Crucial documents that were meant to give the go-ahead for the installation of R246-million security upgrades at Nkandla do not exist.
The ANC wants parliament to protect President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, from continued "humiliation and embarrassment" by Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters and other opposition parties.
Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off yesterday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revellers soaked up the frothy indulgence in the 16-day annual extravaganza.
A delicate rescue operation in the remote Rustenburg Kloof area of North West was still under way late yesterday to save a climber who had fallen down a cliff and become trapped between two boulders.
South Africa's best-loved television soapie, Generations, will disappear from our screens in just more than a week.
Springbok rugby player Jaco van der Westhuyzen described his first visit to The Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos as a "life-changing" event and the "best week of my life".
The latest police figures show that the rates of murder, aggravated robbery and carjacking are rising at a frightening rate under the watch of the inexperienced national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega
There are two neighbourhoods in Cape Town sharing the same name. They are 30km apart and the people in them exist in parallel universes.
The cliché goes that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and one need look no further than the South African Police Service for proof of this.
Embattled National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has come out fighting against her detractors, making it clear that she will see out her five-year term and that calls for her removal are misguided.
Women from other parts of Africa are turning to local plastic surgeons for Kim Kardashian breasts, Jennifer Lopez derrières and Jessica Alba washboard tummies.
Almost 300 years of tradition came to an end following a historic vote in Scotland on Thursday. This one, however, was a landslide victory and did not lead to a major constitutional meltdown.
An Eastern Cape municipal councillor is being investigated for building a shopping mall on the site of a demolished petrol station in Grahamstown without approval from the city's building or health and safety officials.
Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early yesterday to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.
Health chiefs in Sierra Leone ordered the entire population to stay indoors as they began a three-day "lockdown" to try to halt the country's Ebola outbreak.
Nicolas Sarkozy dramatically lifted the curtain on his bid to regain the French presidency this week by posting a Facebook message saying he would be a candidate for the leadership of the centre-right UMP party.
Mass arrests, extortion, deportation and suspicion: exactly one year since Somali gunmen began a four-day massacre in Nairobi's Westgate mall, Somalis in Kenya say the attack has left their community battling harassment and denigration.
Twitter has become the latest weapon in the fight against crime.
Many little girls dream of being TV stars, but few succeed like Karabo Magongwa, who has become famous on television as the "Oreo girl".
French actor Gerard Depardieu, who owns a vineyard, has claimed that he drinks about 14 bottles of wine a day.
It was the voice of Mustoffa Khan that led the first prayers in the still unfinished Open Mosque in Cape Town, which smelled of new carpets and fresh paint on Friday.
Senior government officials have been assigned to intervene after Thembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo snubbed the state's plan to build a multimillion-rand concrete road to his palace.
Neo Stuurman, 8, will show the world some shrewd moves this week.
The captain of the Yorkshire cricket team, Andrew Gale, has been accused of racism - but the target of his abuse, former Proteas captain Ashwell Prince, thinks he is innocent.
Nearly 2000 cycling injuries were treated by emergency services in the past year, a minority of them from sport cycling.
A former South African Airways cabin crew member has spoken out for the first time about his role in concealing what cargo the Helderberg was carrying when the aircraft crashed on November 28 1987, killing 159 people.
Shahied Johnson is tripping the light fantastic - in his wheelchair.
An urgent application by the City of Tshwane is scheduled to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow. The city seeks to compel the organisers of the inaugural TribeOne Dinokeng Festival to go ahead with the event.
The Spanish government faces a major constitutional crisis in the coming weeks as Catalans set on breaking away from Spain push ahead for a referendum on self-rule.
Scotland's "No" to independence may have saved British Prime Minister David Cameron's job, but sweeping pledges of a constitutional shake-up could trigger more political instability.
A man sparked an evacuation at the White House on Friday after he jumped over a fence and entered the building before being captured.
Forty-nine Turks were freed yesterday, more than three months after the Islamic State group kidnapped them - as the US sought to strengthen a coalition to defeat the jihadists.
A horror accident on the athletics field has saddled discus gold medallist Victor Hogan and Athletics South Africa with a R6.5-million lawsuit.
Wesbank CEO Chris de Kock misled the public when he claimed this week that the vehicle finance company only repossessed cars from clients who were more than a year in arrears.
A suspected bank robber and killer who was shot dead last week in a gunfight with the police was given a hero's burial in his home town on Friday.
No Contest:Chiefs in cruise control as stand-in captain Mashamaite hits winner
It was on his previous Premier League visit to the Etihad Stadium that Jose Mourinho memorably delivered his post-match speech about Chelsea's "little horses" still being in need of milk. "Next season, next season, the horse will be ..." said Mourinho, smiling knowingly and not completing the sentence.
Two storming displays in Bafana Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria appear to have cemented a place in central midfield for Andile Jali that, on ability, should probably have been his always.
Don't get it twisted. I know that this women's month business was last month.
Queens Park Rangers narrowly avoided their fourth Premier League defeat of the season as a fine late equaliser from Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar rescued a 2-2 draw against Stoke yesterday.
