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  • Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 19/05/2014
    Posted by on May 19th, 2014

    Zuma’s nephew swimming in oil billions. Khulubuse Zuma, whose uncle is President Jacob Zuma, owns an oil fortune of R100bn in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC ) which he allegedly acquired through the help of his uncle. An investigation has found that the president played a vital role in the decision by DRC President Joseph Kabila to award two oil fields in the northeast of his country to Khulubuse in 2010. Not corrupt at all hey. [FIN24]

    Price war between South Africa’s mobile operators intensifies as CELL C cuts its prepaid rate from 99c to 66c a minute [Business Day LIVE]

    Fiery former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has been described by her colleagues, allies and enemies as a monster who always wanted to have her way. A former DA leader in KwaZulu-Natal said that, while he never worked closely with Mazibuko, she was viewed as the DA’s own Julius Malema [iol]

    Winners list at the Billboard Music Awards 2014 [Billboard]

    New book says missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might have been shot down by mistake during a military operation [News.com.au]

    DA leader Helen Zille said on Sunday that claims she had reportedly said she’d “made” Lindiwe Mazibuko and had on several occasions “saved” her, are a concoction of leaks. Zille said in a newsletter on the DA’s website that the Sunday Times story was misleadingly designed to make it appear as if it is based on a public attack by her against Mazibuko.  [News24]

    Vodacom to buy Neotel for R7 billion [MyBroadband]

    Arsenal win FA Cup. Manager Arsene Wenger celebrates with new three-year contract. Frenchman will enter a third decade at Arsenal and be given £100m transfer kitty after agreeing a deal until 2017 worth £7.5 million a year [Telegraph]

    U.S. joins five West African nations, France and the U.K. on Saturday to coordinate a multistate crackdown on Boko Haram, the extremist Islamist group that abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month [TIME]

    Viral video of mob justice axe attack by alleged ANC supporters that wasreported to have been made on election day in Alexandra has been investigated by police and found to actually have occured on February 17. Three people have been arrested. [TimesLIVE]

    Marikana Commission: All for nought? The Marikana Commission has just over 30 working days left until it is to wrap up on 31 July, and it has suddenly descended into a penalty shootout situation. Still to come are some two dozen police witnesses, ANC deputy president and mining magnate Cyril Ramaphosa, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the secret police informer, Mr X. [Daily Maverick]

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