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Durban beach stabbing victims’ identities released

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KwaZulu-Natal police have released the identities of the woman and man who were found stabbed on the Durban beachfront on Monday.

Fathima Muhammad, a 50-year-old Chatsworth mother of three, sustained multiple stab wounds to her body, while tiler Kresen Chandiah, 24, was found with a kitchen knife sticking out of his chest, Times Live reported.

A plastic and cardboard seller was taking a walk on a Durban sand dune when found the dead couple of Indian origin whose bodies were riddled with stab wounds, News24 earlier reported.

“He found the bodies of an Indian male and female on the sand dunes with stab wounds. The male still had the knife embedded in his chest,” police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele told News24 on Monday.

According to The Mercury, Muhammad’s bag and ID were found near the scene. Muhammad’s family reportedly said they did not know Chandiah.

Muhammad’s family told Times Live she had left home shortly before 12:00 on Monday, telling them she was going to Suncoast Casino for lunch.

She reportedly last spoke to one of her daughters shortly after 13:00. When her daughter attempted to contact her an hour later, her phone was switched off.

“The police told us they discovered her body around 16:00. We were informed at 18:30. We don’t understand what could have happened,” a family member, who asked not to be named, told Times Live.

Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said two cases of murder were opened at the Durban Central police station.

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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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