Wednesday, September 4 2019




ANALYSIS: It’s foreign to us, but we need grown-up conversations about SA

We only need to look back at how we dealt with the Aids crisis to see how self-defeating our nation can be

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

Zuma sounds ‘assassination’ plot warning at Watson’s funeral

The former president alluded to a geopolitical murder scheme aimed at taking control of SA

Graeme Hosken
4 min read
Ideas FREE

On a day we needed ball-gag Cyril, we got the Zuma circus

His response to the murder of yet another woman was too late and dull, when we needed something bold and statesmanlike

Tom Eaton
2 min read




‘Massive red flags’: Two murders, one basic difference

One woman was killed by a stranger, the other by her ex-partner against whom she allegedly had a protection order

Tanya Farber
3 min read

Want to name and shame a sexual perpetrator? Not so fast

As women across SA call out men they accuse of violating them, the law is clear: they could be sued

4 min read

As women’s blood flows like a river, will men man up?

In the wake of Uyinene Mrwetyana's murder, some turn a blind eye as others call on men to shut up and listen

Tanya Farber
2 min read



Emigration nation: web tool is plotting the SA brain drain

A pokey website built as a part-time project may provide key insight into where SA expats land up

Jeff Wicks
2 min read

With brushes and paint, these Joburgers have vandalism licked

From mowing to blotting out graffiti, suburbanites are putting back the 'sparkle' in their areas

3 min read

‘She’s not right’: duvet cover thief gets another chance in court

The teen will go on trial again after it was revealed she may be mentally disabled following a brick to the head

Shain Germaner
2 min read

Trunk funk sunk: ad watchdog rejects elephant ‘sanctuary’ complaint

Advertising Regulatory Board disagrees with group's claim the tuskers are exploited for commercial gain

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read



The treasury wish list for boosting growth is right – extremely so

The list suggests many things that stoke the fires in the right ways - but the naysayers have already struck

Tony Leon
7 min read

Keep your enemies close and your toxic friends even closer

Friendships are critical, and those in a strong friendship group will likely live longer, but not all are beneficial

By Linda Blair
2 min read

Calm down dear, Boris Johnson is not Hitler

The past may sometimes repeat itself, but historians don't have all the answers to today's controversies

By Tim Stanley
4 min read


A woman celebrates the annual West Indies Day parade in Brooklyn, New York City.
WEST INDIES, INDEED A woman celebrates the annual West Indies Day parade in Brooklyn, New York City.
Image: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

Six things about SA you need to know

Racist guesthouse owner booted off trust land

Racist former Sodwana Bay guesthouse owner Andre Slade has just 16 days to vacate the land he has been occupying for the past 12 years in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The Pietermaritzburg High Court issued an order on Friday to have him evicted within 20 days. The application was made on behalf of the Ingonyama Trust and stated that Slade, together with anyone else living with him, must leave the 0.58ha farm in Sodwana Bay. Slade and his Slovakian partner, Katerina Krizaniova, made headlines in 2016 when he sent an e-mail barring black people from his guesthouse. It went viral and he was reported to the Equality Court. The guesthouse subsequently closed but Slade continued to live on the property. Slade and Krizaniova were found guilty of hate speech by the Equality Court in February 2018 and ordered to pay R50,000 to a non-profit organisation in Mtubatuba.

Police seize R1m in dagga on KZN freeway

Police confiscated another large consignment of dagga on a KwaZulu-Natal freeway on Monday. The latest drug bust, on the N3 near Estcourt, comes a few days after the Hawks arrested two suspected dealers and confiscated about 300kg of dagga on the N2 freeway. Col Thembeka Mbele said police were patrolling along the N3 when they spotted an SUV with five occupants near Wembezi. They searched the vehicle and found 56 parcels of compacted dagga weighing about 100kg. "The drugs have an estimated street value of R1m. The suspects were questioned about the ownership of the vehicle and could not provide police officers with a satisfactory explanation," said Mbele. The five men - aged between 19 and 29 - were charged with possession of dagga.

Gauteng legislature shut over looting, violence

The ongoing looting of shops in Johannesburg since Sunday has affected the business of government. The acting speaker of the Gauteng legislature, Nomvuyo Mhlakaza-Manamela, together with the leaders of parties in the legislature, resolved to postpone Tuesday’s house sitting because of the violence in the province. Tuesday’s sitting had been scheduled to, among other things, offer premier David Makhura an opportunity to respond to questions about the impact of National Health Insurance. He was also expected to give a detailed plan for the national government taking over the running of four hospitals in the province. The looting in Johannesburg started in Malvern on Sunday, spreading to Turffontein, the CBD and Hillbrow on Monday. There was also looting in Alexandra on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Mhlakaza-Manamela said the postponement would allow MPLs to intervene and provide stability in the affected areas.

Medical student dies of ‘food poisoning’

An inquiry is under way following the death of medical student Hunadi Magongoa, who is believed to have fallen ill after consuming food from the cafeteria at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria. The second-year bachelor of medicine student died overnight on Sunday September 1. She had eaten from the cafeteria on Friday August 30. "The university has immediately instituted an investigation by a multidisciplinary team, which includes an external expert," said Prof Olalekan Ayo-Yusuf, acting vice-chancellor. The report is expected to be submitted to university management on Wednesday. Ayo-Yusuf said the cafeteria had been closed until the investigation was complete. Students showing symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, fatigue, weight loss and nausea were getting medical help. About 75 students had been examined and discharged from the campus clinic.

