THE WEEK THAT WAS
Sunday, 20 August
Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe jets out of South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity against her assault case involving a Joburg model.
The 37th SADC Summit concludes in Pretoria and sees South Africa taking over the chair.
Multi award-winning gospel artist Dr Tumi makes history for the genre by filling the 20 000 seat Ticketpro Dome.
Monday, 21 August
Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer warns South Sudan’s inability to pay public servants could worsen the humanitarian crisis in the country.
The triple murder case of Henri van Breda is postponed to September 11 by the Western Cape High Court. A total solar eclipse sweeps across the US for the first time in 99 years. Tuesday, 22 August
ANC presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is chased away from the Marikana koppie where 34 miners were killed in 2012, when she tries to lay a wreath at the site.
Statistics SA releases the report Poverty Trends in South Africa: An examination of absolute poverty between 2006 and 2015. Ford SA issues a safety recall, the third this year, to address a potential fire risk posed by insulation material fitted near the Kuga’s front seatbelts, which could catch fire in the event of a crash.
Wednesday, 23 August
The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services receives a briefing from the Office of the Chief Justice and Judicial Administration first quarter report.
Angola goes to the polls as President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down after 38 years in power.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa takes questions from MPs on a variety of issues, ranging from the so-called witch-hunt against non-conforming ANC members during the no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma to the Guptas and SAA.
Thursday, 24 August
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is appointed chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta asks newly elected Members of Parliament to drop their threat to pass a law to award themselves higher salaries,labelling them greedy.
Dutch authorities arrest a 22-year-old man after a rock concert on Wednesday was cancelled when Spanish police issued an alert. The gig by US band the Allah-Las was due to be held in Rotterdam’s Maassilo. .
Friday, 25 August
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gives the keynote address at the NCOP “Taking Parliament to the People” event in Mangaung, Free State.
A court in South Korea sentences Samsung’s billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption.
Judgment is expected in the assault trial of Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, who allegedly forced Rethabile Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin. It is being delivered in the High Court sitting in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.
STEPPING DOWN: Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power for 38 years.