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Court hears Miguel Louw’s mom and accused were close friends

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Miguel Louw’s mother says she and the man accused of her son’s murder were only close friends.

Mahomed Ebrahim is on trial, he is accused of killing Miguel.

Miguel’s mother, Raylene Louw testified briefly in the Durban High Court on Monday.

Louw told the court that she and Ebrahim both worked at a local butchery.

She says she was fired after two months into the job.

Louw says she and Ebrahim became close friends and Ebrahim started visiting her at her home.

She told the court that Ebrahim used to stay over sometimes, and that she introduced him to her mother and children as a friend and co-worker.

She says Ebrahim had a good relationship with her children.

Louw says her mother asked Ebrahim to do some odd jobs around their house.

She broke down as she told the court that Miguel was a quiet and innocent boy.

Louw says the last time she saw him alive, she made him school lunch, kissed him on the forehead and told him she loved him.

Earlier, a Sydenham resident, Ismail Rhyman told the court that he saw Ebrahim holding Miguel Louw’s hand while crossing a road on the day the ten-year-old boy went missing.

CCTV footage played in court last week shows Ebrahim and Miguel in a fast food outlet ordering food on the afternoon of boy’s disappearance.

Rhyman has told the high court he had been crossing the road towards the same fast food outlet when he saw Ebrahim and Miguel together running towards the taxi.

But he could not tell the court if the two boarded the taxi.

Rhyman says he recognised both of their faces, having seen them around the neighbourhood.

He says Miguel’s parents arrived at the shop he works at, which is across the road from the fast food outlet and asked for CCTV footage.

That footage was seen in court last week and shows a man and a child running towards a minibus taxi that’s slowing down.

Defence attorney, Jay Naidoo asked Rhyman why the man and the boy had caught his attention if he didn’t personally know them.

Rhyman told the court there was nothing significant just that their faces were familiar.

The validity of Rhyman’s statement was also tested, as he is not clearly visible in that footage.

But in footage obtained from the cameras from the fast food outlet, Rhyman can be seen inside the establishment.

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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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