Cricket official Luke Fairweather shot dead

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2011-01-05 Luke Fairweather, Presidential suite guest at cricket test Newlands shot dead 

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Prominent cricket official Luke Fairweather, who was a guest at the President’s Suite during a test match between South Africa and India, was shot dead outside Sahara Park while in his car with his mother on Wednesday. The announcement was made by the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).

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Fairweather Luke Jan52010 shot dead Sahara Park Newlands during cricket match

The details surrounding the incident, which took place during a Test match between South Africa and India, were not clear, said the association’s CEO Andre Odendaal. Luke Fairweather, an official of Alma Marist CC, who managed a Western Province underage team, had been a guest in the President’s Suite at Sahara Park.

Police confirmed they are ‘investigating a case of murder against a Cape Town traffic officer after he allegedly shot and killed a motorist on Wednesday. “The official confronted former Western Province cricketer 49-year-old Luke Fairweather about an alleged traffic violation near the Newlands cricket stadium. Fairweather refused to accept the parking ticket and this resulted in a scuffle. Shortly thereafter a shot went off.”

Police spokesperson André Traut said the officer is recovering in hospital after being arrested. “Information at our disposal was that the traffic official approached the victim and his mother for a claimed traffic violation and then an argument broke out. The traffic officer was arrested and will make a court appearance in Wynberg once he is charged,” he said.

“This news defies belief and the cricket fraternity is in deep shock,” WPCA president Mohamed Ebrahim said. The organisation sent its condolences to the family. Flags at the stadium will be flown at half-mast in memory of Fairweather during the final day’s play. http://www.iol.co.za/sport/cricket/world/official-shot-outside-newlands-1.1008742

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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