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While you were sleeping: 04 May 2016

By John Stupart 4 May 2016

Trump triumphs in Indiana, Navy SEAL killed in Syria, and Atletico Madrid to Champion's League final.

“Oh! It makes me mad to think what great issues lie in the hands of a few stupid and obstinate men!”

 Emily Hobhouse, in a letter to Jan Smuts

 

Story of the Day

Stalingrad Strategy: A few moves and pawns still remain on Zuma’s chess board 

Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba might have plowed through one of the flanks of President Jacob Zuma’s seven-year, massively costly legal bid to shrug off more than 783 charges of fraud, racketeering and corruption related to the Arms Deal, but a few obstacles still remain. Defending the last remaining ramparts of the Stalingrad Strategy the president has employed to delay last Friday’s judgment are his hand-picked doorkeepers, NPA head Shaun Abrahams and his Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Trump trumps Cruz

Donald Trump has become the presumptive winner of the Republican nomination following a highly successful Indiana primary. The Orange Menace’s only real contender, Ted Cruz, has since suspended his campaign. Up next: locusts and frogs. Read more
 

Navy SEAL killed in ISIL attack

A US Navy SEAL has been killed during an ISIL offensive just north of Mosul, Iraq. While aiding Peshmerga forces in defending a position, the Special Forces soldier was overrun by ISIL attackers. Read more
 

WhatsApp blockade ends in Brazil

The Facebook-owned messaging service was suspended for failing to reveal user data involved in the prosecution of a drug deal. WhatsApp argued that they had no technical means of assisting authorities in cracking the messenger. End to end encryption can generally be fickle like that. Read more
 

Atlético Madrid through to Champions League final

Despite losing to Bayern Munich 2-1 last night, a crucial lone goal by Antoine Griezmann edged them into the final. Winning on aggregate, Atlético will face either Manchester City or Real Madrid. That semi-final shall be decided tonight. Read more
 

In Numbers

28

The number of rockets launched by SpaceX up to May 2016. The organisation will launch another in just over a day’s time.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1953 Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer prize for his classic The Old Man and the Sea.

Fact of the day: Boeing used to use ferrets to carry wires through otherwise-inaccessible parts of its aircraft.

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FEATURED

Photo: President Jacob Zuma, NPA head Shaun Abrahams, NPA deputy head
Nomgcobo Jiba. (Reuters, GCIS, EWN) Stalingrad Strategy: A few moves and pawns still remain on Zuma’s chess board 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo by Shaun Swingler / Daily Maverick Chronicle. Ridealong: Into the heart of Cape Town’s gangland 
By Daily Maverick Chronicle
Photo: International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite
Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her budget vote speech at the Old Assembly Hall
in Parliament, Cape Town, 3 May 2016. (Photo: Dirco) Parliamentary diary: A handy platform for electioneering 
By Marianne Merten
All photos by Bheki C Simelane Bheki’s Ordinary People: On Julius Malema and the EFF 
By BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Photo: A photograph made available 19 April 2016 shows a woman using a
cellphone in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 15 April 2016. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA ISS: Data key to unlocking Africa’s development prospects 
By ISS TODAY
Jorgo Riss, the director of Greenpeace EU, addresses a news conference
to comment on the findings from analysis of the negotiating texts of the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), at the
Résidence Palace in Brussels, Belgium, 02 May 2016. Greenpeace
Netherlands has made these documents publically available to bring some
much-needed transparency to the debate on the TTIP. Greenpeace has had its
grave concerns for environment and public health confirmed, and has invited
others with expertise in different areas to view the documents and analyse
the impact of this trade deal, Greenpeace said. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE While you were sleeping: 03 May 2016 
By John Stupart

OPINIONS

Pierre de vos High Court finding means charges against Zuma are effectively reinstated 
By Pierre de Vos
James-Boyce.jpg Ivory Power: A Pyrrhic Victory for the Environmental Movement 
By James Cannon Boyce
Gallery

Want to watch Richard Poplak’s audition for SA’s Got Talent?

Who doesn’t? Alas, it was removed by the host site for prolific swearing*... Now that we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to you about the small matter of book burning and freedom of speech.

Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.

*No video of Richard Poplak auditioning for SA’s Got Talent actually exists. Unless it does and we don’t know about it please send it through.


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Analysis

Ramaphosa shakes off Zuma’s spectre, sets the tone for a constitutionalist presidency

By Carien Du Plessis

Britain's Scotland Yard is built atop the site of an unsolved crime scene.