Friday, March 6 2020



This is what we know about SA’s first Covid-19 victim

It is too soon to panic, says health minister as man, his family and doctor go into quarantine

By Tamar Khan, Lwandile Bhengu and Orrin Singh
4 min read

‘Never again’: Enock’s family vows ‘strongest’ legal action

Civil and criminal charges will be taken against the education department and the lodge, says lawyer

2 min read

Mkhwebane is welcome to see my tax returns, Zuma confirms

He also says it was indeed he who wrote the notorious tweet, as public protector is set to face off with Sars

Karyn Maughan
2 min read



Child murder accused jailed for threat to witness

Lucky Soka allegedly threatened the state’s star witness – a neighbour who witnessed his abuse of the toddler

Shain Germaner
4 min read

What is the real reason for the Tshwane ‘coup’?

Dlamini-Zuma has yet to be informed of the city being placed under administration, as DA vows to fight back

Aphiwe Deklerk
Political reporter
2 min read

‘Bad eggs, urine’: mushroom farmer not a fun guy for nauseated neighbours

High court orders farmer to stop making compost after neighbours complain of terrible odours

Shain Germaner
3 min read

Animal welfare wars: Facebook spat turns into hefty legal dispute

What started out as a bit of water up the bum has ended in a R500k lawsuit

2 min read

SA is on the brink of a devastating obesity ‘tsunami’

This epidemic is not slowing down and threatens development at all levels, says health minister

3 min read

Reiger Park pupils break the cycle and upgrade to bicycles

The introduction of cycling is changing the lives of children in the gang-ridden community

2 min read



Ideas FREE

A time of phlegm-free flights and the viral virtues of Vaseline

Having survived the frontlines of the Covid-19 war, infesting the airports of the globe, this is what I have to report

4 min read

Matanzima’s ghost lives on in Magashule and Zuma’s narrow vision

Like the Transkei leader, theirs is a narrow black nationalism, and shows how low the ANC has stooped

By Jonny Steinberg
3 min read

This incidence of Latin evolution is no accident - and that’s the tooth

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times
3 min read


An woman sells Russian dolls in Moscow.
NESTING PLACE An woman sells Russian dolls in Moscow.
Image: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

Fort Hare suspends academic programme

Ongoing protests at the University of Fort Hare culminated in the suspension of the academic programme on Thursday. Prof Sakhela Buhlungu, vice-chancellor and principal, said that since February 24 “the university has experienced ongoing intimidation of and violence against staff, students and members of the public, as well as looting and damage to property”. Despite the institution activating a court interdict restraining protesters from disrupting campus operations, “teaching and registration have been impeded … Management has taken the difficult decision to suspend the teaching programme on all campuses until further notice.” Students were given a deadline of 6pm on Thursday to leave campus and vacate their rooms in all university-owned and leased residences. At the heart of the protest is a “register one, register all” demand by students.

Life for man who murdered former girlfriend

“Wathinta abafazi wathinta imbokodo, uzo kufa” (You strike a woman, you strike a rock. You will die). This was uttered by Durban high court judge Nompumelelo Radebe as she sentenced Thabani Mzolo to life imprisonment for the 2018 murder of his former girlfriend, Mangosuthu University of Technology student Zolile Khumalo, at her residence. The gallery, filled with MUT students and family, erupted with cheers as judge Radebe handed down sentence in the Durban high court on Thursday.

Five men killed in KZN massacre

Five men were shot dead and a sixth person was critically injured during an attack at a home in Ezakheni in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday morning.  Provincial police spokesperson Brig Jay Naicker said Ezakheni police received a report of a shooting incident which occurred about 1.30am from B Section. “On arrival at the scene, police officers found the bodies of five adult males who were shot dead at a house. The sixth victim sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was taken to a local hospital.” Naicker said the victims, aged between 25 to 35, were not related. “The motive for the attack was unknown.

