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While you were sleeping: 13 April 2018

By John Stupart 13 April 2018

Comey lambasts Trump in new memoir, White House mull return to critical treaty, and Sabbatini surges to the fore.

TGIF, 13 April 2018

“’Normal’ is a dryer setting.” 
Elizabeth Moon



amaBhungane: Nkonki CEO resigns after we expose Gupta fronting deal

By Susan Comrie & Stefaans Brümmer for AMABHUNGANE.

Nkonki Inc chief executive Mitesh Patel resigned this week after amaBhungane revealed that his R107-million “management buyout” of the pioneering black auditing firm 18 months ago was funded by Gupta lieutenant Salim Essa. 



White House slams Comey memoir

Former FBI director James Comey has revealed in his new book that Donald Trump acts as a “mob boss”. The president demanded absolute loyalty and habitually lied, according to Comey. In addition, the former director claimed that Trump saw the entire world aligned against him. In this regard, he might actually be correct. The White House has branded Comey a liar, hoping to dilute the impact of his impending book release. Comey, however, maintains a positive reputation among both sides in Washington.


Trump mulls a return to Pacific trade-pact

As a trade war rages between China and the United States, President Trump took a break from railing against his scandal avalanche to direct his aides to examine a potential return to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump had famously criticised the treaty, withdrawing from it soon after taking office. As Trump is wont to indulge in a good bout of contradiction, a US return to the treaty is neither shocking for this White House nor, at this point, as embarrassing as it may have been under another president.


Alcohol limit guidelines may be incorrect

A study published in the Lancet medical journal has revealed that many guidelines on safe limits of alcohol consumption might be incorrect. Regularly drinking more than 100g of alcohol a week leads to a shorter lifespan, it claimed. This equated to roughly six glasses of wine or the same number of pints of beer. If you have a reputation for smashin’ kegs, expect to live a few years shorter than everyone else. But then, you may already have known this.


Sabbatini surges ahead at the RBS Heritage

Rory Sabbatini has scored a seven-under 64 to gain the lead after the first round at the RBC Heritage. Playing at the Harbour Town Golf Links course, Sabbatini did not score a single bogey, managing seven birdies in total.




The number of years The Flintstones was the most profitable cartoon show, until it was unseated by The Simpsons.



Today in 1964 Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American man to win an Academy Award.

According to traditional lore, vampires could not see themselvesin mirrors due to older mirrors having silver in them.




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Want to watch Richard Poplak’s audition for SA’s Got Talent?

Who doesn’t? Alas, it was removed by the host site for prolific swearing*... Now that we’ve got your attention, we thought we’d take the opportunity to talk to you about the small matter of book burning and freedom of speech.

Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.

*No video of Richard Poplak auditioning for SA’s Got Talent actually exists. Unless it does and we don’t know about it please send it through.

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Bitter Harvest: Farm evictions sow the seeds of discontent

By Leila Dougan and Suné Payne

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t." ~ Erica Jong