Wednesday, January 22 2020




Aggett’s sister turns away in tears as his death is reenacted

It was the first time she had been in the cell in which he died, as court does moving site inspection of police station

Naledi Shange
3 min read
Ideas FREE

It would have been a false ‘New Dawn’ in Davos for Cyril

He won’t be at the London investor summit either, but considering the SA mess, what would he have said anyway?

Tony Leon
5 min read

A lawyer and a spook hop onto Sisulu’s jingling carousel of patronage

Why does she need them? Just look at the Groundhog Day aspect of Menzi Simelane’s second coming

Tom Eaton
2 min read

Lodge gates slam on Enoch’s parents, but their search for the truth goes on

The owners of the camp where their son died refused to meet them, but they and the SAHRC aren’t giving up

3 min read



Sport FREE

Peter Mathebula: pioneer of black boxing, legend

OBITUARY | He was the first black SA boxer to win a world title, but his greatest achievement was as a dad

David Isaacson
3 min read

State strikes first major blow in war on graft

In its first ruling the Special Tribunal puts the squeeze on former state attorney’s pension

Graeme Hosken
4 min read

Judge president Hlophe tried to influence nuclear case, claims deputy

The deputy judge president has also laid a complaint alleging that Hlophe’s wife got ‘preferential treatment’

Karyn Maughan
5 min read

Top schools drive demand for property in posh suburbs

Families are clamouring for homes in and around school-belt neighbourhoods, say property experts

3 min read

Fees protests take mental toll on medical students: study

UCT survey shows increased risk of depression and anxiety among those affected by the protests

3 min read

Retraction and apology

Report entitled ‘Rhodes fails in R250k bid to stop expelled student in her tracks’ was incorrect

By Times Select
4 min read


Six things about SA you need to know

Murders down in festive season

SA’s murder rate declined by 1.4% and 24,827 drunk drivers were taken off the country's roads during the festive period. This was revealed by police minister Bheki Cele, who was speaking at the SAPS provincial offices in Durban on Tuesday. Cele, deputy minister Cassel Mathale and national police commissioner General Khehla Sithole addressed the media about the festive season statistics for the period October 15 to January 11. Cele said that despite a reduction in crime countrywide, in which he made specific reference to the Western Cape - which for the first time in five years experienced a reduction in violent crimes over the festive period - KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga were the only two provinces that underperformed.

Driver held after 58 pupils crammed into taxi

A taxi driver was arrested after he allegedly crammed nearly 60 pupils into a minibus in Bela-Bela, Limpopo, the provincial department of transport and community safety said on Tuesday. In a video that has been widely shared on social media, a traffic official counts the pupils as they exit the taxi one by one. The officer counts 58 pupils before pointing to the licence disc, where it is stated the minibus is a 14-seater. The incident occurred between 2pm and 3pm on Monday. Department spokesperson Joel Seabi said the taxi had been impounded. “The vehicle was not registered with the department for any category of public transportation in the province. We call upon parents to ensure the vehicles that transport their loved ones are fully compliant with the law, while law enforcement officials will continue to apply zero tolerance to such law breakers on the roads of the province.”

Socialite found murdered in her car

Pietermaritzburg is reeling after the murder of well-known socialite and businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh on Monday night. Nerputh was strangled with a cellphone charger cable. Her body was found in her car, which was parked at Alexandra Park. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbele said Alexandra police were investigating a murder case after a woman’s body was found inside a motor vehicle on Alexandra Road, Scottsville, at 7.30pm. “It is suspected that the 41-year-old woman was strangled as she was found inside the vehicle with all doors locked. The police broke the back door of the vehicle to remove the body,” she said. Nerputh became a social media hit in 2017 when she threw her then four-year-old daughter a R100,000 carnival-theme birthday party. She was later embroiled in a two-year court battle to stop a former friend from harassing her on social media.

Man ‘shoots’ wife and son in hospital

A 51-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly shot his wife and son in the casualty ward of St Rita’s Hospital in Limpopo. Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said the shooting occurred in the early hours of Monday. Mojapelo said the father and his son were admitted to hospital after they had a fight at their home in Riverside, near Jane Furse, on Sunday. “The suspect was assaulting his wife, allegedly over another woman, when his son, 25, tried to intervene. He then turned on him and the son allegedly fought back by stabbing his father. They … went to the hospital separately.” In the casualty ward an argument allegedly broke out again in the presence of the other woman. The suspect removed his drips, went to his car, returned and allegedly shot his son and wife, critically injuring them. He later handed himself over to the police.

Hope for wife of Burkina Faso hostage

The family of mineworker Christo Bothma, who was abducted in Burkino Faso in 2018, are hopeful they will receive information about him after the release of a man who was taken hostage with him. On a Facebook page titled “Bring Christo Bothma back home", his wife, Amanda, posted: “Patel's son was released on Saturday. We are waiting to hear from the son what happened to Chris." She was reacting to Reuters report that Kimar Akoliya, the son of Akoliya Patel, an Indian gold mine owner in Burkina Faso, had been released. He was kidnapped by unidentified assailants with two colleagues in September 2018, one South African and one from Burkina Faso.

