While you were sleeping: 9 May 2017

By John Stupart 9 May 2017

N12 protests continue into the night, South Koreans go to the polls, and earthquake hits southern Japan.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

“Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”
Pete Conrad, third man on the moon



Succession Chronicles: Marikana, Ramaphosa’s cross


Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that he’s willing to go to Marikana, where he’s faced blame for his involvement in the 2012 massacre. He was speaking while President Jacob Zuma avoided hostility in Vuwani. Confronting his political demons could help Ramaphosa’s ANC election campaign, based on accountability and integrity, but the victims of Marikana want justice rather than gestures. 


Protesters block N12, Eldorado Park on knife edge

Day-long protests and barricades on the N12 have left the highway closed overnight, with Eldorado Park residents in a volatile mood. Locals are protesting lack of service delivery, among a host of other issues. With petrol bombs undoubtedly being prepared for Tuesday, Herman Mashaba may have found his first real test in governance.


Six killed in Mogadishu blast

Al-Shabaab has taken the blame for a car bomb near a popular cafe in Mogadishu that killed six and wounded 10. Officials are unsure whether the attack, which was mounted late on Monday, was a suicide bomber or a parked, remotely detonated vehicle.


Koreans go to the polls

South Korea has begun its voting to replace ousted and disgraced Park Geun-Hye. Left-leaning human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In appeared to be commanding a significant lead over rivals. As Dear Leader in Pyongyang ramps up a volatile military rhetoric, all eyes will be on the new leader to take charge of very turbulent political waters.


Earthquake hits southern Japan

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Japan after beginning in the ocean near Miyako, Okinawa. Although no tsunami warning has been issued, locals are on a knife edge in the event of aftershocks. No casualties were reported thus far.




Belphegor’s prime number. Named such because of the palindromic 666 in the centre.



Today in 1974 formal impeaching proceedings are launched against President Richard Nixon.

The Vietnam War in Vietnam is known as the American War.





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