While you were sleeping: 25 October 2016

Taliban attack kills 44 in Pakistan, UN chief wants SA back in ICC, and Du Toit wins SA Player of the Year.

“Normal people… believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.”
 Scott Adams

Story of the Day

Zuma’s True Expendables 

In politics, the only people who don’t look to the future are those right at the top of the greasy pole. Everyone else is vying for position, thinking about how to get themselves there. Along the way, they make alliances, and hitch themselves to the wagons of those they think will move them up in the world. When wagons aren’t available, they use tsunamis. The particular tsunami we are living through has picked up some interesting characters. People who have helped President Jacob Zuma, done his bidding, aided and abetted him in what is effectively dismantling of Mandela’s ANC and South Africa. But what is going to happen to them when the tsunami eventually recedes? By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Read more

While you were sleeping

Attack in Pakistan kills 44

At least 44 people have been killed after Taliban-linked militants attacked a police training college near Quetta. Three attackers stormed the sleeping quarters of the barracks after killing the sentry on watch. A responding force took three hours to secure the academy. Read More

UN chief urges SA to reconsider ICC decision

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his hope that South Africa reconsider its decision to pull out of the International Criminial Court (ICC). SA, one of the first countries ever to sign it, is stuck in the moral ‘moer in’ created by government. But it’s not all gloom and doom. Sudan’s genocidal regime has applauded the country’s brave move to forego human rights. Read More

Knight sues Dr Dre

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight  has laid charges against Dr Dre, accusing the rap icon of trying to kill him. Knight, who is currently in jail for possibly running over and killing a colleague in a parking lot, is also suing Chris Brown for a lack of security at a party where he was shot. Knight, it seems, has a lot of suing to do. Read More

Du Toit named Player of the Year

Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit was hailed as South African Player of the Year at an annual awards event held in Johannesburg. Du Toit’s performance for the Stormers and the Boks was what ultimately helped him edge out his competition, namely Lood de Jager. That, and not being injured for an entire season, for once. Read More

In Numbers


The area code for the International Space Station. The same as Houston.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1900 the United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal.

Chickenpox is named after chickpeas. This was on account of the resemblance, rather than the smell or, well, taste.


Financial Data

BFN: min: 14° max: 29°, cloudy
CPT: min: 13° max: 24°, cloudy
DBN: min: 18° max: 23°, cloudy
EL: min: 17° max: 22°, cloudy
JHB: min: 15° max: 27°, cloudy
KIM: min: 16° max: 29°, cloudy
NLP: min: 18° max: 29°, PM rain
PMB: min: 11° max: 25°, cloudy
PKN: min: 19° max: 30°, PM rain
PE: min: 15° max: 22°, cloudy
PTA: min: 16° max: 28°, sunny

JSE All Share=51,683.39
DJIA= 18,223.20
FTSE 100=6,986.40

Now on Daily Maverick



Expendables-Grootes-1412x820.jpg Zuma’s True Expendables 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan
during a meeting with business and labour leaders at the Union Buildings in
Pretoria. South Africa. 09/05/2016. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS) NPA vs Gordhan: Fatal disregard of law will make case go down in history 
By Marianne Thamm
Analysis-ICC-withdrawal.jpg Analysis: Abandoning the ICC is South Africa’s Brexit moment 
By Simon Allison
ICC-another-way-Anton-and-Simon.jpg Op-Ed: There is another way out of South Africa’s ICC dilemma 
By Anton du Plessis & Simon Allison
greg-hatecrimes.jpg Analysis: What’s in the Hate Bill? 
By Greg Nicolson
ICC-Paul-Hoffman.jpg Op-Ed: Leaving the ICC, going over to the dark side 
By Paul Hoffman
bonita-icc-subbedm.jpg Op-Ed: South Africa is turning its back on international criminal justice 
By Bonita Meyersfeld
EFS_23Oct_.jpg Video: Evita’s Free Speech, Ep.61 – Evita on ANC rumours, catty gossips and real news 
By Pieter-Dirk Uys
ICC-Wilmot-James-edited-SA.jpg Op-Ed: A betrayal to the spirit of 1994 
By Wilmot James
GroundUp-Disabled-students.jpg GroundUp: Disabled students protest against police on Wits 
By GroundUp
zuma-alone.jpg ANC Blowback: Mthembu breaks conspiracy of silence, while Zuma-Abrahams meeting raises alarm 
By Ranjeni Munusamy


Herman-Mashaba.jpg A well-run Joburg will attract investment and growth 
By Herman Mashaba
Oscar-van-Heerden.jpg South Africa’s exit from the ICC: Justice cannot trump peace
By Oscar van Heerden
julie reid Independent Media’s excuses for ditching the Press Council make no logical sense 
By Julie Reid
Andrew-Gasnolar.jpg Something is rotten in the kingdom 
By Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar
yonela-diko.jpg Is the ANC’s National Democratic Revolution speaking to a world that no longer exists? 
By Yonela Diko

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted