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Amy-Lee, after kidnap ordeal: ‘I want a burger and my brother’

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A hamburger and her brother. These are the two things Amy-Lee de Jager, the Grade R learner who was kidnapped in front of Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, at around 07:40 on Monday, asked for shortly after she was reunited with her parents in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

Four men snatched Amy-Lee from her mother’s car at the school and they drove off in a white Toyota Fortuner.

Police had launched a manhunt while her distraught parents, Wynand and Angeline de Jager, waited at the Vanderbijlpark police station for any news. 

“It was not an easy time for any of us,” Louise Horn, Amy-Lee’s aunt and Angeline’s sister, told News24 on Tuesday. “But we managed to get through it…”

Horn said Amy-Lee was dropped off by her kidnappers between 02:00 and 02:30 on Tuesday on a street close to The Shakespeare Inn hotel in Vanderbijlpark. 

“They showed her a blue car parked in front of a shop and told her it was her mother’s car. They gave her R4 and told her to buy some water at the shop across the road because she would not eat the food or drink the water they offered her. 

“When she told them the car was not her mother’s, they simply drove off. She then started screaming and was then taken to the police station by a couple who found her. The man and woman don’t have a car, so they ran with her. When they got there she was immediately reunited with her parents.”

Wynand and Angeline had been at the station all night waiting for any news on their daughter. “Wynand was on his way out to get some fresh air when he saw the couple walking towards him with Amy-Lee. He told me there was no way to describe what he felt at that moment.

“The first thing Amy-Lee said was that she wanted a hamburger and her brother. So they bought some burgers and came straight to my house where her little brother had spent the night.”  

Horn said the family remained traumatised and confused, but were “okay now”. 

“Amy-Lee was then taken to hospital but appeared unharmed,” Horn said. “I don’t think everything that happened has sunk in yet.”

No ransom had been paid, according to Horn. A demand of R2m had earlier been made by the kidnappers. “I suspect the massive media attention must have rattled these guys.”

Horn said while the family still had many questions, they are relieved that the ordeal is finally over. 

“These things happen to other people. You never think it will happen to you…”  

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the investigation into Amy-Lee’s disappearance and sudden reappearance was still ongoing.

“It is our appeal that this investigation be allowed to take its course.”

Source: News24

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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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