ENGLISH BULLETIN 5PM – 17 MAY 2019

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# Over a hundred suspects nabbed during operation Okae Molao
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# MEC Zikalala dismisses audio clip doing the rounds
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##Gauteng police arrested 146 suspects during intelligence driven operations O Kae Molao in the streets of Ekurhuleni on Thursday.
Police spokesperson, Captain Kay Makhubele, says, during the first operation focusing on Thokozani and Vosloorus, 130 suspects were arrested and ten firearms were confiscated in the hostel raiding and roadblocks.
Three liquor outlets were closed and drugs, dagga and stolen properties were seized.
Makhubele says during the the second operations in Westrand, police arrested twelve suspects, two liquor outlets were closed in Tarleton for non compliance with Liquor Act and six suspected illegal immigrants were arrested.
He says furthermore, four suspects were arrested for dealing in drugs and found in possession of stolen properties in Tshwane CBD.
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#Motorists and resident have been notified that several roads surrounding Soutpansberg, Loftus and Hatfield will be closed next week Friday and Saturday for the Presidential Inauguration.
The democratically-elected President of South Africa will be inaugurated on 25 May 2019 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, situated along Kirkness Street in Clydesdale.
More than 200 buses from all the provinces in South Africa will arrive in Tshwane from different directions, which will affect streets around and leading to the venue.
The Tshwane Metro Police Department, with other law enforcement agencies, will deploy members along these routes for traffic control and total road closures in Soutpansberg, Loftus and Hatfield.
Rietondale Park, which will be used as a park-and-ride area for invited guests, will also be affected.

#The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) says it will follow all possible processes to prevent the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) from establishing a planned halfway house for former criminals in Universitas in Bloemfontein.
The Party’s Wouter Wessels, says, the DCS informed residents of Universitas on Tuesday of its intention to develop the halfway house for prisoners in the neighborhood.
The halfway house forms part of the department’s rehabilitation program to return prisoners to be released back into the community.
Wessels says according to the department, the owner of the house decided to convert his house for the purpose.
He says the FF Plus believes that residents should have more authority over their communities.
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#KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Sihle Zikalala, has dismissed reports that allege he knew about the imminent arrest of eThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede.
This follows an audio clip which has been widely circulated on social media. In the recorded conversation of two males – one purportedly to be an investigator who is working with the Hawks – Zikalala’s name is mentioned.
It is alleged that the supposed investigator of a forensic company telephoned Zikalala requesting a meeting with him.
Zikalala, who is the province’s Premier-elect, said he takes serious exception to any suggestion he had any prior knowledge of any arrest.

And finally…
# A high speed, quality fibre connection, provided by Telkom, is set to make a big difference in the lives of learners of Orlando High School in Soweto.
The school, which has a rich political history dating back to the liberation struggle, received a fibre connection earlier today as the country marks World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD).
WTIS Day is spearheaded by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and has been celebrated annually since 2006. The day focuses on the importance of ICT and issues relating to the information society.
Speaking at the activation, Telkom CEO Sandile Maseko said the fibre connection at the school marks the start of a broader investment into South Africa’s 26 000 estimated schools.
Maseko views the roll out of fibre internet as a catalyst for economic development and education.

# A SHORT while ago, Gold was selling at 1-thousand-287-dollars-68 a fine ounce, and a barrel of Brent crude will cost 72-dollars-62 a barrel.
One US Dollar will cost 14-Rand-32 one British Pound is 18-Rand-31 and the Euro is currently trading at 16-Rand-01.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 7-thousand-364-dollars-65.

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