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2016-07-19 20:41


At the SABC a slow-motion train crash saw eight journalists being fired while their suspension hearings were underway and senior African National Congress leaders come out in support of the Icasa ruling that the public broadcaster rescind its editorial policy banning video of violent service delivery protests.

READ: SABC 8 have all been fired

Gugu Zulu death

South African rally champ Gugu Zulu died unexpectedly while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro for a Mandela Day tribute. Watch as readers mourn the race driver.

WATCH: Reader honours Gugu Zulu in this awesome video

Nice attacks

Nice in France was the scene of pandemonium and fear as fruit loop Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel rammed his 19-ton truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people, including children and leaving scores injured in hospital.

READ: Nice massacre: Attacker took selfie in 19-ton killer truck

Election violence

With just days to the local government elections, KwaZulu-Natal has emerged as a hotbed of violence with a number of African National Congress officials being killed. Experts are not sure whether the violence is inter- or intra-party, but are convinced that it is set to continue as long as candidates are imposed on communities.

READ: KZN political killings will continue if ANC doesn't stop imposing candidates - analyst

According to a News24 poll, 83% of the electoral is sure of their vote.

Turkey coup

Turkey reached near boiling point when an attempted coup rattled the ruling establishment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As Turks responded to a call to reject the generals, thousands of soldiers were unceremoniously rounded up and Erdogan has mooted the death penalty for the plotters.

READ: Turkey PM: 161 dead in coup bid, almost 3 000 held

Terror twins

Twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, accused of terrorism for allegedly conspiring to attack the US Embassy and “Jewish Institutions” had their day in court, only to have their case postponed because they have new lawyers.

READ: Mom of terror-accused twins in tears after hearing they will stay behind bars

WATCH: Thulsie twins in custody, hearing postponed

Massive VAT fraud

In what must count as one of the biggest fraud cases, Johan van Staden was found guilty of VAT fraud amounting to a whopping R250m – that’s million – and despite wiping tears from his face in court, he used the money to live large with game farms, luxury cars and an aeroplane.

READ: VAT fraudster's R250m loot could've fed 714 000 kids for a month

Capitalism works

Financial writer Chris Hattingh writes that capitalism differs from other economic systems because it removes forces from the human interaction dynamic. Find out how capitalism creates wealth that is always in flux.

READ: Chris Hattingh: Capitalism – the only moral economic system

Cricketers ordered to come home

Cricket SA rained on the game of AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn by ordering them home from the Caribbean to attend the CSA Awards ceremony in Johannesburg.

READ: Proteas trio called home by CSA

Kim beats Tay Tay down

Kim Kardashian took down Taylor Swift with an almighty nuke, exposing Tay Tay’s for saying she never heard about Kanye West’s song about her.

READ: The one thing about Kim’s epic Taylor-takedown we can’t ignore

Sex tourism

And finally, despite the doom and gloom, sex tourism in Africa is on the increase, but not the way you think: European women are choosing African men for their services in a largely open secret on the continent’s beach scene.

READ: Sex tourism in Africa: European women who pay for sex with locals

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