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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 02/09/2013
Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2013

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South Africa’s Greg Minnaar crowned downhill champion at UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2013 [Velo News]

Nelson Mandela returns home after being in hospital since June 8. Mandela’s home had been reconfigured to ensure he received the correct intensive care, and the same staff who had been at the hospital would care for him at home. [News24]

US attack on Syria delayed after surprise U-turn from Obama. President insists the US should take military action against Assad but says he will seek the authorisation of Congress first [Guardian]

Businessman and tax rebel Dave King has agreed to pay R706.7m to the South African Revenue Service (Sars) after the NPA spent 11 years trying to prosecute him [Moneyweb]

Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid for €100 million and talks for Kaka to move to AC Milan wrap up [Telegraph]

Gauteng police boss fired on day of appointment. Haaaahaha. National police commissioner Riah Phiyega failed to do a background check on Major-General Bethuel Mondli Zuma before appointing him as Gauteng’s police commissioner.  His appointment was withdrawn several hours later after Phiyega learnt that Zuma had criminal investigations against him [iol]

A former ANN7 ( Gupta-TV) employee says he fears for his life after turning down a severance package and was threatened by an alleged ANN7 bodyguard [Mail & Guardian]

US drug enforcement agents had access to and used a vast database of phone data containing the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls, eclipsing the N.S.A.’s controversial collection of phone logs [NY Times]

Pilot abused his position at British Airways to molest hundreds of girls at African orphanages while claiming he was doing charity work [Mail Online]

Spring on hold as floods, snow and cold grip SA [Sunday Times]

British broadcaster David Frost, a master of the television interview, famed for coaxing an apology for Watergate from Richard Nixon, has died. [Daily Maverick]

SA parents send kids to cheaper Russian universities [City Press]

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