Wednesday, February 13 2019



Cyril’s gamble: he wants two terms, but ANC monster lies in wait

He is counting on SA to put its trust in him in May, but he can't promise factional politics won't scupper his big plans

Ranjeni Munusamy
Associate editor: analysis
5 min read
Ideas FREE

Grid and bear it: a survival guide to a total power shutdown

Heed these day-to-day tips as you ride out the 10 dark and dangerous days it will take to power up SA again

Tom Eaton
4 min read

‘Go deaf or die’: No one should face such a choice, says TB survivor

Phumeza Tisile joins fight against drugs giant J&J to make safer treatment affordable and accessible

4 min read

Discovery’s new ruling ‘puts lives at risk’

Doctors balk at medical aid's new rule that certain surgeries must be performed at day hospitals

5 min read



Gran, 97, holds on for dear land in District Six

Forced removals commemorated ahead of a government deadline for a viable restitution plan

Tanya Farber
4 min read

Underground vault will store the SA treasures of our time

Want to bore people with your poetry in 101 years? These time capsules will give a window into our lives

Jeff Wicks
1 min read

Slain university ‘fighter’ lived and died in red

Family and colleagues pay tribute to student who was shot during a clash with security guards last week

3 min read

Gag order against public protector put on ice, but not for long

But the lawyer allegedly implicated in Mkhwebane’s corruption probe is still going to try to block her report

Shain Germaner
4 min read

‘Amandla!’ Suburb hails small victory against ‘bullies’

Embattled Durban community is fighting a R4.5bn development that poses an environmental and health risk

3 min read


Six things about SA you need to know

DA’s Mokgalapa is new Tshwane mayor

The DA's preferred candidate, Stevens Mokgalapa, has been elected the new mayor of Tshwane. Mokgalapa takes up the position after Solly Msimanga's resignation took effect on Monday. Msimanga resigned after almost two and a half years in office to focus on his campaign as the DA's Gauteng premier candidate. Mokgalapa, who hails from Tshwane, was a councillor in the metro for nine years, and was most recently an MP and the party's spokesperson on international affairs. Mokgalapa's election on Tuesday was uncontested since no other party nominated a candidate. Mokgalapa said in his inaugural address he would be a mayor of action and therefore focus on stabilising and refocusing the administration, speeding up service delivery, creating an environment that enabled job creation, keeping residents safe, and rooting out corruption.

Merc driver clocks 222km/h

A Mercedes-Benz driver was bust going more than 100km over the speed limit on Tuesday. The 30-year-old man was apprehended by the Gauteng Traffic Police's High Speed Unit. He had been going 222km/h on the N1 towards Bloemfontein. “The man was caught travelling in a Silver Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG, and told officers he was rushing to Bloemfontein. He was arrested on the spot and taken to Vanderbijlpark police station where he was formally charged,” the traffic department said. The man faces charges of reckless and negligent driving, and exceeding the general speed limit. He is expected to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

ConCourt boots Moyane bid to get job back

The Constitutional Court has dismissed former SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane's application to apply for leave to appeal against the decision to dismiss him. President Cyril Ramaphosa fired Moyane in November 2018 after Judge Robert Nugent, who heads the Sars commission of inquiry, submitted an interim report recommending that he be dismissed for the good of the tax body and SA. In December 2018, the High Court in Pretoria dismissed Moyane's application to set aside Ramaphosa's decision to dismiss him. Following that ruling, Moyane approached the Constitutional Court to apply for leave to appeal. That court said it had considered Moyane's application for leave to appeal and concluded that it “should be dismissed as it bears no reasonable prospects of success”. Last week, finance minister Tito Mboweni appointed a seven-member panel to interview and recommend to Ramaphosa a shortlist of candidates to replace Moyane.

Dad who shot son by mistake enters plea deal

A father who shot dead his teenage son outside school, believing he was a hijacker, will soon know his fate. The Lenasia Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday that lawyers for Sibusiso Emmanuel Tshabalala and the office of the director of public prosecutions (DPP) have reached a decision to draft a plea and sentence agreement. Luyanda, 16, was killed in June 2018 after finishing extra classes. His father had fallen asleep in his car, waiting for him to finish, when he knocked on the window. Mistaking him for a criminal, Tshabalala opened fire. During a brief appearance in court on Tuesday, magistrate Maggie van der Merwe told Tshabalala that his lawyer and the DPP had agreed on a charge that he would plead to, and a sentence. The agreement must still be drafted and the defence and prosecution asked to be given six weeks to do so. The matter was postponed until April 23.

Parents urged to send kids to school despite strike

The department of basic education is "extremely concerned" that schools across the country may be disrupted by the national Cosatu strike on Wednesday. The strike is set to also hit a range of private-sector and government services. "It's extremely concerning that schools face the real threat of disruption," said department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga. Cosatu hopes the strike will bring all nine provinces to a standstill. Mhlanga nonetheless urged parents to take their children to school on Wednesday. "We hope the situation will be resolved without impacting negatively (on) school activities. We urge those protesting to do so without disrupting schools," he said. Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the central message of the strike was to highlight the fight against job losses in the public and private sectors. Pamla said thousands of workers were expected to strike.

