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While you were sleeping: 8 November 2016



While you were sleeping: 8 November 2016

America gets ready to vote, South Korea hit with fresh scandal, and Pretorius joins the Proteas.

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

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


State Capture: Quo Vadis ANC?


The DA is preparing to do battle after a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma – the second this year – was not placed on Parliament’s schedule this week. In March ANC MPs defeated the DA’s first motion. But it is November and the ANC is deeply and publicly divided and wounded. Will the motion force ANC MPs to pick sides and flush out closet Zuma supporters? By MARIANNE THAMM.


Final countdown for America

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have held their final rallies just hours before the US goes to the polls. Both candidates took parting shots at each other during their respective rallies. That said, Trump’s sermon from the aircraft hangar resembled something closer to a redneck’s evangelical Second Coming. Well and good but prominent data analyst, Nate Silver, reckons, conservatively, that there’s a 69 percent chance Hillary will win.


South Korean president hit with fresh scandal

South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye has faced new resistance from the country’s opposition. Embroiled in a massive scandal involving something resembling nepotistic abuse of power, Park’s choice for a new prime minister was rejected by opposition members, as they were not consulted. The president has agreed to appoint a new member of their choosing. 


NASA astronaut votes from space

What happens when there’s an election on and you’re inconveniently placed 400km above the earth? If you’re American, you still bloody well vote it seems. Shane Kimbrough was able to vote via email on his secure NASA-based email account. This makes Kimbrough one of a growing list of space-voters in US political history. 


Pretorius called up for Proteas

Uncapped Dwaine Pretorius has been called up to replace injured Dale Steyn. Entering an injury-wracked Protea squad, Pretorius made his one-day debut earlier this year. Morne Morkel, it seems, has yet to receive a callback from the squad’s selectors.




The number of electoral votes Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump require to win the White House.



Today is the American elections. Just in case you only now emerged from your time capsule.

Hillary Clinton does not know how to use a desktop computer. Before the Trump moonbats get too excited, the Orange Menace also declines to use computers either. Both, however, appear to command godlike powers over Twitter.


Donald Trump: The Final Frontier



State Capture: Quo Vadis ANC?



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