Friday, November 1 2019



We’re staying to fight for another DA, Mmusi’s pals announce

The fightback plan by Maimane’s former allies puts to bed speculation that they were following him into exile

Aphiwe Deklerk
2 min read

Police chief’s order sparks fear of crime info crackdown

FREE TO READ | Critics say the move will make facts harder to obtain, but the SAPS insists it will enhance communication

Graeme Hosken
5 min read

Signature frock flies the flag – all nine of them

FREE TO READ | Kirsten Teasdale’s SA flag dress has wowed the world at three Rugby World Cups

Jeff Wicks
2 min read

Humble Kolisi’s journey to the biggest stage is liberating for all

When he leads the Boks onto the pitch on Saturday, he’ll have men behind him who would run through walls for him

Liam Del Carme
2 min read



Malema gets a scolding fit for a juvenile delinquent

The judge cleared the EFF leader of hate speech, but he wasn’t done yet

Karyn Maughan
3 min read

Closure a distant hope for family of mosque attack victim

Case plagued by delays hits another snag thanks to a wrangle over a recording of the murder accused’s voice

Orrin Singh
2 min read

Consumer giant offers leave to help abused staff deal with violence

But gender experts have started picking holes in the idea, saying companies should actually be doing more

2 min read

The quietest girl in class spells it out for you and Africa

FREE TO READ | Her teachers in Nyanga are bursting with pride after she represented SA at the African Spelling Bee

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Pause, engage … at the James Joyce, rugby unites wandering souls

The best rugby-watching pub in the world is in Greece, and the best part of it is the people who go there

4 min read
Ideas FREE

‘Dog’ is not hate speech. It just means you’re a good boy

FREE TO READ | There’s absolutely nothing hateful about being a dog, so why should it be used to insult Pravin Gordhan?

Tom Eaton
2 min read

The magical thing ballet does for a no-hoper freed from childhood pumps

I have come a long way, since clonking around in pink satin, to a delicious appreciation of the artform

Tanya Farber
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Potter strikes out a stunner that’s memorable in a Frida Kahlo way

FREE TO READ | A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
4 min read


Fire erupts close to one of many ranches near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
BOOKED FOR A FIERY SPECTACLE Fire erupts close to one of many ranches near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Image: Frederic J Brown/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

No deaths, injuries reported in KZN tremor

Thousands of KwaZulu-Natal residents were left shaken, literally, on Thursday when a tremor hit. No injuries or deaths were reported, and the tremor was quantified as 3.7 magnitude. Experts classify tremors that register between 3 and 3.9 as non-severe. The movement lasted for about 10 seconds with social media users posting about it from Underberg and Nottingham Road in the KZN midlands, to Umhlanga on the north coast and Isipingo on the south coast. The KZN department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs said there were no reports of injuries nor deaths, and said KZN had experienced such events in the past. According to the Council of Geoscience, the tremor occurred 72km southwest of Durban. The organisation's communication officer, Mahlatse Monela, said it was not related to the 6.5 magnitude earthquake which hit the Philippines, killing five people and leaving many injured on Thursday.

Motshekga acting president as Cyril backs Boks

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has been appointed acting president while President Cyril Ramaphosa travels to Japan to support the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup final against England on Saturday. Ramaphosa’s deputy, David Mabuza, is in China, chairing talks between the two governments. Motshekga’s acting position will last from Friday until Sunday. Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said Ramaphosa will leave today for Yokohama to lead the nation’s support for the Boks. In a video call with captain Siya Kolisi before the semifinal against Wales on Sunday, Ramaphosa said he was going to the final to lift the trophy.

Mazzone named new DA chief whip

Natasha Mazzone is the new chief whip of the DA. Her appointment was announced to the party's caucus in parliament on Thursday. DA parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen confirmed her appointment shortly after the caucus meeting ended on Thursday. Mazzone is the party's first female chief whip. “In the interim we are trying to create some stability here in parliament. She helped write the rules of parliament, she is competent and knows what needs to be done and that's going to help manage a smooth transition in this period,” said Steenhuisen. Mazzone fills the vacancy left by Steenhuisen, whose term was linked to former party leader Mmusi Maimane, who quit the party last week. “I am deeply humbled by the faith shown in me by the parliamentary leader and my party. I obviously step into massive shoes and look forward to the challenge,” said Mazzone.

