Tuesday, March 6 2018



Here's what to do with all your polony

Whatever you do, don't throw it away

4 min read

How it all went down

A timeline of the outbreak since it was first discovered in January 2017

2 min read

'This should never have been allowed to happen'

The listeriosis food recall will be the biggest since the Sunday Times exposé on Sudan Red in 2005

Graeme Hosken
2 min read



Julius seizer? No, it's just more of Malema the manipulator

He's doing what he does best, inflame the national debate

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
3 min read

Listen to politicians and bigots to see the lies of the land

Amid the ideological cacophony we must decode the political spin and defuse reactionary fear around the land debate

Tom Eaton
5 min read

Do something small to make a big difference

The issue with most of us South Africans is that we think we need to do something big

3 min read




'Pastors recruited bitcoin scam victims'

But congregant says they just wanted to help people in need

Nivashni Nair
2 min read

South Africans would rather be fired than have their phones stolen - survey

More and more people are leaving their homes without their wallets

Farren Collins
3 min read

Don't air your dirty laundry on the KZN South Coast

New municipal bylaw targets the noisy, the naked and those causing a nuisance

2 min read

Constantia murder: Their marriage was no fairytale

Court hears that Packham couple's marital problems were 'a known fact'

4 min read


Businessman Phillip Sibia returns meat to the Enterprise factory store in Germiston.
Return to offender Businessman Phillip Sibia returns meat to the Enterprise factory store in Germiston.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

Six things about SA you need to know

Zuma to be lauded by contentious business group

Former president Jacob Zuma will be honoured this week by a conglomerate of controversial black business bodies for his stance on radical economic transformation. The National Funeral Practitioners Association of SA (Nafupa-SA)‚ the Delangokubona Business Forum and others, announced that they will bestow two awards on Zuma: For “appreciation”‚ to honour his work on radical economic transformation; and for “bravery”‚ to laud his stance on expropriation of land without compensation. Nafupa-SA has been accused of fanning racial prejudice by banning white and Indian business owners from operating in the townships, while Delangokubona has long been accused of mafia-style tactics to secure outsourcing work from construction firms. Zuma is expected to be honoured at a gala event in Durban on Thursday night.

ANC ready for EFF romance in PE

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has called for a meeting with Julius Malema’s EFF over the future of the Nelson Mandela Bay mayorship. Lulama Ngcukaitobi, the ANC’s provincial secretary, said he will lead a delegation of provincial leaders to have formal talks with the EFF. This comes after Malema announced last week that his party would be tabling a motion of no confidence in NMB mayor Athol Trollip. Malema said his party wanted to remove Trollip because the DA didn’t vote for the EFF’s motion to expropriate land without compensation. Following its announcement, the EFF said it wanted the ANC to field former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas or someone similar. Ngcukaitobi said the party was still waiting for a reply from the EFF after they asked for a meeting.

Murder accused: I drove around looking for wife

A Constantia man accused of murdering his wife‚ Gill Packham‚ says he was driving around looking for his wife on the day she was murdered, in places the couple used to frequent. Rob Packham sobbed in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Monday where he was charged with murdering his wife of 30 years. Gill’s body was found in the back of her burning green BMW on Thursday 22 February. She was declared missing after she never arrived for work. Prosecutor advocate Brynmor Benjamin told the court Packham was the last person seen with Gill on the day of the murder when he was supposed to be at work. He claimed that Packham’s cellphone pinged cellphone towers in various locations while he was supposed to be at work. Packham’s defence advocate told the court this was because he went looking for his missing wife. The case continues.

Ngcobo shooting suspects in cour

A police task team has arrested four Mancoba Seven Angels Ministries church members who are allegedly linked to the murder of an Umzimkhulu church leader and his wife. Ndumiso Jali and his wife were shot dead at their premises in Clydesdale in Umzimkhulu early last month, two weeks before the Ngcobo police station shooting that left five police officers and a soldier dead. Mancoba church members were later arrested in connection with the station shooting. The Jalis were also members and leaders of the controversial Seven Angels church in Umzimkhulu. Two of the four arrested for the Jali murders were remanded in custody until 31 March for a bail application. It is unclear when the other two will appear.

Students to tackle taxi war after driver’s death

Students are planning to intervene in the ongoing war between metered-taxis and app-based taxis in the name of their 21-year-old fellow-student and Taxify driver Siyabonga Ngcobo. Tributes flowed in following Ngcobo’s death in Pretoria last week. Family members are sharing their heartbreak as they try to come to terms with his murder‚ which came less than two years after they had celebrated his recovery from a serious medical condition. Ngcobo was a fourth-year student at Tshwane University of Technology and had established an events management business. He only recently became a Taxify driver. His body was found in the boot of a burnt Chevrolet Aveo near Unisa’s Sunnyside campus on Thursday night. Police are investigating.

