Friday’s biggest stories – all in one place

2016-06-10 21:59

Two big racism stories that grabbed headlines earlier this year had outcomes at the Equality Court and the SA Human Rights Commission. Penny Sparrow, who wrote an offensive Facebook post about black people on Durban beaches on News Years Day, was ordered to pay a R150 000 fine. Capetonian Matthew Theunissen, who wrote a post complaining about Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s international sporting ban over lack of transformation, was ordered to do sports community service.

Some party leaders participated in the 2016 edition of Daily Maverick's The Gathering in Midrand, an annual event where politicians are interviewed by journalists.

Speaking at the event, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said coalitions were not out of the question and may be discussed after the elections.

Judgment was reserved in the spy tapes case and the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled that denying the media access to the Nkandla disciplinary inquiry was wrong.

In finance:

MTN shares have risen after the company said it will pay R24.94bn to the Nigerian government to settle a fine.


South Africa’s top five banks have responded to a Fin24 query regarding MMM banking activity.

In sport:

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has hit back at threats from the ANC Youth League to disrupt Test matches in the upcoming series against Ireland.

There are, arguably, more similarities than there are differences when you examine the respective lead-up days in early winter of Heyneke Meyer (2012) and Allister Coetzee (2016) to their first Test matches in charge of the Springboks, Rob Houwing writes.

In entertainment:

American president Barack Obama is a legend and probably the coolest president we’ve ever seen. On Thursday night he proved once again why he is the king of the mic drop. Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and nailed the Slow Jam the News segment on the late night talk show. After singing Rihanna’s Work song, Obama ended the TV appearance with a tongue-in-cheek reference aimed at fake tan fan, Donald Trump: “Orange is not the new black”.

At the movies:

The second instalment of the American supernatural horror flick, The Conjuring hits cinemas this weekend. Ed and Lorraine Warren leave retirement to travel to London to help a single mother who believes her house is haunted. If horrors aren’t your thing, Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford star in a true life journo flick, Daniel Radcliffe is an evil magician and The World of Warcraft comes to life. 

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