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Monday, February 7 2022

THE BIG ISSUES

LEADING THE AGENDA

Ideas FREE

Malema, Mpofu’s deplorable behaviour poisoned JSC hearings

Their unsubstantiated claims against and nonsensical questions for four extremely capable jurists spat on justice

4 min read
Ideas FREE

Maya is fit and proper to be chief justice. JSC is neither fit nor proper

The interviewers reduced her excellence to her gender with no appreciation for complex gender politics

Eusebius McKaiser
Contributor and analyst
8 min read

History will judge us if we don’t challenge the JSC’s appalling views

The panel’s questions were a display of a degenerate political culture that has no sense of ethical norms or decorum

By Songezo Zibi
9 min read

‘To allay fears of death we need to bring it back to life’

The over-medicalisation of death has pushed it to the back of minds. This needs to change, say experts

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
5 min read

SMART NEWS

IN ONE TAKE

News FREE

Snakes alive! Dozens of them. And if you live in Potch, they’re near you

Collen Lengwasa and his family’s fascination with reptiles has set them on a path to educate people about the animals

2 min read

Covid ‘war zone’ has left medical interns tired and undertrained: study

With the advent of the pandemic, the training manual went out the window and interns were left to sink or swim

3 min read

How Covid has amplified life’s struggles for people with disabilities

They have suffered more than most during the pandemic, especially with unrealistic preventive measures

2 min read

IDEAS

FEEDING YOUR MIND

Overcrowded schools were a problem pre-Covid. They still need to be fixed

The vaccination of pupils is also key if schooling is to get back to ‘normal’

2 min read

A newly bought car with defects and no legal recourse: what now?

Sometimes the law takes sides with the second-hand car dealership when a motorist finds fault with a new purchase

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
5 min read

Jammed in a cage with no escape from abuse: that’s life for female miners

An explosive report from Rio Tinto Group has highlighted the scale and severity of this issue and racism

By Felix Njini, Thomas Biesheuvel and James Thornhill
7 min read

WORLD

THE NEWS YOU DON'T NORMALLY GET TO HEAR

World FREE

Watch out, world: if Canada can rise up against Covid curbs, anywhere can

Science or not, if the truckers’ protest there is any guide, countries will face growing pressure to remove restrictions

By Derek Decloet and Brian Platt
5 min read

Coming or going? BJ’s brave face can’t hide a fading grip on power

UK PM Boris Johnson’s optimistic spins on turmoil look to be failing as his allies turn tail

By Joe Mayes, Emily Ashton and Alex Morales
5 min read

Missing the Merkel: Germany’s new leader is proving to be a damp squib

Angela Merkel’s successor, Olaf Scholz, has struggled to make his mark since taking power

By Arne Delfs and Birgit Jennen
4 min read

Now Rog(ue)an is in it for a racial slur, but he’s ‘cut it’ from his vocab

On Friday a video of the podcast host using the slur did the rounds, just after musicians pulled their work from Spotify

By Lucas Shaw
1 min read

LIFE

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT MATTERS

Kingsley of the road: let’s take a look at his customised Defenders

Holgate has made sure his Land Rovers are up to the challenge of a 30,000km odyssey across two continents

Brenwin Naidu
Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
4 min read

Black history ‘gap filler’ set to fetch millions at auction

Memorabilia amassed by a former teacher as ‘healing and teaching instruments’ expected to fetch up to R154m

By Alicia Powell
1 min read

No fries for you: Belgians ‘heartbroken’ at rising cost of fave snack

Energy, product and labour costs are forcing citizens to fork out more for their cherished chips

By Bart Biesemans and Johnny Cotton
1 min read

SPORT

FINISH LINE ESSENTIALS

Sensational Slater wins Pipeline 30 years after his first triumph

Just short of his 50th birthday he has reignited debate about whether he is the greatest athlete of all time

By Reuters
2 min read

Booze helped me cope with pressure during playing career, says Rooney

The former Man United and England striker says he struggled with fame after growing up on a council estate

By Shrivathsa Sridhar
1 min read

CROSSWORDS

GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME EXERCISE