Breakfast Edition: 2 November 2015

Breakfast Edition: 2 November 2015

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

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SAPS TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED EXECUTION OF SUSPECT: Gauteng police have opened an internal investigation following graphic video footage that emerged, showing a police constable shooting a suspect lying on the ground in Lewisham, Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, provincial police said on Sunday. "Sector members from Krugersdorp responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked outside a business premises in Lewisham. The incident happened on October 20 in the afternoon," Gauteng police said in a statement. One suspect managed to escape in the Conquest while the other fled on foot. Police officers chased the man on foot, and a further shoot-out ensued, and the "suspect was fatally wounded". The firearm used by the suspect was recovered and had been stolen from a security guard in Moroka, Soweto, the statement said. Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba said no stone would be left unturned during the investigation. Here's Gauteng police spokesperson, Col. Noxolo Kweza.


SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR RHODES PARK MURDERS: A person who was detained for questioning on Friday morning in Yeoville has now been linked to the scene where two men were murdered and a woman raped at Rhodes Park. He will be facing charges of murder, rape and attempted murder when he appears at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court tomorrow. While a manhunt is still continuing for the other suspects, the arrest of a 24 year-old man may lead the police closer to the arrest of other suspects. Police are still appealing to anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of the suspects to come forward. Any information may be forwarded to Crime Stop at 08600 10111 at all hours.

USE WATER SPARINGLY: South Africans have been asked to help save water but also to prevent fires. This after two big fires in Gauteng yesterday. Extensive damage was caused to the Stone Cradle Restaurant in Irene while a fire caused damaged to houses, cars and veld in Magaliesburg late yesterday. At a media briefing yesterday, the minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed that KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State provinces have been worst hit, with the average dam levels in Gauteng are at a manageable 84%. However, in the worst drought stricken areas levels are at around 50% - and may become critical soon. Slindelo Masakane reports. 

STONE CRADLE BURNS TO THE GROUND: A popular restaurant in Pretoria has burnt to the ground at the weekend. According to Tshwane Emergency Services they received a call yesterday morning that the thatch roof was on fire. Tshwane EMS spokesperson, Johan Pieterse says their members tried to put out the blaze but that they had to work against strong winds. "We rushed to the scene and saw the whole structure was engulfed in flames," he said.

OUTA STILL AGAINST ETOLL DISCOUNT: The 60% discount on past e-toll debt is a farce and doesn't change anything. That's the opinion, of the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance, or OUTA. From today, motorists using the Gauteng freeway network are eligible for a 60% reduction of their e-toll arrears, accumulated from December 2013 up to and including August 2015. 


ECO MOBILITY MONTH WAS A SUCCESS: The City of Jo'burg has declared the past Eco-mobility month a major success, with five times more pedestrian traffic than in 2013. The city's director of transport, Lisa Seftel says besides the introduction of Rea Vaya buses in Sandton at the end of 2017, Eco-mobility has sparked other initiatives that will stay. 

SONNY BILL WILLIAMS SHARES WORLD CUP GLORY: New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams gave one lucky young fan the souvenir of a lifetime on Saturday - his winners' medal from the Rugby World Cup final. Charlie Lines, 14, raced onto the pitch to celebrate with the All Blacks after they retained the World Cup with a 34-17 win over Australia at Twickenham only to have his progress forcibly ended by a security guard. But Williams intervened to defuse the situation and then draped his gold medal around Lines' neck. He has since been given a new medal at the World Rugby Awards.



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