Tuesday, March 20 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Moyane: Hell no, I won’t go - but then he gets pushed

SARS boss defies Ramaphosa’s order but then gets the chop late at night

By Natasha Marrian
3 min read

Undertakers raise money to pay Zuma’s legal fees

Funeral association says former president needs to be protected from the 'wild dogs'

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
3 min read

The best way to punish Jacob Zuma is ...

Let's imagine the scene many have been fantasising about for years

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

REMEMBERING SHARPEVILLE

THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE LOOK BACK

Hope barely lingers amid memories of a tragic day

Survivors of the Sharpeville massacre on March 21 1960 say their dreams of better days are fading 

Penwell Dlamini
Journalist
6 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Now he can rest, but I'll never forget his face

What one wife went through in the Esidimeni scandal will always haunt her, but she's glad the truth has finally come out

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

The Guptas are grounded

And their tax woes in India are also piling up

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
3 min read

Grandiose delusions, rape and abuse: Sex pastor's flock speak

Pitso’s flock share their stories of the pastor who is accused of abusing young women and forcing people to worship him

Khanyi Ndabeni
Journalist
5 min read

Doctors are now taking their phones into theatre

New technology will allow urologists and ear, nose and throats specialists to perform procedures with their smartphones

Tanya Steenkamp
Journalist
3 min read

When the Sahara was green, Banting wasn't in fashion

New discoveries shed fascinating new light on what ancient Africans ate

Tanya Farber
Journalist
2 min read

No Times Select on the public holiday

There will be no Times Select on Wednesday, March 20, which is a public holiday

By Times Select
1 min read

VISUAL SIDE

Shaped like a diamond and made of edible gold, saffron threads and white truffle, the world's most expensive chocolate goes on display at a fair in Portugal.


SNAPSHOT

A group performs in the annual Iscathamiya competition in Durban.
A collective riiiiip! A group performs in the annual Iscathamiya competition in Durban.
Image: Reuters/Rogan Ward

Six things about SA you need to know

OR Tambo could be hit by massive taxi strike

Commuters throughout the City of Ekurhuleni will be left stranded on Tuesday morning owing to a strike by the taxi industry. Adding to the chaos, the city announced on Monday it would suspend its bus services due to the protest action. Commuters have been encouraged to seek alternative transport. The management of OR Tambo International Airport‚ which is in Ekurhuleni‚ has alerted passengers travelling to the airport on Tuesday to possible disruptions by protesting taxi drivers. Spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said the airport had received unconfirmed reports of plans for protest action that would start from as early as 2am on Tuesday.

Chilling testimony in Rohde murder trial

Jason Rohde told his wife Susan’s brother he “killed her” three times, the Cape Town High Court heard on Monday. The businessman is on trial for her murder, but has pleaded not guilty. Testifying in court ‚ Michael Holmes said that four days after he was told his sister had committed suicide in July 2016‚ he was awoken by a phone call from Rohde on a Wednesday night at 10.30pm, Melbourne time. “He told me‚ 'I killed her! I killed her! I killed her!',” he said. The only information Holmes had received at the time was that Susan had committed suicide and he thought that Rohde was only voicing his grief and guilt. He did not think Rohde was admitting to murder. The case continues on Tuesday next week.

Robbers target rector’s home on plush estate

Despite being on a plush gated estate‚ the home of a deputy rector at one of the country's most elite schools was hit by armed robbers in the early hours of Monday. In a notice to parents of Michaelhouse‚ in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands‚ the school's rector‚ Paul Fleischack‚ confirmed that three men - at least one armed - broke into the home of Allan Laing‚ a deputy rector. Laing‚ his wife‚ child and in-laws were held up at gunpoint. When private security arrived with police, a gunfight ensued. Two of the suspects were within 100m of the house. A third was arrested later in the day. The boys at the school were not near the incident‚ nor the shootout, the notice added. The Laing family was unarmed.

Plane crashes on the decline

The number of private aircraft accidents in the past three years has declined but more still needed to be done‚ director of civil aviation Poppy Khoza said on Monday. Briefing the media on the work of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)‚ Khoza said these accidents happened in the general aviation area, and not in commercial operations. Khoza said there had been a 50% reduction in aircraft accidents when comparing the statistics from four years ago and those of the 2016/2017 year. However, there had been an increase so far in the 2017/18 year. She said there had been no fatalities in the commercial scheduled operations since 1994.

Labour law changes a ‘declaration of war’: Vavi

Zwelinzima Vavi's South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is begging parties in Parliament to reject labour law amendments that will limit the powers of unions. Vavi said on Monday that his union federation would be writing to all parties‚ including the ruling ANC. Vavi was referring to proposed changes to the Labour Regulations Act‚ the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the introduction of the Minimum Wage Bill. He said the introduction of the bills was an attack on workers and paved the way to prohibit strikes. Vavi said although the introduction of the national minimum wage was to be celebrated by workers earning below the proposed R3‚500‚ it was an attempt to pour cold water on the demands for a R12‚500 minimum wage.

