Friday, September 27 2019



I’m next, says friend of slain Stellenbosch land-grab leader

The fight for landless shack-dwellers put two men on a collision course with powerful individuals

By Aron Hyman and Philani Nombembe
4 min read

He helped the ANC fight apartheid. Now he’s won his fight for a pension

After years of hitting a brick wall, he is finally getting financial recognition for his sacrifice to the struggle

3 min read

For the love of Mzansi: #ImStaying movement grips SA

A video on Facebook proclaiming love for the country and its citizens sparks a surge of patriotism

Graeme Hosken
4 min read



Good riddance, say victims’ families as murder suspect dies in jail

The main suspect in the grisly Mooinooi killings of couple is believed to have taken an overdose or ingested poison

3 min read

UCT engineers open a window onto healthier taxi experience

These minibuses are a hotbed for TB, unless you know which windows to open for the optimal ventilation

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read

I was forced into giving confession, claims Uber gang suspect

Treasure Bonga's attorney gets into a to-and-fro with the judge after she questions the admissibility of his confession

Shain Germaner
3 min read

A lucky artist will fill your pockets, so let’s see how the R2 coin flips

The SA Mint is on the lookout for artists to design its next series of commemorative coins

Belinda Pheto
2 min read



Crime-free is Greek to South Africans bringing trouble to paradise

A mystified, and sympathetic, local on Milos island relates the paranoid experience of SA visitors to his idyllic shores

4 min read

Dear Julius, it takes one to know one

Zimbabwe is just not that into you, Mr Malema

Tom Eaton
3 min read

A mangling is a really obvious master stroke to liven up Men in White

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
3 min read


The image of former student Genaro Vazquez is seen at a serigraph workshop days before the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in Tixtla, Mexico.
A SKETCHY DISAPPEARANCE The image of former student Genaro Vazquez is seen at a serigraph workshop days before the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in Tixtla, Mexico.
Image: Reuters/Luis Cortes

Six things about SA you need to know

Over 1,000 drink-driving arrests in August

More than 1,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Johannesburg in August. This was revealed by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) on Thursday. The JMPD’s monthly performance statistics showed a dramatic increase in the number of people arrested for drink-driving. "Drink-driving operations remain in full force as the number of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol has increased substantially," said mayor Herman Mashaba. In total, 1,101 people were arrested for the crime in August - up by more than 300 from 790 in July.

Banks welcome order banning strike

Protest action will not help address the problems facing the banking industry but will instead burden the economy and deter investment. This is the comment from the Banking Association South Africa (Basa), following an order by the labour court on Thursday barring the proposed protest action by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and finance union Sasbo. Basa said the only sustained solution was improved education and the attraction of higher levels of investment to drive economic growth and job creation. "These require government, labour and business to work together in the national interest," it said. Basa said the labour court accepted the view that Cosatu’s notice to the National Economic Development and Labour Council of a planned protest, under which Sasbo was going to act, had expired. Sasbo had planned to protest against retrenchments in the banking sector.

Taxi drivers attack Cape traffic cops - again

Two traffic officers came under attack from taxi drivers at a Cape Town petrol station on Thursday, the second time police have been attacked in the same area in less than a week. Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman said one of the officers was in his car while the other went into the shop at the petrol station on Koeberg Road. Half-a-dozen taxis, without number plates, descended on them. "They started attacking the patrol car, damaging the bonnet, the door and the mirror. The officer in the vehicle was unharmed," said Coleman. The attackers then tried to get to the officer who was inside the shop. "But the staff locked the door, and the suspects then damaged the door trying to get in. The suspects fled soon after. No one was injured."

Crime pushes Howick Falls off tourism map

The uMngeni municipality and department of tourism have been given six months to put Howick Falls back on SA's tourism map. The tourism portfolio committee undertook an oversight visit to the region outside Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, after complaints of crime, degradation of infrastructure, and poor maintenance of the area around the 95m waterfall. The committee's chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, said he was surprised by the condition of the tourist hot spot. “The last time I visited, I was a young man. It was marvellous. Now there are challenges. It is still fine, but there is a slight decline. Our preliminary findings are that there are challenges of crime, which have affected tourism numbers,” he said.

