Tuesday, August 27 2019




Watson ‘funnelled R500m into offshore tax haven’

FREE TO READ | This is among the Bosasa boss’s tax crimes that are the focus of a Sars inquiry, says a source

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

With Watson gone, let’s hope NPA focuses on Guptas

Cyril must be in a sweat following the news, but it makes things a lot simpler for Shamila Batohi

By Peter Bruce
4 min read



‘Zuma lied to Zondo about sacking GCIS boss’

Ex-president has denied giving the instruction to remove Themba Maseko. Not so, the state capture probe hears

Amil Umraw
4 min read

Confusion about NHI is driving panic, say business leaders

Ambiguity in the bill and crumbling market value are giving the private sector the willies

4 min read

SA Red Cross Society on the brink of its own disaster

KZN office in turmoil after staff mutiny led to cars being stolen and donor cash funnelled out illegally, it is alleged

3 min read

Stinks to Highveld heaven: the town in a pollution nightmare

But the long court battle over the toxic air in Kriel has now received some impetus

Mpumzi Zuzile
3 min read

It’s official. Joburg’s famous eagle was killed by a Miracle

The new arrival at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden has emerged as the killer of a very special chick

Alex Patrick
2 min read



Pity the ANC. One day, sooner rather than later, it’s in for a nasty shock

For now, it’s happily spending our money, but there’s one small, crucial truth it doesn’t quite understand ... yet

Tom Eaton
4 min read

For the rich, private jets are 99% perks, 1% costs. Here’s how to join

The number of high flyers who take private planes is growing, and so are the jet-setting options

By Anna Hart
6 min read

Stop gazing at your phone – it’s probably scrambling your brain

Studies show our screen habits are messing with our attention spans and memory, but all is not lost

By Helen Chandler-Wilde
4 min read


A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli border officer in Beit Jala, West Bank, over the demolition of a block of flats, whose owners were informed that they did not obtain a construction permit.
I CAN ALSO BREAK DOWN A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli border officer in Beit Jala, West Bank, over the demolition of a block of flats, whose owners were informed that they did not obtain a construction permit.
Image: Reuters/Mussa Qawasma

Six things about SA you need to know

Malema hits back over ‘champagne’ snap

A photo showing EFF leader Julius Malema sitting in business class on a flight has gone viral on social media. Twitter user and lawyer Daniel Eloff took a photograph of Malema sitting in business class on a flight and supposedly “enjoying some Moët & Chandon” champagne while “preparing to fight for the poor”. Eloff also criticised Malema for enjoying “the best capitalism has to offer” when he has repeatedly condemned the capitalist system. The picture drew a mix of responses either defending or slamming Malema. Author Zakes Mda and BLF leader Andile Mngxitama also chimed in, which resulted in the pair having a war of words. Malema, who appeared to be reading in the photograph with no glass of champagne visible, teased Eloff by commenting, “Yes, happy now?” along with the champagne emoji, before telling him not to forget to take his “medication”.

Minki apologises for ‘tone-deaf’ post

Model and TV personality Minki van der Westhuizen has issued a public apology after she was slammed for a post that was labelled "tone-deaf" and apparently reeked of "white privilege". Last week, she shared a post on Instagram about "treating" her gardener. She spoke about wanting to give her gardener, Albert, an Uber ride home for his birthday, only for him to later ask if she could give him the money instead. She claimed the incident had taught her to be grateful for what she has and how important "hard-earned money" was. Others claimed the caption was a "combination of ignorance and utter stupidity". Attempts to get comment from Van der Westhuizen were unsuccessful. She has since removed the post and apologised.

Mzansi miffed over ‘unidentified’ Cyril

An American reporter has caused a stir on social media after failing to identify President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is in Biarritz, France, for the G7 and African Partnership Summit. The G7 is a gathering of the seven largest International Monetary Fund described advanced economies in the world, including Germany, Canada, the US, France, Italy, Japan, and the UK. Darlene Superville, a White House correspondent for the Associated Press, tweeted “world leader bear hug before the group photo”. She tagged French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and labelled Ramaphosa as an “unidentified leader”.

