought refugee status in SA while fighting extradition for nearly a decade

Jeff Wicks
2 min read



Turning drips into shoes is a Comrades green feat

The Comrades Marathon Association has teamed up with its long-standing medical service providers to go green

2 min read

Axe-murderer Van Breda’s ‘big five’ for Concourt

These are the defences he is laying before SA's highest court. Thing is, they've been heard three times already

By Philani Nombembe and Tanya Farber
5 min read

Granny killer tries luck at court, gets harsher sentence

Judge did not buy her argument that the elderly woman had bewitched her

Jeff Wicks
3 min read

Did shadowy SA forces kill Dag Hammarskjöld?

New doccie sheds light on the involvement of a terrifying SA organisation in the UN chief's  death

By Tymon Smith
5 min read

Meditation app is just the thing for scattered millennials

Personalised digital meditation training boosts attention and memory, study finds

By Georgia Carter
2 min read


ANC secretary general Ace Magashule adresses the media at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Wedenesday, while ANC Youth League members picketed outside in protest against those who have overstayed their terms of leadership in the league.
see no evil ANC secretary general Ace Magashule adresses the media at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Wedenesday, while ANC Youth League members picketed outside in protest against those who have overstayed their terms of leadership in the league.
Image: Alon Skuy

Six things about SA you need to know

Suspended sentence for dad who shot son

An emotional Emmanuel Sibusiso Tshabalala has been served a suspended sentence for the fatal shooting of his 16-year-old son, Luyanda. He appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He was handed a 10-year direct prison sentence, wholly suspended for five years. Tshabalala was sleeping in his car after dropping off his son for evening classes on June 5 2018. He was woken by knocking on the window and‚ thinking he was in danger‚ fired his gun. He said in an affidavit presented to court that after firing the weapon‚ Luyanda had called: "Daddy‚ it's me." He got out of the vehicle‚ went to his son and then rushed him to get medical help - but there was nothing that could be done to save his life.

No leads in search for kidnapped businesswoman

No solid leads have surfaced in the case of kidnapped Durban businesswoman Sandra Moonsamy, 44, as members of the Hawks and a private investigator continue to search for clues. Moonsamy has been missing for five days after she was kidnapped on the M13 off-ramp between Pinetown and Westville on Thursday at about 6.30pm. Private investigator Brad Nathanson, who has been independently roped in to track down the Westville mother of two, said he was following up on something but it was a long shot. Nathanson said there had been no substantial proof to suggest that Moonsamy was either alive or dead. "No one has called demanding a ransom or anything," he said. Meanwhile, provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said while there had been "no movement" in the case, they remained hopeful. Moonsamy is the youngest daughter of Poonsamy and Lutchmee Naicker, who run a multimillion logistics company, Crossmoor Transport.

Mom in burning Ford grateful she left kids at home

A mother of two toddlers was driving to work when her Ford Fiesta "randomly stopped working" and caught fire in the middle of a busy Honeydew, Johannesburg road on Tuesday. Mpho Khanye was alerted to the problem only when a good Samaritan told her the car was burning. She had time only to grab her handbag, cellphone and a work jacket before watching her car go up in flames. The distraught mother said it felt unreal. She said her routine included taking her two children to daycare and then reporting for work, but she had spontaneously decided not to take the toddlers to daycare on Tuesday. "It was just one of those days. I felt quite down and didn't feel like anything, I did not even apply make-up. Even with the kids, I just thought I won't take them with me, but leave them with my mother," she said.

‘Train arsonist’ sent to psychiatric hospital

Thobela Xoseni, the alleged Cape Town Metrorail train arsonist, was officially ordered on Tuesday to spend the next 30 days in the Valkenberg psychiatric institution. During this time, Xoseni will get a mental assessment and be held there until his next appearance in the magistrate's court in Cape Town. The 30-year-old will appear again on July 3. Xoseni appeared in court on Tuesday for the second consecutive day and for the fourth time overall. The proceedings on Monday and Tuesday took place a month after the previous meeting, when the district surgeon suggested Xoseni be referred for psychiatric observation. Xoseni, from Khayelitsha, is accused of setting two trains alight on April 21 at Cape Town station. The damage is estimated at R33m. During his first court appearance he stated: "I burnt the trains."

‘Racist’ licensing official dismissed

A licensing department official who came under fire for alleged aggression and racist utterances against a client in Bedfordview last month, has been fired with immediate effect, the City of Ekurhuleni confirmed on Tuesday. The municipality said it "acted swiftly to institute disciplinary processes" following "egregious racist remarks" and aggression against a client. "The official failed to make a substantive written submission on why his contract should not be terminated. Subsequently, the city had no option but to dismiss the employee with immediate effect," said spokesperson Themba Gabede. The man was filmed on camera saying “you white people … I don’t like you” after another client at the centre, Gavin Sharples, intervened after he saw the official "berating, insulting and humiliating" a young man who was there for his learner's or driver's licence.