State pension changes divorce ‘debt’ rules

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) will no longer subject its members to a so-called debt approach when implementing a divorce settlement court order. Instead, on divorce, a member’s contributing years of service will be reduced by the number of years equal to the portion of benefit due to a spouse in terms of the divorce order. The new rules came into effect on August 1 2019. The amendment removes the pension debt that accrued to GEPF members when, as stipulated by their divorce settlements, the fund paid out part of their pension to their former spouses. This created the possibility that such members could owe money to the GEPF when they retired.

How inmates hide contraband from warders

When prison warders stormed a cell during a raid at Westville prison, they had no idea that the contraband they were trying to root out was directly above their heads. In the prison west of Durban, cellphones and chargers - which are illegal behind bars - were hidden in a light fixture. In total, six cellphones, two smartphones, cash, two charges and a set of headphones were found. On Friday, correctional services minister Ronald Lamola accompanied members of the correctional services department's Emergency Support Teams on the raid. Overall, they seized 25 cellphones, 16 chargers, five sets of earphones, 65 dagga slopes, two dagga pipes, six SIM cards, one USB stick and R390 in cash.


A nine-year-old boy survived being run over and dragged by a car in northern China on July 31. The CCTV video was released by authorities on September 25. A nearby shop owner contacted the boy's parents and he was taken to hospital.



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



Another royal wedding: Meet the man who won Beatrice’s heart

So who is property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, whose engagement to the princess was announced on Thursday?

By Anna Tyzack
6 min read

Pelosi’s great gamble may pay off ... or hand Potus a free Trump card

The Ukraine scandal was the tipping point for the House speaker, but Trump supporters are not easily moved

By Ben Riley-Smith
2 min read

Pointe to prove: Dance star boycotts planes and snubs ‘artistic jet set’

Jérôme Bel recalls the moment he felt like a hypocrite and decided to cut his carbon footprint

3 min read

Björn Ulvaeus on Abba: It all started with a ‘romance’ with Benny

As the latest iteration of the Swedish phenomenon is about to explode, the hitmaker recalls the night it all began

By Helen Brown
8 min read


A Tibetan man and his son make a burnt offering at a mountain pass outside Maqen town in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD! A Tibetan man and his son make a burnt offering at a mountain pass outside Maqen town in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China.
Image: Reuters/Ryan Woo

6 things you need to know about the world

‘Pig’ slur trips up French MeToo founder

The woman behind France's answer to the #MeToo campaign has reacted angrily to being ordered to pay damages for defaming a TV executive she named and shamed on Twitter. A court in Paris ruled that Sandra Muller, a US-based French journalist, must pay €15,000 to Eric Brion plus €5,000 in legal fees. In court, his legal team defended his "right to flirt" and criticised the tweets, saying they wrongly depicted him as a "sexual predator". The court agreed that she had used defamatory language by wrongly implying sexual harassment. It said she had lacked caution in her tweets by using the word "pig" and implying a link to the response to the Harvey Weinstein affair. Muller called Wednesday's verdict "incomprehensible".– © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Vape at your peril, Californians warned

California has issued a stark warning to the public to stop all forms of vaping amid concern that a growing number of lung-related deaths and illnesses are linked to e-cigarettes. The state's public health department made the plea urging "everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source" until investigations into the epidemic have concluded. The department said it had received reports that 90 Californians with a history of vaping had been admitted to hospital with breathing problems and lung damage, two of whom had died. Dr Charity Dean, California's public health officer, said: "We are seeing something that we have not seen before. There are numerous unknown factors and, due to the uncertainty of the exact cause, it is our recommendation that consumers refrain from vaping until the investigation has concluded.” – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Call girl show riles after Epstein raid

