Wednesday, March 18 2020




Cops, medics raise alarm over lack of virus gear

Despite promises, their protective equipment hasn’t turned up, putting officers and unions on edge

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

UCT, Wits close hostels, but students stay put

‘It is ludicrous,’ says one staffer as SRC defies health-motivated move because students weren’t consulted

By Tanya Farber, Amina Asma and Shonisani Tshikalange
4 min read



Things hot up as Motshekga backs sex ed official

Minister has changed curriculum after religious leaders’ complaints, but refuses to budge in defence of staff member

Prega Govender
2 min read

Heartbreak after man hacks cop to death, puts rape victim in hospital

Officer was helping teen who claimed her uncle violated her, when the latter allegedly cornered them

By Peter Ramothwala
2 min read

Judge Hlophe avoids impeachment probe – for now

The accusations by his deputy are to be put before a judicial committee that will decide what to do next

Karyn Maughan
2 min read

Warrant out for slippery ex-SABC board chair Tshabalala

The Zuma ally hasn’t been home for months, say cops, who have questions about her qualification claims

By Isaac Mahlangu
2 min read

Searching for the spirit of the great white: Johnny Clegg hits lure sharks

PE outfit will lower you into the depths where speakers blast White Zulu songs to attract the predators

By Guy Rogers
4 min read



Ideas FREE

SA needs a bazooka to fight the virus. Cyril offered us a pea shooter

His words comforted, but against the greatest threat to our economy all we have are ideological fantasies

Tony Leon
5 min read

This isn’t something to be sneezed at. Get a grip, South Africans

There’s no excuse for the way I see many of us behaving, and soon our selfishness will come back to bite us

Tom Eaton
3 min read

Aryan racer: the British Formula 1 driver who became a Nazi hero

Dick Seaman’s legacy has struggled to escape the shadow of the Fuhrer, argues his biographer

By Richard Williams
6 min read


A worker stands among chilis left to dry near an embankment of Jumna River in Bogra.
OVERFLOW A worker stands among chilis left to dry near an embankment of Jumna River in Bogra.
Image: Munir Uz zaman/AFP

Six things about SA you need to know

‘Tornado’ spotted in N Cape

What appears to have been a tornado was spotted in the Northern Cape on Tuesday afternoon. Weather service Saws had earlier issued a warning about severe thunderstorms with hail and damaging winds over parts of the province. “Severe thunderstorms are observed over the southeastern parts of the Northern Cape, with possible damaging hail and winds (tornado), heavy downpours and excessive lightning moving southeast,” it said in a tweet. Images of a tornado were captured by a resident near Richmond. Others shared images of large hail stones that hit the area.

Taxis face crackdown after traffic cop killed

The City of Cape Town has vowed to “intensify operations” against minibus taxi operators after a 49-year-old traffic officer was killed, allegedly by a taxi driver, on Tuesday morning. According to the police, it is suspected that the officer arrested the taxi driver for a traffic violation on the corner of 5th Avenue and Voortrekker Road, in Kensington, and that he was killed in his vehicle en route to the police station. Police spokesperson Col Andrè Traut said metro police members arrested four suspects, aged 20, 22, 32 and 36, on Tuesday afternoon. They are being detained and questioned in connection with the incident.

KZN man, fuel station staffer win Lotto millions

Two Lotto winners have come forward to claim their millions, lottery operator Ithuba said on Tuesday. In the first case, a KwaZulu-Natal man has claimed the R53m jackpot he won in the national lottery game at the weekend. Ithuba said the 43-year-old man is a married businessman. The winner said it was the norm for him to spend up to R400 betting on the lottery game, and he usually used the quick pick method to select his numbers. Ithuba reported that another Lotto winner had come forward. The lottery operator said the petrol station supervisor from Secunda had bagged R3m.

Man behind bars for rape of son, 4

A man is behind bars in Kimberley after he allegedly raped his four-year-old son, Northern Cape police said on Tuesday. Lt-Col Dimakatso Mooi said the man had allegedly raped the preschooler on Saturday while the child was visiting him. “The matter was brought to the police on March 16 after the child informed the daycare personnel what happened,” said Mooi. The man was arrested and is expected to appear in the Galeshewe magistrate’s court soon. He will face a charge of rape.

Night shift halted at clinic since robbery

Joubertina Community Healthcare Centre in the Koukamma municipality stopped receiving patients at night after a 2019 robbery. Despite calls from locals and political leaders, night shift duty remains suspended, GroundUp reported. According to the police in November 2019, two robbers overpowered the security guard, cashier and staff on duty before three more suspects arrived. The pharmacy was broken into and an unknown number of items were taken. The staff were robbed of their cellphones and cash. Two hospital vehicles were stolen but were recovered after being abandoned. Capt Gerda Swart confirmed the matter was still under investigation. According to the chairperson of the clinic committee, Koko Yona, the facility now operates from 7am-7pm.

