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Bluff man survives gunshot wounds sustained during botched hijacking

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Bluff man survives gunshot wounds sustained during botched hijackingA Bluff man is in stable condition in hospital after a gang of hijackers shot him during a botched hijacking yesterday.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathois said the man had travelled to Merebank to visit a family member in Darjeeling Road at around 7pm on Sunday. “A gang of four armed suspects confronted him in the driveway and attempted to hijack him of his vehicle. The man sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder and a second bullet grazed his leg during the incident. He managed to drive away in his vehicle to seek help,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the man managed to drive to the home of another relative in the suburb and he was taken to hospital for medical treatment. “The victim is in hospital in stable condition,” Mathios said.

Mathios said that in a separate incident hijackers had attempted to abduct a motorist in Umhlatazana at around 7am yesterday. “The motorist had arrived at a property in 66th Avenue to pick up family members when he was accosted by a gang of four armed suspects who arrived in a white Chevrolet Cruze. They stopped in front of the motorist’s vehicle and held up the motorist at gunpoint,” Mathios said.

“The tried to take the driver with them but he manged to get out of the vehicle before the suspects fled the scene in his vehicle,” Mathios said.

Bayview SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

Mathios advised motorists to be vigilant when arriving outside a property and to be sure to stop parallel to the verge. “If you stop parallel to the verge instead of turning into the driveway, it makes it more difficult for hijackers to jam your vehicle in. You will more easily be able to drive off should you notice any suspicious individuals or vehicle pull up nearby.”

“If you suspect that someone is following you rather drive past the property and contact your security company and the police for assistance.”

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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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