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  • Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 28/07/2014
    Posted by on Jul 28th, 2014

    25% of SA cops failed gun test. Nearly a quarter of the police officers required to carry a firearm are not competent to do so because they failed the test, says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Also, more than 900 officers – 281 from the Western Cape – were charged in the past four years with helping detainees escape [Cape Times]

    The United Nations Security Council has called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza following an emergency session in New York [Sky News]

    Banks involved in “R699 news car’ scam deny reckless lending [iol]

    The Springbok Sevens defeated four times champions New Zealand 17-12 in front of a capacity crowd at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow to win a historic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday [Sport 24]

    Ebola outbreak panic spreads. Nigerian health authorities are racing to stop the spread of the flesh-eating Ebola virus after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases carried it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people [News.au]

    Nearly R50 million has been paid out to the about 400 public servants who are currently on paid suspensions [Sowetan]

    Malema threatens to shut down Joburg businesses. Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is planning a mass action big enough to shut down businesses in Johannesburg when his supporters return to protest against the ban on overalls in the Gauteng legislature [News24]

    ANC heavyweight involved in R1.4 billion corruption scandal involving kickbacks. The freezing order of R1.4-billion is the biggest ever obtained by the NPA asset forfeiture unit. Brian Hlongwa – provincial health minister at the time – received millions from associates who were in business with his department [Mail & Guardian]

    Nineteen members of President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet – including the president himself – have private business interests.According to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), just more than a quarter of Zuma’s 72-member Cabinet are directors of active companies [City Press]

    A man in the US has filed a malpractice suit against doctors he says removed his penis without his consent during a circumcision [TimesLIVE]

    Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali has won the 2014 Tour de France [BBC]

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