Monday, March 12 2018



Zuma 'the martyr' is playing with fire

Jacob Zuma sang and danced with a conglomerate of controversial black business groups

Bongani Mthethwa
5 min read

Zuma's tentacles are still deep in the Ramaphosa ANC

While his cronies are still working away for their Gupta paymasters, the former president can still unleash chaos

Justice Malala
3 min read

DA text 'makes Maimane look like a puppet leader'

His supporters charge that the message fuels the narrative that he is controlled by whites in the party

Aphiwe Deklerk
3 min read

Protector 'too scared' to oppose review of 'whitewash' report

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she fears a court may hold her personally liable

By Karyn Maughan
3 min read



'Assault': Caregiver was on final warning

Video footage of the 'assault' on an autistic pupil has been released exclusively to Times Select

By Prega Govender
3 min read

Santam senior manager suspended over 'sex pest calls'

More cases unearthed after recruiter alleges Soomeshan Pather asked for 'adult entertainment'

Sabelo Skiti
5 min read

Living in Listerialand

Over-reaction once polony was fingered as the culprit was inevitable, and understandable

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
3 min read

It’s handbags at dawn in the Winelands

Estate agents at war over posh Cape properties

Nashira Davids
2 min read

Restaurants happy to take smoking off the menu

Two-thirds of South Africa restaurants are open to banning smokers from their establishments

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
1 min read



It may be history, but when is it your story?

A panel of writers debates the fraught issue of cultural appropriation

By Jo-Ann Floris
3 min read

Confront a troubled land's deep-rooted anger

To build better race relations, it is time for us to engage in very honest discourse about the country’s past

By Ongama Mtimka
6 min read



A member of Kenyan acrobat group Kibera Messenger performs with machetes for filming in Kibera, Nairobi.
SHARP ACT A member of Kenyan acrobat group Kibera Messenger performs with machetes for filming in Kibera, Nairobi.
Image: Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Ramaphosa wants Malema to ‘come back home’

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza extended an olive branch to EFF leader Julius Malema and others on Sunday‚ urging them to return “home” to the ANC. “He is still ANC down deep in his heart‚” Ramaphosa said, who also urged others to rejoin the party. Mabuza said earlier he had a “special space” for Malema in his heart. Ramaphosa and Mabuza were on the campaign trail in Pretoria and Centurion. Meanwhile, Ramaphosa said the ANC was willing to work with political parties that had similar ideologies and policies, particularly since the ANC aimed to win back the Tshwane‚ Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay metros in the general elections next year, after losing them in the 2016 local government elections.

Two die in Cape Town Cycle Tour

Two people died on Sunday during the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Race director David Bellairs confirmed the deaths on Sunday afternoon. The first as a “trauma accident” just before 9am on the M3, in which a group of 20 cyclists were involved in a pile-up. One cyclist died from injuries sustained in the incident. A cyclist died after a suspected heart attack at about 10.22am. More than 30‚000 cyclists took part in the 40th edition of the 109km race. Nolan Hoffman won the men's elite race in 2 hours 37 minutes and 30 seconds.

O’Sullivan to lay murder charges over listeriosis

Forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan plans to lay murder and attempted murder charges against a multinational corporation over the recent listeriosis outbreak. He said it was “high time” that corporations were held to account, particularly in this case when more than 180 people had died in the outbreak. O’Sullivan said on Sunday that further details of the charges would be released at a media briefing on Monday morning. The outbreak has been traced back to Tiger Brands’ Enterprise factory in Polokwane, although the company was not named by O’Sullivan.

KZN ANC shocked after 3 members ‘assassinated’

The ANC in KZN has expressed shock and outrage after its elections coordinator and two community members were shot dead by unknown assailants in Mfume on the south coast on Saturday. The attacks come as the Independent Electoral Commission opened its doors for voter registration on Saturday and Sunday to allow the electorate to confirm their details. Sihle Zikalala‚ ANC KZN provincial interim committee coordinator‚ said Nqobizwe Mkhize‚ 42‚ was “assassinated” in the early hours at his home. Mkhize was responsible for election mobilisation in the district. While details of Mkhize’s murder remained sketchy‚ it appeared he was attacked while sleeping. He was shot in the presence of his wife.

Winnie: ANC starting to overcome its challenges

Struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is optimistic about the ANC's chances in the 2019 general elections‚ saying the party is chasing a two-thirds-majority win. Speaking at her voting station in Orlando West on Saturday - where she went to verify her address and confirm her registration - Madikizela-Mandela said the ANC was beginning to overcome the challenges it was plagued with. She joked when officials could not find her address in the system, and then updated her details with IEC officials present.

