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While you were sleeping: 19 September 2016



While you were sleeping: 19 September 2016

USA investigates day of terror, Game of Thrones makes Emmy history, and Paralympics draw to a successful close.

“… there are stranger things to be seen in the world than are contained between London and Staines.”

 Sir Walter Raleigh

Story of the Day

The Great Unravelling: Zuma’s security empire crumbles as political and legal woes mount 

Eight years ago today, an ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting began at the Esselen Park conference centre in Ekurhuleni. A day later, it was announced that “after a long and difficult discussion, the ANC has decided to recall the President of the Republic before his term of office expires”. The decision to recall Thabo Mbeki enabled a sudden shift of power in the state to President Jacob Zuma. His once powerful security empire is now devouring itself, with few people left he can rely on. As Zuma becomes a growing liability to the ANC, he is also being left legally exposed as his protection force falls apart. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

USA looks for terror links in attacks

Three attacks in 24 hours has resulted in a widespread investigation into possible linkages between the incidents. A New York bombing, a Minnesota mass stabbing and a New Jersey pipe bomb blast are all being investigated to find out if they were terror-related. Read More

Tributes pour in for Mandoza

Messages of sympathy and tribute have flooded in for Mandoza, who passed away from cancer earlier on Sunday. Appearing on stage as recently as the SABC tribute concert, Mandoza had been fighting a battle with cancer for a “long while” before this weekend. Read More

Game of Thrones snaps highest award

Dragons, death, and debauchery series Game of Thrones has made Emmy history. Winning the Emmy for ‘Outstanding Drama Series’, the fantasy series has soared to 38 Emmy awards in total. Having been a hidden fantasy nerds’ gem for years before, the series has certainly propelled the non-Hobbit genre into the limelight. Read More

Rio Paralympics closes shop

The closing ceremony of the Rio Paralympics concluded the final chapter in Brazil’s 2016 Olympics calendar. With the Paralympics showing unprecedented support, and the closing ceremony being conducted in a packed stadium, Rio appears to have paved a new way forward for 2020 games. Read More

In Numbers


The year in which Antony and Cleopatra formed their drinking club.

Facts of the Day

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Expect your cornier coworkers to fully embrace this.

There is an American law requiring automatic acceptance should Canada wish to join the United States.


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Photo: US President Donald J Trump takes the oath of office from US
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Photo: A picture made available on 07 May 2016 by North Korea’s
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Photo: South African national rugby union coach Allister Coetzee talks
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