Pupils ‘locked in safe’, rescued by locals

Four teenage boys were rescued from a narrow and unventilated walk-in safe at a North West high school on Tuesday night, after a deputy principal allegedly locked them in the safe and left for the day. According to the pupils' parents, a tragedy was averted when the safe and a wall, located in the deputy principal's office at Kwena-ya Madiba High School in Jericho, were sawed off by residents and the police to let the children out, after the teacher had allegedly left with the keys to the safe and was not answering calls. Frantic parents say they started to worry when the children had not arrived home and they went looking for them. One of the pupils from the boys' class later said the deputy principal had taken the four to his office because he wanted to punish them. The school declined to comment.

Protector compares criticism of her to GBV

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has likened public and political criticism of her to gender-based violence. Speaking to Aldrin Sampear on Power 98.7, Mkhwebane said that since being appointed public protector she has been subjected to verbal attacks by MPs and the public. Mkhwebane was appointed public protector by former president Jacob Zuma after Thuli Madonsela's term ended in October 2016. Her appointment raised questions, including whether she was the right candidate for the position, TimesLIVE reported at the time. Mkhwebane said she was constantly subjected to "attacks" because she was a woman.

Robbers suffocate man, 87, with pillow

An 87-year-old man was suffocated to death with a pillow during a home invasion in Greenwood Park, north of Durban, on Thursday. Police spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said police interviewed the victim's niece, who said the attack occurred at about 3am. “The complainant alleged that in the early hours of the morning, she and her 87-year-old uncle were at their place of residence at Allenby Road when they were woken up by three armed men.” The men demanded the safe keys. “One of the men suffocated her uncle with a pillow until he lost consciousness and then died. The suspects then ransacked the house.” A TV, laptop, cash, cellphones and the safe were among the items stolen. Charges of robbery and murder had been opened at the Greenwood Park police station.




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



Berning question: it’s Biden v Sanders, which is just fine with Trump

The primaries are now a two-man race, and whether Bernie wins or loses, the Trump campaign can benefit

By Tim Stanley
2 min read

Grave new world: mourners could be forced to stream funerals online

A ban on public gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak may extend to bereaved families

By Gordon Rayner
3 min read

Planes, trains and touchscreens: the coronavirus danger zones

These are the everyday objects where germs are lurking, and the best ways to deal with the dangers

By Maria Lally
6 min read

Art of the British Empire is mired in darkness, but don’t hide it

The debate out the UK’s cultural past should be reignited, but ditching past controversial works is a bad idea

By Alastair Sooke
6 min read


A migrant rests with a child in his arms next to the Tunca river in Edirne, Turkey.
KINDLED A migrant rests with a child in his arms next to the Tunca river in Edirne, Turkey.
Image: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

6 things you need to know about the world

Sanders Berned over ‘dishonest’ Obama ad

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was accused of launching "misleading" television adverts suggesting Barack Obama supports him after he was overwhelmingly rejected by black voters in southern states on Super Tuesday. Sanders’s campaign rushed out a commercial showing Obama showering him with praise. "Bernie has great authenticity, great passion and is fearless," Obama said in the ad. He said the people “want somebody who's going to fight for them, and they will find it in Bernie”. The comments were stitched together from years-old interviews and speeches by Obama and played over footage of the two men together. Obama has not yet endorsed anyone in the race. – © Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019)

Vegans meat their match in Jill Biden

Joe Biden joked that wife Jill was his Secret Service protection after she fought off vegan protesters who stormed the stage as the former vice-president was giving a victory speech to supporters. "I'm probably the only candidate running for president whose wife is my Secret Service," the Democratic frontrunner said at a California fundraiser, a day after the incident in Los Angeles. "Whoa, you don't screw around with a Philly girl, I'll tell you what," he said. In the incident, as Biden was giving a speech, a woman shouting "Let dairy die" rushed the stage and Jill grabbed her husband's hand and put herself between him and the woman. Seconds later another vegan protester rushed the stage and Jill grabbed her with both hands and pushed her back. The protester was escorted off stage to boos. - AFP

