While you were sleeping: 22 July 2016

While you were sleeping: 22 July 2016

Trump celebrates hate and promises prosperity,capitalism, Nice attacker planned for months, and Oliver Stone warns of the evils of Pokemon.

“If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work.”

– Jacob Zuma

Story of the Day

The Untouchables: Is Marius Fransman back in the game? 

Many were surprised to see an embattled and yet beaming ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman hitting the campaign trail in Philippi Cape Town alongside President Jacob Zuma on Thursday. ANC elections head, Nomvula Mokonyane, she who once vowed to use her buttocks to defend Jacob Zuma, told those gathered that the an ANC Integrity Commission investigation into charges of sexual assault against Fransman had been “resolved” and he was back in the family fold. But is he? By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Donald Trump’s campaign of hate 

Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech was dominated by the theme of hate on Thursday night. Hailing Clinton as responsible for a legacy of “death” and reiterating his intention to keep foreigners out by building a wall along the Mexican border, Trump also promised an age of prosperity under his divine orange rule. Something in Cleveland is definitely not balancing out in the books.Read more

Nice attack planned for months

French prosecutors noted on Thursday that Nice attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had planned his killing spree for months. The five suspects arrested in connection with the attack, as well as investigation into Lahouaiej’s computer and phone, revealed it was premeditation attack. Read more

Mexico to contact Trump and Clinton

The Mexican government has announced its intention to contact Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton following their respective party conventions. With continued ignorant statements made on Mexico, Mexicans, and a wall, the US’s neighbour will try to hammer home some common sense into Trump (and Clinton). Read More

Oliver Stone warns of Pokémon threat

Continuing the saga of Pokémon Go’s meteoric rise, filmmaker Oliver Stone has warned of an age of “totalitarianism” with games such as Pokémon as the prime insurgent. Harvesting user data while Pikachus are collected is the new age of “data capitalism”, Stone said on Thursday. Read more

In Numbers


The weight, in pounds, that Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) was pressured into slimming down to, so that she could ‘fit’ her role.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1812 saw Napoleonic forces defeated by the Duke of Wellington at theBattle of Salamanca.

Fact of the Day: Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto is forbidden from cycling to work each day. The creator of Mario Bros’ safety is too enormous a matter to be left to mere bicycles.

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Justice and Constitutional
Development Minister Jeff Radebe and International relations and
Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman at the Human Rights Day
commemoration in Mbekweni, Paarl in the Western Cape, 21 March 2013.
(Photo: GCIS) The Untouchables: Is Marius Fransman back in the game? 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in the
dock during his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, 15 April
2014. EPA/ALON SKUY / POOL Murder, Inc: NPA appeals Oscar’s ‘shockingly lenient’ six-year sentence 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma campaigns in Cape Tow, 21 July 2016.
(Marianne Merten) Zuma electioneers in Cape Town, with Fransman in tow: ‘The DA has failed Cape Town’ 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the Education
Awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg, 22 January 2016. (Photo:
GCIS) KwaZulu-Natal: All quiet on the eastern front as Ramaphosa meets ‘clever blacks’ 
Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Zimbabwean counterpart
Robert Mugabe (R) after arriving in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 December 2015.
EPA/AARON UFUMELI ISS Today: As Mugabe fights for his political future, why is China so silent? 
By Simon Allison
Photo: Opening of Medupi Unit 6 Power Station, 30 Aug 2015. (GCIS) Understanding the cost of electricity from Medupi, Kusile and IPPs 
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Photo: @AdolfHitler Trolls of the Third Reich: They live among us 
By Tony Jackman
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By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: South Africa’s Caster Semenya (C) competes in the
women’s 800m race at the Mohammed VI IAAF Diamond League meeting in
Rabat, Morocco, 22 May 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA Rio Olympics: How do 2016 world track leading times compare to the records? 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Aids patient Sannah Seetotale (R) waits to receive her food
from volunteer worker Matshidiso Masuku in Orange Farm in Johannesburg
November 29, 2006.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA) GroundUp: Disappointing study results show how difficult HIV prevention is 
By GroundUp
Photo by Coralie Ferreira, via Flickr Op-Ed: Finding the sweet spot in Sugar Tax 


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Herman-Mashaba.jpg The ANC is no longer the party of liberation that it once was 
By Herman Mashaba

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