Investors fleeced in sheep-for-sale scam

A woman who pulled the wool over the eyes of 10 people has appeared in court after convincing them to each part with R170 for months in the belief that they would have a sheep delivered before Christmas. Police said three complainants from Kamesh in the Eastern Cape opened a case of theft under false pretences after the 47-year-old suspect collected R170 each month from 10 women in the community. "Payments were instituted in January 2018 and the last payment was done in November 2018," said police spokesperson Capt Gerda Swart. "The clients never received their sheep and there was also no sign of them being reimbursed. A case was registered on Friday and the suspect was arrested the same day." Desiree Reiners, 47, appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday. She was released on a warning and will appear in court again on March 6.




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



Jean-Claude Juncker’s a fool, but he certainly isn’t harmless

The EC president is rude, smug, frequently sozzled - and on a mission to create a country called Europe

By Daniel Hannan
5 min read

Afghans fear repeat of chaos in valley where Soviets were defeated

The prospect of a US withdrawal and Kabul riven with infighting stokes fears that history could repeat itself

4 min read
World FREE

It’s official: If it’s easy to eat, it’s going to kill you

Ultra-processed foods have now been been scientifically linked to early death

By Laura Donnelly
3 min read

The secret to a good marriage is all in your genes

It has to do with which variant of the oxytocin receptor gene - the love hormone - you have, say scientists

By Sarah Knapton
1 min read


6 things you need to know about the world

Have excellent moral character? Go be a hangman

Sri Lanka has started advertising for hangmen after the president vowed to resume executions as part of a war on drugs. Candidates must have ‘mental strength’ and ‘excellent moral character’. There are two vacancies, and only Sri Lankan men aged between 18 and 45 need apply. – AFP

Locals are this close to snapping at selfie tourists

Hong Kong tourists are invading must-have Instagram locations and upsetting locals. Some buildings’ popularity is fuelled by the fact that they were filming locations for Hollywood blockbusters. A sign warning against taking selfies, however, hasn’t deterred the travellers. – AFP

Nigerian widows take their Shell shock to Hague

Four Nigerian women have launched a court case in the Netherlands against Shell for alleged complicity in the execution of their husbands by the military regime in 1995. The Hague writ alleges Shell helped in the arrest of the men, who had sought to peacefully disrupt oil development because of health and environmental impacts. – AFP

Singapore vows to try US man over HIV data leak

Singapore says it will bring back and prosecute a US man accused of leaking data on thousands of HIV+ people. Mikhy Farrera Brochez, an HIV+ man who used to live in the city-state, is believed to have obtained the data from his Singaporean doctor partner, who had access to the ministry’s HIV registry. The data leak included people’s HIV status, names and addresses. – AFP

Birds mysteriously drop like flies in Netherlands

Since early January, more than 20,000 dead guillemots have washed up dead on Dutch beaches. All the birds show signs of severe starvation, but the cause is still unknown. Experts and researchers will gather in Utrecht to perform a mass autopsy on some 100 birds. – AFP

Bangladeshi ‘godfathers’ to surrender

More than 100 suspected meth traffickers are expected to surrender to Bangladeshi authorities thanks to a deadly police crackdown that has sown fear. Bangladesh has launched a ‘war’ on drugs after a spread of illegal substances. Those surrendering will include drugs traders, traffickers and several ‘godfathers’. – AFP
A passenger train along the bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian Taiga in Russia.
PLOUGHING THROUGH THE SNOW A passenger train along the bank of the Yenisei River in the Siberian Taiga in Russia.
Image: Reuters/Ilya Naymushin



Transnet be damned, OneLogix doesn’t give a truck

Logistics company hardly faces a threat from rail, and uses the parastatal more as a partner than competitor

By Chris Gilmour
3 min read

Life could well be a gas - if SA plays its policy cards properly

Imperative that the government crafts a policy to steer the SA economy the way of Norway, and not Venezuela

By Lisa Steyn
1 min read

Watch this space? You mean the vacuum made by Eskom?

No business in the world will invest in a country where a crucial monopoly like Eskom is utterly dysfunctional

By Allan Seccombe
1 min read



If your love be true, la-la-la ... you’d better prove it, buddy

Haven’t yet planned your Valentine’s Day? No worries! Here are some fabulous last-minute tips for happiness

By Kelly Lodewyks
2 min read

Pah, I say. Who needs to have sex on Valentine’s Day?

After all, that’s why they made the internet, right?

By Yolisa Mkele
1 min read

Don’t fancy Obama or Noah? Try some sweary self-help

January bestsellers to take you through February

By Jennifer Platt
3 min read



SPORTS DAY: There’s a teeny bit of revenge on Faf’s mind

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
3 min read

Come on Sri Lanka, let’s see some of that spirit of 1996

Remind India and Pakistan that it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog

2 min read

Blasts from the past: English rebels kicked out of SA in ’90

Today in SA sports history: February 13

David Isaacson
1 min read