Ship could take two weeks to fix internet cable

It could take at least two weeks for a ship to reach and repair one of two damaged undersea cables that have slowed down internet users in SA. Infrastructure provider Openserve confirmed late last week that an “unusual and simultaneous dual cable break” had resulted in customers connected to Openserve’s global capacity clients “experiencing reduced speed on international browsing”. International voice calling and mobile roaming was also affected. The break affected the South Atlantic 3/West Africa (SAT-3/Wasc) cable linking Portugal and Spain to SA, as well as the West Africa Cable System (Wacs) linking SA with the UK, reported Business Insider.
A migrant en route to the US is tackled by a member of Mexico's National Guard after crossing the border between Guatemala and Mexico.
HELL OF A TRIP A migrant en route to the US is tackled by a member of Mexico's National Guard after crossing the border between Guatemala and Mexico.
Image: Johan Ordonez/AFP




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



Duked out: are Wills and Harry finally healing their ‘royal rift’?

There’s still more that binds than separates them, and two significant moments hint at a royal rapprochement

By Camilla Tominey
4 min read

Blockbuster or bust? How boring AI predicts Hollywood hits

Netflix has proven the money-spinning worth of data, and Hollywood is finally catching on

By Laurence Dodds
3 min read

Friends with benefits: we can’t get over Brad and Jen, for good reason

The enduring obsession with their love story speaks to the power of an epic Hollywood tale we can all relate to

By Anna Hart
4 min read

Titanic ‘treasure hunt’ is in way too deep for UK’s liking

Company plans to take artefacts from inside the fabled liner, in defiance of a new UK-US treaty

By Bill Gardner
2 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

Pharma firms slack against superbugs: report

Drug companies are not making progress against the spread of antibiotic resistance at a scale and speed great enough to tackle the global health threat posed by superbugs, a key benchmark analysis has found. Compared to 2018, the pipeline of new drugs in development to combat bacterial and fungal infections remains small, with only 51 potential treatments in late-stage clinical trials, the report found, and only a handful more clinical-stage antibiotics are being developed for those who need them most. – Reuters

Bill is in your court, Fascist salute fans told

Italian Serie A side Lazio has ordered 16 fans caught making Fascists salutes at a home game to contribute to paying a 20,000-euro fine imposed by Uefa over the incident that was caught on video. Italian sports paper Corriere dello Sport said individual letters had been sent to the fans banning them for three matches and demanding a contribution to financial losses incurred by the club. – AFP

It’s no laughing matter … no, really

Denmark plans to ban sales of laughing gas to minors to prevent them from using the substance to get high. With nearly universal support among lawmakers, the parliament is expected to pass the legislation that would see sales restricted from May, with adults also to be limited to purchasing two cartridges at a time to discourage abuse. – AFP

Dad ‘beats bad spirits out of kids’

A Dutchman isolated six of his children in a remote farmhouse from birth and beat them to drive out ‘bad spirits’, prosecutors told a court. Gerrit Jan van D., 67, subjected the youngsters who were found on the farm in the village of Ruinerwold to ‘very serious physical punishment’ when he thought they had been made ‘unclean’. One child was tied up by his hands and feet as punishment, while another child was forced to spend an entire summer in a doghouse. – AFP

Tech could unmask Holocaust victims’ fates

An old photograph and modern facial-recognition technology could help families of Holocaust victims find out what happened to their relatives. Shem Olam Holocaust Memorial Centre has launched its ‘Face to Face’ projet, calling via social media for people to send in pictures for facial recognition scans. So far Shem Olam has received thousands of photos from the public but only several matches were made after further research, and none was conclusive. – Reuters

Louis Vuitton rocks Paris with gigantic diamond

Louis Vuitton made a splash as it showcased its latest purchase on Tuesday: the world's second-biggest rough diamond. The LVMH-owned brand, which said last week that it was the new owner of the 1,758-carat Sewelo, displayed the glinting, blackened stone at its Place Vendome store in Paris. The size of a tennis ball and covered in carbon, it was discovered in Botswana last year and will be cut into gems. – Reuters
Vapour trails of an aircraft appear in the sky as people walk along Brighton Beach in England at sunset.
SHOOTING STAR Vapour trails of an aircraft appear in the sky as people walk along Brighton Beach in England at sunset.
Image: Glyn Kirk/AFP



Retail numbers suggest more woe in store for SA economy

Painfully slow growth in consumer spending forces brutal cutbacks at some of SA's big retail names

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Brait’s R5.25bn rights issue may be a bargain ... maybe

The issue price of R6.60 is a 48.6% discount on Tuesday’s share price of R12.80, but is there value?

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Thomas Cook collapse makes it plane sailing for easyJet

Airline, which favours Airbuses, is also benefiting from the misery of competitors that own grounded Boeings

1 min read



Cereal killers: Eggs on toast for the ones you love most

For breakfast you’d be hard pressed to find anything with more nutrition in just 50g than an egg

By Andrea Burgener
1 min read

Serving you right: 2020 trends set to stir up the food scene

Brace yourself for everything from oat milk to offal

By Steve Steinfeld
2 min read

Junk the idea that food for kids has to be bland or bad

Three great books that teach kids to how to cook and enjoy food that doesn’t only belong to the grownups

By Sanet Oberholzer
2 min read



SPORTS DAY: De Kock takes over as Proteas ODI skipper

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
3 min read

Mystery still swirls around Sala’s death a year ago

Unresolved issues continue to surround the player’s death, such as who was responsible for the plane crash

1 min read

Blast from the past: Sibusiso Zuma leads sorry SA defeat

Today in SA sports history: January 22.

David Isaacson
1 min read