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First Thing with John Stupart

Thursday, 24th December

“I have not yet heard a policy from any political party in this country that has not been tested and tried and failed
- Iraj Abedian, speaking the Daily Maverick Gathering

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What you read: May & June 2015

The Gathering 2015: Mashatile distances ANC from Nkandla spending.
Powerful ANC Gauteng chair Paul Mashatile has put clear blue water between his party and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report on the spending at Nkandla. Mashatile’s surprise announcement was made at the
Daily Maverick’s The Gathering conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, in the course of a wide-ranging discussion with DA leader Mmusi Maimane and unionist Zwelinzima Vavi. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Mogoeng Mogoeng, al-Bashir, and the rule of law in South Africa.
On Monday, South Africa saw what may just be a big, blaring signal that the government does not intend to comply with its own laws. It was this: three judges on a court bench, being led down the garden path regarding whether Sudanese leader/
dictator/ president/ man with the most guns, Omar al-Bashir, was still in the country. In the end, inevitably, he left – and it appears our government contravened a court order. On Wednesday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng appeared in public. What do
you think he was asked? By STEPHEN GROOTES

Puppets on
a string: Firepool, fence technology, free running chicken, theFBI and Fifa

Of course President Jacob Zuma was never going to pay back the money. It was just a matter of how he would wriggle out of doing so. He roped in the services of a hapless henchman, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Nhleko perspired and mumbled his
way through a 51-page document that can best be described as an assault on human intelligence to excuse his boss from paying for upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. On the other side of the country, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was sticking his wet
finger in the FBI’s ear to dispute South Africa’s involvement in the Fifa World Cup bribery allegations. Class acts these, and no doubt pleasing to the chief joker himself. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY
New documents allege Mugabe’s complicity in 1980s massacres
Thousands of historical documents are becoming available in a raft of foreign archival collections. The documents are wide-ranging and allege what survivors and scholars have always suspected but never been able to
validate: Robert Mugabe, then Prime Minister, was the prime architect of Matabeleland's mass killings that were well-planned and systematically executed. By STUART DORAN.

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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.
India says closing in on Westinghouse deal to build 6 nuclear

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.
Cricket: England tour a big income boost for South

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.
In Case You Missed It
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 &

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.
Irvin Jim: A small and insignificant march – a false step for the working

It is not by accident that the black and African working class largely boycotted these marches, which the organisers and
their largely white middle class choir simply put down to their lack of education and ignorance but a conscious political understanding.
Ivo Vegter: Sugar: Don’t be a Grinch this festive

Go to any children’s party, and you’ll hear that the kids are bouncing off the walls because they get to pig out on
sugar, and sugar is toxic. Some parents will even forbid their children from partaking in the sugary treats.
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