M2 motorway in Joburg open from Monday

Motorists travelling into central Johannesburg from the west are assured that the M2 highway will be reopened to traffic on Monday, with bridge repairs successfully completed. The M2 carries about 10,500 vehicles an hour (both directions) and 12,000 vehicles an hour in morning peak traffic. A section was closed for repairs at the end of February. Outgoing mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba said: “The city has an infrastructure backlog of R170bn. So, as we prepare to hand over this motorway to the people of Johannesburg, I only ask that you take care of it and every other piece of infrastructure that has been built with your money.” The cost of the project was more than R160m.

Man who assaulted ‘EFF pastor’ to pay R100,000

Justice has been served for an EFF-supporting pastor who was attacked and called the k-word at a petrol station in Johannesburg. Ron Rambebu was attacked by Johan Bothma at an Engen garage in Horizon Park, Roodepoort, on the West Rand, in June. He was wearing an EFF-branded cap. The duo appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Thursday, where a R100,000 settlement was reached. “The defence approached the NPA with a proposal for alternative dispute resolution management. As the NPA, we then consulted with the complainant, who was willing to participate in the process … on condition of R100,000 and a public apology,” said NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane. The pastor of Greater Glory International Ministries confirmed he had accepted the settlement agreement. The attack was captured in a series of videos which went viral on social media.

Malema’s attack on Gordhan not hate speech

The Equality Court on Thursday dismissed public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan's hate speech case against EFF leader Julius Malema. Judge Roland Sutherland dismissed the matter with costs, including the costs of two counsel. “Despite the fact that the utterances were indeed hateful and aimed at engendering hatred against the applicant, the applicant has failed to bring his understandable grievances within the compass of the Equality Act,” Sutherland ruled. Gordhan lodged a complaint with the court after Malema accused him of being corrupt and a lackey of white monopoly capital, among other slurs. The incident occurred outside the state capture inquiry in November 2018. Sutherland found that Malema’s verbal attack on Gordhan was personal and not directed at Indians, as the minister had argued in part of his application. The EFF welcomed the judgment.


President Cyril Ramaphosa answered questions posed in parliament on Thursday. Ramaphosa addressed issues regarding gender-based violence, unemployment among the youth and land reform, among others.



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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A bad Apple after all? The techlash gains on the ‘good guy’ in the Valley

The wave of backlash against tech giants has finally caught up with Tim Cook’s company, but does it deserve it?

By James Titcomb
5 min read

Epstein didn’t kill himself, it was a murder, says pathologist

Doctor who witnessed the autopsy raises questions around broken bones and handling of the body

By Harriet Alexander
2 min read

If your memory is fading at 70, blame your eight-year-old self

Early cognitive skills, education and socioeconomic status all influence mental decline in old age, a study shows

By Sarah Knapton
2 min read

Hopefully devoted: weed and attitude get Olivia Newton-John through cancer

As the star puts her 'Grease' memorabilia up for auction, she reveals how she is handling her illness

By Celia Walden
8 min read


Actors rehearse the performance of ‘The dragon of Calais’ in Calais. The mechanical monster is at the centre of a three-day ‘urban show’.
SPITTING FIRE Actors rehearse the performance of ‘The dragon of Calais’ in Calais. The mechanical monster is at the centre of a three-day ‘urban show’.
Image: Francois Lo Presti/AFP

6 things you need to know about the world

King-size ‘adulterers’ in palace of 'evil'

The Thai royal palace has been hit by another wave of intrigue after King Maha Vajiralongkorn fired four more officials, including two bedroom guards, for "extremely evil conduct" and "adultery". The sackings - which also included two further palace guards for being "lax" - is the third shake-up at the secretive royal court in less than two weeks, after the monarch first shocked his southeast Asian kingdom by expelling his consort and ousting six officials for severe disciplinary misconduct. The announcement accused the bedroom guards of violating the code of conduct for courtiers and the two military officers of "behaving unbecomingly of their ranks and titles", which they were then stripped of. No further details have been released about the alleged misdemeanours or about the misconduct of the six officials last week who were charged with harming the royal service. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Louvre chases ‘missing’ Da Vinci

