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Neil Aggett's bravery under torture cited by Nkosinathi Biko

It is heartless to take someone’s life and then deprive them of the right to say “I fought 'til the end”, says the son of Steve Biko on the fresh inquest into the death of Neil Aggett. Both anti-apartheid activists, Biko and Aggett, died in police detention without trial.

Nkosinathi Biko, representing the Steve Biko Foundation, attended the first day of the inquest at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

“Neil Aggett, Ahmed Timol and many many more ... Our research has thus far got 120 names of people who were victims of torture and death in detention, many of them having been arrested healthy and then emerging out of police detention as corpses,” he told TimesLIVE.

Thuma Mina was meant for Jacob Zuma

As president Cyril Ramaphosa enters his third year as ANC president, the slogan of his presidency, 'thuma mina’, is fading. The invoking of music legend Hugh Masekela’s song Thuma Mina no longer carries the same level of optimism and euphoria it once did. Sunday Times journalist Qaanitah Hunter tracks the genesis of ‘thuma mina’ and how it became the tagline of Ramaphosa’s presidency. She spoke to a speech writer who came up with the idea for the State of the Nation Address in 2017 that was meant to be delivered by former president Jacob Zuma.

A matric certificate is not your only option

While SA celebrates its increased matric pass rate, a proportion of the country's youth will not get a matric certificate or be accepted into a university.Which raises the question: what next?Jan Badenhorst is the CEO of Skills Academy, which offers distance learning courses to people who did not complete matric or cannot get into university. He emphasises that young South Africans should not despair if their results were disappointing. 

ENERGY EXPERT - Prepare to start producing your own power

Eskom is failing - and a successful South Africa depends on moving on to other power suppliers.

This is the view of energy experts, as the embattled power utility announced on Monday evening that stage 6 load-shedding would be implemented for the first time - meaning longer and more frequent periods of rotational power cuts.

"We've never been in stage 6 load-shedding before. It's a very serious state of affairs. It's uncharted territory," said expert Chris Yelland.

For Yelland, the solution was to move away from Eskom as much as possible. "At the moment we are heavily overexposed to a failing monopoly. If it were not too big to fail, it has already failed," he said.

"What we've got to do is to reduce the risk by reducing our dependence on a failing utility. That means we need to diversify generation sources away from our current dependence on one source of electricity."

Zozibini Tunzi message to SA after being crowned Miss Universe

There was jubilation, tears, shouts of joy and excitement as Miss South Africa 2019, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss Universe at the Tyler Perry Studios is
Atlanta last night.

It’s a huge leap for the humble girl from Tsolo who grew up amid great poverty in a rural part of the Eastern Cape.

NPA is confident it will get a conviction against Julius Malema for firearm incident

EFF leader Julius Malema allegedly discharged a firearm in public during his party's fifth anniversary celebrations in July last year.
The incident took place at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the Eastern Cape.The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement that Malema faced five counts, including the unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm in a built-up area or public place and reckless endangerment to people or property.
The regional spokesperson of the NPA, Luxolo Tyali, told TimesLIVE that the prosecuting authority was confident it would achieve a conviction in February next year, when the case is due to be heard in court.

Extreme weather could put SA's food and water security at risk, says climatologist

The Wits Global Change Institute’s Prof Francois Engelbrecht warns that global warming is having a visibly devastating affect on the African continent. He stresses that, as carbon dioxide concentrations increase globally, SA will need to prepare for more frequent and intense droughts that may put the country's food and water security at risk. Engelbrecht says at the rate at which these concentrations are climbing, the African continent is likely to experience devastating and unusual climate anomalies within the next two decades.

The SA Weather Service (Saws) raised similar concerns earlier this month. Saws researcher Cobus Olivier says the organisation wants the country to be prepared should this summer be marked by below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.


"It's a waste of time" - Julius Malema on assault charges

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday that a common assault case against him and party spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was “useless” and a waste of time. Malema and Ndlozi are accused of assaulting a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in April 2018.

Global banks were 'complicit' in aiding state capture - Peter Hain

International banks were "complicit" in helping the state capture project by the Gupta family.

And they cannot claim ignorance of their role in enabling state capture under former president Jacob Zuma.

This is according to Lord Peter Hain who on Monday testified at the commission of inquiry into state capture at Parktown in Johannesburg.

Sunday Times politics reporter, Amil Umraw, tell us exactly what we need to know about the outcome of the day's testimony.

AfriForum to help catch Senzo Meyiwa's killer

Private prosecutor Gerrie Nel has agreed to assist in the unsolved murder case of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana player, Senzo Meyiwa.

The renowned advocate's involvement was announced on Tuesday by AfriForum's Kallie Kriel, who said they took on the case following a request from the Meyiwa family.

Speaking alongside Senzo's brother, Sifiso, Kriel said they had the best investigators working on the case.

“We cannot promise that we will solve this but we will do our very best to see that justice is done,” said Kriel.

2019 Medium-term budget policy statement highlights

The medium-term budget policy statement delivered in parliament by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, shows consolidated government expenditure will reach R6.3-trillion over the next three years.

A staggering R796bn of this will be going towards servicing the country’s debt, which is now at R3-trillion and will balloon to R4.5-trillion in the next three years.

Minister Mboweni set out steps as to how he planned to quell the rapidly ballooning debt.

He also took a firm stand towards Eskom bailouts, stating that money given to the SOE will take the form of a loan and will be expected to be paid back, while emphasising that the South African public needs to adopt a culture of payment.

He concluded that the budget should not be politicised, but should rather be used to bolster the economy for the good of all South Africans.

Police battle refugees during eviction of protesters in Cape Town

Police have arrested about 100 people in an altercation flowing from a court-ordered eviction to remove a group involved in a sit-in protest in Cape Town.

About 300 refugees and asylum seekers have been occupying the Waldorf Arcade in St George's Mall, outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since October 9. They want the UN agency to move them to a different country, for fear of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

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