Monday, August 26 2019



Cyril had to fight dirty with CR17, but now he must clean up ANC elections

Money is what oils the ANC's wheels, and Ramaphosa was just doing what Zuma had done - but now it has to stop

4 min read

Village torn apart in battle over who should be headman

Locals shut down schools as North West town refuses to accept court ruling on who their leader is

4 min read

Pupils kicked out for dagga: was school within its rights?

Parent says he didn't give permission for drug test, but school vehemently denies it acted outside the rules

Prega Govender
2 min read

SA ‘fraudster and fugitive’ tries to get out of jail

Botswana says he stole R280m and wants to extradite him. He claims he is being held illegally by SA

Jeff Wicks
3 min read



Stuck in a gym contract? Exercise your rights

It’s ‘shape up for summer’ time, but be wary before you sign up at a gym. It could be very bad for your financial health

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Kettles and toasters make breadwinners of jobless dads

The Appliance Bank empowers women and more recently men to run their own sustainable businesses

4 min read

Courts’ quandary: are citizens more worthy of medical care than refugees?

A two-part application fighting for asylum seekers’ right to treatment for kidney failure has gone to the high court

Shain Germaner
4 min read

SA’s domestic violence law needs more clout to save women

The deputy justice minister says the act will be reviewed to give abused women more protection

3 min read

Medical student passes on the remedy to poor pupils

In 2015, the Stellies student clinched nine distinctions in matric. Now he’s helping others achieve what he did

3 min read



Secrets of the nannies who raised generations of royal kids

The Sussexes have enlisted help for baby Archie, continuing a long and fascinating tradition

By Eleanor Steafel
7 min read

Neo noir: when ‘The Matrix’ gave cinema a non-reality check

Its sequels didn't do it any favours, but there's no denying the classic's legacy, from bullet dodging to trenchcoats

By Tim Robey
5 min read

They wrote it this week: A randy tsarina, and Rupert Brooke in a sulk

Extracts from diaries and letters written between August 26 and September 1

Robin Crouch
7 min read


An indigenous boy named Pedro Mura from the Mura tribe stands in front a deforested area in the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Brazil.
WHAT ONCE WAS An indigenous boy named Pedro Mura from the Mura tribe stands in front a deforested area in the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Brazil.
Image: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Six things about SA you need to know

Eight licensing officials held for corruption

Eight licensing officials are expected to appear in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court to face fraud and corruption charges on Monday following their arrest at the Lekwa licensing offices in Standerton, Mpumalanga, on Friday. The Road Traffic Management Corporation said the eight allegedly falsified vehicle ownership registrations on the national traffic information system (NaTIS) to enable truck owners to avoid payment of vehicle licensing fees, including penalties and arrears. The RTMC said it was estimated that the Mpumalanga provincial government had lost more than R67m in unpaid fees as a result of the scam.

Nine die in horror Limpopo crash

Nine people were killed and 27 more suffered serious injuries in an accident in Limpopo on Saturday night. Police in Zebediela outside Mokopane are investigating a case of culpable homicide, following the crash at about 8.30pm along the R579 near Rafiri village. It is alleged that a Nissan bakkie was overtaking another vehicle when it collided head-on with a Toyota Quantum. Subsequently, another Toyota Quantum and a Mercedes-Benz sedan were also involved. Seven people died instantly, while two were certified dead on arrival at hospital, said police. The injured were admitted to various hospitals.

Perks for ex-presidents, spouses probed

The lifestyles of SA's former presidents are under scrutiny in parliament. Over the past five years, the government has spent at least R82m in public funds to support the lifestyles of former presidents, says Dr Leon Schreiber, MP and DA public service and administration spokesperson. This is not the full extent of the expenditure, said Schreiber, "as it is only based on 60% of the available data, which means that the total amount potentially reaches as high as R114m". The allocations are to former presidents Jacob Zuma, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and FW de Klerk and their spouses, as well as former deputy presidents Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Baleka Mbete, along with their spouses. Schreiber said the information emerged from replies to parliamentary questions the DA posed after seeing Zuma arrive at the Zondo commission, "accompanied by eight luxury vehicles, flashing blue lights, and dozens of security guards".

