Semenya seals 1,500m bronze, Kenya goes to the polls, and Zuma's fate hangs in balance.
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
“It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.”
As President Jacob Zuma’s fate hangs in the balance, new evidence shows it was not only his son Duduzane, but also his fourth wife and their young son – and by extension he – who benefited from Gupta largesse. The #GuptaLeaks show that millions were paid towards an exclusive property purchase – trashing years of denial. The evidence also suggests that some of the money that found its way to the purchase was the proceeds of bribery, laundered from the UAE.
Semenya takes bronze in the 1,500m at IAAF Worlds
In a brutal race that was fast from the gun, Caster Semenya clinched bronze in the 1,500m to take South Africa’s medal tally at the IAAF World Championships to three. Considering this is not her main event – and how she accelerated over the final stretch – Lynsey Sharp is probably crying already.
Kenya goes to the polls
Kenyans are going to the voting booth today. With Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga currently neck and neck in popularity, questions over whether Kenyans will accept either outcome have emerged. However, in a step to avoid the vicious killings of 2007, both candidates have called for calm today, encouraging voters to vote and then “go home”.
Historic vote looms for South Africa
At home, the impending vote of no confidence now hangs above the country. The now-secret vote should in all likelihood see ANC MPs whipped in order and voting to keep their rotten President in power. However, the vote is anonymous, and when there are no party repercussions for your individual actions, the country will now see whether the ANC’s leaders will vote for their bellies or for their country.
Chicago sues Trump
The city of Chicago filed suit against President Donald Trump and his administration on Monday. The reason for Trump’s latest lawsuit focused on plans by the president to withhold funds from “sanctuary cities” that refused to co-operate with the White House’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. The lawsuit is certainly a first, possibly even for one so well-sued as Trump. For Trump, now spending his 49th day on the golf course since becoming president, all of this is probably slightly less important to him than the halfway house snacks.
The number of no confidence votes Zuma will have faced by the end of today, the 8/8. It will also be his 8th year in power.
FACTS OF THE DAY
Today is International Cat Day. You’ll still love them more than they’ll ever love you, however.
Moscow, London and Helsinki are the only European capitals amongst belligerents in World War II that were not occupied.
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