Breakfast Edition: 3 February 2016

Breakfast Edition: 3 February 2016

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


PRESIDENT IS PAYING BACK THE MONEY: More than six years into the Nkandla scandal, President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday proposed a settlement in the Constitutional Court case brought by the opposition that would see him reimburse the state for improvements to his rural home. The presidency said Zuma proposed in a letter sent to the registrar of the court that it order the finance minister and Auditor-General to determine an appropriate amount to be refunded. "To achieve an end to the drawn-out dispute in a manner that meets the Public Protector's recommendations and is beyond political reproach, the president proposes that the determination of the amount he is to pay should be independently and impartially determined," the presidency said.


AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED: The Auditor General and Minister of Finance should determine how much president Jacob Zuma must repay for non-security upgrades to his Nkandla Family homestead. This was part of a proposal put forward by the president's legal team in a letter to the registrar of the Constitutional Court.

GAUTENG PREMIER RESHUFFLES HIS CABINET: Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) chairman and MP Paul Mashatile has been appointed MEC for Human Settlements, provincial Premier David Makhura announced on Tuesday evening. "Bringing him back to Gauteng will help us at provincial government. I am very pleased to have recruited a powerful player like him who has vast experience in government. We need him here to strengthen Team Gauteng," Makhura told reporters at a briefing in Johannesburg. Pieter van der Merwe reports.

SEXWALE FOR FIFA PRESIDENT: Tokyo Sexwale will know on Friday if he has the backing of Africa in the FIFA Presidential race. The South African businessmen and Politician was accused by some African countries of spending too much time abroad rather than on the continent. 209 countries would vote to choose the new Fifa president at the end of this month, as Samkele Maseko reports.

Tokyo Sexwale

NEW HAWKS BOSS FOR GAUTENG: The Hawks announced that Major-General Prince Mokotedi will head up the crime-fighting unit in Gauteng. Mokotedi, who faced disciplinary charges during his time as executive manager of the National Prosecuting Authority's Integrity Management Unit, was appointed on merit, the Hawks said. The charges against him were withdrawn and had no impact on his ability to do his job," Hawks spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi added.


WATER MONITOR SAVED FROM SWIMMING POOL: A 1, 5 meter water monitor lizard underwent treatment at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa hospital in Pretoria on Tuesday after it was rescued from a home in Villeria. "The reptilian creature was rescued from the swimming pool and zoo staff found a noose around its neck that had already caused a great deal of scarring.

Water Monitor Lizard
National Zoo
Water Monitor Lizard
National Zoo


A heat wave with persistently high temperatures expected over the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo as well as the Western Bushveld and northern parts of Limpopo until Thursday.

Pretoria 19/ 35           

Johannesburg 18/ 33   

Mbombela 19/ 35

Witbank / Emalahleni 17/ 32  

Polokwane 18/ 35

Rustenburg 20/ 37



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