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While you were sleeping: 3 November 2016

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While you were sleeping: 3 November 2016

Capture report revealing, but not a TKO, Obama channels Star Wars, and Proteas off to a rocky start in Australia.

“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”
WB Yeats

 
 
Elections aftermath: Why did the ANC ignore its own research?

On Wednesday, November 2… actually, you know what? This is no time for preambles. By RICHARD POPLAK.

 
 
 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

No silver bullet in report

Despite 355 pages of very compelling reading, there is no specific silver bullet in Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report that could slay the wereZuma once and for all. The report reads as if Madonsela had little time to complete it, which is true. Nonetheless, the creation of a six-month judicial inquiry will open up a closet of horrors within the ANC. And that is something the ruling party can ill afford before 2019.

 

Obama challenges North Carolina voters

President Barack Obama has urged voters in North Carolina to come out and vote for “decency”. Hitting the campaign trail hard just a few days before the US presidential elections, Obama channelled just a whiff of the Sith Lords of yore, telling his audience, “the fate of the Republic rests on you”. Somewhere in the corner, one could picture a young Natalie Portman crying at the fate of her beloved Naboo.

 

Alzheimer’s drug shows promise

Researchers in the United States have revealed that a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s shows promising results. Free of side effects, the drug was highly successful in patients within a 32 person sample. The next stage will see 3,000 patients treated. If successful, a pill could be on the market in the next two to three years.

 

Proteas in early bother against the Aussies

Faf du Plessis’ men are going to have to take the head off the snake sharpish in Perth, because it’s venomous. Winning the toss and choosing to bat in the first Test has been as good as it’s got so far, after a top-notch opening burst from the Australians. Still, a timely opportunity for Du Plessis to lower his strike rate even further. Keep up with the action on our live blog.

 
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IN NUMBERS

$4

The return on each dollar invested by the US National Park Service received by the public in economic value.

FACT OF THE DAY

Today is Dolph Lundgren’s birthday. The 59-year-old Swedish action hero is also a postgraduate qualified chemical engineer.

The Russian town of Luchegorsk was besieged by 30 hungry bearsin 2005. They were eventually run out by sirens and shots fired in the air. Somewhere in the world, a game developer just found inspiration for the next Angry Birds.

 

FEATURED ARTICLES

Read it: The full State of Capture Report

BY DAILY MAVERICK STAFF REPORTER

 
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OPINIONISTAS

Witnessing a Miracle

A column by STEVEN BOYKEY SIDLEY

 
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