DA to ensure e-tolls are discussed in parliament

The DA’s private member’s bill to ensure that the public is consulted on e-tolls is scheduled to be discussed in parliament’s transport portfolio committee on Tuesday. The bill‚ tabled in Parliament on 18 August 2017‚ seeks to amend the South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act. The bill will make provision for the public‚ provincial legislatures and local councils to be reasonably consulted and afforded an opportunity to have their input on proposed toll roads. It also proposes the construction and maintenance of alternative roads for those who cannot afford toll fees. DA transport spokesman Manny de Freitas said on Sunday the heart of the bill was to “prevent another e-tolls fiasco”.



Why the march to democracy is now in reverse

Giving the Chinese president a mandate to rule for life marks time with a worldwide move towards more autocracy

4 min read

'Wily shapeshifter' flu virus will always be one step ahead

Unlike many other viruses, the flu germ exists in dozens of sub-types with new ones emerging all the time

4 min read

A huge home for the pandas - but the people must scram

A new massive panda park will open migration routes for the endangered mammals, but 170,000 people could be displaced

By Neil Connor
2 min read

Living like a leper in Madagascar’s hidden hills

The forgotten leprosy battle in Fianarantsoa

4 min read

Mystery of the dead/not dead travelling drone tradesman

Where exactly do the Chinese drones that have slunk into North Korean arsenal come from?

4 min read


An Indian army soldier member of the 'Tornadoes' motorcycle display team rides through a wall of bricks during a combined display at an officer training academy in Chennai.
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME An Indian army soldier member of the 'Tornadoes' motorcycle display team rides through a wall of bricks during a combined display at an officer training academy in Chennai.


Judy Garland's daughter has brain tumour

Lorna Luft, the daughter of Judy Garland, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing following a performance in London. The singer, 65, was "forgetting lyrics and monologue" before she collapsed backstage on Friday night. She was rushed to hospital by her husband. Luft is currently in remission from breast cancer which she has been battling for more than six years. - The Daily Telegraph

Full service is back in vogue

They were once the staple of every dining room and wedding list worth its salt, before falling out of fashion. But now the full dinner service is experiencing a revival, according to auctioneers, after a new generation has embraced the trend of mix-and-match crockery. Jonathan Rendell of Christie’s said the interest reflected the “end of minimalism” as younger buyers sought out “grand, slightly eccentric” tablewear to reflect their personalities. - The Daily Telegraph

OJ's tell-all tapes unearthed

In 2006, OJ Simpson gave a no-holds-barred interview in which he gave a gripping “hypothetical” account of the brutal murder of his ex-wife and her friend. For over a decade, the tapes of the infamous exchange were considered lost but have re-emerged, and were aired in the US on Sunday. Simpson describes grabbing a knife as he confronted his ex-wife at her home in Los Angeles but says he then blacked out and remembers only seeing everything “covered in blood. - AFP

Knitting is better for you than yoga

Prescribing knitting could save health departments millions, a new large-scale study suggests. It discovered that knitting is as relaxing as yoga, distracts from chronic pain, such as arthritis, boosts wellbeing, brings down blood pressure and keeps the mind sharp. It also reduces loneliness and isolation and allows older people to feel they are still useful to society. So prescribing knitting could be a cheap way to battle a host of age-related conditions, the report concludes. – The Daily Telegraph

Oh no! says Bono over abuse claims

U2 frontman Bono has apologised after claims emerged on Sunday that workers at his ONE charity were subjected to a culture of abuse and bullying. He said he was “furious” about the allegations and pledged to meet victims to apologise in person. Claims include that of a married woman who said she was demoted after refusing to have sex with a Tanzanian member of parliament. - AFP

Man uses severed leg as pillow

Indian authorities have suspended two doctors and launched an investigation after a patient’s severed leg was used as a pillow to prop up his head. The man was seriously injured in a bus accident. His relatives said hospital staff ignored their requests that he be given a pillow. “When we reached the hospital, we saw his leg being used as a headrest,” a relative said. - AFP



The future and the forgotten function of markets

As aggregators of disparate information, these are the devices we use to see things coming

By Stuart Theobald
4 min read

Private groups banish Joburg's inner-city blues

Far from the old perception of too risky and dangerous, it is proving a residential development success

By Alistair Anderson
2 min read



Girls who play like boys? It’s their hormones

Testosterone plays its part, but pop culture is beginning to challenge stereotypes of how genders behave

Claire Keeton
3 min read

Oh the agony: Stop this poking about my sexploits

A tongue-in-cheek advice column

By Yolisa Mkele and Nina Hastie
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: It wasn't pretty, but Chiefs will take it

A roundup of international sporting highlights

Marc Strydom
5 min read

Playing the stadium game makes SA football look silly

The rule that soccer clubs must have an alternative venue should never be used as a strategic weapon

Mark Gleeson
Soccer writer
2 min read

Blasts from the past: That stupendous 438 ODI win

On this day in sporting history

David Isaacson
1 min read