What’s in City Press: Opening schools is ‘reckless’; ‘State lied about tobacco ban’; Meyiwas made my life hell, says Kelly

City Press front page: May 31 2020
City Press front page: May 31 2020

What you can expect in your City Press newspaper this week:

Opening schools is ‘reckless’

The planned reopening of schools for pupils in grades 7 and 12 tomorrow requires “divine intervention” as such a move is “reckless” and akin to an act of “criminality”, warn teacher unions and parent bodies. And, they say, doing so will continue to perpetuate inequalities in the country.

READ: Why unions and SGBs are demanding a postponement

Anxious South Africans not willing to resume normal life

As the country prepares to move to level 3 of the national Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown tomorrow, South Africans appear unwilling to take any unnecessary risks that may put them and their loved ones in danger of infection. This is according to the results of a new nationwide survey conducted by Victory Research for City Press and its sister publication, Rapport.

READ: People who took part in the survey preferred a gradual easing of the regulations

Is it my fault that Senzo loved me?

TV actress and songbird Kelly Khumalo has dropped a bombshell: She blames Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s family for making Mzansi turn on her and crucify her for a sin she did not commit.


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‘State lied about tobacco ban’

The association taking government to court over the tobacco ban has accused it of inflating the number of people who supported the ban, and of using literature that does not show the link between cigarette smoking and the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Today is the day to stop smoking

As the battle over government’s continued cigarette sales ban under lockdown level 3 heats up, smoking will continue to get a bad rap today as the world marks World No Tobacco Day.

READ: Why the tobacco ban is a public health boon 

Liquor outlets across Mzansi ready for the thirsty throngs

Is tomorrow going to be something like a Black Friday rush? Or is it going to be Phuza Thursday on a Monday? These are two of the scenarios that present themselves when considering the scenes that will play out across the country when liquor store doors are flung open in the morning.

READ: 'We are expecting a huge rush and we are well prepared to meet the demand'

ANC feuds: ‘Black Jesus’ comeback a no-go

The return of former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo to the top structures of the ANC in the province was a forgone conclusion after the governing party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, granted his request for a second chance.

Lockdown exposes racial prism

The Covid-19 coronavirus has brought to the fore the racial prisms through which South Africans view government’s handling of national affairs. This is according to a nationwide survey conducted by Victory Research for City Press and its sister publication, Rapport. It revealed the stark contrast in the manner in which different racial groups perceive government’s performance in handling the crisis and approval for the way different leaders do their jobs.

A legend of SA music’s golden age

The slightly eccentric and vaunted pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – Mr Dollar Brand – is 85 years old and is one of the last living legends of South Africa’s golden age of music. His catalogue has more than 100 albums and his work will live on for decades to come.

READ: Abdullah Ibrahim – a legend of SA music's golden age

Sisulu adviser discussed sharing contracts

At the height of the protests that took place earlier this year in Maluti-a-Phofung municipality, in the Free State, over poor service delivery and persistent water shortages in QwaQwa, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu pledged R200 million in emergency relief.

READ: "We can all share the slice because it is a lot."

Forbidden fruit is the sweetest

Some small-scale sugar cane farmers in Mpumalanga hope the decision by government to lift the ban on the sale of liquor will go a long way towards reducing theft on their farms. Manufacturers of an alcoholic drink made from sugar cane, in the Nkomazi area, left small-scale farmers counting their losses, as the thieves have been plundering their fields since the ban on liquor sales kicked in at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

READ: Sugar cane farmers suffer

Letoya returns: In love and at peace

Actress and singer Letoya Makhene asked to be released from Generations: The Legacy a year ago to focus on her spirituality and motherhood, and to pursue her singing career. But tomorrow the 35-year-old, who plays the role of the strong-willed Tshidi Phakade, makes a return to South Africa’s second-most watched show – and her character is back with a devious plan to finally gain the power she has always longed for.

READ: The return of Letoya

Mines are the new hotspots

The rising number of people who test positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in mines has put unions and mining companies on a collision course, with mining companies being accused of withholding information about infection rates and not caring about the health of employees.

Could dagga be the key to Covid-19?

As scientists worldwide seek to harness both new and existing medical treatments to help combat the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, closer to home, a group of local researchers is looking into the possible role cannabis can play.

Botswana bites the hand

Botswana’s stringent measures to keep the Covid-19 coronavirus at bay have become frustrating for truck drivers ferrying goods from South Africa. Complaining of inconsiderate and “inhumane treatment”, the drivers said they were being made to feel as if “we are carriers of the virus – even after we are cleared by the tests”.

An evil, ambitious villain is born

It took some convincing and to-and-fro negotiations before veteran actor Rapulana Seiphemo (52) could say yes to the Fergusons and join their production, The Queen. Seiphemo says he couldn’t help falling for the dark allure of Hector Sebata, the character he is going to portray on the telenovela.

READ: Rapulana Seiphemo joins The Queen

Glitches mar Unisa exams

Unisa has been forced to postpone some exams after technical glitches marred online exams this week. Affected modules include development studies and those studied by criminology students.

Kingship spat: Dalindyebo trumps his son

The battle between father and son in the AbaThembu royal household looks far from over as neither side is willing to concede defeat, while government remains tight-lipped on who it recognises as the king. This week saw a power play move by AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo against his son and acting king Azenathi Dalindyebo, in what could be seen as “check” in a chess game before a “checkmate”.

READ: Mandla Mandela rallies around Buyelekhaya 

DA MP accused of foiling Covid-19 inspection

ANC leader in the Western Cape legislature Cameron Dugmore has called for the removal of Western Cape deputy speaker Beverley Schäfer, after she allegedly supported a company that denied access to labour inspectors.


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