THE WEEK THAT WAS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
■ Stephen Paddock, 64, a retired accountant, opens fire on revellers at a music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, in the US, killing 59 people and injuring close to 500.
■ The movement pressing for Catalonia’s secession from Spain gains traction in a violence-marred referendum.
■ Former National Football League star OJ Simpson, 70, is released on parole after serving nine years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping.
■ ANC councillor Nkosinathi Ngcobo is shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home in the Harry Gwala region in KwaZulu-Natal.
■ The SABC confirms that a meeting took place between its staffers and the Presidency in Pretoria.
■ The case against Robert McBride, the head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), is postponed once more in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
■ The DA suspends Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and the MMC for safety, security and social services, JP Smith, from all party activity. De Lille’s position, however, remains unaffected.
■ Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visits the Marikana informal settlement in the Western Cape where gang-related violence has claimed 18 lives.
■ Ugandan government forces attack the homes of two MPs with stun grenades in a bid to intimidate them to allow President Yoweri Museveni a third term in power. The police, however, deny this claim.
■ Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Tehran in a bid to discuss a possible joint response against a Kurdish attempt at secession.
■ National Freedom Party deputy leader Alex Kekana says he and party leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi have buried the hatchet and will cease all court battles.
■ In commemorating the birth centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SA Reserve Bank (Sarb), is producing a R5 circulation coin and a series of collectible coins under the theme, Freedom, Democracy and Culture, a Sarb statement says.
■ World Teachers’ Day is observed around the globe.
■ Renowned poet and activist Mongane Wally Serote delivers the third annual Mafika Gwala Lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College Theatre.
■ Auditing firm KPMG appears before Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts to answer questions involving the firm’s allegedly dodgy dealings.
■ The North Gauteng High Court will rule on whether lobby group AfriForum and model Gabriella Engels can have a review against International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, diplomatic immunity. Mugabe has denied claims that she attacked Engels with an extension cable in a Sandton hotel room in August.
■ The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a group which goes by the acronym ICAN, wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
■ After their matter is postponed on Thursday, Cyril Madonsela and Thulani Mdaka reappear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court and are expected to plead to the charges against them. The charges stem from an incident of assault involving the former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana.
Ipid boss Robert McBride