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While you were sleeping: 18 April 2016

While you were sleeping: 18 April 2016

Pro-Zuma breakaway faction threatened at rally, Depp's dogs result in guilty plea, and Semenya cleans house at Stellenbosch.

Monday, 18th April
“People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.” 

– Cynthia Ozick

Story of the Day

Threat of pro-Zuma breakaway emerges as reality bites ANC at manifesto launch 
It will be written off as a logistics cock-up. Transport hitches, miscommunication, bad service providers – there have been all sorts of excuses from the ANC for the poor showing in Nelson Mandela Bay. The bad turnout at the ANC’s manifesto rally provided a strong dose of reality, showing the level of discontent in the party. Still, the ANC cannot purge itself of its biggest liability. While it has been reported that a secret mission is under way to dislodge President Jacob Zuma, there are also alleged threats of a mass breakaway should the ANC attempt to get rid of its leader. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

While you were sleeping

Splintering of ANC revealed
During the poorly attended ANC manifesto rally this weekend, it was apparent a strong pro-Zuma faction appeared willing to break away from the party should #1 be removed. Despite increasingly robust sentiment towards Zuma’s removal, and a feeling of grumbling discontent underpinning the weekend’s rally, a Gupta-sponsored, Zuma-supporting breakaway faction would be an interesting by-product, to say the least.
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Impeachment green light for Brazil
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is in for one rough week after the Lower House of Congress authorised an impeachment trial by the Senate. In doing so, Rousseff is more than likely to be booted out of power. Few tears, it seems, shall be shed in the process.
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Ecuador quake kills 246
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has left Ecuador devastated. Searching for survivors in the rubble, it appears as though the death toll is likely to climb from the quake, which only lasted a single minute.
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Depp’s wife pleads guilty to forging dogs’ docs
In less-critical news, Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s wife, has pleaded guilty to forging quarantine documents for her two pooches. The couple flew into Australia to attend court proceedings, despite vowing never to return Down Under. 
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Semenya brings glory over athletic weekend
Caster Semenya cleaned up three individual titles in four hours at the South African Track and Field Championships in Stellenbosch. Scoring impressive results in the 400m, 800m, and 1,500m runs, Semenya could well be a brilliant light for South Africa’s hopes for Rio gold.
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In Numbers

The percentage of Switzerland’s population who regularly eat cat or dog meat. It’sespecially popular over Christmas.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1980 Zimbabwe came into being as a nation. Formally replacing Rhodesia, Canaan Banana was the new country’s first president.

Fact of the day: Princess Diana was smuggled into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern by Freddie Mercury and other British celebrities in the late 1980s. She was clad in an army jacket, cap and sunglasses and went through the night utterly undetected.

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Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters of his
ruling African National Congress (ANC), at a rally to launch the ANC's
local government election manifesto in Port Elizabeth, April 16, 2016.
REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Threat of pro-Zuma breakaway emerges as reality bites ANC at manifesto launch 
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Photo of Paul O’Sullivan by Sally Shorkend for Maverick
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By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Baleka Mbete, Speaker for the National Assembly and Chairperson
of the African National Congress arrives ahead of South African President
Jacob Zuma answering questions about his State Of The Nation Address (SONA)
in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 19 February 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Open Letter to the Speaker: Undignified, ungracious and devoid of ubuntu 
By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters of his ruling African
National Congress (ANC), at a rally to launch the ANC’s local
government election manifesto in Port Elizabeth, April 16, 2016.
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Photo: A dolutegravir-based combination that includes the ARVs
abacavir and lamivudine. Health-E: New HIV pill slated for privileged few? 
Photo: US President Barack Obama and US First Lady Michelle Obama
welcome South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli
to the opening dinner for G-20 leaders at the Phipps Conservatory on
September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. EPA/Win McNamee Drift Equals Disaster – the Foreign Policy Edition 
By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: The ‘People’s Assembly’ made up of civil
society leaders and ordinary citizens meet to discuss how they can pressure
the government into impeaching or demanding the resignation of South
African President Zuma, in Soweto, 16 April 2016. Civil Society groups
included those from churches, Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27 are
calling for the resignation of the president after he was found by the
Constitutional Court to have illegally benefitted from upgrades to his
personal homestead, Nkandla. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI The People’s Assembly: Finding a common voice to tackle Zuma 
By BC Simelane & Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African champion and Rio Olympic qualifier, Caster
Semenya, prepares for the Women’s 400m during the Varsity Athletics
series event at Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium in Stellenbosch, South
Africa, 07 April 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA She’s back: Semenya records treble feat with Olympics preparation firmly on track 
By Antoinette Muller


Herman-Mashaba.jpg My Jozi, city of opportunity 
By Herman Mashaba
Andrew-Gasnolar.jpg Civil Apathy: Too many South Africans have checked out 
By Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar
rhulani-siweya-for-columnist-profile.jpg Caster Semenya makes Sara Baartman smile from her grave 
By Rhulani Thembi Siweya

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