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While you were sleeping: 24 June 2016

By John Stupart 24 June 2016

Brexit threat becomes real, Democrats end sit-in, Korea considers work-home legislation, and FARC/Colombia end 50 years of violence.

Now we’ve signed it, we had better read it”

– British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd joking about the Maastricht Treaty, which officially created the European Union

Story of the Day

Tshwane unrest: The hidden ANC power play 

After days of violence and looting in South Africa’s capital city, there are no clear answers as to what caused the chaos and why there was a violent reaction to the announcement of Thoko Didiza as the ANC’s mayoral candidate in Tshwane. There is also no coherent strategy by the ANC to deal with the upheaval, with the matter being left to the police to handle. On Wednesday the ANC was meant to have a meeting with its 107 branches in Tshwane but this did not happen. On Thursday, Gauteng’s 11 ANC mayoral candidates were introduced at a festive media lunch in Johannesburg as the death toll in Tshwane climbed to five. There is clearly more at play than what meets the eye. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Brexit vote leads

With 200 of 382 local areas counted, the ‘leave’ vote appears to be winning. With the prospect of Britain actually leaving the European Union, the pound has plummeted across the board, leaving it at its weakest since 1985 in some areas. The British, it appears, are tired of playing nice. Read more

Colombia and FARC sign ceasefire

A ceasefire agreement between FARC rebels and the Colombian government, signed on Thursday, could see the end of half a century of conflict. The historic agreement, inked in Cuba by President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and FARC leader Timoleón Jiménez, sees an end to a long-standing tradition of violence and intimidation. Read more

Democrat House sit-in ends

House Democrats ended a 24-hour sit-in, promising to return again on the 5 July. Stressing the importance of never giving in to truculent Republican foot-draggers, the Democrats then did just that, throwing in the towel and going on a summer break. Read more

Korea considers keeping the office from home

South Korea is considering passing legislation that will ban your boss or office from bothering you while at home. The rise of social media and mobile messeging has created a distorted invasion of the home, poisoning what employees considered once to be ‘relaxation’ time. With luck lawmakers in South Africa are paying attention. Read more

In Numbers


The percentage reduction in accidents at an oilrig company’s facilities by eliminating ‘macho’ culture.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1916 saw the beginning of an artillery barrage that would herald the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.

Fact of the day: The French word for ‘walkie-talkie’ is the imaginative ‘talkie-walkie’.


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Photo: (from left, clockwise) ANC secretary Hope Papo, ANC mayoral
candidate for Tshwane Thoko Didiza, and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul
Mashatile at the introduction of the Gauteng ANC mayoral candidates for the
2016 elections on Thursday 23 June 2016. (Greg Nicolson); President Jacob
Zuma accompanied by Tshwane Mayor Mr Kgosientso Ramokgopa and other
dignitaries attends  Freedom Day Celebrations held at the Union Building in
Pretoria 27 April 2011 (Sapa); Atteridgeville fires on Monday, 20 June 2016
(Aki Anastasiou for EWN) Tshwane unrest: The hidden ANC power play 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: ANC mayoral candidate for Tshwane Thoko Didiza and ANC Gauteng
chairperson Paul Mashatile at the introduction of the Gauteng ANC mayoral
candidates for the 2016 elections. (Greg Nicolson) Thoko Didiza: ‘I feel a part of Tshwane’ 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: This is where we beg for forgiveness, this time specifically:
Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. Analysis: Quo vadis, SABC? 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends the China - South
Africa Economy Forum at a hotel in Beijing, China, 05 December 2014. 
EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL Op-Ed: When the state disobeys the law, people will soon follow 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Nehawu members walking out of staff meeting called by Secretary
to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana. (Marianne Merten) Parliament: Claims, denials and disciplinary measures as Mgidlana and Nehawu members butt heads 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: United States Supreme Court inside the Supreme Court Building
in Washington, DC, US, 8 October 2010. (front row, L-R) Associate Justice
Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (deceased), Chief Justice
John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg; (back row; L-R) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor,
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. and
Associate Justice Elena Kagan. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO GroundUp: Apartheid victims lose 14-year legal battle against Ford and IBM 
By GroundUp
Tendai Maregere is a Doctoral Researcher at Coventry University, in
England, and a Visiting Scholar at Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
in Cape Town, Op-Ed: The Habré case and access to justice 
By Tendai Maregere
Photo: Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, speaks during a
government event with state oil sector workers in Caracas, Venezuela, 22
June 2016. Workers of Venezuela state oil sector mobilized themselves in a
march heading to Miraflores presidential palace to support the head of
state, Nicolas Maduro, and in ‘defence of the homeland’.
President Maduro and Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political
Affairs of United States, met in Caracas to try to open a dialogue between
the two countries which maintain diplomatic relations in minimum low.
EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ ICG: Venezuela on the edge of the precipice 
By International Crisis Group
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (R) reacts to a point by
British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) during a joint press conference at
the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, 18 July 2011. EPA/JON HRUSA ISS Today: What Brexit means for Africa 
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
awaits the signature of US President Barack Obama to be signed into law, on
a table with pens and the Presidential seal, before a ceremony at the
Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 22 June 2016.
The law, which reauthorizes and modernizes the Toxic Substances Control
Act, was passed in Congress with broad bipartisan support. EPA/MICHAEL
REYNOLDS While you were sleeping: 23 June 2016 
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