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While you were sleeping: 6 November 2016

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While you were sleeping: 6 November 2016

Clinton cleared of email criminality, Trump continues assault, and Rabada joins the shoulder injury list.

Monday, 7th November

“Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.”
Mark Twain

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

The Sunday papers literally oozed with new allegations regarding the relationship between Zuma-aligned ministers and the Gupta family. And while the country awaits the appointment of a judicial committee of enquiry that will fully parse former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s “State of Capture” report, the Zumacrats have gone into full denial mode. What’s more, there is a renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from the Supporters-In-Chief at the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks. You thought Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was down for the count? His middle name is a fighter’s honorific; the president has barely started swinging. When he does properly enter the ring, big men will fall – and the country may go down with them. By RICHARD POPLAK.

 
 
 

US election fever kicks into high gear

With just one day to go before voting, the US presidential elections have kicked into high gear. The FBI have cleared Hillary Clinton, saying new emails found on Anthony Weiner’s computer were not criminal. Trump, meanwhile, has not let something as silly as legality stop his “lock her up” campaign line. While banging the vote-rigging and corruptiondrum, Trump still lags behind in the polls. 

 

Morocco wants to rejoin African Union

In an address delivered late on Sunday, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has stated his country’s desire to rejoin the African Union. Morocco left the AU 32 years ago after it accepted Western Sahara as a legitimate country, something Morocco does not. At any rate, the announcement will be most welcome news for the AU.

 

Three killed in Mali ambush

One UN peacekeeper and two Malian civilians have been killed in an attack on Sunday. The three died when attackers detonated an IED alongside their vehicle, opening fire on them afterwards. The attack brings the number of MINUSMA personnel killed this year to 30.

 

Proteas on fire… but is Rabada cooked?

The good news: Kagiso Rabada has produced another beauty to leave the Proteas five wickets from a remarkable win on the final day of the Test in Perth. The bad news: He’s just joined Dale Steyn in the WACA shoulder clinic. Will the Proteas run out of bowlers before the Aussies run out of batsmen?

 
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IN NUMBERS

22

The number of countries where denying the Holocaust is illegal.

 

FACT OF THE DAY

Today in 1913 Gandhi was arrested in South Africa for leading a march.

During his trial, Adolf Eichmann’s lawyer was paid for by Israel. They did not want Eichmann, then bankrupt, to have any excuse that his trial was unfair.

 

OPINIONISTAS

Many are our psychological afflictions

A column by BABATUNDE FAGBAYIBO

 

High-Speed Politics: When commentary is redundant

A column by IAN VON MEMERTY

 
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