Thursday, April 26 2018

TOP STORY

LEADING THE AGENDA

Rioters chase doctors away from dying patients

Patients left helpless as Klerksdorp’s Tshepong hospital is besieged

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN FOR YOU?

SOUTH AFRICANS TELL US THEIR STORIES AHEAD OF FREEDOM DAY ON FRIDAY

On the Cape Flats, freedom means being alive

Gangsters may cause residents to live in fear, but Freedom Day is going to be celebrated anyway

Nora Shelly
Journalist
2 min read

'Freedom is a big deception'

Anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mogadi, 60, lives with his father while waiting for a house

Farren Collins
Journalist
2 min read

Sports star was robbed of a future, but found his freedom

An accident put prodigy Victor Vermeulen in a wheelchair, but he has refused to be a victim

Farren Collins
Journalist
2 min read

He was there from the start and now his fight is being rewarded

The Order of Luthuli in Silver is being bestowed on Swaminathan Gounden

Suthentira Govender
Journalist
2 min read

Legacy of courage: snapshot of a struggle family 30 years on

The Cape Town clan will reflect on the bittersweet poignancy of this Freedom Day weekend

Claire Keeton
Journalist
4 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

DA's honeymoon is over: WCape becomes new ground zero

The Western Cape is destined to be one of the major battlegrounds as the ANC and the DA face off for control

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read

#GuptaEmails: Public Enterprises boss on 'extended leave'

Department fires back after govt source says the director general, who figured in Gupta e-mails, has been sidelined

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
2 min read

A view to a sell: Optimum’s R400m rescue plan

Burgh presents its proposals for the Guptas' coal mine. Now's just to wait and see if they'll be accepted

Kyle Cowan
Journalist
2 min read

Why I'm marching: The money I'm earning is too little

Zama Ngcobo joined the Saftu strike because she cannot afford to save for her children’s tertiary education

Bongani Mthethwa
Journalist
2 min read

There will be no Times Select on Friday's public holiday.


IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

A teacher's greatest gift is presence

Educators and leaders must learn to communicate, through actions and words, that everyone matters

Jonathan Jansen
Columnist
5 min read

Kids have more zip than endurance athletes

Scientists discover why it is virtually impossible for adults to keep up with their little ones

By Sarah Knapton
3 min read

VISUAL SIDE

A 7,000 square metre portrait of former president Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the Zonderwater Correctional Centre on April 24 2018. The portrait was put together using blankets that will be distributed to the less fortunate around South Africa.


SNAPSHOT

A Palestinian demonstrator during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest on the Israel-Gaza border where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland.
Firefighter A Palestinian demonstrator during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest on the Israel-Gaza border where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland.
Image: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Five things about SA you need to know

Thunderstorm and rain warning for the Cape

Capetonians were warned on Wednesday to batten down the hatches as the city braced for thunderstorms‚ rain and a chance of hail overnight on Wednesday. The South African Weather Service said there was an 80% chance of rain that would carry on into Thursday. Gale-force winds are also expected. Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management team said it was on standby. The National Sea Rescue Institute urged people to be cautious around the coastline owing to expected heavy sea swells and rough seas brought on by the approaching cold front.

Human remains found belong to missing botanist

DNA tests on human remains found on the banks of the Tugela River in February have confirmed them to be of missing Cape Town Briton Rodney Saunders. A source close to the investigation said the remains had been identified as those of the elderly botanist. Saunders and his wife Rachel‚ both prominent botanists who lived in Cape Town for about 30 years‚ were last seen on February 10 near Bivane Dam on the outskirts of Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal. The confirmation came as three accused of orchestrating their kidnapping and murder appeared in the Verulam Regional Court on Wednesday. Rachel’s body has not yet been found.

Farmer in court for driving over EFF member

Farmer Petrus van Niekerk appeared in court on a charge of attempted murder on Wednesday for allegedly driving over an EFF member who was fleeing from police during a service delivery protest. Shimmy Mosienyane‚ deputy secretary of the EFF in Ward 5 at Hartswater in the Northern Cape‚ lost sensation in his feet after being run over. He will undergo surgery on Thursday. Frances Thulo‚ regional secretary of the party in the Frances Baard Municipality in Kimberley‚ said on Wednesday Mosienyane and another person were trying to evade rubber bullets during the protest at Hartswater last Friday. The pair ran onto a farm where they were allegedly confronted for trespassing. The farmer allegedly ran him over while “using the k-word”. Police spokesman Captain Sergio Kock 63-year-old Van Niekerk was charged with attempted murder. The case was postponed until Thursday for a bail application.

DA: set aside Fraser’s appointment

The DA has approached the Constitutional Court to have the appointment of former spy boss Arthur Fraser as national commissioner of correctional services set aside with immediate effect. It also wants the court to declare that by making the appointment‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa violated his constitutional obligation. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the party had filed papers to SA's apex court seeking exclusive jurisdiction by the court on the matter‚ or to be granted direct access to it. “Fraser is a compromised individual who is wholly unfit to hold such a vital position within government‚ and as such the president erred in his appointment of such an individual‚” Maimane said. Fraser was moved to Correctional Services last week.

