Monday, 09 November 2009 | Week #46 | Day #313 | Days Remaining in 2009: 52
Malema on Nedbank: Oops, My Bad
ANC Youth League President Julius Malema has been forced to back down from his threat of a boycott against Nedbank and admit that he had it all wrong. The bank’s decision to withdraw its sponsorship of Athletics SA (ASA) had nothing to do with the Caster Semenya debacle and was made in July, a month before the controversy over the athlete broke in the wake of the world athletics championships in Berlin.
It followed nine months of talks between the bank and the ASA over the organisation’s performance in organising road running. Moreover, the bank funds only road running – not the category to which Semenya belongs, namely track and field. (IOL)
Oh, Julius. You continue to provide a breath of fresh air in the SA political swamp. I still think though that you need to call for a boycott of the anagram writers who discovered that Caster Semenya is an anagram for “Yes,a secret man”!
The Chinese Are Coming!
China has strengthened its influence on the African continent, by pledging ten-billion dollars worth of loans, over the next three years.
Premier Wen Jiabao told a conference on China-Africa Cooperation at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that China will also cancel or relieve the debts of 31 African nations. While ten billion dollars over three years is not a huge amount, it does nonetheless signal a firm Chinese commitment to the African continent. (Radio Australia)
Or is there something more sinister going on, JoBra wonders? Been noticing a lot of Chinese script and the word “Sino” all over parts of Jozi, including the CBD and in the Sandton area recently. Is this a bit of a silent invasion? And how do you say “Howzit my broer?” in Chinese?
Shoot To Kill Policy Gets Serious
Limpopo police shot and killed seven armed men during an attempted robbery at a security warehouse in Polokwane on Saturday morning. The men were caught in the early hours of the morning while attempting to rob a Protea Coin Group cash depot in Nirvana.
It is alleged that they opened fire on police resulting in a violent shootout that left all seven suspects dead. None of the police officers and security guards involved in the shootout were injured.
ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived, they found seven bodies scattered across the scene. All of them had gunshot wounds and were declared dead on the scene.
National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele has commended police for “swift and efficient action”. He said police were slowly beginning to turn the tables on criminals. (The Citizen)
Who needs a reinstatement of the death penalty when the cops are getting trigger-happy like this? I reckon it’s a good thing all personally, but would hate to be in the “wrong place at the wrong time, in the wrong colour vehicle… Mind you, as the next story proves, sometimes the garbage gets it all wrong by themselves…
What A Prick!
An armed robber who attacked 12 people in a house in Queenswood, Pretoria, and threatened to shoot them "one by one", shot his own penis off with his stolen firearm.
Another robber was shot dead on the scene.
The injured robber had hidden the firearm in the front of his trousers. When he removed the weapon, a shot went off by accident, hitting him in the groin.
According to an informed source at the scene, this robber’s injury was so severe that doctors would not have been able to re-attach his penis. (News24)
Hahahahahaha. Boy, is he ever going to be some big guys’ bitch in prison 🙂
And In Other News…
- Minister’s nephew tries to pull strings: A nephew of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga tried to talk himself out of being arrested, hoping his family connections to the politician would convince police to let him off. But metro police arrested him and a friend. At 6.30am the 22-year-old was stopped in Leondale, east of Johannesburg, by Ekuhruleni Metro Police who noticed that his silver VW polo was overloaded with four women and three men. (Times Live)
- Fears of anti-Muslim ‘backlash’: US army chief of staff George Casey on Sunday warned deadly shootings at Fort Hood could prompt a backlash against Muslim soldiers, undermining diversity needed to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (News24)
- Scores die in El Salvador floods: At least 124 people have been killed in El Salvador by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rain, the government says. President Mauricio Funes has declared a national emergency, describing the damages as "incalculable". The capital San Salvador and central San Vicente province were the hardest-hit regions, officials say. (BBC News)
Jozi Weather This Week
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