Things that happened this week

This week saw us coming together as a nation to watch what was meant to be a peaceful opening of parliament. But SONA wasn’t the only big news of the week. This is what moved South Africa.

Local News

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A man was shot and killed in front of his wife and two children during a hijacking in Benoni, on the East Rand.
Read more: Hijacked man killed in front of family

NationalNews

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EFF leader Julius Malema exits parliament after his party were ordered to leave during State of the Nation address in Cape Town, 12 February 2015. Picture: Refilwe Modise

President Jacob Zuma’s eighth state-of-the-nation address was interrupted by EFF and DA MPs.
Read more: EFF interrupts Zuma at opening of Parliament

Africa news

FILE PICTURE: A herd of elephants. (Photo by Gallo Images / GO! / Toast Coetzer)

FILE PICTURE: A herd of elephants. (Photo by Gallo Images / GO! / Toast Coetzer)

A Botswana man turned tail and ran, leaving his children behind him, when they came across a herd of elephants while walking to school in Tewane village, Botswana.
Read more: Father abandons children to run from elephants

InternationalNews

Getty/AFP / Sara D. DavisFlowers in recognition of student Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, on February 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Flowers in recognition of student Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, on February 11, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Police investigating the murders of three Muslim students in the United States said they were studying whether the fatal shootings were religiously motivated, as calls mounted for the killings to be treated as a hate crime.
Read more: Calls to treat killing of US Muslim students as hate crime

Sport

FILE PICTURE: George Lebese of Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: George Lebese of Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs’ player George Lebese will return to court on 9 March following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
Read more: Lebese in court for alleged girlfriend assault

Lifestyle

Getty/AFP / Mike CoppolaActors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 6, 2015 in New York City

Getty/AFP / Mike Coppola
Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 6, 2015 in New York City

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the long-anticipated movie version of the bestselling erotic novel, began its worldwide rollout on Wednesday, with France one of the first to catch a glimpse.
Read more: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ whips up box-office frenzyPic of the week

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