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While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

ISIL bombings rock Syria, Brazilian minister in corruption scandal, and ancient Chinese beer discovered.

“He who clipped us has kept the scissors.” 

– Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Story of the Day

Zuma, Jiba, Abrahams – a day of delaying the delayed delay 

The Judge President of the Western Cape Division of the High Court is the controversial Judge John Hlophe who still possibly faces a JSC misconduct hearing with regard to an alleged attempt at influencing two ConCourt judges in 2008 in criminal matters involving Jacob Zuma and the arms deal. It is Hlophe who must assign judges to hear matters in the region. Each time the Democratic Alliance vs the Deputy Director of National Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba (and others) appears on the roll in this division the same junior judge, Judge Mokgoatji Dolamo, is assigned the case. Coincidence? By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

ISIL attacks in Syria kill 148

At least 148 Syrians have been killed in a series of co-ordinated attacks by ISIL. Jableh and Tartus were struck by seven blasts, with ISIL targeting bus stations, hospitals and various civilian sites. This coastal area of Syria had, until now, been relatively calm.  Read more

Brazilian minister in corruption recording scandal

Brazil’s planning minister, Romero Jucá, has been caught red-handed attempting to whitewash his own corruption charges. Just days after Michel Temer’s government took control from disgraced predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, Jucá was recorded planning ‘Operation Car Wash’, in which he had conspired with other politicians to wipe clean their corruption probes. Read more

Coca-Cola cuts Venezuela production

A sugar shortage has forced Coca-Cola Venezuela to drastically reduce production. Venezuela has faced critical food shortages amid a growing political meltdown. On the bright side, Coke Light is still being produced in large quantities. Read more

Ancient Chinese beer discovered

It’s official. Chinese brewers were making craft beer long before the hipsterfied masses of today Instagrammed their creations. A 5 000-year-old beer has been traced from residue in a pot. The find was discovered at an archaeological site at Mijiaya. Read more

In Numbers


The number of days Portugal ran its national grid on renewable energy alone.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1991 Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia.

Fact of the day: A baby octopus starts life about the same size as a flea.

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma, NPA head Shaun Abrahams, NPA deputy head
Nomgcobo Jiba. (Reuters, GCIS, EWN) Zuma, Jiba, Abrahams – a day of delaying the delayed delay 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (R)
walks past his deputy Adv Nomgcobo Jiba as he leaves at the end of a media
briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Op-Ed: Shaun Abrahams’ Moment of Truth 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Louisa Wynand accused Marius Fransman of sexually assaulting
her on January 6. 2016. Marius Fransman bounces back, accuser considers other legal options 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Photo by Stephen Lang) Hlaudi Motsoeneng: Another court defeat, but still fighting 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A histological slide of cancerous breast tissue. The pink
Cancer care meets big data: SA’s latest treatment breakthrough 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS) NPA to appeal the Spy Tapes ruling 
By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: Uncollected rubbish next to a playground in East London.
Glass, tins and condoms were among the garbage. (Photo: Rebecca Hodes) Trashocracy: What rubbish reveals about our nation 
By Rebecca Hodes
Photo: Anti-riot police officers disperse protesters throwing rocks
during a demonstration against Independent Electoral and Boundaries
Commission in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, 23 May 2016. Opposition
supporters staged a protest four weeks in a row against the country's
electoral body in an attempt to push for the reforms ahead of the next
year's general elections. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU Kenya: Pre-election violence turns fatal 
By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A photograph made available 25 April 2015 shows the then
president elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) meeting president Goodluck Jonathan
(R) in Abuja, Nigeria 24 April 2015. EPA/STR Nigeria’s Goodluck, bad luck story: Can President Buhari risk arresting his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan? 
By Simon Allison
Photo: Equal Education Deputy Secretary Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, members
Ziyanda Gaxa and Zukhanye Gibe, and Head of Equal Education Eastern Cape
Luya Sidimba during a press briefing at Qonce High last week. Photo:
Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik. GroundUp: Eastern Cape students challenge Motshekga in court 
By GroundUp
Photo: The Free State Department of Health has failed to hire nurses
to whom it awarded bursaries, leaving them unemployed. Photo from
Facebook. GroundUp: In Free State, no jobs for newly qualified nurses 
By GroundUp
Photo: Pieter-Steph du Toit (C) of the Stormers in action against Tusi
Pisi (L) and Liaki Moli (R) of the Sunwolves during the Super Rugby match
between the Sunwolves and the Stormers at the National Stadium in
Singapore, 14 May 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON Super Rugby’s incoming identity crisis 
By Antoinette Muller
Lotus-shaped illuminated lanterns float on Beira Lake during Vesak
celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 May 2016. Vesak is a holiday for
Buddhists. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha and
is celebrated in Sri Lanka with illuminated pandals, lanterns and 'dansals'
or free offers of food, drinks and refreshment to the wayfarers. This year,
most of these dansals were absent following devastating monsoonal floods
and landslides in some areas. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016 
By John Stupart

Ayabonga-Cawe-new-photo.jpg 21st Century Luddites? What’s behind the metered taxi industry’s gripe with Uber? 
By Ayabonga Cawe


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