Breakfast Edition: 12 October 2015

Breakfast Edition: 12 October 2015

WATCH & LISTEN: Here's a recap of this morning' top news stories.


POLICE PRESENCE AT SCHOOL IN ETWATWA: A heavy police presence in Etwatwa and Daveyton is expected to ensure learning and teaching happens without glitches when schools reopen for the fourth term on Monday, the City of Ekurhuleni said. This followed recent mob justice by angry community members who took on a local gang that allegedly terrorised the community of Etwatwa, city spokesman Themba Gadebe said in a statement on Sunday.

The Etwatwa/Daveyton task team against gangsterism/violence, convened by mayoral committee member for human settlement Aubrey Nxumalo, had confirmed that instability in the community had resulted in a high rate of absenteeism in classes as more young people feared for their lives. Ekurhuleni municipality spokesperson, Themba Gabede says they want to ensure that no children stay away from school out of fear.

WEEK TWO OF ECOMOBILITY CONTINUES: Meanwhile, the City of Johannesburg is confident that the re-opening of schools won't cause extra transport headaches in Sandton. It's week two of the Eco-mobility festival, where certain streets will be blocked off till the end of the month to force commuters to use alternative means of transport or public transport. 

Eco Mobility

KREJCIR TO BE SENTENCED: Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and his five co-accused are expected to be sentenced in the High Court in Johannesburg today - in the first case where the controversial Krejcir has been found guilty on SA soil. They were convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and dealing in drugs. Krejcir was accused of ordering the kidnap and torture of Bheki Lukhele whose brother, Doctor, had allegedly disappeared with 25kg of tik that was supposed to be sent to Australia. 

Radovan Krejcir court_6.jpg

POST ANC NGC: On the political front, the week start of rumblings after the ANC's National General Council recommended during this weekend's conference in Midrand, that government reviews South Africa's membership to the International Criminal Court. Maryke Vermaak reports on President Jacob Zuma's final marks.


HOT WEATHER TO PERSIST: Tshwane asks residents to use water sparingly amidst the heat. The good news is relief is on its way, says Weather Service forecaster Bramsby Bulo. Eskom meanwhile says the electricity system remains tight, but no load shedding expected today. 

THE KING IS BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM: A new album will be released at the end of this month, with Elvis Presley's voice backed by the Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A vinyl will be available early November, titled "If I Can Dream".

LEOPARD STUCK IN A POT: And the worst news of the day: a leopard got its head stuck in a metal pot after it went in search of water in a village in India. A video of the ordeal was posted online and wildlife officials say it took them 6 hours to save the animal before releasing it back into the wild.



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