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While you were sleeping: 16 May 2016

While you were sleeping: 16 May 2016

Old Trafford bomb device identified, Philippines president for the death penalty & Haynes quits NFL for Fiji.

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– Mary Wortley Montagu


Story of the Day

Gupta hidden hand behind Gordhan ‘arrest’ and how Zuma could be co-accused on SARS ‘rogue unit’ case 

The manoeuvre by the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority to arrest Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was exposed by one of the Gupta brothers in a business meeting over a week ago, Daily Maverick has learnt. The arrest of Gordhan, together with former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and the former SARS acting commissioner Ivan Pillay, is allegedly being plotted to enable another takeover of the National Treasury. But as part of the fightback by former high-ranking government officials, information has emerged that could implicate President Jacob Zuma in the development of intelligence capability at SARS. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Old Trafford Bomb revealed

The bomb detonated at Old Trafford was a training device left by a private security firm earlier in the week. This little brain-fart resulted in Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Bournemouth being called off. The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday, with ticket refunds costing United around £3m. Read More

Philippines’ new president for death penalty 

In one of his first public statements as the Philippines’ new president, Rodrigo Duterte has said his intention is to reinstate the death penalty. Pursuading his congress to do so, however, will be less straightforward. Duterte has been quoted as once saying, “You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you. I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.” Read more

Volkswagen in legal trouble over emissions

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund plans to take Volkswagen to court over its emissions scandal. As an investor, the sovereign wealth fund is joining a class action suit against the German car manufacturer. With €16.2 billion set aside by VW already for this scandal, some more money may just have to be set aside for the company’s war chest. Read more

Jarryd Hayne quits NFL, joins Fiji 7s

San Francisco 49ers running back, Jarryd Hayne, has quit the NFL to play for Fiji in the Rio Olympics sevens. The Australian national, whose father is Fijian, noted, “The Fiji sevens team reached out to me. I could not pass that chance up.” Read more

In Numbers


The number of Nobel laureates from the University of California.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1929 saw the first Academy Awards being handed out.

Fact of the day: Following the downfall of Nokia, mobile games Angry Birds and Clash of Clans have helped rejuvenate Finland’s flagging economy.


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Photo: South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to
President Jacob Zuma (R) during closing remarks during the 5th BRICS Summit
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By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: President Jacob Zuma (GCIS) Gordhan ‘arrest’: Whispers in the deep, days of dangerous rumours, threat and innuendo 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Eugene de Kock at the TRC hearing in Johannesburg. Picture
taken December 1997. (Reuters) Eugene de Kock at the Franschhoek Literary Festival: Of screwed courage and a screwed country 
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By Marianne Merten
Main photo: The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe attends the
opening of the 'Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing
Countries' in Vienna, Austria, 03 November 2014.  EPA/ROLAND SCHLAGER Op-Ed: Reckoning nears for Mugabe’s Heirs 
By Stuart Doran
Photo by Rafiq Sarlie via Flickr Health-E News: Bring in the specialists for National Health Insurance 
Photo: South Africa's Seabelo Senatla scores a try against Samoa
during their men's rugby sevens medal semi-final at the 2014 Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Senatla shines in a weekend of ups and downs for Blitzboks 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A file picture dated 25 April 2016 of the logos of the Tokyo
2020 Olympic (L) and Paralympic Games (R) during a presentation in Tokyo,
Japan. An alleged payment of 1.3 million euro from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
bid team to an account linked to the son of former IAAF president Lamine
Diack was apparently made during the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games,
the Guardian newspaper claimed on 11 May 2016. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA Five things you should know about the Tokyo 2020 corruption inquiry 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo of BLF launch by Bheki C Simelane Black First Land First: The Black Agenda is upon us 
Photo of Siyayanzela protest by Leila Dee Dougan/Chronicle ‘We’re not going anywhere, this is ours’, say Siyayanzela residents 
By Leila Dee Dougan
Photo: Karl Marx. The Life and Times of Karl Marx, in the words of Ronnie Kasrils 
By Ronnie Kasrils


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By Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
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By Faith Muthambi
Herman-Mashaba.jpg We need services, not taxpayers’ adspend 
By Herman Mashaba
justin McCarthy Trampling on others’ rights in the name of liberation 
By Justin McCarthy

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