Snap chat - croc selfies are a tourist hit

Deep in the Nubia, a region along the Nile in southern Egypt, a baby crocodile sits on Mamdouh Hassan's shoulder to wow tourists. The reptiles are a source of income for Egypt's Nubian minority, with visitors paying to marvel at the tamed creatures. But beyond bringing in tourist dollars, crocodiles play an important role in the culture of the ethnic group with a history dating to Pharaonic times and its own unique language. The Nubians traditionally lived along the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt with roots extending into northern Sudan. In Gharb Soheil, a Nubian village near Aswan, mummified crocodile heads still adorn the doors of homes. Crocodiles represent an important physical totem of blessings in Nubian belief. - AFP

Taser wipes out Aussie in loo-paper scrap

A fight over toilet roll ended with a man being tasered, Australian police said on Thursday, as coronavirus concerns drive panic buying. Police were called to a shop in the New South Wales town of Tamworth after the man allegedly attacked another customer and a worker. Meanwhile, a delivery truck carrying toilet paper burst into flames in the Australian city of Brisbane, ratcheting up a sense of panic about the availability of the product. More than 50 people have been confirmed to have the virus in Australia so far with the latest cases including an eight-month-old baby in Adelaide.Coronavirus fears have triggered runs on several products, including hand sanitisers and face masks, with images of shoppers stacking trolleys with toilet rolls spreading on social media. - AFP

Now you tweet it, now you don’t

Twitter says it is testing a way for users to "think aloud" with tweets that vanish after a day instead of having posts linger. The ability to send ephemeral tweets called "Fleets" is being tried out in Brazil, according to the San Francisco-based social media platform. If more widely implemented, Twitter would match the disappearing posts first made popular by Snapchat and later adopted by Facebook and other platforms. "We are experimenting with a new way for you to ‘think aloud’ on Twitter, with no likes, retweets or public comments," the company said in a message posted from its @TwitterBrasil account. - AFP

Soap star rocks flerther over Satan clip

Seeking to clean up an office embroiled in scandal, Brazil's new culture secretary started her tenure by firing six top officials, including one who said rock music pushes people toward Satanism. Now on his fifth culture secretary in a year, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has tapped Regina Duarte, a soap opera actress, to restore calm at what has become one of the most controversial posts in his administration. She promptly fired Dante Mantovani, head of the state-run National Foundation of the Arts. Mantovani, an orchestra conductor and believer in a flat Earth, who had said in YouTube clip: ”Rock music leads to drugs, which leads to sex, which leads to the abortion industry, which leads to something much worse, which is Satanism." Like the other five officials sacked by Duarte, he is considered a disciple of Bolsonaro's ideological guru, Olavo de Carvalho, a writer and former astrologer. - AFP



Gauteng vows to create 35,000 new jobs, but is that enough?

Province’s budget thinks big, with R36.7bn set aside for infrastructure development alone

4 min read

DA policy targets the poor, but it’s missing something big

ANALYSIS | Its economic redress doesn’t solve the most striking legacy features of the apartheid economy

Carol Paton
Editor at Large
5 min read

JSE must crack the whip to keep bond issuers in line

The JSE has never taken any responsibility for any devious activities on listed company boards

Stephen Cranston
Associate editor
4 min read

The US misfires as the world economy takes a bullet

The looming global recession has been described as a ‘once in 100 years catastrophic event’

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
5 min read



It’s a funny world down South, but we’re in very good Nik

It’s nonstop laughs from India, Malawi and SA for the UN Comedy Show at Cape Town's revived festival

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
2 min read

Plenty of time to die: everything that has gone wrong with Bond 25

Nothing seems to be going right for the film

By Alice Vincent
11 min read

Won’t you take us to the bioscope?

The films opening in our cinemas this week

By Critics’ choice
2 min read

Lira’s feeling good – whether she’s in SA or the USA

The multi-award-winning singer talks to us about her future plans and ambitions of winning a Grammy

By Sanet Oberholzer
1 min read



SPORTS DAY: Jaguares a big test, says Sharks coach

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
5 min read

Blast from the past: Doug Watson stars in golden ...

Today in SA sports history: March 6

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read