Judge who ruled against protector in fakery fracas

The Office of the Chief Justice has warned the public about a fake Twitter account purported to belong to Gauteng high court Judge Sulet Potterill. “Judge Potterill does not have a Twitter account nor has an account been created for her by the Office of the Chief Justice,” spokesperson for the judiciary Nathi Mncube said. Last month, Potterill interdicted public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from enforcing the remedial actions of her report on the SA Revenue Service’s so-called rogue unit. Potterill called the remedial action “vague, contradictory and/or nonsensical”. This is the third such warning issued by the Office of the Chief Justice about parody Twitter accounts, after fake accounts purported to be those of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo surfaced on social media.

Reward offered after House of Ameera robbery

A reward is being offered to help find four "persons of interest" who might be able to assist in an investigation into a robbery at a high-end jewellery store in Sandton last month in which items worth an estimated R8m were stolen. A watch worth R2.9m was among the luxury items at the House of Ameera at Nelson Mandela Square. The store was also robbed of 19 rings, diamond stones, Rolex watches and R280,000 which had been kept in a safe. The store has hired a private investigator, Heinrich Viljoen, who said on Sunday two men and two women had been positively identified from CCTV footage and could help with investigations. The suspects “could possibly be around the Johannesburg and/or Cape Town areas. They are allegedly well-known members of a Cape Flats gang. Anyone with information can call Viljoen on 074 891 8948.

Man set alight, another shot on bloody Sunday

A man believed to be in his late 20s was shot dead near Zandspruit, west of Johannesburg, on Sunday morning. Another person sustained serious injuries when he was assaulted in the same area. Werner Vermaak from ER24 said paramedics were called out shortly after 7am. Along with police, they found the young man had sustained a gunshot wound to his head and back. "There was nothing that could be done for him and he was declared dead on the scene." At about 8am paramedics were called back to the area. A man, believed to be 44, was found along Beyers Naude Road outside the informal settlement. "He had sustained severe burn wounds as well as wounds following an assault," said Vermaak. He was rushed to hospital. Police are investigating.




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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Smart call: this is why you shouldn’t hoard your old phone

But while 40 million unused gadgets pile up, tech firms are not making it easy for buyers to give them a new life

By Matthew Field
5 min read

We’ve gone pill-mad, and they’re doing more harm than good

The over-medication epidemic is making tens of thousands sick, and it’s a medical catastrophe

By James le Fanu
3 min read

Legal eagle has landed: did this astronaut commit the first crime in space?

The case puts a spotlight on the unclear world of space law and what happens if a crime is committed in orbit

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read

‘Shelter mutt’ gets big break in Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’

Staff at the rescue organisation always 'knew Monte had the potential to become a Hollywood dog'

By Nick Allen
3 min read


Oliver, 21, a Honduran migrant who lost his leg on a freight train known as ‘La Bestia’, en route to the US, jumps during a physiotherapy session in Silao, Mexico.
HOP IN HOOPS FOR HOPE Oliver, 21, a Honduran migrant who lost his leg on a freight train known as ‘La Bestia’, en route to the US, jumps during a physiotherapy session in Silao, Mexico.
Image: Reuters/Edgard Garrido

6 things you need to know about the world

Yes, dads, you should be there at child-birth

The age-old question of whether men should be in the delivery room with their partners may finally have been answered by scientists. A trial involving 48 couples who took part in a test to see how much pressure they could stand while their index finger was squeezed hard, found having a partner present significantly raised their pain threshold. When alone, most managed just over 2.5kg of pressure, but that rose to around 2.8kg when their loved one was near. The researchers say the trial confirms the analgesic effects of social support - even without verbal or physical contact. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Being fit rots your teeth