Three found ‘stoned’, burnt to death

Limpopo police are seeking answers after finding the charred remains of three people in Dennilton, outside Groblersdal, at the weekend. The bodies of Owen Ncube, Salos Sithole and Lovemore Basera were found on Sunday morning at the Nageng village, said Brig Motlafela Mojapelo. “The police were informed by a passer-by [about the bodies] and immediately attended to the scene jointly with the medical emergency services. Upon arrival, they discovered the bodies of three men, aged between 20 and 31, burnt beyond recognition and a burnt out Hyundai truck next to them,” said Mojapelo. Evidence on the scene suggested the three had suffered a brutal killing. Mojapelo said police found stones on the scene, which suggested the three were stoned and assaulted before they were set alight.




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It's time to put your brain to work

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Today’s quick crossword

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It’s a miracle! Don’t scoff, says top shrink, we can heal ourselves

Spirituality and science aren’t bitter bedfellows at all, says a man who studies remarkable recoveries from illness

By Luke Mintz
6 min read

It was one of those rare days when we realise the world has changed forever

COMMENTARY | For SA it was March 15. For the UK it was March 16. Here we all are, facing an alien future

By Harry de Quetteville
4 min read

These are the things we know we don’t know about Covid-19

Until facts become clearer in four crucial areas, governments will battle to fight the virus in an informed way

By Paul Nuki
4 min read

It’s toff at the top: the moment Julian Fellowes saw how privileged he was

The ‘Downton Abbey’ writer explains how he developed such a keen eye for privilege – and he definitely ought to know

By David Wigg
6 min read


Workers disinfect the Hagia Sophia to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Istanbul.
ANGELS IN DISGUISE Workers disinfect the Hagia Sophia to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Istanbul.
Image: Yasin Akgul/AFP

6 things you need to know about the world

Ibuprofen fans the flames, experts warn

Experts have questioned official government advice that people with mild symptoms of coronavirus should take ibuprofen over fears that it can make symptoms worse. The concerns grew after Olivier Veran, the French health minister, wrote on Twitter that taking anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen ‘could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In cases of fever, take paracetamol’. – The Daily Telegraph

In with the old: supermarket prioritises the elderly

A Northern Irish supermarket opened one hour early to allow older customers to shop safely and avoid coronavirus-related panic buying, sparking similar moves south of the border in Ireland. The west Belfast store of the Iceland chain of supermarkets will continue to open at 0800 GMT each day, reserving the first hour for elderly customers, after last week’s jostling for essentials by panicked buyers. – Reuters

Defiant trans pastor to marry same-sex couples

A transgender pastor has vowed to officiate same-sex marriages in Hong Kong despite a legal challenge failing to provide assurances that he will not face arrest. Marrz Balaoro was arrested in 2017 for holding ceremonies in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Christian Church, which he founded in the global financial hub in 2014. Charges were eventually dropped. – Reuters

This is the reality: TV cast to learn about virus live

Germany’s Big Brother contestants finally learned on Tuesday about the coronavirus pandemic that has left Europe in a lockdown – live on TV. Broadcaster Sat 1 had faced a growing backlash for keeping the 14 residents in the dark while the rest of Germany comes to grips with unprecedented shutdown measures to slow the virus's spread. – AFP

The pity party hits St Paddy’s in Dublin

Pubs were shuttered on St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin as the Irish capital swapped its annual riot of celebration for ‘social distancing’ to stem the spread of coronavirus. The cobbled streets of Temple Bar – usually the epicentre of celebrations – were deserted. Ireland’s government has cancelled St Patrick’s parades nationwide, asking pubs to close and curb gatherings of more than 100 individuals until March 29. – AFP

US and China trade insults over virus

A spat between the US and China over the novel coronavirus escalated on Tuesday as President Donald Trump angered Beijing by referring to the pathogen as the ‘Chinese Virus’. The two countries have sparred over the origin of the virus for days, with a Chinese official promoting conspiracy theories claiming it was brought to China by the US army and American officials using terms seen as stigmatising a nation. – AFP



‘Concern’ about how the virus affects the poor masks fear and prejudice

The real worry is that what happens to the poverty stricken will be bad for those who are better off

3 min read

No one knows what will happen, but it sure will happen

Short-term economic impact from the outbreak will only peak later this year, and the news will be very bad

By Roger Bootle
4 min read

Shock and … awe shucks: The Fed’s out of ammo, and global liquidation looms

Despite the Reserve’s decisive action it has failed to calm the markets and now it needs stronger weapons

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
6 min read



A mash made in heaven: how to make the perfect comfort food

In times like these, we all need solace from our food, but if you’re going to do it you might as well do it right

By Andrea Burgener
3 min read

The times they are a changin’ ... fast. These tips will help you cope

The pandemic does not mean you can’t live a happy and fulfilled life

By Leonard Carr
12 min read

Suburban sanctuaries: the designer gardens where magic grows

Two of SA’s most talented landscapers share their favourite outdoor spaces

By Mila Crewe-Brown
4 min read



SPORTS DAY: Euro 2020, Copa America canned for a year

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day

Marc Strydom
5 min read
Sport FREE

Coronavirus gives English soccer bosses a Premier headache

If the pandemic doesn’t relent by June the ramifications will be bitter, complex and costly

By Reuters
3 min read

Blast from the past: SA ends World Cup hoodoo in Sydney

Today in SA sports history: March 18

By David Isaacson
1 min read