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‘Car thief’ shot in the buttocks during high-speed chase in Durban

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Durban – A suspected car thief was shot in the buttocks during a high-speed chase along the M13 on Tuesday. 

Around midday, messages circulated on local neighbourhood watch groups about a group of men who tried to steal a car that was parked at a business parking lot in Gillits, in the upper Highway area. 

Chairperson of the Gillits Park Neighbourhood Watch group, Jill Clark, said a staff member noticed a man behaving suspiciously in the parking lot. 

“When the suspect realised that people on the premises had noticed him he quietly got back into the car he had arrived in, reversed and drove off,” Clark said.

She said upon investigation, it was found that the man had managed to open the bonnet of one of the cars parked at the premises and cut the wire to the hooter in an attempt to silence the alarm.

Clark said a staff member took down the registration plate of the suspects’ vehicle and she immediately contacted the Gillitts Park Neighbourhood Watch team, which then circulated the description to neighbourhood watch and security groups.

Blue Security tactical ambassador, Russel Lawson, said he and his partner, Sbu Mchunu, had responded to an incident at a business premises in Gillitts where a man had been seen attempting to steal a car. 

“The four suspects arrived at the premises in a champagne gold Nissan Almera just before noon. Once the message was circulated, we searched the area. The car was spotted on the M13. I immediately gave chase and caught up with them under the St Johns Bridge in Pinetown, following them past the M13, N3 split. As I drove near to their vehicle and flashed at them to pull over, one of the suspects pulled out a firearm and I responded by firing two shots at the vehicle. One of the shots hit the bumper and entered through the seat, injuring a suspect in his buttocks,” Lawson said.

He said the chase ensued and they then took the Roger Sishi turn off and went into Westville central past Westville Girls’ High School. 

“They then drove along St James Road, jumping red robots,” Lawson said.

Lawson said he somehow lost the suspects in Westville. 

“What had happened is the suspects had turned into a local shopping centre where they drove counterflow through the security boom gates, hitting into another vehicle. The suspects were about to walk into the shopping centre in an attempt to hide by blending in with shoppers when security guards at the centre swooped on them and arrested three suspects. One suspect managed to flee the scene and remains at large,” Lawson said.

Police are investigating further. 

Source: The Mercury

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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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