Tuesday, August 7 2018

THE BIG STORIES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Land’s end: No jobs, no food in the farming sector

Anatomy of a disaster in the making, with 55,000 out of work since January and crops failing due to drought

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
4 min read

Magnus Malan: Vile, venal enemy of the people

He allowed bizarre and inhumane experiments to be carried out to 'cure' troops suspected of being homosexual

By Chris Barron
8 min read

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, WE HAVE LOVE

DEATH IS JUST A PART OF LIFE FOR HOSPICE STAFF. TIMES SELECT FINDS OUT THE CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF WORKING WITH THE DYING

A hospice of hope was her promise to her dying child

Six years ago, Tersia Burger vowed that no one would suffer as her daughter did and opened Stepping Stone hospice

Katharine Child
Journalist
4 min read

'We aren't here to judge, but to give love'

Patients' behaviour does not change once they have been given a terminal diagnosis, for better or worse

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

What people don't realise is how expensive it is to die

There is scant thought for patients as palliative care facilities close amid a ‘scandalous’ lack of funding

Katharine Child
Journalist
3 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

Lawyer says Hani was not Christ, killer should be set free

Janusz Walus is to make his third appeal for parole on Tuesday, amid renewed debate on whether he deserves freedom

Graeme Hosken
Journalist
2 min read

Experts clash on whether or not Susan Rohde died slowly

Defence argues that evidence proves she did hang herself

Philani Nombembe
Journalist
3 min read

'I ran from the pain of dad's suicide - then I ran to cope'

It's been a long road for Sowetan who pounds the pavement in aid of mental health and suicide prevention

Claire Keeton
Journalist
2 min read

Staggering feat: cop on duty so drunk she loses 3 hours

But court buys story that she arrived sober, did a four-hour shift in one, then got hammered in the toilet

By The Daily Telegraph
3 min read

IDEAS

TO FEED YOUR MIND

ANC is no match for the EFF’s brain-numbing lies

It was the only populist option on the block, until its sleepily bovine bluff was called five years ago

Tom Eaton
Columnist
4 min read

We may all fall into chasm between govt, provinces

Development policies won't succeed until there is integration and co-operation from the top down

By Xolisile Gideon Ngumbela
5 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE

Today's cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

1 min read

Today's quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

1 min read

Times Select gets a paywall: here's what Tom Eaton thinks

An appeal from one of our popular columnists

2 min read

VISUAL SIDE

A light plane crashed in Santa Ana, California on Sunday, killing all five people on board but not injuring any at the crash site in a parking lot.


SNAPSHOT

A western lowland gorilla eats ice cream in its enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic.
Lusty eyes A western lowland gorilla eats ice cream in its enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic.
Image: Reuters/David W Cerny

Six things about SA you need to know

Zuma finally pays ex-Aurora workers

Former Aurora employees are finally getting their payday from former president Jacob Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma‚ Nelson Mandela's grandson‚ Zondwa Mandela‚ and others‚ after an eight-year battle against the mine's former directors. Trade union Solidarity said on Monday that 300 of the 5‚300 ex-employees will start getting their overdue salaries this week. Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis said: “Aurora was finally liquidated in October 2010 and since then‚ Solidarity‚ together with the liquidators‚ has been trying to recover the workers’ overdue salaries and to hold the former Aurora directors responsible for the total destruction of the mine assets.” The former Aurora directors are Zuma‚ Mandela‚ Thulani Ngubani‚ Solly Bhana and Fazel Bhana.

Cape gang war hots up after 'extortionist' killed

A man implicated in an extortion syndicate in Cape Town was shot five times in an apparent hit. Police confirmed the death of 45-year-old Carl Lakay at 8.30pm in Cape Town on Sunday. Lakay was part of a group headed by Nafiz Modack and Colin Booysen‚ who were allegedly behind the takeover of nightclub security from another group‚ headed by Mark Lifman‚ Jerome “Donkie” Booysen and Andre Naude. It is alleged that both groups used extortion to strong-arm nightclub owners into paying for security. Lakay was expected to stand trial in November on charges of extortion and intimidation. His death comes after Donkie Booysen‚ alleged boss of the Sexy Boys gang‚ was shot at a Spur restaurant in Kuils River last week by a member of the rival Hard Livings gang. At least three people were killed and three others injured in violence between rival gangs in the following days.

