Durban – The family of a Phoenix woman is reeling in shock after she was found murdered in her home, apparently by her husband, who was found hanging in the house, at the weekend.
The matter is being treated as a murder-suicide by police.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the incident took place at the couple’s Stemlen Drive home in Northcroft, Phoenix, on Saturday.
“A 30-year-old woman was found suffocated with a plastic bag, as well as a belt. A 35-year-old man was also found hanging inside the house. A nine-month-old baby who was inside the house was not harmed. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and a murder inquest is being investigated at Phoenix SAPS,” she said.
A close relative of Romila Naidoo said she was alerted that something was untoward at the Naidoo home by their neighbours, who were concerned that the couple’s baby had been crying continuously for several hours.
“When I got there, I found her (Romila) lying by the door, almost in a bending position, and her baby was crying,” the relative sobbed.
According to an officer of a security firm who was at the scene, the community had tried to break the door down with numerous objects to gain entry.
“We eventually made a small hole through the door and gained entry. She was found lying semi-naked on the floor.
“It looked like a belt and a plastic bag were used to suffocate the mom.
“The baby was taken away and given to relatives to look after,” the officer said.
Neighbours said they had not heard any raised voices, arguing or other sounds from the house, other than the cries of the couple’s nine-month-old baby.
Romila’s emotional relative said her husband Vasudevan was possessive and had kept her estranged from the family.
“This is very shocking. We were not expecting this, although she did want to leave him, we are puzzled as to what took place,” she added.
Romila’s funeral is set to take place today.
The couple are believed to have been together for 11 years.
It was the second tragedy to strike a Phoenix couple that night.
In the second incident, a man was shot dead and his pregnant girlfriend beaten, when they were attacked after their car broke down in the Verulam area.
Source: Daily News
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news
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.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
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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.
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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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