THEWEEKTHATWAS

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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.

MON­DAY

■ 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.

TUES­DAY

■ 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.

WED­NES­DAY

■ 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.

THURS­DAY

■ 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.

FRI­DAY

■ 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.

PIC­TURE: BOXER NG­WENYA

Ipid boss Robert McBride

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