Crack team to the rescue of 87 municipalities

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has assembled a crack team of engineers and experts to tackle infrastructure and governance issues at distressed municipalities across the country. Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday the department had identified 87 distressed and dysfunctional municipalities where teams will be sent to intervene. The intervention programme‚ which will be assisted by National Treasury‚ focuses on governance and administration‚ financial management, and service delivery. The support programme will run until the end of April 2021.

Malema sticks to his guns over ‘rifle’

EFF leader Julius Malema is sticking to his guns and insists he did not fire a real gun or live ammunition during the party’s fifth birthday bash in East London. Malema again insisted he had fired a toy gun on stage last Saturday at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, and that the noise heard in a video was a fireworks display. “It coincided with fireworks all the time in the celebration of the EFF. Unfortunately, you are seeing it for the first time. There was no gun … I will not even discharge a firearm among our own members‚ because I know how dangerous it is‚” Malema said on Frankly Speaking‚ broadcast on Sunday. Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said: “The matter is still under investigation and we will not be giving a blow-by-blow account of the investigation.”

Suspect in KZN taxi massacre out on bail

A man with alleged links to a bloody taxi massacre in Colenso that left 12 men dead has been released on R1‚000 bail after a brief appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The 35-year-old Sydenham man – who the court ordered not be named or photographed – was arrested in the days following the shooting. He faces charges relating to the illegal possession of 73 AK-47 bullets without a licence. Last month, gunmen opened fire on a minibus taxi that was travelling on the R74 between the towns of Colenso and Weenen. The court heard that the man was employed as a security guard and supported four children who lived on his family homestead in Greytown. He will appear in court again on November 8.

Over 20‚000 harmed in Gauteng hospitals

Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has confirmed that more than 20‚000 patients have been harmed owing to negligence in two and a half years at state hospitals in Gauteng. Ramokgopa quoted the figure in a written response to questions posed in the Gauteng Legislature by DA MPL Jack Bloom. When patients are harmed unintentionally‚ by an act of commission or omission rather than their underlying illness or condition‚ the incidents are recorded as “serious adverse events”. To date there have been 20‚417 of these events in the province since 2016. “Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the most dangerous hospital for patients in Gauteng‚ with 4‚320 recorded (incidents)‚” Bloom said on Monday. Ramokgopa confirmed that the cases were‚ broadly speaking‚ related to “allegations of negligence‚ incompetence of staff members‚ human errors‚ secondment of patients and system failure”.

THE WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

Abducted: How search for missing toddler led to 11 others

The children taken hostage were rescued after officers raided a dilapidated compound

By AFP
3 min read

Blood will have blood: 'I'd love my brother more if he died’

A Dutch sister’s evidence could convict her gangster brother, but she says he is still going to murder her

By Peter Stanford
6 min read

Was it the broken bottle or the street sign that upped the Stokes in brawl?

A prosecutor has said that the fracas involving cricketer Ben Stokes was not a trivial moment of unpleasantness

By Tom Morgan and Gareth Davies
4 min read

'Poor Jen', the patron saint of wronged women isn't so poor after all

Like her or not, there's no denying Jennifer Aniston's public heartbreaks still make for big business

By Polly Dunbar
5 min read

SNAPSHOT

Alessandro De Rose of Italy dives from a 27m platform overlooking Lake Lucerne during the Red Bull Cliff Diving series in Sisikon, Switzerland.
Weeeeeeeeeeee Alessandro De Rose of Italy dives from a 27m platform overlooking Lake Lucerne during the Red Bull Cliff Diving series in Sisikon, Switzerland.
Image: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

SIX THINGS ABOUT THE WORLD YOU NEED TO KNOW

The answer to road deaths? Death, of course

Bangladesh has promised to introduce the death penalty for deliberate road deaths in a bid to quell more than a week of demonstrations calling for better road safety, as new student-led protests were met with tear gas and rubber bullets. Over the weekend scores of people were hurt as police fired tear gas and mobs apparently loyal to the government attacked demonstrators, photographers and even the US ambassador’s car. The tens of thousands of school pupils and university students who have paralysed the capital Dhaka and elsewhere for the past nine days - and torched eight buses - are pressing for better road safety after a speeding bus killed two teenagers on July 29. During the latest clashes on Monday, in Rampura, police used tear gas to dispel hundreds of students from a private university, local police chief Rafiqul Islam said. - AFP

