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Baby, schoolgirl amongst three killed in Cato Ridge drive-by shooting

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Durban – Three people, a 10-month-old baby, a schoolgirl – still dressed in her school uniform and a young man were killed in a drive-by shooting in Cato Ridge on Wednesday night around 20h00.

The three and others were in a taxi from KwaNyuswa to Cato Ridge when they were ambushed by an number of gunmen who sprayed bullets on their minibus taxi.

Prominent Private Investigator Brad Nathanson shared the horrible news on his Facebook page after he was called by to help at the scene.

“We could not have expected what we found on arrival. The driver’s side of the taxi was riddled with bullet holes. Cartridges on the ground told me that an AK 47 had been the weapon of destruction,” said Nathanson.

“In the taxi lay a school-girl, her young body contorted by the bullets that had ripped through her killing her likely instantly. A young man’s body lay crumpled in front of the sliding door.

It was obvious by the way that his body lay that he had attempted to flee from the gunfire and a baby who, if not for a single gunshot wound, would otherwise have looked like she was only sleeping. Her young brother had a gunshot wound to the back of his head but it was only a graze and their Mother had been shot in the stomach,” he added.

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Nathanson said there was so much agony in the air with women crying, people groaning from pain and sirens approaching.

“The smell of blood was palatable,”

It could not be immediately ascertained how many people were injured in the shooting.

Taxi violence has rocked the area for a long time now as owners fight to control certain routes but it’s not known if this incident is related to previous ones.

KZN SAPS were in attendance to investigate 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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