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While you were sleeping: 20 October 2016



While you were sleeping: 20 October 2016

Trump and Clinton duke it out in Las Vegas, Korea (North) launches a failed missile, and Eminem gets political.

“I think the problem with people like this is that they are so stupid that they have no idea how stupid they are.”
John Cleese

TRAINSPOTTER: Thuli Madonsela’s #WitsPeaceAccord gives us a new hashtag 

Across this nation, universities burn. On Wednesday afternoon, at the University of Witwatersrand, a new movement was (still)born: #WitsPeaceAccord. It included amongst its luminaries our beloved former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. Let’s just agree that her first post-office foray was not a rousing success. By RICHARD POPLAK.
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Story of the Day

While you were sleeping

Final debate stays on the rails

The final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to be far more controlled than their previous encounters. With the exception of Trump refusing to acknowledge the principle of the election’s fairness, both candidates appeared almost… normal. Read More

North Korean missile test detected

US and South Korean military officials have confirmed a failed missile test attempt by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Officials believe Dear Leader’s medium-range ‘Musudan’ type missile exploded shortly after takeoff. This is the eighth test of the Musudan this year, with only one successful launch. Read More

Juno probe enters safe mode

The Juno space probe has been forced into entering safe mode following the failure of two valves. Juno’s navigators, hoping to map new parts of Jupiter, will now have to do some IT problem-solving, millions of miles away. Ctrl, alt + del won’t cut it in this case. Read More

Eminem sets sights on Trump

Crawling back out of the shadows, Eminem has released a new rap eviscerating Donald Trump. The single track, dubbed ‘Campaign Speech’, is a nearly eight-minute long critique of Trump. This would technically be Eminem’s first significant piece of work in three years. Read More

In Numbers


The cost for a single meal at a Michelin-starred street food vendor in Singapore.

Facts of the Day

Today in 2011 Muammar Gaddafi was captured by Libyan rebels. He was killed shortly thereafter.

Sean Connery was once pulled over for speeding. His ticketing officer? One Sergeant James Bond.


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Photo: Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela at Wednesday's
gathering (Greg Nicolson) TRAINSPOTTER: Thuli Madonsela’s #WitsPeaceAccord gives us a new hashtag 
By Richard Poplak
Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (R)
leaves at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23,
2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Deliverance: NPA’s Shaun Abrahams and the incredible shrinking case against Pravin Gordhan 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube
via TechCentral) Op-Ed: New Public Protector has to allay apprehensions 
By Frans Viljoen
Photo: Jackson Mthembu before the start of the party’s elective
conference in Mangaung, December 2012. Photo: Greg Nicolson/NewsFire Jackson Mthembu: In the land of the dishonest, an honest man is a kingmaker 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Students march and sing during a protest in support of the
#FeesMustFall movement at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, 19
October 2016. Students continue protesting after five weeks of demanding
free tertiary education across most university and tertiary education
campuses in the country. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Op-Ed: The National Student Crisis – What now? 
The shadows of South African students are cast on the street as they
protest against the proposed rise in tuition fees on the University of Cape
Town (UCT) campus, in Cape Town, South Africa, 22 October 2015. South
African students continued with their campaign across the country enforing
multiple university shut downs and rolling protests against the rise in
tuition fees. Twenty one students are appearing in court after being
arrested when thousands breached the parliament precinct in an
unprecedented protest on 21 October 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA #FeesMustFall: Worst-Case Wednesday at University of the Western Cape 
By Marelise van der Merwe
South African police officers destroy thousands of weapons to mark the
start of a an amnesty for illegal guns, Johannesburg, South Africa, 15
January 2010.  EPA/STR Op-Ed: In Search of a Political Murder 
By Niki Moore
Photo: Children from the Rainbow-Hill Christian school sing to wish
former South African President Nelson Mandela well outside his house in
Houghton June 11 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Op-Ed: Collaboration Schools – Trojan Horse or a Knight in Shining Armour? 
By David Harrison
Photo: Protesters hurl a large set of bins at private security guards
protecting the main UCT library yesterday. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks GroundUp: Backlash from staff and alumni against UCT executive 
By GroundUp
Photo: Figurines depicting US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton
(R), of the Democrats, and Donald Trump (L), of the Republican Party, are
prepared to be arranged within the traditional 'Neapolitan Presepio', a
Nativity Scene crib, at the San Gregorio Armeno street in Naples, 18
October 2016. EPA/CESARE ABBATE The US 2016, Final Debate: Opening Statements, before they happen 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Springboks players during the Springboks morning training
session on the 26 September 2016 at Fourways High School Pic Sydney
Mahlangu/ BackpagePix Five things we learnt from day one of the Rugby Coaching Indaba 
By Antoinette Muller
US businessman and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses
a little girl he called up from the audience during a campaign rally at the
KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, 17 October 2016. Trump
and Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton will meet in the final
presidential debate on 19 October. EPA/TANNEN MAURY While you were sleeping: 19 October 2016 
By John Stupart


Pierre de vos The Law, Gordhan’s tactical move – and those 72 suspicious transactions by the Guptas 
By Pierre de Vos
Jay-Naidoo-new-profile-photo.jpg Winning the Peace 
By Jay Naidoo
Co-Pierre-Georg.jpg Why #FeesMustFailed 
By Co-Pierre Georg
Ayabonga-Cawe-new-photo.jpg Masixole Mlandu and the ‘receipts’ of history 
By Ayabonga Cawe
Kalim Rajab Let the spaces you’re about to enter be filled with counterpoints 
By Kalim Rajab
ian-von-memerty.jpg Loads of Absolute Balls: The privilege of the Plebs 
By Ian von Memerty

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