Friday, September 13 2019




#CrimeStats | This is what a record-high murder rate sounds like

A showdown on Wednesday was a disconcerting exhibit of the murder stats that shook SA the next day

Aron Hyman
3 min read

#CrimeStats | New moo-ves to outsmart stock thieves

Theft of cattle, sheep, goats and even donkeys prompts calls for a national digital database to track livestock

By Nivashni Nair and Suthentira Govender
3 min read

#CrimeStats | Scarred for life: Zim truck driver’s encounter with death

Ronias Tavengwa’s vicious attack four months ago points to an increase in contact crimes, SA crime stats show

Orrin Singh
4 min read

#CrimeStats | ‘My car was stolen from a police station’

Bongani Makamu recalls the trauma of simply trying to open a case with the police

3 min read



‘I won’t hand over my assets,’ VBS boss vows

The high court has given an order for the final sequestration of former looters at the bank

Mpumzi Zuzile
3 min read

State Capture: Hlaudi says MultiChoice CEO told him he is ‘mad’

Expert describes how the company outmaneouvred Motsoeneng, crushing digital migration in the process

Amil Umraw
4 min read

SA men man up to offer a solution to the gender violence crisis

From free self-defence classes to safe zones, gender-based violence is triggering positive initiatives by men

3 min read

Probe finds special needs schools in ‘shocking’ state

Rights commission gives North West and national departments deadline to fix the deadly situation

4 min read

Ancient rhino tooth revives hope of bringing back lost species

In a major first, the 1.7-million-year-old specimen may also show us to how modern humans evolved

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read



Ideas FREE

This puzzle is bloody murder, but I must solve it before Henrietta does

Everyone should have an impossible life’s challenge to which they dedicate themselves, and which really doesn't matter

5 min read

The Roodt and stem of SA’s problems play out on Twitter

It might be a good place to vent, but how three tweets played shows it’s not a great place for solutions

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Revolution is, like, when something totally rad comes full circle

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read


US Republican Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Maria Isabel Bueso on Capitol Hill in Washington DC after her testimony about medical care. Bueso, 24, who arrived from Guatemala at the age of seven for drug trial to treat an enzyme disease, was among immigrants who told Congress why they had to remain in the country.
SUCCESSFULLY TABLED US Republican Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Maria Isabel Bueso on Capitol Hill in Washington DC after her testimony about medical care. Bueso, 24, who arrived from Guatemala at the age of seven for drug trial to treat an enzyme disease, was among immigrants who told Congress why they had to remain in the country.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Six things about SA you need to know

Ninow ‘planned to have sex on day of rape’

Nicholas Ninow, who has confessed to raping a seven-year-old girl at a restaurant in Pretoria, intended to have sex on the day of the incident. That’s according to prosecutor Dora Ngobeni who, during arguments in the case against Ninow at the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday, submitted that his version of events should be rejected. Ninow pleaded guilty on Monday to raping the child at the Dros restaurant in Silverton in September 2018. "He had an intention to have sex, be it with a child or anybody because he had made utterances before meeting the child," Ngobeni said. Ngobeni said Ninow told a manager and another man in the bar that he would have sex with a woman who was at the restaurant with her partner. She argued that Ninow merely pretended to be remorseful by pleading guilty. The state and the defence closed their cases on Thursday. Judgment is expected on Monday.

WC premier wants army there longer

Western Cape premier Alan Winde has requested an extension of the deployment of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) in gang-infested. A request to this effect had been sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa and defence minister Nosiviwe-Mapisa Nqakula. He said the deployment should be extended on the condition that certain shortcomings of the original deployment be urgently addressed to improve the results. “The SANDF has played a key role in Operation Lockdown so far … however, we have seen very little in the way of a decrease in violent crime,” said Winde. He said it was clear the SAPS did not have the resources to do this alone. Winde requested that the army remain for a further six months, at least.

Mugabe to be buried next to his mother: nephew

Zimbabwe’s founding prime minister, Robert Mugabe, will be buried next to his mother, Bona, at Kutama village on Monday or Tuesday. His nephew, Leo Mugabe, confirmed the information on Thursday. “We are very busy right now but, yes, he will be buried next to his mother,” he said. In a strongly worded statement, Mugabe's other nephew, exiled Patrick Zhuwao, said the family noted with “extreme concern” that the government had gone ahead with preparing a funeral programme without consulting them. Zhuwao said at an EFF-organised memorial in Soweto on Thursday that Zanu-PF “tormented” Mugabe in his last days, which is why he was treated overseas and not in his home country. Mugabe’s body arrived on Wednesday afternoon from Singapore, where he died on Friday at a private hospital. He was 95.

