South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 5 February 2018

By John Stupart 5 February 2018

D-Day looms for Zuma and De Lille, Patriots lose Super Bowl 52 to Eagles, and Tehran closes schools due to pollution.

Monday, 5 February 2018

“A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.”
New York Times, 1936


For the past 23 years, ANC warlord and Free State Premier Ace Magashule has presided over a medieval dead zone, in which his courtiers ran around getting loaded, while the serfs got properly screwed. Now, Ace has re-upped an ancient political paradox: he has risen to become one of the most powerful people in the land, at the same time as his dreadful little fiefdom is coming under unprecedented scrutiny. With President Jacob Zuma’s head on the block, this is the story of a country in transition, about how the balance of power is shifting under the ANC’s new leadership. And how it still has a long way to go.



D-Day looms for Zuma

A meeting has been scheduled today for the ANC’s National Working Committee after what appeared to be an impasse was reached at President Jacob Zuma’s residence in Pretoria. Yesterday’s meeting, and whatever was discussed, triggered the NWC meeting for today. On the agenda must surely be Zuma’s exit, which one way or another seems to be very much on the cards. With the President surviving so many attempts at his removal, however, don’t count your Luthuli House chickens before they leave the bloody Presidency.


Fresh bribery allegations laid against De Lille

Gauteng businessman Anthony Faul has filed an affidavit alleging that Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille demanded a R5-million bribe in exchange for a contract award. Ever defiant, De Lille denied “with contempt” that she ever made the advance on Faul. The DA disagreed, laying charges of bribery and corruption against her. This week is a big one for the ANC, but it may well be a turning point for the DA as well.


Eagles stun Patriots for Super Bowl victory

The Philadelphia Eagles have scraped a victory against the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 52. Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady was sacked in the last minutes of the fourth quarter. A fumble and Eagles recovery later, and Philadelphia had achieved victory from the jaws of defeat. Justin Timberlake dominated the half-time show with a touching tribute to Prince.


Pollution closes Tehran schools

A thick fog of polluted air will shut down schools in Iran’s capital today. Low rainfall and the onset of temperature inversion has caused pollution concentrations to reach 144 microgrammes. The World Health Organisation’s accepted maximum is just 25. Along with the school closures, traffic limits will be imposed throughout the city.




The rough number of newly identified Mayan ruins discovered in Guatemala.



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"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." ~ Thomas Paine