Wednesday, August 26 2020



The real pandemic: booze debate back on after drunk driver kills 3 cops

Traumatised families, politicians call for tougher restrictions, amid fake news panic that ban is returning

By Alex Patrick and Shonisani Tshikalange
4 min read

Will state matrics’ varsity dreams be dashed by late issuing of results?

The IEB has swatted away the unease, saying varsities only make allocations once all results are in. Is this true?

Prega Govender
4 min read

How can hope spring eternal when you’re killing us?

A year after Uyinene Mrwetyana’s death, we gathered to share stories and only sorrow was illuminated

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
4 min read
Ideas FREE

Only urgent dialogue can save SA from falling over the cliff

If citizens, politicians from across political divide do not find common ground we face becoming a failed state

By Mojanku Gumbi
5 min read



IS terror group in Moz is getting manpower, money from SA: Hawks

Joburg father pleaded with son not to fight with Islamic insurgency with ‘scores of South Africans’ in its ranks

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter
4 min read

Big blow for SPCA as court says Kuwait firm can export 56,000 sheep

But Al Mawashi and agri body welcome the court’s decision ending a long tug of war over 72,000 animals

By Adrienne Carlisle and Paul Ash
4 min read

Invasive plants are being given Zulu names. Here’s why it’s important

A conservationist in KZN is breaking language barriers to weed out invaders

By Sarah Wild and GroundUp
5 min read

SA lawmakers are big dopes about dagga, say traditional healers

Bill discriminates against them due to a ‘misguided, apartheid-style idea about traditional medicine’

4 min read



EDITORIAL | SA, we have a culture problem

And we are all contributing to it

3 min read
Ideas FREE

God bless, Captain America: behold the cinematic universe of US politics

This escapist, multisquillion-dollar soap opera stars Bruce Wayne, Tony Starke and Donald Trump

Tom Eaton
3 min read
Ideas FREE

You don’t need LSD to chase pookas, hybrid bananas and bunnies

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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



Suddenly, global firms are finding it a whole lot ...

Never before has there been so much interest in saving Earth, but there’s much to be done and buy-in needed

By Megan Rowling
6 min read



‘Heartbreak grape’ finds love in the Cape

An SA estate’s pluckiness in planting pinot noir has led more than 250 to ride its wave

By Michael Fridjhon
3 min read

Micro-manage your cravings - it’s five minutes to deliciousness

Sweet tooth at the ready – Zola Nene’s easy chocolate-coffee mug cake is about to make your day

By Staff reporter
1 min read

Blast from the past: Naas guys finish first – after a fight

Today in SA sports history: August 26

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
3 min read


Adv Hishaam Mohamed was laid to rest on Tuesday. Mohamed was an ANC MP and served as a member in the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services.
FAREWELL Adv Hishaam Mohamed was laid to rest on Tuesday. Mohamed was an ANC MP and served as a member in the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services.
Image: Esa Alexander

6 things you need to know

Cop linked to UIF fraud ‘spent R90,000 on land’

Two KwaZulu-Natal police sergeants appeared in the Durban specialised commercial crimes court on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding the UIF's Covid-19 relief fund of nearly R700,000. Sgt Thokozani Mchunu from the Durban Central tactical response team and his co-accused, Sgt Nqobile Mzimela of the Durban tracking team and Siboniso Khanyile, made a brief appearance in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday. Court documents containing bank transactions revealed that Mchunu allegedly used R90,000 to buy land. The three were arrested on Monday on charges of fraud, money laundering and theft. The matter was transferred to a regional court in Pretoria for a bail application on August 31.

Man who killed girl, 6, raped before, avoided jail

Reagan Zietsman kidnapped, raped and murdered his friend’s six-year-old daughter, Delvina Europa, in Elim, Cape Town, in 2019, but just over two years earlier he had been spared jail time for raping another child. In court on Tuesday, Zietsman confessed to raping Delvina, and National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that the 35-year-old was also convicted for the rape of a 12-year-old girl on January 18 2017. However, instead of facing jail time, he was handed a five-year sentence suspended for five years with conditions. Those conditions did not prevent him claiming another victim, this time with fatal results.

Girl, 13, killed, after hijacked car hits children

Police have launched a hunt for two men, and possibly more accomplices, who ran over six children, killing a 13-year-old, while evading arrest after a hijacking on Monday evening. Prem Balram of Reaction Unit SA (Rusa) said the incident occurred in Emaplanzini in Inanda, north of Durban, shortly after 6pm.  Members of Rusa, Tracker and the Inanda police homed in on the tracking signal of a 2013 silver Ford Figo Ambiente that had been hijacked in Parlock, Newlands. Balram said the suspects sped off when they saw a Tracker vehicle, then lost control and “ran over six children who were standing on the side of the road before plummeting down a steep embankment”. The Figo landed on its side and was wedged between two houses.

Child pulled alive from collapsed building

Indian rescue workers pulled a toddler alive from the rubble of an apartment building some 20 hours after it collapsed in Mahad, south of Mumbai, killing at least five people. The rescued four-year-old boy’s cries had been heard beneath the ruins of the five-storey building. The emergency services have found 76 people alive, but there were still about 14 unaccounted for. – Reuters

Parachutist gets his moment in the sun

A parachutist completed the world’s first jump from a solar-powered aircraft after the plane soared to a height of 1,520m over western Switzerland. The two-seater prototype plane made the test flight in good weather and to promote renewable energy. Parachutist Raphael Domjan reached a speed of 150km/h during his jump, landing near the project base in Payerne. – Reuters

Pending arrests after gang rape exposed on Insta

Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrests of men accused of gang rape at a Cairo hotel amid a rare debate about sex crimes that has fuelled a growing #MeToo movement on social media. Lack of action over the 2014 incident, reported to have involved six men from powerful families, caused an uproar after being disclosed in July by an Instagram account that aims to expose sex attackers. – Reuters