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While you were sleeping: 26 October 2016



While you were sleeping: 26 October 2016

Gambia joins the ICC exit club, Trump swings at Obamacare, and more than just Great Barrier Reef bleached.

“Chemists do not usually stutter. It would be very awkward if they did, seeing that they have at times to get out such words as methylethylamylophenylium.” 

 Sir William Crookes

Story of the Day

TRAINSPOTTER: Shaun of the Dead 

Did President Jacob Zuma drink National Prosecuting Authority director Shaun Abraham’s brain? What other explanation is there for the advocate’s lurch toward ultimate ignominy: acting as the lead zombie in the goring of the country’s finance minister right between a) the reading of the mid-term budget on October 26, and b) the international rating agencies evaluations on December 2. As we stumble toward the abyss, Shaun of the Dead, aided by his innumerable slavering henchfolk, doesn’t seem to care whether or not he pushes us over. Can he be stopped? By RICHARD POPLAK
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While you were sleeping

Gambia joins ICC exit club

Gambia has announced its departure from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Clutching at South Africa’s shameful moral trajectory, the African country noted the ICC’s “persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans”. Because in 2016 it’s evidently better to just not put any genocidaire on trial instead. Read More

Trump targets Obamacare

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have carpet-bombed Florida with electoral promises this week. For the former, his focus switched to Obamacare. Calling it a “job-stealing” policy, the Orange Menace promised, “You will have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost and it’s going to be so easy”. In true Trump fashion, though, no actual policy path was detailed. Read More

Not just Barrier Reef that’s bleaching

Researchers revealed on Wednesday that critical reef systems in Australia’s oceans are bleaching. The Queensland state coast’s northern portion of reef ecosystem has also experienced major coral bleaching. With a 700km strip of the Great Barrier Reef drained of colour, climate charge, agricultural run-off, coral-eating snails and a host of other things perpetrated by mankind are to blame. Read More

Clinton gets birthday song from Adele

Celebrating her 69th birthday, Hillary Clinton held a pre-birthday bash with Adele as the singer. No media were invited, sadly, so it’s unclear whether Clinton belted out her favourite song(s). Adele, who is British, publicly endorsed Clinton anyway. Read More

In Numbers


The percentage of Russians who, according to a survey, regret the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1881 saw the gunfight in the OK Corral take place. Wyatt Earp and everything you know about cowboys sprang forth from this chain of events.

Your retina is actually brain tissue. You basically see with exposed brain matter.


Financial Data

BFN: min: 16° max: 30°, sunny
CPT: min: 14° max: 29°, cloudy
DBN: min: 18° max: 23°, cloudy
EL: min: 17° max: 25°, sunny
JHB: min: 15° max: 29°, rainy
KIM: min: 18° max: 31°, sunny
NLP: min: 18° max: 29°, AM rain
PMB: min: 13° max: 28°, AM rain
PKN: min: 17° max: 29°, cloudy
PE: min: 16° max: 25°, sunny
PTA: min: 17° max: 30°, rainy

JSE All Share=51,749.86
DJIA= 18,179.82
FTSE 100=7,017.64

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Original photos: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS) and SA President Jacob
Zuma. (EPA) TRAINSPOTTER: Shaun of the Dead 
By Richard Poplak
Main photo: Lehlohonolo Nthontho, the CEO of Bapo Ba Mogale
Investments (Photo: Sobantu Mzwakali) What’s mine is mine: How the Bapo Ba Mogale got robbed of R800 million 
By Kevin Bloom
Photo: The current SASSA card ( Six months to re-issue 17-million new SASSA cards: Can it be done or are we heading for another deadly crisis? 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the 2010
budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa 17 February 2010.
EPA/NIC BOTHMA Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement: Will Gordhan keep the economic and political wolves from the door? 
By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: South African president, Jacob Zuma during the State Of the
Nation Address in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February 2015. EPA/RODGER
BOSCH/POOL Zuma: If I intervened in Gordhan charges, South Africa would be a banana republic 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Protesters have been interdicted from carrying weapons on UCT,
such as the sticks they are seen carrying in this photo taken on Friday 21
October. (GroundUp photo) GroundUp: UCT acts against violent protests 
By GroundUp
Photo: Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts during the women's 800m
semi finals of the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National
Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015. 
EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON Intersecting Oppression: Locating Gender within #FeesMustFall 
By Mandipa Ndlovu & Faranaaz Vraagom
Photo: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta salutes after joint
military exercises dubbed Swift Eagle conducted by the Kenya Defence Forces
(KDF) and the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces at the Embakasi Garrison
Humanitarian Peace Support School in Embakasi in the outskirts of
Kenya’s capital Nairobi, September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya #Tribeless and Young: Stop playing the tribal card, say Kenyan youth 
By Njeri Kimani
Photo: An unemployed builder holds a spirit level used in brick laying
as he waits on a roadside for work in Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2015.
Statistics South Africa reports the unemployment rate is around 24 per cent
of the labour force in the country. EPA/NIC BOTHMA EPA/NIC BOTHMA GroundUp: Why National Minimum Wage negotiations are deadlocked 
By GroundUp
Photo: US Republican candidate Donald Trump looks on at the start of
the final Presidential Debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las
Vegas, Nevada, USA, 19 October 2016 EPA/JIM LO SCALZO US 2016: Donald J Trump and the ripping of GOP’s heart 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi addresses the Media
Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) community broadcast stakeholder
engagement workshop at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, 24 June 2016. (Photo:
GCIS) Op-Ed: Minister Muthambi should be fired for digital migration disaster 
Photo: Ukrainian servicemen fire a 152mm ‘Msta B’ Howitzer
during military exercises on the Devichki shooting range, about 85km from
the capital Kiev, Ukraine, 21 October 2016. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO S-RM: New talks on Ukraine bring little hope for peace 
By Saif Islam


Pierre de vos Zuma’s meeting with close allies on eve of Gordhan being charged was highly suspect 
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By Ivo Vegter
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