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While you were sleeping: 27 October 2016

South Africa

South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 27 October 2016

NPA overplayed their hand in Gordhan case, 3/5's of all vertebrates killed, and French president has a Marie Antoinette moment.

“The man who has grit enough to bring about the afforestation or the irrigation of a country is not less worthy of honour than its conqueror.”
– Sir John Arthur Thomson

Story of the Day

Game Over for Abrahams, Moyane and Co: Documents prove Gordhan prosecution political 

A dramatic turn of events has yielded fresh evidence that the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is a political hit and that NPA head Shaun Abrahams has overplayed his hand. Not only did SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane’s own legal counsel refuse to get involved in the prosecution for “ethical reasons” but it is clear now that the HAWKS and the NPA sought, after the fact, to find evidence to prop up the charges. Also, a senior deputy director of law administration at SARS was threatened and held hostage in the boardroom at the revenue service’s headquarters by Crimes Against the State commander, Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, after refusing to sign an affidavit. By MARIANNE THAMM.
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While you were sleeping

House of cards tumble for Abrahams

In case you missed the story above, a critical piece of evidence has emerged proving political motivation behind Pravin Gordhan’s fraud charges. Much hinges on a hostage situation involving SARS deputy director of law administration, Vlok Symington, his boss Tom Moyane mistakenly forwarding him incriminating evidence, and the NPA and Hawks generally acting like buffoons. If you read one thing today, read this.

Syrian strike kills 22 children

A Russian or Syrian airstrike has killed 22 children at a school in the rebel-held Idlib province in northwestern Syria. The action was one of six airstrikes in the area that killed 35 people in total. UNICEF has called it a war crime. This, it seems, is the august company South Africa will be joining when it leaves the International Criminal Court. Read More

WWF report shows vertebrate decimation

Keeping in tune with the ‘humanity is great’ theme, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released a report showing three fifths of all vertebrate animals in the world have been killed since 1970. Human appetite is responsibile for killing and consuming 58 percent of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. At the current pace, this could shoot to two thirds by 2020. Read More

French candidate has painful chocolate moment

French presidential hopeful Jean-Francois Cope had a bit of a Marie Antoinnette moment. During a television interview, Cope answered a question on the price of a pain au chocolat, saying he thought it must be around 10 to 15 centimes. Cope’s complete disconnect with the cost of things (the sweet pastries cost about 10 times this amount) has become the topic of ongoing ridicule through social media. As it should. Read More

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Fixing SA’s education: Entrepreneurs look to Finland

This year South Africa will spend about R204-billion on education. That’s roughly 20% of our national budget. But what bang do we get for that buck? Barely a fizzle. A World Economic Forum report ranked SA 139 out of 143 countries for overall quality of education. In Maths and Science, we ranked last. In short, despite government making education a priority, there’s very poor return on the vast sums of money being spent. Read More

In Numbers


The number of times Joseph Stalin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1922 Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia), in a referendum, rejected being annexed by the then Union of South Africa.

Forget any notion of eating utility. English dining fashion in the 19th century saw the use of knives and forks as a means of slowing down the “unseemly business of mastication”.


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