Extreme fitness risks dental decay, scientists have warned, after a new study found half of elite athletes had rotting teeth. A study of 352 Olympic and professional sportsmen and women found high rates of dental problems, even though they brushed their teeth on average twice a day. Researchers believe the relentless intake of sports drinks, and energy gels and bars are to blame due to their high sugar content. Intensive exercise may also prompt changes in saliva and the immune system. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

City wants to prove it doesn’t exist

A German city is offering a reward of €1m to anyone who can prove it doesn’t exist. Bielefeld launched the bizarre marketing stunt this week to mark the 25th anniversary of one of the country’s longest-running jokes. The Bielefeld conspiracy theory is often held up as proof that the Germans do have a sense of humour after all. The joke, which originated in an early internet meme, is that the city doesn't exist and that there is a national conspiracy to pretend that it does. What makes the joke effective is practically everyone in Germany plays. The people of Bielefeld have not always taken kindly to being the butt of a national joke. But now the city has decided to turn the joke on its head. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

World sticks its neck out for giraffes

Giraffes have been given protection against unregulated trade for the first time as their numbers begin to decline. The animals, which are hunted for their hides, bones and meat, have been added to a list of endangered species at a summit in international trade. Conservationists said the ruling - which was opposed by southern African countries – “throws a vital lifeline to this majestic species”. It is thought giraffe numbers have decreased by about 40% in the past 30 years and only 68,000 mature individuals remain in the wild. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Oz couple guilty for giving baby only vegan food

An Australian couple who fed their baby daughter a strict vegan diet that left her severely malnourished have avoided serving a jail sentence. The man, 35, and woman, 33, from Sydney were given an 18-month jail term which will be served as a community order. Their daughter, now three, looked like a 12-week-old infant at 19 months due to her “inadequate” diet, the court was told. She was fed a diet of oats, rice milk, potatoes, vegetables, rice and tofu and was occasionally given a mouthful of fruit or sultanas as a snack. The toddler was found with no teeth when she was taken into care last year. – Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

‘Go fly a kite’ can be lethal in India

A young girl riding on a motorcycle with her father in New Delhi has died after a glass-coated kite string slit her throat, reports said on Sunday, the second incident in a week. Kite flying is a popular sport in India, but has turned deadly in recent years, with people using strings coated in metal or glass to try to cut down competitors' kites. In the latest incident on Saturday, the four-year-old was travelling to a temple with her father when nearly half her neck was cut by the string. – AFP



Skilled foreigners can’t get past home affairs, and SA is paying the price

Foreigners bring investment, skills and business capability, but SA appears to regard them all with suspicion

By Stefanie de Saude-Darbandi
4 min read

SA rare earths mine looks to cash in on US-China feud

The Steenkampskraal mine has the highest-grade deposits of the minerals vital to cutting-edge industries

3 min read

Cheaper Chinese imports sink Hulamin’s Gauteng plant

Factory to close as operating costs deliver an additional body blow to the aluminium extrusions firm

By Siseko Njobeni
2 min read



Staying healthy doesn’t have to be an Insta-dream ... just think a little

A healthier you is just around the corner, and these three easy food habits will get things rolling

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read

A little bit of saving could save your child’s future

Nobody said saving for your child’s education is easy, but it is possible. Here are five valuable tips

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read

Listen up because it’s the last week of Women’s Month

Three women-hosted podcasts you should hear

By Tswelopele Maputla
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: SA awaits B-sample drugs test on Dyantyi

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
8 min read

Maria gets first crack at spoiling Serena’s bid for 24th Slam

Barty, Osaka, Halep, Pliskova also lie in wait, although Williams insists the number isn't that important to her

4 min read

Blasts from the past: Fairy lights up SA rugby in 1903

Today in SA sports history: August 26

David Isaacson
1 min read