More SA workers reporting unethical behaviour

More employees who see unethical behaviour in the workplace are reporting it. That is what The Ethics Institute (TEI) found in its 2019 South African Business Ethics Survey. It found an increase in unethical behaviour at work: from 18% in 2009, to 25% in 2016, to 31% in 2019. The number of employees who saw and reported this increased from 48% in 2016 to 55% in 2019. In the latest survey, 2,253 respondents from 19 private-sector organisations took part in the online survey and telephonic interviews between October 2018 and March 2019. The primary reasons for failing to report unethical behaviour, according to the survey, were the "fear of victimisation and not believing anything would be done about it". The industries with the highest ethical scores were banking and tourism and hospitality. The most unethical industries were mining, along with wholesale and retail.


Shell chair Hloniphizwe Mtolo probably didn’t realise that his announcement of donating R500,000 to a charity of Mtolo’s hero petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele’s choosing would raise fire. Well, it did and many South Africans aired their frustrations on Tuesday.



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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Pilots still in the dark about danger zones five years after MH17

Lack of co-operation from governments and countries in conflict leaves smaller airlines none the wiser about no-go areas

By Jamie Freed and Allison Lampert
3 min read

Iraq’s ruling class pops the wartime bubble 16 years later

The high-security ‘Green Zone’ will open to civilians for the first time since the US invaded

3 min read

Meet the man who found Bob Marley’s long-lost ganja

Scientist in Jamaica is bringing back the supreme cultivar that had long vanished

3 min read

Sunshine and supplements ‘can cut cancer risk’

Vitamin D pills are the way to go in our fast-paced, indoor lifestyle, scientists find

By Laura Donnelly
3 min read


Albanian Muslims attend the morning prayers of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan in Tirana, Albania
WATCHING THEIR BACKS FOR THEM Albanian Muslims attend the morning prayers of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan in Tirana, Albania
Image: Reuters/Florion Goga

6 things you need to know about the world

Noisy morning crows come home to roost

A French court is set to rule on whether an early-rising cockerel, France’s emblem, should be considered a neighbourly nuisance in a case that has led to protest in the countryside. A woman from the island of Oleron has been summoned to court after a legal complaint by her neighbours who are troubled by the early crowing of her rooster during their holidays. – AFP

India’s Trash Mahal is a crowning indictment

India’s tallest rubbish mountain in New Delhi takes up an area of more than 40 football pitches. The Ghazipur landfill rises by nearly 10m a year. According to East Delhi’s superintendent engineer Arun Kumar, it’s already more than 65m high. At its current rate of growth, it will be taller than the Taj Mahal, some 73m high, in 2020. – AFP

‘Ex-gay’ president may need a cure for his mouth

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has claimed he ‘cured’ himself of being gay with the help of beautiful women. Duterte is notorious for his insults, threats and distasteful jokes in speeches. During an appearance before the Filipino community in Tokyo last week, Duterte appeared to say one of his critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes, was gay, whereas he was ‘cured’. – AFP

So, so satired of secrecy: cartoonist outs himself

A Chinese cartoonist whose anonymous political satire earned him comparisons with Banksy – and the wrath of Beijing – has outed himself as a former law school student who became politicised after watching a Tiananmen Square documentary in a university residence room. Badiucao, whose subversive pieces regularly mock President Xi Jinping, has outed himself in the hope it will help protect him and his family from the authorities. – AFP

Shooter kills at least four in Australia

A gunman killed at least four people and wounded one in Darwin, Australia, on Tuesday, authorities said. Police said a 47-year-old man, who was known to police, had been taken into custody within an hour of the first shots being reported. Police had identified five crime scenes, including pubs, a park and a convenience store. – Reuters

Virtual-L’Oreality – because Amazon’s worth IT

L’Oreal’s virtual-reality business ModiFace will provide makeup testing technology to Amazon, allowing customers of the site to try on lipsticks using phone videos or photos. The contract also includes other brands such as Maybelline and Lancome, but is limited to lipsticks for now. The service will launch in the US and Japan in mid-2019. – Reuters



In a post-Steinhoff world, Tongaat leaves a bitter taste

The JSE should suspend the sugar producer's shares in light of its unreliable financial statements

By Nick Hedley
1 min read

Wiese’s Shoprite share bid flops, but is it really over?

Perhaps the minorities who blocked his share repurchase scheme shouldn't celebrate just yet

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

Tobacco companies’ charm offensive goes up in smoke

Celebrities, yachts and F1 sponsorship are part of cigarette companies’ attempts to woo the public

By Jack Torrance
5 min read



It’s nuts how much you can do with the modest legume

Andrea's recipe for almost-Zimbabwean chicken in peanut sauce

By Andrea Burgener
2 min read

Raise a glass to low-carb, low-sugar cocktails

The carb-conscious would usually avoid them, but you can have a cocktail with a side order of skinny

By Wade Bales
1 min read

Uber’s in deep water – and it’s pretty damn cool

Now you can hail a ScUber Down Under, and help protect the Great Barrier Reef

By Katharynn Kesselaar
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: Proteas aren’t not done yet, says Faf

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

No road too rocky for Rassie van der Dussen

He wasn’t 'the golden boy who walked straight into teams', but that's given the Proteas batsman a mental edge

5 min read