Life for David Zulu lately has been about making adjustments.
The recent buzz around Shakes Mashaba's Bafana Bafana augurs well for Safa's Vision 2022, and so does the rampant form of the under-20s and Banyana Banyana.
The presumption that Sepp Blatter will rule Fifa on his terms for as long as he wants to will, finally, be challenged.
Olympic boss Thomas Bach yesterday said future Games hosts would have to prove their "sustainability" and that there would be a shake-up of the bidding criteria.
Formula One's governing body has postponed the bulk of a ban on radio and pit-board messages until next season after deciding that this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix was too early for teams to adapt to the new restrictions.
After the drama of Medinah two years ago, neither Team USA nor Europe will be short on motivation entering the Ryder Cup on Friday.
Roger Goodell rejected calls he step down as commissioner and vowed that the National Football League will "get our house in order" by overhauling its personal-conduct policy after several high-profile cases of domestic abuse by players.
Western Province flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe celebrated his first Currie Cup start by scoring two tries from the back of rolling mauls that helped his side to a convincing win over Griquas.
Those who will shoot at the moon of playing for SA when the domestic season starts this week will be inspired, and forewarned, by the varying experiences of Dane Piedt, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi and Beuran Hendricks.
If we knew how much one-day cricket was too much, we would also know the length of a piece of string. But, with a World Cup just months away, there are no strings attached and there is no such thing as too much one-day cricket.
Li Na, who announced her retirement from competitive tennis this week, sparked a tennis revolution in Asia and became one of the world's most successful athletes, thanks to her fierce determination to overcome the odds.
Mokoena wanted to quit, but now he's making a bigger name for himself
Standing at the brink of death has given iconic boxing promoter Mzimasi Mnguni a new perspective on life and he now does not take anything for granted.
The 2014/2015 World Sevens Series looms as the most important in the history of the shortened version of rugby, with Olympic qualification on the line, new eligibility laws strengthening island teams, and better preparation for teams previously considered minnows.
English rugby is one year away from its greatest test. The mission this time is not just to chase a trophy, but to conquer the hearts and minds of the nation.
On his previous album, Leonard Cohen seemed to be saying goodbye. But he's back, and he's 80. Rian Malan attended the launch of the master lyricist's new album in London, and tried to decode his enigmatic genius
The CPO turns 100 this year. Eugene Yiga spoke to its boss, Louis Heyneman, about the thrills & terrors of the orchestra life
In 1891, Eleanor Xiniwe posed for this portrait in London. She was a member of the African Choir, a group of young South Africans from the Eastern Cape Colony who toured Britain between 1891 and 1893.
A historical figure named Shaka Zulu never existed, if we're being pedantic.
I'm writing this at Birmingham International Airport. It's a Friday afternoon and I'm waiting to board a flight to Amsterdam. I've counted; I will share this flight with no fewer than three different stag- or hen-party crews.
When my Joburg-born son H was four years old, we went to my uncle's funeral in Stutterheim.
Weighing in at an even 689 pages (including the index), Greg Mills's Why States Recover is in publishing's heavyweight division. But is it a heavyweight champion?
Toyota is rising to the car-sharing challenge with a three-wheeler designed for a bold new age of urban transport
Rhona Gorvy's paintings transform subtly as you look at them, writes Oliver Roberts
Scrabble players who fish "Q" out of the green bag are always delighted when "U" makes itself available for a high-scoring word. Lately I have noticed that words beginning with "q" seem to make non-scrabblers happy too.
Billy Ocean can't be your lover boy no more, but he's happy to be an old flame. By Carlos Amato
Comedian Stuart Taylor is bemused by the word 'coloured' - and by the bubble of a comfortable life
The head of the independent Avalon cinema group tells Matthew Savides how his family defied apartheid and the big chains
A sensual tribute to '60s and '70s Italian film. By Kavish Chetty
After months of mutual stalking and a proposal on the rocks, Roger Norton & Carmia Lureman got hitched in Elgin. By Sibongile Mafu
Gabriella le Breton celebrates the rapid rise of Kuala Lumpur and its diverse cultures
A former cabin attendant remembers a difficult customer
If there was an award for the cleverest computers in the world, it would have to go to the technological wonders that calculate the price of airline tickets.
Our travel expert answers queries on routes and destinations around the world
Trafalgar is offering a tour that will include everything from ancient ruins and whirling dervishes to Istanbul's Blue Mosque.
We did a three-day "nightmare" cruise on the Melody a few years ago ("nightmare" because there was a massive storm, which brought many of the people aboard to their knees - praying when they weren't bringing up!).
Tourists walk at the Great Pyramid at the Cahuachi Ceremonial Centre in Nazca in this South American country.
