A grade 2 Free State teacher doesn’t know what she is going to tell her class on Tuesday when their friend, Tristen Lubbe, doesn’t return to school after the holidays.
Tristen and his entire family, and a little girl visiting them, were killed in two separate consecutive road crashes, the last being a hit-and-run incident on Friday evening.
Father Theuns Lubbe, 39, mother Elmarie, 38, Tristen, 8, Amory, 4, and their friend Juliana Gomez, 6, died on their way home after a braai in Allanridge.
According to Sgt Fikiswa Matoti from the Welkom SAPS, the family was travelling home in the evening when an unknown incident caused the car to roll, killing Elmarie instantly.
Theuns and the three children managed to get out of the car and go to what they thought was a safe spot on the side of the road.
The young father then placed an emergency triangle on the road and joined the children to wait for help.
It was dark when a Ford Ranger bakkie turned the corner and saw the wreckage.
The bakkie swerved on to the side of the road and straight into Theuns and the children. They were killed instantly.
Blood on the road indicated that they were dragged under the bakkie before it stopped.
The driver ran away, leaving the bakkie with a North West number plate, and the young parents and children dead at the scene.
Tristen’s teacher at Brandwag Volkskool, Monique Steyger, known to her class as Teacher Nicky, said she doesn’t know what she is going to tell his class when they get back on Tuesday.
“He was very quiet in school, but he had lots of friends. He smiled a lot.
“I do need to tell his class something. It’s a very small community and I know two of his best friends already know he won’t be coming back. One of his friends said to his mother ‘mommy, you must tell Teacher Nicky otherwise she won’t know he isn’t coming to class’.”
Headmaster Rudolf Erasmus said Tristen was a very polite child.
“It’s very sad what happened,” he said.
Matoti said a case of culpable homicide had been opened at the Odendaalrus police station. No arrests have been made.
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
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
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
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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.
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