Nigerian minister calls for calm amid exodus

Nigerian foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama has appealed to his countrymen in SA to remain calm and patient as his government tries to find solutions to recent xenophobic violence. Onyeama was commenting as his representative in Lagos welcomed home the first group of Nigerians who took up an offer of free flights out of SA. The flights were offered by Nigerian independent airline, Air Peace. The 178 Nigerians arrived on Wednesday at 9.23pm. At least 10 people were killed in attacks against foreign businesses in Johannesburg and Pretoria in the past few weeks. Onyeama applauded Air Peace owner Allen Onyema for the offer of free flights. There would be a second flight soon, once arrangements had been made by Nigerian missions in SA.

Student fights for life after campus assault

An 18-year-old first-year industrial engineering student from the Durban University of Technology’s Steve Biko campus is fighting for his life after being brutally assaulted on Monday. Sandile Ndlovu was taken to Durban's City Hospital about 7.15pm and is on life support. Ndlovu's uncle, Tshepo Mokoena, said the family, from Nelspruit, was informed that the incident occurred at about 5pm. He had rushed to Durban when he heard the news. Mokoena said university officials said they suspected Ndlovu was the victim of a robbery. “His head was smashed against the wall and he was also stabbed in the head. He has a fractured skull and his brain is swollen. His cellphone and laptop were taken.” Mokoena said there was hope the swelling would come down and Ndlovu would recover. DUT spokesperson Alan Khan said the student was attacked inside a lecture venue. On Thursday, DUT students marched to the vice-chancellor’s office calling for justice.

Cop killed with sword: Hawks seek clues

The Hawks on Thursday appealed for help to trace a man in the case of a police sergeant who was fatally stabbed with a sword at a social gathering. Sergeant Nontombi Hope Manie, 39, was stabbed to death on March 2 in the Free State. “Manie was attached to Kuruman SAPS. At the time of the tragedy she was attending a social gathering at Surrender Hill in the Fouriesburg district when a fight broke out," Hawks spokesperson WO Lynda Steyn said on Thursday. "She was reportedly stabbed in the neck with a sword and died on the scene.” The Hawks’ are appealing for public help in tracing 38-year-old Thulani Roxo in connection with the incident. “Roxo is believed to be originally from Kuruman, albeit with family ties in the Transkei, Port Elizabeth and East London," said the Hawks. Call WO Danie Bierman on 082 854 7539.


As foreign-owned shops are being looted and destroyed in Witbank on September 11 2019, the pandemonium escalates as one store owner catches a "looter".



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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It’s not a holiday spot yet, but this super-Earth may host alien life

It is the only known planet outside the Solar System that has the correct temperature for liquid water

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

‘Glory to Hong Kong’: The new anthem to a summer of rage

The protest song belted out at flashmobs and soccer games is slowly drowning out the Chinese national anthem

3 min read
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Is this Di’s Jackie O moment? At any rate, she’s style muse of the moment

As fashion looks to project itself as more meaningful than clothes, Diana couldn't be more right for now

By Bethan Holt
5 min read

‘Ultraman Buddha’ is so comical it’s criminal, say hardliners

Ultraconservative Buddhists filed a police complaint against an artist who depicted Buddha as a superhero

By Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat
3 min read


A woman walks her dogs in the rain along the Landwehr canal in Berlin.
THEY DIDN'T HAVE HIS SIZE A woman walks her dogs in the rain along the Landwehr canal in Berlin.
Image: David Gannon/AFP

6 things you need to know about the world

Logo ‘theft’ hakas off Maori

Maori groups threatened to boycott Air New Zealand on Thursday, accusing the airline of cultural theft over its attempt to trademark the masthead of its in-flight magazine Kia Ora. The magazine's title is an indigenous greeting commonly used by all New Zealanders and the Maori Council said the Kiwi flag carrier had no right to trademark it. "The words 'kia ora' are Maori and for them to be commercialised is a disgraceful act," council spokesperson Brent Reihana told TV3. "They're two words that are synonymous not just with Maori but with all of New Zealand. I don't think it's appropriate to take it into a commercial context." Reihana said the council, a statutory body set up to advance indigenous interests, would call for a boycott unless Air New Zealand backed down. "The appropriation of culture has never been right … Maori isn't for sale." Air New Zealand said the trademark application was only for the magazine's stylised Kia Ora logo, not the phrase itself. – AFP