Apple the latest to cut conspiracy nutjob

Most of US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple’s iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday. The move is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones’s programmes by Facebook and other online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content. Facebook suspended Jones’s personal profile for 30 days in July for what it said was bullying and hate speech, and said on Monday it had removed four pages belonging to him for “for glorifying violence” and “using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants”. Also, music streaming company Spotify removed some of Jones’s episodes last week. Among the theories Jones has promoted is that the September 11 2001 US attacks were staged by the government, and that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. - Reuters

We're becoming tweeting tot twits, says expert

Social media and video games are creating a generation of children with the mental and emotional immaturity of three-year-olds, one of Britain’s most eminent brain scientists has warned. Baroness Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Oxford University and former director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, said she was concerned children were losing their ability to think for themselves, empathise and communicate with each other. Instead, they were being bombarded with instant gratification through social media and gaming, which meant that like three-year-olds they would need “something every moment to distract them so they can’t have their own inner narrative, their own inner thought process”. She predicted “that people are going to be like three-year-olds: emotional, risk-taking, poor social skills, weak self-identity and short attention spans”. She cited a study by Harvard and Princeton universities which found students preferred to give themselves an electric shock rather than face 10 minutes alone simply thinking. – The Daily Telegraph

Demi Lovato has a message from rehab

US pop singer Demi Lovato spoke out on Sunday about her battle with addiction, saying she needed "time to heal and focus on my sobriety" days after media reports said she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital owing to a suspected overdose. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," the 25-year-old Grammy-nominated recording artist wrote on Instagram. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet." Lovato, who has spoken openly in the past about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, thanked God, her friends and her fans, saying their positive thoughts and prayers had helped her navigate "this difficult time." She also thanked her family, team and the staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Hollywood: "Without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you." – © The Daily Telegraph

Hiroshima bomb mission tapes surface

Taped recordings and transcripts of interviews with the pilot and crew of the Enola Gay have been donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 40 years after they were apparently lost and 73 years after the aircraft dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on the city. The 27 tapes cover 30 hours of interviews and are accompanied by 570 pages of typed transcripts that collected by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts before the publication of their book, “Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima”, in 1977. Museum officials told the Mainichi newspaper said the material is historically important because it reveals what was happening inside the aircraft during the mission, as well as the feelings of the crew. The transcript records Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the B-29 Superfortress, saying the mission was shrouded in secrecy and that the crew had been issued with handguns and cyanide tablets in case they were shot down. – © The Daily Telegraph

Steven Seagal is Putin’s action man in US

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made US actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to the US actor in 2016, saying he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve. Like Seagal, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a martial artist, and the actor has been vocal in his defence of the Russian leader and his policies, including Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. At the same time he has been critical of the the US government. -Reuters

THE BUSINESS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Why don’t we spend a penny where it really matters?

We must spend on something that affects individuals, on voters on the ground. Let’s build some toilets

By Mark Barnes
4 min read

Heineken deal shows Naspers how frothy Chinese market is

Heineken paid way over the odds for its stake in CR Beer, so Naspers better not get too cheeky with Tencent

By Ann Crotty
1 min read

Sweet relief as Staude departs Tongaat - but no new CEO?

No successor named as boss of sugar producer retires after what Investec called a rather uninspiring tenure

By Giulietta Talevi
1 min read

LIFESTYLE

CULTURE COMES ALIVE

Let’s treasure Petty’s legacy and damn the torpedoes

A fortnightly review of the world of vinyl

By Andrew Donaldson
6 min read

Time travel heals old wounds ... or does it?

Three new books explore travelling through time

By Tymon Smith
3 min read

All Barker with a bit of bite: Inside coach Clive’s Bafana

Extracts from Clive Barker’s autobiography

By Clive Barker
9 min read

Did Vogue Paris make a most inappropriate appropriation?

Magazine and Rihanna photographer Juergen Teller accused of ripping off artist Mickalene Thomas

By Patrick Sawer
2 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

SPORTS DAY: SABC too broke to broadcast Bafana Bafana

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Mninawa Ntloko
Sports editor
5 min read

Jeers and very few cheers for Nigeria’s athletics showpiece

Organisation was a shambles, the only redeeming feature being Caster Semenya’s double win

David Isaacson
Journalist
2 min read

Blasts from the past: Silver and a sliver of bad luck for SA

Today in SA sports history: August 7

David Isaacson
Journalist
1 min read