South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 1 November 2017

By John Stupart 1 November 2017

Manhattan terror attack kills 8, Trump vows action, and New Zealand to block house-buying for foreigners.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

“I shall go to (the town of) Worms, though there be as many devils as tiles on the roofs!”
Martin Luther

 
 

With the threat of the possible issue of a subpoena hanging over her head, Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini attended Tuesday’s joint sitting of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and the portfolio committee on social development. SAPO CEO Mark Barnes told committee members that the Post Office fulfilled 97% of requirements to take over the payment of social grants next year. But the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Dlamini disagree. Scopa has instructed officials from both institutions to talk through the night if needs be to come up with a solution before a late-night sitting on Wednesday. 

 
 
 

Shooting erupts in downtown Manhattan

At least eight people have been killed and 11 have been hurt in a vehicle ramming in Manhattan, New York. Police are holding a suspect, Sayfullo Saipov ,who  was shot and arrested at the scene. The suspect was driving a white pick-up, and media images showed a heavily damaged vehicle at the crime scene. A note referring to Islamic State was found inside the vehicle, along with a paintball and pellet gun.

 

Trump denounces attack, vows action

Several hours after the deadly Halloween attack, President Donald Trump condemned the attack, stating that the US “must not allow Isis to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” In addition to tragically misunderstanding the result of America’s wars on terror in the near and Middle East, Trump also vowed to ramp up “extreme vetting” in the United States. Saipov immigrated to Florida in 2010.

 

Westminster the focus of sexual assault scandal

A Labour activist has accused party members of raping her, it emerged on Tuesday. Bex Bailey told the BBC that she had been raped at a party in 2011 by Labour party members. Bailey said she had not reported it after consulting with a senior party member, who told her not to do so. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to launch an independent investigation.

 

No foreign buyers in New Zealand

Gird your Kiwi loins! New Zealand has other plans for you. Those wishing to seek “greener” pastures in the land of sheep and mortal rugby enemies may soon be unable to purchase a house. New Zealand’s government on Tuesday reiterated its intention to prevent foreigners from buying houses in order to drive down demand and decrease property prices. Cape Town, it seems, is not following suit any time soon.

 
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The number of ATMs in Antarctica.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today is World Vegan Day. Have no doubt that a local vegan will remind you. Constantly.

The Vatican actually employs a Devil’s Advocate to argue against the canonisation of new saints. Christopher Hitchens was the Devil’s Advocate for Mother Teresa.

 

 

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South Africa is in a very real battle. A political fight where terms such as truth and democracy can seem more of a suggestion as opposed to a necessity.

On one side of the battle are those openly willing to undermine the sovereignty of a democratic society, completely disregarding the weight and power of the oaths declared when they took office. If their mission was to decrease society’s trust in government - mission accomplished.

And on the other side are those who believe in the ethos of a country whose constitution was once declared the most progressive in the world. The hope that truth, justice and accountability in politics, business and society is not simply fairy tale dust sprinkled in great electoral speeches; but rather a cause that needs to be intentionally acted upon every day.

However, it would be an offensive oversight not to acknowledge that right there on the front lines, alongside whistleblowers and civil society, stand the journalists. Armed with only their determination to inform society and defend the truth, caught in the crossfire of shots fired from both sides.

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