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While you were sleeping: 22 September

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 22 September

Charlotte protests see 1 killed, Wits & NMMU students target media, and Zuckerberg pledges a fortune to fight disease.

“Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.”
 Helen Rowland

Story of the Day

Own Goal: Minister of Police flouted the law, rendering Hawks head a lame duck 

The hasty appointment of Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza as head of the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation in September 2015, circumventing various legislative requirements, technically renders Ntlemeza a lame duck. Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko twice flouted correct procedures, first by not subjecting Ntlemeza to the required competency assessment, and second by contravening the SAPS Act in failing to notify Parliament timeously of Ntlemeza’s appointment. Like Hlaudi Motsoeneng – another “irrational appointment” – are Ntlemeza’s days numbered? By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

Second night of violence in Charlotte

A protester has been shot dead by another civilian during a second night of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Protests erupted in the US city after the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, by police. Read More

Media targeted at Wits, NMMU protests

Protesting students at the aforementioned universities are venting their frustrations on the media. Despite Wits and NMMU student leaders’ demand that the revolution not be televised, there were simultaneous pleas for journalists to act as a buffer between police and the students. Brick sponges, then. Read More

Rocket attack in Iraq possibly chemical

A rocket fired by ISIL forces at US troops may well have contained a chemical payload. The rocket fragments showed signs of mustard gas, while earlier an airstrike in Mosul targeted a suspected Daesh chemical facility. Read More

Zuckerberg donates billions

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, pledged $3 billion over the next decade to eradicate or combat all diseases worldwide. The first $600 million portion would be used to establish a ‘Biohub’ in San Francisco. From there, eradicating, or at least minimising and managing, serious disease and illness would be the next step. Read More

In Numbers


Time Warner’s percentage profit margin on its high speed internet.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1991 saw the Dead Sea Scrolls being made available to the public for the first time in history.

The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings stadium costs more than a NASA mission to Pluto.


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