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While you were sleeping: 3rd March 2017

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While you were sleeping: 3rd March 2017

Trump's attorney general recuses himself over Russiagate, Nintendo Switch goes on sale, and Murray survives epic quarter-final bout at Dubai Championships.

TGIF, 3 March 2017

“Thou shalt not sit with statisticians nor commit a social science.”
WH Auden

 
 

STORY OF THE DAY

ANC in 2017: The year of a shambolic free-for-all

By RANJENI MUNUSAMY

The ANC ought to be in a flat panic about the chaos over the social grants system, considering the impact on its constituency. Or they should be reassuring South Africans that their deployees in government, President Jacob Zuma and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, have a grip on matters and all grants will be paid come April 1. But the ANC is silent on this issue, on the attacks by its youth league on another of their deployees, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and on the aggressive campaigning for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be president. In a year when the ANC should be directing the political agenda, it is paralysed, diminished and full of contradictions. 

 
 
 

Trump’s Attorney-General recuses himself

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late on Thursday that he would recuse himself from any probe into the presidential election. Calls to resign echoed throughout Washington as information emerged that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the US elections. Sessions had earlier testified that he had held zero communications with Russia. “Russiagate”, as it is now being called, is rapidly turning into something more than just Democrat hysteria.

 

Nintendo Switch goes on sale

The Japanese video game console that hopes to rival Playstation and Xbox has gone on sale. Retailing for $299, the Switch is able to be used at home and on the go. Although shipped with just eight games, one of the offerings is a new Zelda, something which gamers are only too eager to get their hands on.

 

Elections on Lesotho’s horizon

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has refused to step down after losing a vote of no confidence on Thursday. Because he refuses to step down, the country is now set to hold elections. In the mountain kingdom, this is no easy prospect, with a string of coups under its belt and an unhealthy reputation for political violence. Mosisili has three months to schedule new elections.

 

Murray survives Dubai crucible

Andy Murray has weathered seven match points to get to the Dubai Championships semi-finals. Defeating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (20/18), 6-1, Murray conceded that this was the longest tiebreak of his entire career, and would probably remain so. He now faces French seventh seed Lucas Pouille.

 
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IN NUMBERS

75

The number of litres of urine found on average in an Olympic-sized public swimming pool.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is Julius Malema’s birthday. The red-clad EFF leader was born in 1981.

The late Bill Paxton is the only actor to have been killed by an Alien, Predator, and a Terminator.

 

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OPINIONISTAS

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A column by ANDREW IHSAAN GASNOLAR

 
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