Teen found murdered in granny’s backyard

The body of a 14-year-old girl was found in a backyard in Heinz Park, Cape Town, police said on Tuesday. Spokesperson FC van Wyk said the body was found on Sunday morning. The Grade 7 Northwood Primary School pupil was last seen on Saturday when she attended a party. According to The Daily Voice, the half-naked body of Janika Mallo was found in her grandmother's yard, covered with a blanket. Family members apparently found her with her head bashed in, the newspaper reported. Van Wyk said an autopsy would determine the cause of death. "Detectives are working around the clock in an effort to find the perpetrators. The investigation continues,” he said.

Gang fires on police chopper with assault rifles

A police helicopter came under fire on Tuesday, eventually being forced to make an emergency landing. The officers had been responding to a cash-in-transit heist near Bloemfontein. According to police, nearly a dozen gunmen armed with assault rifles ambushed and blew apart a cash van travelling on the N8 on Tuesday afternoon. Spokesperson Lt-Col Brenda Muridili said the van was travelling from Bloemfontein towards Botshabelo when it was cornered by a double-cab bakkie and a sedan. About 10 gunmen fired shots in the direction of the van, puncturing the tyres and bringing it to a halt. They then blew up the van, causing extensive damage. The suspects escaped with an undisclosed sum of money and firearms. The van driver sustained knee injuries while another guard was shot in the hand. The Hawks have taken over the investigation.


Amy-Leigh was kidnapped by four men outside Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark on September 2 2019. She was dropped off unharmed on September 3 2019.



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

Beef, Bible and bullets: Amazon cowboys besiege indigenous lands

The rich landowners claim the Amazon is theirs, pitting themselves against the rainforest’s guardians

4 min read

‘Sense of urgency’ as top tech players seek AI ethical rules

The likes of Credit Suisse and Facebook try to thrash out guidelines for a time when machines make human decisions

1 min read

Move aside, heart disease - cancer is now the biggest rich-world killer

And the big C could become the leading cause of death worldwide within just a few decades, two large studies show

By Reuters
2 min read

Riddikulus! School priest bans Potter books on exorcists’ advice

The curses and spells, when read by a human being, risk conjuring evil spirits, the reverend warned

1 min read


A search continues for those missing in a pre-dawn fire that sank a commercial diving boat near Santa Barbara, California.
FLOWERING OF SUPPORT A search continues for those missing in a pre-dawn fire that sank a commercial diving boat near Santa Barbara, California.
Image: Reuters/Kyle Grillot

6 things you need to know about the world

US boy guns down all five members of his family

A 14-year-old boy shot and killed all five members of his family in Alabama, US, and then called police and confessed to the crime. Three of the victims were found dead at the scene, a house in Elkmont, and the other two died later after being airlifted to a regional hospital. – AFP

India doesn’t taste so free in school meal expose

Authorities’ attempt to charge an Indian journalist who exposed the poor quality of meals served at a government school triggered protests over fears of worsening press freedom in the country. Pawan Jaiswal made national headlines after reporting that impoverished primary school students in a district in Uttar Pradesh state were fed bread with salt instead of a mandated healthy meal. – AFP

Russian blogger goes to jail for ‘extremist’ tweet

A Russian court has sentenced a blogger to five years in a penal colony for a tweet calling for attacks on the children of police, a ruling his lawyer said was unprecedented. Vladislav Sinitsa, 30, posted the tweet in the wake of a police crackdown against protesters who have called for free elections. – AFP

Lawmakers rally around Tanzania expelled critic

Opposition lawmakers in Tanzania have boycotted the swearing in of a ruling party lawmaker who replaced a fierce critic of President John Magufuli. Tundu Lissu, who survived an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen in 2017, was dismissed from parliament in June over absenteeism and ethical issues. His expulsion led to a by-election for his parliamentary seat, won by ruling party candidate who ran unopposed. – Reuters

Some rat stole a Banksy

A work by British street artist Banksy, featuring a masked rat, has been stolen from outside the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The Pompidou Centre said it suspected the thieves of using a saw to cut the sign, which had been fitted with a plexiglass cover to prevent it from being pilfered. It said the museum’s security guards had already caught thieves trying to snatch the work a year ago. – AFP

Atwood, Rushdie book themselves for another win

Two previous winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie have been shortlisted for the Booker. Atwood has been nominated for ‘The Testaments’, her sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, out later this month. Rushdie is nominated for ‘Quichotte’. Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma also made the shortlist for ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’, his second novel after ‘The Fishermen’, which was shortlisted in 2015. – AFP



Massmart: Not quite game over, but close to set point

New CEO Mitch Slape parachuted in to take over as the retailer exhibited its first trading loss in 20 years

By Chris Gilmour
2 min read

Executive pay: Moan as much as you like, it won’t help a jot

Concerns by shareholders might prompt the odd tweak, but you can be sure nothing will substantially change

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Burning issue: Still a long way to go to dethrone old king coal

For as long as the world needs steel, the economics of metallurgical or coking coal will remain very attractive

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



Yelp wanted: Pooch-friendly spots for doggy din-dins

Our pick of SA’s nicest dog-welcoming restaurants

By Jane Lepule
2 min read

You may ask yourself: what kind of pants did Tut wear?

An intimate look at the 5,500 treasures from the king’s tomb destined for the new Grand Egyptian Museum

By Chris Leadbeater
8 min read

Now Starbucks makes your morning Joe a homely affair

Joint venture with Nestlé  brings you 17 posh coffee products for your kitchen

By Mercia Simelane
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Cold revenge on the Boks’ minds against Japan

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

4 min read

In his defence, Rassie had to choose Irishman Felix Jones

The defence analyst, a former colleague of the SA coach at Munster, is keen to get stuck in with the Boks

Craig Ray
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Boks break 7-match losing streak

Today in SA sports history: September 4

David Isaacson
1 min read