Don't blame Home Affairs queues on us: workers

We're not to blame for the long queues. That's the message from public servants to Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba as they condemned his "reckless" statement that staff were responsible for long queues at offices. The Public Servants’ Association said on Wednesday his comments came after visiting Home Affairs offices in Centurion‚ Orlando West‚ Wynberg and Pietermaritzburg. During unannounced visits as part of his "war on long queues" campaign‚ Gigaba found that members of the public were attended to faster than usual as soon as he arrived. The union said his statement gave the impression that staff were either slow or sometimes lazy in dealing with the public. “The minister’s statements have a demoralising effect on employees,” the PSA said, adding that staff shortages were to blame.

THE WORLD

STUFF THAT MATTERS

Submarine slaying was 'a cynical, planned murder'

Oddball Danish inventor will only serve about 16 years for fulfilling his sick sex fantasies on journalist

By AFP
3 min read

Hum a few bars ... Turns out some blokes work harder for sex than others

A small, brown, singing mouse has lifted the lid on why some males of a species invest more in courting than others

By AFP
1 min read

Toronto van killer part of a group of 'angry celibate men'

Alek Minassian referenced an online community of embittered singles in an online post before killing 10 people

By Rob Crilly, Christopher Guly and Mark Molloy
5 min read

From here to eternity: Daddy Disco still rocking decks at 78

Pioneering Italian composer Giorgio Moroder will celebrate his birthday by playing a DJ set at the age of 78

By AFP
2 min read

SNAPSHOT

Inuka, Singapore's first born and bred polar bear undergoes a final check up at the Singapore zoo before it was put down.
Bear witness Inuka, Singapore's first born and bred polar bear undergoes a final check up at the Singapore zoo before it was put down.
Image: Wildlife Reserves Singapore/Handout via Reuters

FIVE THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

Japan shrieks ‘Eek a mousse!’

Japan has demanded that South Korea rethink a mango mousse dessert it plans to serve at a North-South nuclear weapons summit dinner on Friday, which features a map of the Korean peninsula — including islands disputed with Japan, a recurring irritant for Tokyo. “It is extremely regrettable,” a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, adding that Japan had “asked that the dessert not be served.” Japan complained to South Korea about fans waving a flag with a similar design at a friendly women’s ice hockey match at the Winter Paralympics between the combined North and South Korean team and Sweden in March. — The Daily Telegraph

You’ll come back with more than a nice tan

Camera? Check. Sunglasses? Check. And a Geiger counter? Check. For a growing number of thrill-seekers visiting Chernobyl’s radiation-contaminated lands the device is used to help navigate the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident. The uninhabited exclusion zone, a 30km radius around the former nuclear power station, has seen a surge in tourists. Almost 50,000 people toured the area last year — a 35% rise on 2016 — to see the plant that contaminated a large swathe of Europe when its fourth reactor exploded on April 26 1986. Some 70% of visitors were foreigners. The activities on offer include feeding gigantic catfish in the radioactive waters of cooling pools. — AFP

So it doesn’t only happen in SA

Billionaire French industrialist Vincent Bollore was held for a second day of questioning by anti-corruption police on Wednesday over allegations his company helped two African leaders win elections in return for lucrative contracts. The head of the Bollore Group is part of an investigation into how his African logistics subsidiary secured contracts to run Lome port in Togo and Conakry port in Guinea. Prosecutors are looking into whether Bollore Group undercharged Guinean President Alpha Conde and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe for work on their campaigns as a sweetener for the contracts. — AFP

Spanish drugs bust nothing to be sniffed at

Spanish police have made a record cocaine seizure, finding nearly nine tonnes of the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in a shipping container at the southern port of Algeciras. The container was imported by a Colombian company on a ship coming from the Colombian port of Turbo, a customs statement said. The stash was the largest ever found in a single shipping container in Europe, it said. Six people had been arrested in relation to the find. Two were detained in Lyon, France, one in Algeciras and three in Malaga. — Reuters

‘Facebook data was all free and easy’

The Cambridge University academic at the centre of the Facebook data scandal has claimed that the social network regularly handed its user data to academics without questioning how it would be used. Aleksandr Kogan, who created an app that harvested 87 million Facebook users’ data, which was then allegedly used by Cambridge Analytica for political purposes, revealed that Facebook workers sent him several caches of user data when requested over e-mail, without any measures in place to protect who accessed it. Giving evidence in the British parliament, he claimed the social network “gave me the data set without any agreement to sign”. — The Daily Telegraph

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Down in smoke: Is it too much of a fag to invest in BAT?

Vaping is all the rage but chairperson says traditional cigarettes remain at the core of the business

By Marc Hasenfuss and Michelle Gumede
3 min read

Everybody’s talking ’bout a Nu-World in the morning

Promising earnings for consumer goods company with its fingers in everything from booze to TVs and fridges

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

Get your own back: Chuck a buck at fast-moving Cartrack

Double-digit growth and aggressive expansion plans

By Marc Hasenfuss
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Talismans celebrate life in earthy tones

How Pichulik's winter designs are helping to stave off the drought

By Andrea Nagel
4 min read

Take a stand on Fashion Revolution Day

As the perpetual fashion cycle hurtles on at a dizzying speed, a global call for change is gaining momentum

By Nothemba Mkhondo
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: Will Caster be forced to take hormone pills?

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas
Sunday Times sports editor
5 min read

Let's raise Habana high for a great player

Bryan Habana, one of his generation’s most decorated rugby players, has announced his retirement

Liam Del Carme
Journalist
3 min read

Blasts from the past: Naas work by Bok debutants

Today in sports history: April 26

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read