Officials busted for illegally releasing 36 parolees

Nine government officials have been arrested for allegedly illegally releasing 36 female parolees over a period of more than a year. The foreign parolees‚ most of whom were drug smugglers or drug mules‚ were meant to be released and deported to their country of origin, but they were instead sent directly to the Johannesburg Department of Home Affairs regional office for an unprocedural and illegal early release‚ police minister Bheki Cele said. Family or friends of the parolees allegedly paid bribes into bank accounts of Home Affairs or Correctional Services officials. Some of the parolees have since left South Africa‚ but six have been rearrested. The nine government officials were arrested on Friday morning. They will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Hawking's final gift for us: a route map to the multiverse

Stephen Hawking ’s final academic work may have secured him the Nobel Prize

By Henry Bodkin
2 min read

Countdown to freedom gives Europe jailbird jihadi jitters

Officials admit they don't know the scale of the threat posed by the release of hundreds of jihadists from prison

By AFP
4 min read

It’s to the court with BBC’s ‘good old boys’ network’

Martina Navratilova gets paid '10 times less' than her co-host John McEnroe

By Hannah Furness
3 min read

Closer to a cure for MS - and it won’t break the bank

New treatment can halt the progress of multiple sclerosis and relieve the symptoms of the disease

By Stephen Walter
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Moshe Haelion, a 93-year old Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, takes part in a memorial marking the 75th anniversary of the first deportation of Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz, in Greece.
Old wounds Moshe Haelion, a 93-year old Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, takes part in a memorial marking the 75th anniversary of the first deportation of Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz, in Greece.
Image: Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Pilot blamed for MH17 crash kills himself

Ukrainian military pilot Captain Vladyslav Voloshyn, who was blamed by Russia for the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, has killed himself, reports the BBC, citing Ukrainian media. Dutch investigators found that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 and killed 298 people. Voloshyn reportedly shot himself at home in Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea. Described by Ukraine as a war hero, he had flown 33 combat missions against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, and had received a medal for bravery. – Staff reporter

Giant Daphne makes a quack escape

A giant yellow inflatable duck named Daphne that made a break from its moorings in Perth, Australia has been found after a week on the lam, its owners said on Monday. The swimming club mascot had drifted out into the Indian Ocean, sparking an appeal for help along Australia’s west coast. Sightings flooded in, including one from 440km away. But it was a local fisherman who spotted it 30km offshore. Giant ducks drew international attention in 2007 when Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 18m bath toy went on a worldwide tour. - AFP

Crowd watches cirque star plunge to death

A Cirque du Soleil acrobat plunged to his death in front of a horrified audience while performing the routine for the first time on Saturday night in Florida, US. Yann Arnaud lost his grip as he swung on straps high above the stage during the show, VOLTA. The 38-year-old died later in hospital. Arnaud was considered one of the company's most experienced entertainers, Daniel Lamarre, the company's president, said. It was the company's third death in 34 years, he said. - The Telegraph

Death to drug dealers if Trump has his way

US President Donald Trump is to unveil a plan to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for traffickers, White House officials said. The plan seeks to cut opioid prescriptions by a third over the next three years by promoting practices that reduce overprescription in healthcare programmes, officials said. The White House did not offer any specific examples of when it would be appropriate to seek the death penalty. - Reuters

Drones fray nerves in the cockpit

Drone near misses with planes have more than tripled in two years, new figures show. About 92 incidents were recorded in 2017, according to analysis of UK Airprox Board data. This is compared with 71 during the previous 12 months and 29 in 2015. Former RAF and British Airways pilot Steve Landells, a flight safety specialist, described the figures as "very worrying". He believes the true extent of the problem could be even more severe as pilots struggle to see drones from cockpits. It could be “the tip of the iceberg”. - The Telegraph

Boy shoots sister over game controller

A nine-year-old boy shot dead his sister, 13, in the US state of Mississippi following an argument about a video game controller, local media reported on Monday. The girl had refused to give up the controller, Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell reportedly said. The boy then opened fire, striking his sister in the back of the head. The bullet pierced her brain, and she was taken to a hospital where she died on Sunday. An investigation was opened to determine how the boy had access to a firearm. - AFP

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Steinhoff's STAR wants to leave the show

Bizarre that 77% held subsidiary goes to such public lengths to try to distance itself from its parent

By Ann Crotty
3 min read

How to pull a failing firm out of a death spiral

If demand for your products and services is declining, find out why. And if change is needed, do it immediately

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Just for the record: Township bubblegum hits the dancefloor

A bi-weekly vinyl review

By Andrew Donaldson
6 min read

A brush with tooth decay

Today is World Oral Health Day, and what you thought you knew about caring for your teeth is all wrong

By Eleanor Steafel
8 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Caster takes dead aim at Zola Budd’s record

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Journalist
3 min read

Strong Portuguese flavour as Bafana battle Angola again

SA has a surprisingly dominant record against them

By Nick Said
4 min read