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Alex shooting investigation underway, Geweld sentenced, Noakes hearing Day 1

5 killed in fatal Alex Police Station shooting after domestic dispute

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: details are trickling in over the fatal shooting of five people in two incidents, one of which took place at the Alexandra Police Station in Northern Johannesburg overnight. EWN's Reinart Toerien:

The story broke around 07:45/08:20 pm last night, Twitter was going crazy, but there was no official confirmation until the SAPS themselves put out a tweet at about 08:30 pm, saying that about 5 people had been killed in two separate incidents, but details were still sketchy. A woman went to lay a domestic violence case against her husband, she was accompanied by two family members we understand and then as they were busy opening the case, the husband was there and he of course is a constable at the station, but was off-duty at the time. We're not sure exactly what happened, but then gunfire went off and he then killed the two family members - his wife and of course the Major who was opening the case of domestic violence and then he fled the scene. Police then chased after him and he was tracked down close to his home, gunfire ensued and he was unfortunately fatally wounded.

Caller Thabo, a relative:

The older lady who died isn't the mother of the wife, but is the neighbour of the wife. The guy who was also shot is the uncle of the wife. There was an altercation earlier in the day, and the uncle and the neighbour pushed the older lady. They accompanied his wife to the police station where the incident happened. My wife and the guy's wife are related.

George 'Geweld' + co given hefty sentences

Image: A file picture of alleged leader of the 28s gang, George 'Geweld' Thomas (L) and his 16 co-accused in court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: the Wednesday sentencing of alleged leader of the 28s gang, George 'Geweld' Thomas to seven life sentences and 175 years in jail found residents in Manenberg calling into Kieno's show to ask what will happen to the rest of them. Western Cape Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Major General Jeremy Vieri says this development is still significant:

There are a few things that are historic about this: you'll notice there was a 27 Gang member, along with a 28 and a 26 Gang member, although there were many incidents involving the 28 Gang members. This is really a strong hit against the number gangs, in a very clear, unambigious way, because you might find people hiding within different gangs, but here, it's numbers purely and that is signifcant, it is historic in the sense that, the number gangs are 150 years old and we've never had a case where we purely hit the number gangs.

Day 1 of Noakes 'Banting for Babies' hearing with the HPCSA

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: the 'Banting for Babies' trial against Professor Tim Noakes is set to start today, with the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s (HPCSA). Journalist at BizNews.com, Marika Sboros says this hearing could potentially see Noakes being struck off the practitioners' roll:

It was in my view a pretty harmless tweet, where a mother asked what were the best foods to wean her baby onto, and he tweeted 'meat and veg' and he said something along the lines of 'in keeping with a low-carb, high fat diet'. I think it was also about what he didn't say, rather than what he said, because he could have said that the child should be weaned on cereal, for instance. (On the HSPCA's charge) they have charged him under the most serious charge for a medical doctor - it's under 'Unprofessional Conduct'. And a lot of doctors have been struck off the roll for Unprofessional Conduct.

HPCSA's COO, Advocate Tshepo Boikanyo meanwhile maintains that Noakes isn't being targeted:

There's a misconception that's been created that Tim Noakes is specifically being targeted by the HPCSA - we have a number of boards and we engage in peer review processes and the aim of this peer review process is to ensure that the standards that are created by these boards are adhered to. And where complaints have been made to us, you would have Tim Noakes' peers present to review the complaint, there would also be witnesses to come and give evidence as to whether the conduct in question is ethical or professional. Tim Noakes would also be given the opportunity to call his own witnesses and also challenge the outcome in a High Court.

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