A Mpumalanga police officer and two people alleged to have committed a robbery were killed in acts of mob justice in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga police said on Sunday.
Police spokesperson Col Brenda Muridili said officers responded to a scene where community members were assaulting two men accused of carrying out robberies in and about the local taxi rank.
“As the members were trying to calm the angry mob, a shot went off from the crowd and hit Sgt Patrick Mthobeni. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” said Muridili.
“When the mob dispersed, one of the suspects was found lying dead on the ground and the other one was rushed to hospital, where he also passed away.”
Meanwhile, Mthobeni’s colleague, who had left that scene unscathed, was shot several hours later in a separate incident.
“Cst Nkosingiphile Ninela arrived home after work, where he was involved in an altercation with a relative. It is alleged that the relative used the member’s service firearm and shot him several times in the back,” said Muridili.
“Cst Ninela is in hospital where he is reported to be in a critical condition, while his relative has been arrested for attempted murder.”
Acting national commissioner Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya condemned the acts of vigilantism, saying all those who participated had committed a crime.
“Vigilantism is tantamount to undermining the authority of the state. The police are mandated by the constitution of the republic to uphold the rule of law. Those community members who participated in an act that left a police officer and two people dead, will be traced and arrested. The province has instituted the 72-hour activation plan to ensure that all relevant role players have been mobilised,” said Mgwenya.
She wished a speedy recovery to the injured Ninela.
“I am glad that the person responsible for the attempted murder of Cst Ninela is behind bars where he will be facing the full might of the law,” said Mgwenya. TimesLIVE
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
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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
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.
Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video
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.
“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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