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While you were sleeping: 20 March 2017



While you were sleeping: 20 March 2017

Paris attacker's motives investigated, World Bank reveals major African funding, and Vera Lynn drops album at 100.

Monday, 20 March 2017

“What magic are you who dies and still lives on?”
Lebo Mashile


“Accountability is a central value of the Constitution. This judgment is the judicial part of that accounting.” Friday’s Constitutional Court judgment not only rescued South Africa’s grant beneficiaries and put Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in its place, it opened a new avenue for political accountability. The court had to push “at its limits” of its powers due to the “exceptional circumstances” and “a national crisis”. It found Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini “responsible for the crisis”, but did not refer her to President Jacob Zuma or Parliament to be held accountable. Dlamini is effectively under supervision of the Constitutional Court while Zuma is suddenly intervening – after another non apology.


Paris attacker’s motive examined

The attacker at Orly Airport in France on Saturday has been found to have had cocaine, cannabis and alcohol in his system. Investigators were working to determine 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem’s motives. Belgacem had held a soldier at gunpoint in the airport. The quick-thinking hostage dropped to her knees, allowing two colleagues an opportunity to shoot Belgacem.


World Bank announces major funding

The World Bank has revealed that $57-billion has been allocated for the financing of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa; 448 projects spanning all manner of fields will be targeted for World Bank grants or interest-free loans. In the wake of a major US drawdown in foreign aid, the World Bank appeared to be stepping into the breach.


Bush’s portraits top bestsellers

A collection of portraits by former president George W Bush has topped the New York Times bestseller list. “A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” is a collection of 66 portraits of wounded or traumatised soldiers who became so under Bush’s orders.


Vera Lynn turns 100, releases album

Legendary World War ll singer Vera Lynn turned 100 today. In celebration, Britain has beamed Lynn’s portrait on to Dover’s white cliffs. In addition, Lynn has dropped an album, the first person to do so at her age. “Vera Lynn 100” should be available by the time you read this.




The percentage of millionaires who do not consider themselves wealthy.



Today is World Sparrow Day. Game of Thrones fans should be doubly joyous.

The US government requires all homoeopathy “treatments” to specifically state that they do not work.




We must defend our priceless democracy

A column by JAY NAIDOO


Net1 and BEE deals: A gift that keeps on giving



Press freedom in a time of rising authoritarianism



From the Inside: Lessons from Singapore

A column by HELEN ZILLE


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