South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 29 April 2016

By John Stupart 29 April 2016

High Court prepares Zuma corruption charges ruling, Trump repeats baffling foreign policy, and NFL draft begins.

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.”

 William Wordsworth

 

Story of the Day

Untrusted and Unpresidential: How low can the Zuma presidency go? 
On Friday, judgment will be delivered in the Pretoria High Court on whether the decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009 was unlawful. The judgment, whichever way it falls, is likely to set off another chain of events that will drag the presidency and the country through more complex legal action and more muck. The Office of the President, through its incumbent, could be edging closer to being put on trial. As he has done with all his scandals, Zuma is likely to pretend this has nothing to do with him and continue to go through the motions of running the country as a hollowed out leader. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

While you were sleeping

High Court to rule on Zuma’s corruption sheet
The Pretoria High Court is set today to decide on whether to reinstate over 700 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. Relating to the arms deal, the lifting of this particular seal could ruffle some tail feathers. That said, with rulings treated as seriously as a Helot’s fart in South Africa, expect appeals left, right and centre regardless, of the outcome.
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Trump promises foreign policy overhaul
The Orange Menace, drunk on the fumes of sweeping primary wins, has repeated his intention of a massive “top-to-bottom” overhaul of foreign policy. Leaving Europe and Asia to fight its own battles, making Nato target immigration threats, and tearing up trade agreements were some of Donald Trump’s additional highlights. If you ever wondered how the Sith Empire could be formed from international relations, look no further.
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Great Barrier Reef dead in 20 years
Scientists believe that the massive Australian reef will be completely dead in 20 years. Due to its worst bleaching in recorded history, and the ongoing increase in water temperatures, the reef is unlikely to recover from repeated bleaching incidents. 
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NFL draft ushers in 2016 season
The newly named Los Angeles Rams have drafted Jared Goff as the number one pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Goff made minor history for being the first quarterback drafted in 11 years, or at least since Aaron Rodgers. The number one pick will ensure Goff is richly-rewarded for his ability to throw a ball and look at squiggly map lines.
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In Numbers

97,845
The number of visitors to the newly opened Mall of Africa as of 17h30 on Thursday afternoon.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1945 Allied troops liberated Dachau concentration camp

Fact of the day: All apes laugh when tickled. 

Weather & Financial Data

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FEATURES

Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a plenary session
of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island September 27, 2009.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi urged
African and South American leaders on Saturday to strive for a new world
order countering Western economic dominance. REUTERS/Jorge Silva Untrusted and Unpresidential: How low can the Zuma presidency go? 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Businessman Tokyo Sexwale addresses journalists in Cape Town October
25, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings An open letter to Ajay Gupta: Lessons for business-government interactions 
By TOKYO SEXWALE
Photo: Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi speaks at a news
conference in Johannesburg, Thursday, 25 August 2011 following a meeting of
their central executive committee. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA Vavi’s May Day call: New labour federation set for weekend launch 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko during a media briefing update
on ‘Rogue Unit’ Investigations held at the Imbizo Media Centre
in Cape Town. (Photo: GCIS) Police minister gifts Hawks a R1.4bn nest egg, but will it guarantee independence? 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Big Brother from George Orwell’s 1984. Pretty Vacant: Parliament Oversight’s oversight to filling key intelligence post 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: The President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh (R) chats with a colleague
as he takes a seat at the 26th African Union Summit at the African Union
Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 January 2016. EPA/SOLAN KOLLI Can a Gambian Spring survive Jammeh’s infamous wrath? 
By Simon Allison
Photo: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as
he discusses his primary wins in the states of Connecticut, Delaware,
Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, during a speech in the lobby of
Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 26 April 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE US2016: Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech sets off shock waves 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: South Africa’s bowling coach Allan Donald laughs after an
interview before Thursday’s first cricket test match against England
at the Oval cricket ground in London July 18, 2012. REUTERS/Philip Brown Cricket: Allan Donald’s excellent Australian adventure 
By Antoinette Muller
A South African woman looks out the window of a derelict building as
she watches thousands of South Africans protesting against president Jacob
Zuma through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa 27 April 2016. Tens of
thousands of South Africans protested across the country against president
Zuma. The embattled president surrounded by corruption scandals has most
recently been found guilty by South Africa's highest court the
Constitutional Court for speding state funds on his private residence
Nkandla. EPA/NIC BOTHMA While you were sleeping: 28 April 2016 
By John Stupart

OPINIONS

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