Paul Morris puts up with some bothersome foreigners to find Namibia's beautiful birds and secret spaces
Tourism investors are plotting an attraction that's never been seen before - on and under the sea. By John O'Ceallaigh
Rick Astley '80s pop star
Marianne Schwankhart gives polo a bash at a country manor in the Free State
After a few hairy moments, Nick Yell finds he made the right turn after all
Dorothy Grist sees mating, birth and motion in the Serengeti National Park
Travel news for people on the move
MasterChef judges and winners tell us how they use their favourite SA ingredients
It's incredible to think that some New York apartments are built without kitchens - so there will be generations in the future who won't ever experience the evocative aromas (well, mostly) emanating from a home kitchen.
Wood, gas or charcoal? Jan Braai and Weber SA MD Niell Grobler don't see eye to eye
When it comes to grilling, chef Heinz Brunner, honorary life president of the SA Chefs Association, is passionate about the skill - and sharing it.
First up on my menu for this Heritage Day are a couple of stiff tshigombelas, which is a bold new cocktail I invented recently using vodka and wild watermelon juice.
The members of the new South African National Culinary team are stretching their chopping muscles in preparation for the largest and most prestigious international gastronomic competition, the IKA (Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung) Culinary Olympics, held annually in Erfurt, Germany.
Cleta Joannou turns SA's favourite guilty secret into irresistible desserts, cakes, tarts, rusks, truffles, brownies, fudge, ice cream and much more. Here's a recipe from her exquisite book
In November, we will announce the winner of the first Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook of the Year competition, in association with Pick n Pay.
Jan Braai, the founder of National Braai Day, reveals the art of the perfect T-bone, a favourite on SA fires
Of course you need beer at a braai (for dousing the flames) but when it comes to eating food cooked over the coals, there's nothing to beat wine.
Braai Day. What a cringeworthy notion. As if the only thing that connects us is roasting carcasses over a fire.
Mutton curry bunny
Potato salad, the quintessential braai accompaniment, has had a Banting makeover. Made with cauliflower instead of potato, it looks - and even tastes - like traditional potato salad, but without the kilojoules, writes Hilary Biller
Township venue puts a classy spin on the time-honoured tradition of 'buy and braai'. By Shelley Seid
Tiara Walters finds wild heritage food in the city
Bryan and Andre van Niekerk try two restaurants whose menus pay tribute to SA customs and cultures
A West Coast winemaker has turned anarchy into heritage, writes Sam Rogers
Dairy man keeps things fresh with innovative and delicious products, writes Shelley Seid
Anyone who enjoys cooking would love Scott Lowry's knives, writes Raphaella Frame-Tolmie
Fahmida Ismail of Gatesville in Cape Town makes a marvellous breyani with vegetables
Hayden Quinn continues his SA food adventure, this week in the rolling green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where he teams up with chef Jackie Cameron and creates an easy ice cream topped with crunchy honeycomb.
It might not be the way your Ouma made it, but this recipe is quick, easy and delicious
Two months after a nation-wide police search for murder accused Koobendran Moodley began, he handed himself over to Johannesburg Central police station on Thursday last week.
Murder: up from 41 to 51. Sex crime: down from 75 to 57. Attempted murder: up from 36 to 44.
Leonard Rosenberg is about to air Durban's dirty linen in public.
Management students, industry captains and representatives of other institutions have taken tips and lessons from the success story of Mumbai's dabbawallas, who have gained fame globally for efficiently delivering lunch boxes, colloquially known as dabbas, to thousands of office workers across the vast metropolis.
The family of a three-year-old St Bernard will fight a court judgment that forces them to remove the large pooch from their gated community property.
Liberte Volleyball Club head into this week's Volleyball South Africa Champions Cup as KwaZulu-Natal's top team.
Mumbai will host the 2014 World Bodybuilding Championships from December 7 to 9 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week called for the mission to clean up the country to become a mass movement.
Arun Mohan is the son of director-turned-comedian Anumohan.
Over the past few years, there has been an impressive list of directors who have made a mark on the film industry.
"This was the first time fire had such an effect on me, so much so that I thought to myself, "You're going to die now. You need to run."
Police and community policing forums are losing the battle against the so-called trio of crimes - house robbery, burglary and hijacking, which recorded a 10.8% surge.
If there is a crucial lesson that I have learnt, it is that there is always more than one side to every story, and that being honest about your own story is the only way to let other people know that they are not alone.
Fashion design student Elaine Koopersamy, 40, does not mind being the second-oldest in her class.
What started out as a hobby has turned into an international Islamic fashion triumph for local designer Salma Navlakhi.
The politically connected and financially astute, mainly men, grabbed an opportunity to meet the newly appointed Durban Indian consul-general , Rajagopalan Raghunathan, this week.
There were no tights or capes in sight when Childline KwaZulu-Natal hosted a mocktail party this week, but superheroes were out in full force.
I receive complaints about service delivery and poor workmanship with increasing regularity.
When Evashnie Govender relocated to Pretoria for work, Prakashan Govender promised that in 10 years he would make her his wife.
Bollywood playback singer Sukhwinder Singh put on an exceptional performance at his concert last Saturday night at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg, Johannesburg.
Here's a lovely combination of some big names coming together.