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Monday, 28th December


"I’d like to retire from active politics at the next election. I’ll be 57. A cottage by the sea, with the waves lapping would be
wonderful. I love the sea."
- Jacob Zuma, speaking in 1994



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What you read: July & August 2015


When judges of the land said Enough! to the ANC
It's not often that judges give press conferences. When they do, it's usually under the auspices of the Judicial Service Commission. Occasionally, something happens that requires a brief question and answer session with the Chief Justice.
So it is probably unprecedented in the history of our country, before and after 1994, that the Chief Justice, his deputy, and all the heads of courts hold a press conference. With all of those judges in one room, adding their judicial
weight to what's being said. History is being made here: judges are hitting back at the government, and they are absolutely furious. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Ivo Vegter: Cecil the Lion: Lessons in misplaced outrage
The allegedly illegal hunt of a lion lured from the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe sparked international outrage and ruined the life of the hunter, a dentist from Minnesota named
Walter Palmer. But such singular hatred about such a multi-faceted issue is largely misplaced.
Op-Ed: Grahamstown – great festival, shame about the place
The Grahamstown Festival, a worldwide phenomenon which celebrates its 41st birthday this year, is as good as it ever needs to be but the same cannot be said forthe badly maintained town
of Grahamstown and the performance of the Makana Municipality. By NIKI MOORE.
Zuma: The president who knows too little
The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to have finally let go of the idea that PresidentJacob Zuma will tell the National Assembly about his repayment plans for Nkandla. But forget Nkandla for a moment, and forget
Omar al-Bashir. The most troubling thing to come out of Thursday’s parliamentary Q&A with President Jacob Zuma was surely his professed lack of knowledge about no less than three high-profile South African issues.
By REBECCA DAVIS.
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Iraqi army declares victory over Islamic State in
Ramadi

Iraq's army said on Sunday it had defeated Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad, the first major victory for the
U.S.-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. By Ahmed Rasheed for Reuters.
As Central Africans prepare to vote, major challenges still
loom

As General Bala Keita, the military head of Central African Republic's U.N. peacekeeping mission, fended off militia attacks on a polling station
in a besieged Muslim enclave in the capital Bangui earlier this month, he was surprisingly optimistic. It certainly wasn't an auspicious start to a constitutional referendum meant to pave the way for pivotal general elections. But amid the machine
gun fire and incoming rocket-propelled grenades, the battle-tested Senegalese officer saw hope. By Crispin Dembassa-Kette and Joe Bavier for Reuters.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi: The trial: The church on the cross
If the government wants to collect taxes from churches and other religious bodies let it be, many governments in the world do so. It can treat
them as donation tax and get on with it. It must not pretend and overstep its authority by investigating doctrinal questions as a way to arrive at tax collection.
In Case You Missed It
Pope, on Christmas, urges return to essential
values

Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Thursday, urging those "intoxicated" by possessions and superficial
appearances to return to the essential values of life. By Philip Pullella for Reuters.
Video: Evita's Free Speech - Christmas Edition
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has committed herself to broadcasting a Sunday recap of the week's news, with the accent on Free Speech. Here's the Christmas 2015 Edition. By PIETER-DIRK UYS.
Cricket: England tour a big income boost for South
Africa

The Barmy Army are bringing much more than just their thirst and their songs to the test cricket arena in South Africa over the next month: an
expected 10,000 visitors also provide a marked income boost for the sport, says South African cricket supremo Haroon Lorgat. By Mark Gleeson for Reuters.
India says closing in on Westinghouse deal to build 6 nuclear
reactors

India expects to seal a contract with Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to build six nuclear reactors in the first half of next year, a senior
government official said, in a sign its $150 billion dollar nuclear power programme is getting off the ground. By Sanjeev Miglani and Paritosh Bansal for Reuters.
COP21 and South Africa’s impending Coal Cliff
The real impact of the Paris conference will be on the South African coal mining industry, on which we are heavily dependent. Simply put: new
investments in coal mining, in a post-COP21 context of over-supply and declining prices, don’t make any sense. By DIRK DE VOS.
SA vs England Test series preview: Five key
battles

The much anticipated four-match Test series between South Africa and England kicks off in Durban on Boxing Day. On paper, it promises to be a
tight affair, but South Africa have a few questions they need to answer before they get going. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five key battles that lie ahead.
FIFA ethics committee unlikely to stop at Blatter &
Platini

Largely anonymous, lacking police powers and with its independence sometimes questioned, FIFA's ethics committee has often struggled to be taken
seriously in the fight against corruption in soccer's world body. By Reuters.
Frail but unapologetic, Blatter vows "I'll be
back"

He was introduced as "the elected president of FIFA" but the Sepp Blatter who sat in front of reporters on Monday, shortly after receiving an
eight-year ban from soccer, appeared very different to the confident man who had led the sport's global governing body for 17 years. By Simon Evans for Reuters.
Burkina Fasso issues warrant for ex-leader Compaore over Sankara
murder

Burkina Faso has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted leader Blaise Compaore in connection with the murder of former president Thomas
Sankara nearly 30 years ago, judicial sources said on Monday. By Nadoun Coulibaly and Mathieu Bonkougou for Reuters.
Moody's sees Brazil 'perfect storm', vows patience on South
Africa

Moody's is likely to follow Standard & Poor's and Fitch in cutting Brazil's credit rating to non-investment grade, its top sovereign analyst
said in a Reuters interview, but the agency plans to take its time over a potential downgrade of South Africa. By Marc Jones for REUTERS.
FIFA: Blatter and Platini banned for eight
years

FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini were both banned from soccer for eight years on Monday for ethics violations, leaving the
global game leaderless as it fights a swirl of corruption cases. By Simon Evans for REUTERS.
Video: Evita's Free Speech - Episode 11
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