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Chatsworth principal’s killer blows kisses after judgment handed down

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Durban – The estate agent who was one of the three men who were involved in the murder of a much loved Chatsworth principal Gonapathy Pillay was the mastermind behind the incident the Durban High Court was told on Tuesday as the judgement was handed down.

Basil Underhill an estate agent intern from Pam Golding smiled as he walked out of the dock shortly after Judge Naresh Bhika found him, his cousin Bravemam Underhill and Fredboy Msomi – the man who was supposed to be the buyer for the Pillay’s home guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstance.

Retired Chatsworth couple Loganathan Pillay, 70, and his wife Gonapathy welcomed their attackers into their home, fed them coffee and cake, and gave them bananas from their garden before they were set upon.

Pillay, who survived the attack with several stab wounds, told the Durban High Court that they were under the impression that the estate agent, Basil, was introducing them to a potential buyer.

Basil shook his lawyer Shaheen Seedat’s hand and then blew a kiss to the people sitting in the court gallery as he exited the court.

He greeted the members of the media and spoke briefly with his lawyer, still smiling and showing no emotion.

One of his family members, a woman who sat at the back of the court cried as Basil walked down to the court holding cells.

Judge Bhika said from the evidence of cellphone records, Basil had been communicating with Mrs Pillay even before the day of the incident.

He said if Pillay had not survived, on the night, Basil thought he had a good alibi and no one could have known what happened as he thought that both Pillay and his wife had died.

“The reason why he agreed to meet the police was that he thought no one had survived and that he thought he had a good alibi to distance himself from the incident,” said Bhika.

Sentencing was expected on Wednesday.

Ricky Naidoo, the Chairperson of Bayview Policing Forum said it was clear that they all acted in common purpose.

” We hope that the conviction will send out a strong message. The Bayview detectives and the investigating officer had done an excellent job in putting the men behind bars,” he said.

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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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