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5 Durban cops arrested for alleged kidnapping and cigarettes theft

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Durban – The KZN police commissioner has reiterated his stance to root out “rotten apples” from the SAPS, following the arrest of five of its members.

The police officers, aged between 30 and 35, charged for theft, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice, appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday.

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, their arrest emanates from an incident that took place during June 2020 where the complainant was kidnapped.

“It is alleged on 16 June 2020 at 11.15, the complainant was walking on Park Station Road in Kenville when he was stopped by the police officers who searched him and took cash and cigarettes from his vehicle.

“He was kidnapped and taken to his house where the suspects removed more cigarettes and cash.

“The police officers also took him to the station where he was charged for violating Covid-19 regulations. The case against him was not placed on the roll.”

Mbele said the complainant reported the matter to the police and charges of theft, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice were opened for investigating at Greenwood Park SAPS.

She said in addition, it was established that the police officers did not enter all the exhibits on the register.

Mbele said the officers were arrested on Monday by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Unit.

“Four suspects were granted bail of R3 000 and the matter was adjourned to December 7.

“The fifth police officer has been remanded in police custody until November 3.”

According to police, this was due to the pending case against him for a similar offence.

“We will make sure that we root-out all rotten apples hiding behind the SAPS badge whilst committing crimes,” said KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video

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The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.

The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.

The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.

“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”

According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.

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“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.

“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.

“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”

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