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Baby killed in M13 Fields Hill minibus taxi crash

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Durban – A baby has been killed and at least 18 other were people injured when a minibus taxi veered out of control and crashed on the M13 at Fields Hill, Pinetown in Durban late on Sunday afternoon, paramedics said.

Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said at about 4pm that paramedics were on the scene of a serious minibus taxi crash on the M13 Durban-bound at the bottom of Field’s Hill.

“Rescue Care paramedics arrived on the scene to find chaos. A taxi had left the roadway and rolled down an embankment several times ejecting most of the passengers whilst rolling. Multiple casualties were found and immediately more ambulances, as well as Advanced Life Support Paramedics, were dispatched to assist.

“A small baby girl was found down the embankment with severe injuries. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything paramedics could do for the baby and she was declared deceased on the scene. The child was approximately one year old,” Jamieson said.

Three patients had to be rescued by Metro Police and SAPS Search and Rescue as well as RescueTech using a specialised basket and roping system.

A total of 18 people had been injured and once all were stabilised on scene they were transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required, Jamieson said.

The one lane was closed whilst emergency personal worked to clear the scene.

At this stage the events leading up to the collision is unknown however SAPS were on scene and will be investigating further.

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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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