The Louvre museum has made an “offer” to the owner of the world’s most expensive painting to allow it to be displayed in a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Paris, a French cultural body chief said on Thursday. The Salvator Mundi has not been seen in public since it was sold for $450m at a Christie's auction in 2017, amid speculation that it was bought on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler. Organisers of the exhibition, which opened last week, have not ruled out a last-minute appearance for the painting. Chris Dercon, president of the French government-run cultural body Rmn Grand Palais, did not elaborate on the terms of the offer, and there was no immediate comment from the Louvre. The work depicts Jesus Christ emerging from darkness, blessing the world with one hand while holding a transparent globe in the other. – AFP

Religious enforcer feels sting of own lash

An Indonesian man working for an organisation which helped draft strict religious laws ordering adulterers to be flogged was himself publically whipped on Thursday after he was caught having an affair with a married woman. Flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences in the deeply conservative Aceh region on Sumatra island, including adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or premarital sex. Aceh is the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law, part of a 2005 autonomy deal with the central government that ended a decades-long separatist insurgency. A masked religious officer rained down 28 lashes on the back of Aceh Ulema Council member Mukhlis after he was caught canoodling with a married woman. – AFP

Jack won’t be a Zucker for politicians

Twitter will stop accepting political advertising globally on its platform, the company said, responding to growing concerns over misinformation from politicians on social media. Chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted that while internet advertising "is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions". But social media behemoth Facebook looks unlikely to follow Twitter’s lead, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg holding to his line that he would let political figures speak freely, and count on voters to judge truthfulness. – AFP

Joint takes big bahts out of burger

A Bangkok burger joint has become an internet sensation after YouTubers started challenging each other to eat its biggest meal - a near 6kg patty covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise. Chris Steaks and Burgers is offering a 10,000 baht (R5,000) prize for anyone who can finish the mammoth snack in nine minutes - one baht for every calorie. Owner Komdech Kongsuwan dreamed up the contest after three customers managed the feat. New challengers are coming through the door every day. Among them was Pakorn Porncheewangkoon, who failed to finish the burger in time. “I will eat a burger at some point (in the future), but not any time soon,” he said. The beef version of the “6kg Burger” costs 2,500 baht and the pork one 3,500 baht ($115.86). - Reuters

Dyed pups panda to national craze

Would you like your dog transformed into a panda? It takes just 1,500 yuan (R3,200) at a pet café in southwest China that dyes pups in black and white streaks to resemble the animal that is considered a national treasure. The cafe, in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province, has gone viral on social media after owner Lu Yunning dyed his six chow-chow puppies to look like pandas. “There are many dog cafes, cat cafes, raccoon cafes, alpaca cafes and duck cafes,” said Lu. “We think they are not creative. We wanted something novel,” added the 21-year-old, who estimates his cafe draws 70 to 80 customers a day. Lu said the imported dye he used did not harm the dogs, and was spread only on the upper part of their fur, rather than extending down to the base. - Reuters



Under competitive pressure, Eskom can crack open its potential

Splitting Eskom into three separate entities is not a sufficient step, but it is necessary

By Anton Eberhard
6 min read

Yet more to jangle the nerves of Novus shareholders

They’ve had a torrid time since the group’s listing in 2015. Now it looks ripe for a takeover

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Pineapple reaps fruits of fintech support framework

Award-winning homegrown company proves yet again the importance of institutional incubators

By Warren Thompson
1 min read



Rarely does the thoroughly unlikeable get this much love

Great series about a dysfunctional family hits so many sweet spots that some say it didn’t get enough Emmys

By Kevin Kriedemann
4 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

We’re going back to the Seven Kingdoms ... and then even further back

HBO gives ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ green light

By Telegraph reporters
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Rassie was ‘naïve’ about Siya as captain

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
5 min read

Slanging match in SA cricket is ugly, and it’s a dangerous game

Someone isn’t being honest and, judging from Thursday’s statement, it’s not Saca or the suspended officials

2 min read

Blast from the past

Today in SA sports history:  November 1

By David Isaacson
1 min read