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While you were sleeping: 23 June 2016

By John Stupart 23 June 2016

Brexit Referendum D-Day looms, a missile shield expansion for Asia, and SA to Cosafa finals.

“How can a world be good in which Money is the moving power, and Self-interest the guiding star?” 
 H. Rider Haggard

Story of the Day

Tshwane sees respite as questions of accountability set in 

Three people have been killed and at least 54 arrested in Tshwane after unrest resulting from the ANC’s appointment of Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate. As the ANC scrambles to end the violence, there are growing calls to hold the responsible to account and worries about increasing political violence ahead of the local government elections. By GREG NICOLSON.
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While you were sleeping

Britain braces for Brexit vote

Thursday sees 46 million registered British voters head to the polls to decide on their European Union membership. The decision, currently projected as a dead heat between remain and leave voters, could, in turn, decide the fate of the EU itself. Read more

Korean missile tests cause alarm

A call for greater defence against the Korean dictatorship was mustered today in the wake of Dear Leader’s missile tests on Wednesday. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter noted the tests made a good case for missile defence systems. Unless the DPRK can launch a score or more missiles at once, Carter may well have a point. Read more

Democrat House sit-in continues

House Democrats staging a sit-in have entered their second day. The members sat on the floor of the House in order to protest the generally frustrating refusal to pass crucial Orlando shooting-related gun control reforms. Leader Nancy Pelosi, however, is at home, in bed. Read more

South Africa through to Cosafa final

South Africa has clobbered a fatigued Swaziland 5-1 to reach the Cosafa cup final on Friday. Leading 1-0 at half time, Swaziland crumbled in the second, suffering a red card and flagging legs. South Africa must now defeat Botswana if there is to be silverware. Read more

In Numbers


The number of continents on which Metallica has performed. They were the first band to achieve this milestone, playing a special gig in Antarctica.

Facts of the Day

Today sees Britain vote on whether it should leave the EU or remain. For the world, including South Africa, this is a significant event with important ramifications.

Fact of the day: Dandelions can be used to make rubber.


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Photo: The remains of a burnt out truck in the streets of
Atteridgeville after residents angry with the naming of Thoko Didiza as the
ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate protested overnight, Pretoria, South
Africa, 21 June 2016. EPA/IHSAAN HAFFEJEE Tshwane sees respite as questions of accountability set in 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Greg Nicolson / Daily
Maverick) X-Factor South Africa: Who can fill Thuli Madonsela’s shoes? 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi. (GCIS) Digital terrestrial TV: Faith Muthambi strikes back 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Mathews Phosa being interviewed by Melanie Verwoerd. (EWN) Mathews Phosa: ‘What is happening in Parliament is now happening on the streets’ 
By Melanie Verwoerd
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman. Op-Ed: Are the democratic gains of 1994 irreversible? 
By Raymond Suttner
Main Photo: The remains of a burnt out truck in the streets of
Atteridgeville after residents angry with the naming of Thoko Didiza as the
ANC's Tshwane mayoral candidate protested overnight, Pretoria, South
Africa, 21 June 2016. EPA/IHSAAN HAFFEJEE Bheki’s Ordinary People: Tshwane mayhem 
Photo by REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes Life, Interrupted: Hundreds of inmates consider legal action over parole delays 
By Marché Arends
Photo: Masixole Feni. GroundUp Op-Ed: Expropriation Bill could be a turning point in land reform 
By GroundUp
Photo: An opposition supporter reacts as a mock coffin for the MP
Moses Kuria burns on the street in Nairobi, Kenya, as they protest against
an MP Moses Kuria of the ruling Jubilee coalition who allegedly called for
the assassination of opposition leader Raila Odinga, 14 June 2016. EPA/DAI
KUROKAWA Kenya: ‘All aboard the peace caravan!’ as hate speech MPs have change of heart 
By Njeri Kimani
Photo: Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui speaks during the
34th session of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) Foreign Affairs Council in
Tunis, Tunisia, 05 May 2016. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA ICG: Jihadist Violence in Tunisia – the urgent need for a national strategy 
By International Crisis Group
Ant-Radical-changes-ICC.jpg Cricket: Radical changes in TV rights sales and one-day matches loom for ICC 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A handout photo provided by the US Department of State shows US
Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shaking hands with Iranian Foreign
Minister Javad Zarif at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Oslo, Norway, on June 15,
2016. The two met before Kerry's participation in the Oslo Forum. EPA/US ICG: Seizing the Moment – from Early Warning to Early Action 
By International Crisis Group


mark-heywood.jpg The Country’s Not for Burning: Ruminations on Julius Malema and the threat of violence 
By Mark Heywood
Pierre de vos Tshwane turmoil raises questions about who should elect political leaders 
By Pierre de Vos
Judith-February.jpg As Tshwane burns, political infighting has turned destructive and deadly 
By Judith February

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