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  • Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 04/11/2013
    Posted by on Nov 4th, 2013

    1500 works of art stolen by Nazis and worth over $1 billion has been discovered in a squalid Munich flat. Seized by the Nazis in the 1930s, the paintings were found hidden behind tins of rotting food in a shabby flat including works by Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Chagall. The artworks were found by chance when the tax authorities investigated Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of an art dealer in Munich. He was suspected of tax evasion, and investigators obtained a search warrant for his home in Munich. [BBC]

    A company linked to Duduzane Zuma, the son of President Jacob Zuma, and the Gupta family has been mining illegally under the noses of government authorities for three years.  The company, Idwala Coal, has diverted a public road and a river, mined without a water licence, destroyed a wetland and allegedly owes millions to sub-contractors [TimesLIVE]

    Justin Bieber bust leaving a Brazilian brothel [Gawker]

    The SA government’s Anti-Corruption Task Team is currently investigating 791 people for corruption [TimesLIVE]

    Anger at ‘white male only’ ad on Gumtree. The job advert, placed on Gumtree by Quest Recruitment Agency on behalf of a cellphone business, has kicked up a storm of protest, with the agency finding itself fielding accusations of racism [IOL]

    Dali Mpofu dumps ANC … joins EFF after 33 years as devoted cadre [City Press]

    Former US president Jimmy Carter has said he once almost punched former South African president Thabo Mbeki during a heated argument of the latter’s lack of an HIV/Aids treatment plan. [News24]

    A wedding convoy in Nigeria’s Borno state was attacked suspected Islamic militants who killed over 30 people, including the groom [Yahoo News]

    The FW de Klerk Foundation says it covered Glynnis Breytenbach’s defence fees to “promote and defend the Constitution, and rule of law.” [Mail & Guardian]

    What Happens When You Dress As A Boston Marathon Victim And Post It On Twitter [Buzzfeed]

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