French label Guy Laroche has raised eyebrows by celebrating prostitution in its Paris fashion week show just a day after police in the city raided a modelling agency linked to the Epstein scandal. Designer Richard Rene defended "cocking a snook" at political correctness by lionising the notorious French pimp, Fernande Grudet, known as Madame Claude, and the band of sexually "free girls" she ran during the 1960s and 1970s. Detectives searched the offices of Karin Models, which was formerly owned by French tycoon Jean-Luc Brunel, who has been accused of procuring young girls for disgraced US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. They also carried out a raid Tuesday on Epstein's luxury Paris home not far from the Arc de Triomphe, a judicial source said. Rene said the show was a reaction to what he felt was a growing atmosphere of uptight puritanism. “It's cocking a snoot at the times which we live in, when you can't say anything anymore or do anything. I find that troubling.” – AFP

Mayor dumped on for rubbish idea

A South Korean mayor who dumped a ton of rubbish on a clean beach to give environmental campaigners something to pick up has said sorry for his deception. Officials trucked in litter and waste that had already been collected from rubbish-strewn coasts, and scattered it all over the pristine sand of southwest Jindo. The following day hundreds of volunteers bagged up the trash to mark International Coastal Cleanup Day, a global event aimed at countering the scourge of sea-borne waste. "We brought in waste styrofoam and other coastal trash gathered from nearby areas so the 600 participants could carry out clean-up activities," said Lee Dong-jin, Jindo county mayor. His office apologised for causing trouble and said the event was meant to "raise awareness about the seriousness of coastal waste". – AFP

Student lay dead in dorm for months

A teenager lay dead in his campus dorm room for up to two months, a New Zealand university said on Thursday, with the body only discovered after fellow residents complained of the smell. The remains of the first-year University of Canterbury student were so badly decomposed that specialist disaster investigators were brought in to identify them. "Clearly there's been quite a big failure here," New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The 19-year-old, who has not been publicly identified, was described by friends as a "good and confident guy", but who would sometimes "go off the grid for a week or so. University vice-chancellor Cheryl de la Rey said an independent investigation into the death would be launched. – AFP

Wrangle over Robinson Crusoe treasure

A 20-year quest for a legendary trove of 18th century treasure on Chile's far-flung Robinson Crusoe Island is facing fresh obstacles after a local lawmaker filed a claim seeking to block efforts to dig it up. Diego Ibanez said he had filed a petition with the country's inspector-general over fears that excavation work could cause irreparable damage to the site, which is in a national park. The collection of jewels and silver and gold coins purportedly includes papal rings and Incan artefacts. Treasure hunters speculate the loot was buried by Spanish sailor Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverria on one of the three volcanic islands that make up the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Robinson Crusoe Island was so named because it was where Scottish explorer Alexander Selkirk was marooned in the 18th century, a tale documented by Daniel Defoe's novel. The treasure is said to be worth as much as $10bn (R150bn). - Reuters



Investors dump Blue Label as full horror of Cell C dawns

Analysts reckon SA’s third-largest mobile operator might only survive if it stops trying to compete

By Mudiwa Gavaza and Karl Gernetzky
2 min read

Joffe and co’s Long4Life has more than a healthy chance

Company focuses on ‘lifestyle-centric’ beverages, personal care and wellness, and sport and recreation

By Sekgabo Molelekoa
1 min read

Private varsities are busy teaching govt a thing or two

The government’s stretched capacity means students and investors can cash in on private tertiary education

By Sekgabo Molelekoa
1 min read



The funny, complicated, ordinary Muslims of ‘Ramy’

It’s way up there on the list of the best TV shows of 2019 so far and won the 2019 SXSW Audience Award

By Kevin Kriedemann
2 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

The Empire Strikes Door: the ultimate ‘Star Wars’ blooper

Who was the clumsy Stormtrooper? One fan’s quest to solve the most enduring mystery in the movies

By Ed Power
7 min read



SPORTS DAY: Barretts follow fine SA Du Plessis tradition

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
4 min read

Who needs rugby purists when the rough edges are so much fun?

Second tier rugby damns the percentages – expression and passion matter more than possession and territory

Craig Ray
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Bungu bashes Ramirez to keep title

Today in SA sports history: September 27

David Isaacson
1 min read