Metro cops get special combat skills

A group of Johannesburg metro police department officers underwent an intensive training programme hosted by members of the Fujian Police College from China. Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the training camp, held in Johannesburg, focused on teaching officers "techniques in hand-to-hand combat". Minnaar said the officers could use the training for unarmed and defence measures when arresting suspects, "as well as tactical principles on how to execute surprise moves on suspects when entering a house or a building to face armed suspects". They were also taught “how to restrain aggressive armed suspects when approaching a stolen or hijacked vehicle”.

Search for Soweto man at Durban beach

A search is under way for a Soweto man who disappeared while taking a dip in the ocean in Durban on Sunday. Lifeguards and crew from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) were dispatched to Wedge Beach - a popular surfing spot - at about 5.30pm on Sunday following reports of a "drowning in progress". Witnesses said the man had disappeared underwater. Andre Fletcher, NSRI Durban station commander, said an NSRI rescue swimmer conducted free dives (without any diving apparatus) to try to find the 29-year-old man. "Our sea rescue craft was towed to the scene using our sea rescue vehicle, and eThekwini metro police search and rescue officers and the police responded. Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search, no sign has been found." The search would continue and police were investigating.

Woman doing 171km/h was ‘rushing to lunch’

A 24-year-old woman, allegedly caught driving at 171km/h on the N12 freeway, told officers she had to pick up her mother for lunch. She was one of four “speedsters” arrested during monitoring operations in Ekurhuleni at the weekend, metro police said on Monday. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said that between 8am and 1pm on Saturday, two “speedsters” were arrested on the N12. The 24-year-old was driving a Volkswagen SUV. A BMW driver was arrested for allegedly clocking 164km/h. On Sunday morning, on the N12 west of Sam Green Bridge, a 44-year-old woman in a BMW was arrested for allegedly doing 168km/h. Another driver allegedly hit 166km/h. The four drivers were charged with reckless and negligent driving, and are expected in court soon.




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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He brought down Bernie Madoff, now he’s gunning for General Electric

This is why Harry Markopolos, who exposed the biggest fraud in US history, claims GE is the next Enron

By James Titcomb
7 min read

Dreaming of owning an island? You’ll soon be in an ocean of regret

Just throw greenbacks at Greenland, right? But Trump wouldn’t be the first to find a less-than-perfect reality

By Joe Shute and Charlotte Lytton
4 min read

Employers take note: your gobbledygook job ads are scaring off talent

Phrases such as ‘blue-sky thinking’ and ‘thought shower’ are causing half of job seekers to give ads a miss

By The Daily Telegraph
2 min read

Praise be! Church no longer driven batty by poo from on high

Thanks to a new scheme, parishioners no longer have to endure excrement-coated floors and pews

By Gabriella Swerling
4 min read


A snake tries to escape while a tract of the Amazon jungle burns in Porto Velho, Brazil.
TRAIL OF FIRE A snake tries to escape while a tract of the Amazon jungle burns in Porto Velho, Brazil.
Image: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

6 things you need to know about the world

Bolsonaro made a sexist remark? You don’t say

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned “extraordinarily rude” comments about his wife Brigitte by Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. They have repeatedly locked horns in the past weeks as Macron sought to put climate change and the environment at the heart of agenda of the G7 summit he is hosting, as fires ravaged the Amazon. “He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife,” Macron said. “What can I say? It’s sad. It’s sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians.” On Sunday, a Bolsonaro supporter posted a message on Facebook mocking the appearance of Brigitte Macron and comparing her unfavourably with Brazil’s first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro. “Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?” he wrote next to an unflattering picture of Brigitte Macron, 65, who is 28 years older than Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle. Bolsonaro replied: “Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha.” - AFP

Pigs were doomed either way

More than 180 pigs were killed when a lorry transporting them to the slaughterhouse overturned at the weekend in northeastern France, rescuers said on Monday. "A heavy goods vehicle which was transporting 205 pigs overturned" at a roundabout in Etain, about 50km from the city of Metz, a spokesperson said. Only 23 pigs survived. The rest were either killed instantaneously or put down by a vet due to the severity of their injuries, the source said. The driver only sustained minor injuries. At the time of the accident the animals were on route to a slaughterhouse in Loiret, a department south of Paris, according to local newspaper L'Est Republicain. – AFP