The selfie shop … it had to happen

Posing in a bath of pink balls or throwing up handfuls of multicoloured confetti, teenagers and 20-somethings snap away at a purpose-built London mini-studio for social media selfies. The Selfie Factory pop-up at Westfield, one of Europe's biggest shopping centres, has seen thousands pass through the 20-odd themed booths and backdrops for quirky images to upload on social media. They include a wall of doughnuts, a big fluffy teddy bear, a giant ball pit, a 1950s diner, a confetti corner and coloured ribbons to wander through. Mothers take pictures of their babies sat with a bright-yellow old-style telephone, while teenagers pose in a roll-top bath or goof around with the doughnuts. – AFP

Da Vinci’s lion goes to Paris

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mechanical lion has gone on display in Paris for a month, in a tribute to the Renaissance master 500 years after his death. The lion, which is 2m high and 3m long and made of wood with a metal mechanism, is a reconstruction based on a rudimentary sketch left by Da Vinci. The original automaton, long since lost, was designed by the artist on a commission from Pope Leo X to amuse French king Francois I. Da Vinci, who died in May 1519, had a legendary obsession with the flight of birds and how understanding the mechanism could lead to the creation of a human flying machine. The lion is on display at the Italian Cultural Institute. – AFP

Teen bummed out by ‘cheeky’ swimsuit

A US teen disqualified after winning a swim meet over a school-approved bathing suit that bared too much of her buttocks has been reinstated following an uproar. Organisers stripped the high school swimmer of victory in one of four races in Alaska because of a "uniform violation". The referee who made the decision argued it was justified as she could see "butt cheek touching butt cheek". The ruling outraged local coach Lauren Langford who challenged the decision in a blog post that accused the referee of singling out the 17-year-old because of her race and for being curvy and full-figured. She said the student had worn the same suit issued to every girl on the team. The about-turn on the disqualification followed a review that found the ruling "was heavy-handed an unnecessary". – AFP

Bolsonaro’s famous in his own knife time

The knife used to stab Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his 2018 election campaign is to be put on display at a police museum due to its "historical value", a court ruled. The court in the southern state of Minas Gerais ordered the knife to be given to the National Police Academy museum in Brasilia, in response to a request by federal police. "There are no doubts about the relevant historical value of the knife used in the attack against the president," Judge Bruno Savino said. The judgment also handed "swabs impregnated with biological samples" from both Bolsonaro and his attacker to the museum. The same judge in June ordered Adelio Bispo de Oliveira - who stabbed the then-candidate during a campaign rally in 2018 - to be held indefinitely in a prison mental facility. – AFP

The lord works in felonious ways

Twelve leaders of a Southern California-based church have been arrested on charges of coercing dozens of mostly homeless people into forced labour, holding them captive and compelling them to panhandle hours a day to collect money for their overseers. The victims, all freed since a teenage girl escaped in 2018 and alerted authorities, were also essentially robbed of their social welfare benefits while being held against their will, according to federal prosecutors. The defendants, including the former pastor of Imperial Valley Ministries, were taken into custody on Tuesday in El Centro, California, where the church is headquartered, as well as in San Diego and Brownsville, Texas, prosecutors said. An indictment filed in US District Court in San Diego and unsealed on Tuesday charged the church officials with conspiracy, forced labour, document servitude and benefits fraud. Not-guilty pleas were entered for all the defendants, the assistant US Attorney handling the case said. - Reuters



To cut costs of pension funds, regulator wants fewer of them

Even though there are fewer than the 13,000 that existed 10 years ago, there are still too many

By Londiwe Buthelezi
1 min read

Aspen spikes 12% as investors get a jolt of the good stuff

Relief at news that pharma company has slashed its debt and plans to cut more in the year ahead

By Tamar Kahn
2 min read

New wave of dreamers aim for Joburg CBD as New York-lite

Property developer Alfonso Botha is returning to the inner city at ‘the best time for capital appreciation’

By Alistair Anderson
3 min read



Fear and pain in the sickly spirit of vintage Scorsese

‘Joker’ is  more nuanced than good vs evil – in fact it has a touching sympathy for its devil, Joaquin Phoenix

By Raphael Abraham
4 min read

Now streaming: Tears of joy, horror or rage, your choice

From hard-hitting, dark viewing to enjoyable fun, here are five top shows you can stream this weekend

By Tymon Smith
1 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: At long last Caster to get her gold medal

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
3 min read

Nasty Boycott business does not befit hallowed Test cricket

‘Celebrating a man who was convicted for assaulting his partner sends a dangerous message’

Telford Vice
5 min read

Blasts from the past: Cassius wins to start his second reign

Today in SA sports history: September 13

David Isaacson
1 min read