While you were sleeping: 29 September 2016

Wits votes on its future, shooting injures three in USA school, and Bangladesh on a knife edge ahead of England tour.

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water.”
– Carl Sagan

Story of the Day

Op-Ed: Hlaudi’s new appointment is invalid and will prove costly to the SABC 

The appointment of the disgraced Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the head of corporate affairs at the SABC after the Western Cape High Court confirmed that his appointment as Chief Operation Officer was irrational, and thus invalid, is almost certainly also irrational and hence invalid. While probably not in contempt of the order issued by the High Court that invalidated Mr Motsoeneng’s appointment, the move by the SABC does show contempt for the Public Protector, for the proven facts, and for the settled legal principles. By PIERRE DE VOS.
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While you were sleeping

Wits votes on its future

Students at Wits have been encouraged to participate in an SMS-based poll today. The question? Should the university resume academic activity or continue its shutdown? The poll is a move by the university’s administrators to establish whether the FeesMustFall comrades speak for the majority of the university, forcing the latter’s hand. Read More

Amnesty accuses Sudan of chemical attacks

Amnesty International has released a report accusing the Sudanese regime of using chemical weapons. The attacks, numbering over a score, targeted the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW) rebel group, but also killed innocent civilians, including children. Read More

Three injured in school shooting 

A teenager has injured two students and a teacher at South Carolina elementary school after possibly murdering his own father. The suspect, who was home-schooled and had zero affiliation with the school, was arrested without incident. Read More

Bangladesh confident of security ahead of tour

Bangladesh has assured England that unprecedented security has dominated preparations ahead of its tour, starting on Friday. The month-long tour of three ODIs and two tests will keep at bay the possibility of Bangladesh becoming shut out of international sport. That’s assuming, of course, all goes off without a hitch. Read More

In Numbers


The distance with which a bug zapper can spray a filthy mist of bug body parts.

Facts of the Day

Today sees DM’s own Marianne Thamm launch her book ‘Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and me‘ at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.

The Algerian National Anthem was originally written in blood on a prison wall.


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Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, chief operating officer of the SABC, holds
the corporation’s first quarterly media briefing in Johannesburg on
Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Picture: SAPA stringer Op-Ed: Hlaudi’s new appointment is invalid and will prove costly to the SABC 
By Pierre de Vos
Photo: Former Wits SRC president Mcebo Dlamini presents a memorandum
to the Chamber of Mines during student protests for free education. (Greg
Nicolson) #FeesMustFall: Should the Chamber of Mines pay? 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: A billboard advertising MTN is seen along a road in Lagos
November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare 
By Simon Allison
Photo: UCT vice-chancellor Max Price. GroundUp: Max Price’s plea to students – ‘Don’t sacrifice your futures’ 
By GroundUp
Main photo: Security guards forced protesters to leave the UJ campus.
Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee. GroundUp: Clashes at the University of Johannesburg 
By GroundUp
Photo: 18th Session of Human Rights Council A wide view of the Human
Rights Council at its eighteenth session, in Geneva, Switzerland. UN
Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré. South Africa and women’s healthcare rights: One step forward, two steps back? 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) addresses a youth
meeting of the Zanu-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe 03 September 2016. Mugabe
appeared in public for the first time since rumours of his death had been
circulating on social media. EPA/AARON UFUMELI An Open Letter to President Robert Mugabe 
Photo: A worker assembles parts of a motor at the Mercedes-Benz
plant in Berlin, Germany, 22 May 2015. Media reports state that
Mercedes-Benz will invest around 500-million Euro in the Berlin plant over
the coming years. The plant is intended to become a hightech site for the
manufacturing of automobile components. EPA/JOERG CARSTENSEN Op-Ed: The new German minimum wage – a success story 
By Gerhard Bosch
Photo: Argentina’s players, Belgium’s players and the
referee team line up with an anti-racism banner prior during the Fifa World
Cup 2014 quarter final match between Argentina and Belgium at the Estadio
Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, 05 July 2014. Fifa decision to disband anti-racism task force is an own goal 
By Antoinette Muller


Judith-February.jpg Desperation and rage are loose in equal measure 
By Judith February
rehad-desai.jpg In the name of democracy? 
By Rehad Desai
yonela-diko.jpg University Protests: The beautiful ones are not yet born 
By Yonela Diko
Rev-Ndlovu.jpg Heritage Month: Give voice and stages to our choristers 
By Rev Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu

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