Trump ‘wants to nuke hurricanes’

US President Donald Trump suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes before they made landfall in the US, Axios reported on Sunday. During a hurricane briefing, Trump asked if it were possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping a nuclear bomb in the eye of the storm, the news site wrote. According to an anonymous source, the website said meeting attendees left the briefing thinking, "what do we do with this?" Axios did not say when this conversation took place. The White House declined to comment. It is reportedly not the first time the president made such a suggestion, and the idea is not new. It was originally made by a government scientist in the 1950s, under President Dwight Eisenhower. – AFP

Camo and crop top cause royal crash

Thailand's palace website crashed on Monday after it released unprecedented pictures of the king's consort in a fighter jet, wearing a crop top and dressed in combat fatigues with him and the royal poodle. The unusually candid pictures of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's consort, 34-year-old Major-General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, were released along with her official biography. A palace official said the website was being fixed because of the volume of traffic. The palace has a policy of not commenting to media. The king named Sineenat, a former nurse and his bodyguard, as Royal Noble Consort on his birthday last month. It was the first such appointment in almost a century, long before the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. – Reuters

Euthanasia doc in the dock

A Dutch doctor went on trial in a landmark case on Monday after euthanasing a patient with severe dementia who may have had second thoughts about dying, prosecutors said. The unidentified doctor appeared in The Hague district court in the first case of its kind after the assisted suicide of a 74-year-old woman in 2016 who was suffering from advanced Alzheimer's disease. The doctor, now 68 and retired, is alleged to have put a sleeping drug into the elderly woman's coffee. When the patient woke up, the doctor had to ask her family to hold the patient down while she completed the process. "The doctor is facing a charge of carrying out euthanasia without following the strict guidelines set down for such a process," public prosecution spokesperson Vincent Veenman said. The Netherlands was the world's first country to legalise euthanasia in 2000. – AFP

Ovation for Domingo despite sex-pest claims

Opera legend Placido Domingo received a standing ovation at the Salzburg Festival on Sunday, his first performance since he was accused of sexually harassing women. "Triumph in Salzburg, standing ovation for Domingo despite the Me Too affair," a headline in the regional daily Kleine Zeitung said, following his performance in the Giuseppe Verdi opera Luisa Miller at the annual music and drama festival in Austria. Eight singers and a dancer told the Associated Press this month they were sexually harassed by the former member of the much-lauded "Three Tenors", in incidents going back to the 1980s. In a report by the AP, several women, one of whom was identified, accused Domingo of using his position as one of opera's most celebrated singers to pressure them into sexual relationships. - AFP



Stop this fussing and fighting, these things never end well

Haven’t our leaders got better things to do than dash out onto the playground during break and start a fight?

By Mark Barnes
3 min read

MultiChoice-SABC soccer deal makes for a very fuzzy picture

Great for local PSL fans, but the big question is how much the deal was really worth for SuperSport

By Mudiwa Gavaza
1 min read

Sibanye-Lonmin: Froneman talks tough to ‘opportunists’

It’s easy to get a sense that Sibanye is going to take a very hard line with the Lonmin deal challengers

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



Just for the record: The soul of Jamaica cooked up in a yard

A fortnightly review of music on vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
8 min read

The daring, mysterious plot to get tweens to read a book

Mel Lewis describes her first foray into writing for children between the tricky ages of 11 and 15+

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read

Well, what would you think if you found this on your roof?

Not all public art is appreciated by a town’s citizens

By Tymon Smith
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Rory’s $15m win in the shadow of Tiger’s ghost

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
3 min read

Rugby World Cup: Bok toolbox is packed up and ready to work

The 31-man SA squad led by Siya Kolisi has depth in every position, strong leadership and x-factor players

Craig Ray
4 min read

Blast from the past: Sub-20 secs gives Jobodwana bronze

Today in SA sports history: August 27

David Isaacson
1 min read