Black Sash back to ConCourt over social grants

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)‚ on behalf of Black Sash‚ will be in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday to “ensure there is a plan in place for the uninterrupted payment of social grants” next month. The contract between current service provider Cash Paymaster Services and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court in 2014. In March 2017‚ the court suspended this invalidity for a second time until March 31, 2018, to allow for the continuation of payments and to give SASSA time to appoint a new paymaster. In a statement on Monday‚ CALS said it would again ask the Constitutional Court to protect beneficiaries. CALS said it would be arguing that SASSA did not give sufficient information to the court when asking for the extension to the end of March.



Slippery and Sylvio-tongued: A rogue's last stab at power

Poll result puts a dent in flamboyant former Italian leader's astonishing return from political oblivion

4 min read

Oscars call James Ivory by his name at last

After decades of sumptuous classics, at 89 he gets the Academy Awards nod for 'Call Me By Your Name'

2 min read

Monks are trading robes for running shoes

Nepalese Buddhist monks are running to provide funds to rebuild homes destroyed by a massive earthquake

3 min read

The French want English TV ... for learning of course

A petition calling for French TV programmes to be broadcast in English with subtitles is rapidly gathering support

By David Chazan
1 min read


Children buy ice cream in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Soft serve Children buy ice cream in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Image: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail


Trial puts a Jackal on a soapbox

Self-styled revolutionary Carlos the Jackal was back in a French court on Monday, appealing a life sentence over a deadly 1974 bombing in Paris. Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 68, one of the world’s most notorious fugitives in the 1970s and 80s during his pro-Palestinian campaign of terror, produced a series of theatrical diatribes. “I am a professional revolutionary; revolution is my job,” he said, stating his nationality as “Venezuelan and Palestinian”. He has denied any responsibility for the attack at the Publicis Drugstore at Saint-Germain-des-Pres, in Paris’ Left Bank, which killed two people and injured 34. - AFP

Sex-accused cardinal seeks comfort

Lawyers for Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell asked an Australian court on Monday to allow a support person to sit with him through a four-week pre-trial hearing into charges of historical sexual offences, owing to his “age and medical condition”. Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, is the most senior Catholic official to face such charges. The court had granted a request for Pell’s accusers to have an assistant and a support dog with them for comfort. The magistrate said she would allow Pell’s request. - Reuters

Criminals departed before being deported

Hundreds of foreign criminals, including rapists and violent offenders, are on the run after the UK government took too long to deport them, figures from the Home Office suggest. In just over two years immigration authorities lost track of nearly 500 foreigners who were facing removal from the UK after serving sentences. They had been released into the community while their removal was organised, and would have been required to report to the Home Office at set times and can be subject to bail conditions and electronic monitoring. However, 494 "absconded". - The Telegraph

Rape of men and boys ‘ignored’

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have raped men and boys for years in an emerging pattern of sexual violence that is “underreported and largely ignored“, researchers said on Monday. The All Survivors’ Project identified dozens of cases of men and boys being raped during armed attacks, when they were captive, or because they refused to join armed groups. Fighters use sexual violence against men and boys to “humiliate, emasculate, and terrorise”, said project director Charu Lata Hogg. One survey found 14% of gender-based violence victims were male in 2016. - Reuters

Winter's really getting up their noses

Something stinks in one south-eastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early. Police Patrolman Adam Chavez says officers are settling up traps around town and in nearby Lake Arthur and Dexter. Healthy skunks caught in traps would be relocated on the east side of town near a river. - AP

I won't sing along to that, says Merkel

Angela Merkel does not want Germany’s national anthem to be changed, her spokesman said after a member of the chancellor’s Social Democrat coalition partner said male-specific references such as “fatherland” and “brotherland” should be made gender neutral. “The chancellor is very happy with our nice national anthem as it is in its traditional form and doesn’t see any need for change,” spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday. - Reuters



True leadership is knowing when to say goodbye

The trick is to get the right mix of wisdom and energy

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

COMPANY COMMENT: Tiger Brands on the blacklist

And questions of governance raised about independence of Steinhoff’s new board 

By Staff reporters
3 min read



Just for the record: Led Zep, Hayes and Mitchell

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
7 min read

Just listen for a sec, you might learn something

Four of the best podcasts to enlighten you this week

By Jessica Brodie
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Around the world

Mninawa Ntloko compiles the news of the day

By Agencies
7 min read

The Great Sledge: That effing, blinding, blithering brat

Silent video of spat shows Aussie rules at their finest

By Telford Vice
4 min read

Blasts from the past: Nourse can’t save SA from Oz

And other highlights on this day in history

David Isaacson
2 min read