What you need to know now

What you need to know now

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STATE READY FOR OSCAR PISTORIUS APPEAL: The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein will be the centre of attention on Tuesday when the State launches its appeal against the culpable homicide conviction of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius was sentenced to five years following his conviction on culpable homicide for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine 's Day 2013, but the State is seeking to have him convicted on the more serious charge of murder.

Pistorius was last month released on parole from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria and is serving out his sentence under correctional supervision at his uncle's luxurious Waterkloof mansion, east of the city. He had served only one year, in line with South African legislation which stipulates that offenders serve a sixth of their sentences. Maryke Vermaak reports from Bloemfontein.

SAPS MEMBERS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED EXECUTION IN COURT: The four police members, arrested for the killing of a suspect while lying in the ground in Krugersdorp two weeks ago, have spent the night behind bars and will be in court today. They will be charged with murder and other charges could be added. Gauteng police spokesperson, Noxolo Kweza says they meanwhile have 48 hours to contest their suspension - of which they were notified in custody yesterday.   

SAPS MEMBER KILLED ON DUTY: Another policeman has been killed on duty, this time in Limpopo. The 52-year old warrant officer was in a car giving chase to robbery suspects near Thohoyandou when they were shot at. Police colonel, Ronel Otto says the suspects abandoned their vehicle and made off on foot.  


SITUATION AT TUT CALM AMID THREATS OF MORE DISRUPTIONS: Some disruption is expected again today at the Tshwane University of Technology, after all campuses reopened yesterday. An invitation to students, to block entrances have been circulated, because students want all arrears scrapped, to allow all students to write exams. However, the TUT's Willa de Ruyter says the academic program will go ahead as planned today. 


COOLER WEATHER DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN EXPECT RAIN: The good news today is that day time temperatures have fallen significantly today but the South African Weather Service's Mbavhi Maliage says that's where it ends.

PSY IS BACK: Yes, South Korean singer Psy is back after his SMASH hit, Gangnamstyle and is set to release his first album in more than three years. The quirky singer/rapper was catapulted to global stardom in 2012 after his "Gangnam Style" music video, with its invisible horse-riding dance, went viral. It is still the most-watched video of all time on YouTube - with more than 2.4 billion views.

SPRINGBOKS ARRIVE BACK IN SA: The plane carrying the first group of Springbok rugby players has landed at the OR Tambo International Airport, from Heathrow. Fans gathered as they awaited the arrival of their heroes, with a second plane expected to arrive just after 10 o'clock.



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