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While you were sleeping: 1 July 2016

While you were sleeping: 1 July 2016

New trial for 'Serial' murderer, Oracle fined a lot of money, and Coetzee speaks out against animal cruelty.

TGIF, 1st July
“… typos are God’s way of keeping a writer humble…” 

 E.A. Bucchianeri

Story of the Day

His Master’s Voice: Why Hlaudi Motsoeneng is democratic SA’s biggest threat

Until this week, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the holder of all power at the public broadcaster, was being written off as a megalomaniac on his own frolic at the SABC. But the ANC has now shown its hand, coming out in defence of Motsoeneng’s total onslaught. Motsoeneng is moulding his own brand of political indoctrination out of the worst models of propaganda in history and taking media freedom hostage as he does so. This is no longer a laughing matter and society should not be looking away any more. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

New trial for ‘Serial’ murderer

Adnan Syed, 35, has been granted a new trial by a US judge. After spending 16 years of a life sentence for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, the story of Syed’s plight was picked up by a journalist, who created the hit podcast series ‘Serial’. Read more

Probe launched into Tesla death

A major investigation has been launched in the US into the death of a driver in a self-driving Tesla. The driver and the car’s autopilot failed to notice a tractor-trailer with a white siding perpendicular to the car. On a bright day, neither man nor machine saw the obstacle. Read more

Oracle fined $3 billion

Computer giant Oracle was instructed late on Thursday to pay Hewlett Packard Enterprise a $3 billion fine. Oracle was found to have failed in its promise to provide HP with support servers powered by Itanium chips. Although it sounds like something out of Star Trek, the court noted that Oracle knew the Itanium chip was nearing the end of its life cycle. Read more

Coetzee speaks out against animal cruelty

Nobel prize winning author J.M. Coetzee has spoken out against animal cruelty. Discussing the issue in Madrid, Coetzee went to great lengths to point out, “Animals don’t need my love… I don’t care about love. I care about justice.” Read more

In Numbers


The minimum amount earned by each cast member of Friends for all 10 seasons. This excludes syndication rights and other royalties.

Today sees South African journalists in Cape Town and Johannesburg picket outside the SABC buildings. This is a display of unity with the staff at the Ministry of Truth, who appear to be working under conditions resembling the twilight zone.

Fact of the day: Ten of the first 12 US presidents were slave owners.

Facts of the Day


Financial Data

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