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Durban cops caught stealing gaming chips worth R100k from Sibaya Casino

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Durban – A Durban metro policeman and a policewoman based at the Phoenix SAPS are behind bars for allegedly stealing gaming chips to the value of R100 000 from Sibaya Casino.

They were arrested while getting into their vehicle, which was allegedly reported to have been involved in a crime in the Bellair area in 2016.

Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad confirmed that a 36-year-old policeman based at the Outer West unit had been arrested.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said Durban North police arrested two suspects in their 40s for theft and possession of suspected stolen property.

She said they will appear in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Thursday.

This comes after three policemen and a policewoman stationed at Inanda SAPS were charged with kidnapping, extortion, pointing of a firearm, theft of a cellphone and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm last Thursday.

According to a police statement, they allegedly kidnapped two people from Springfield business park and took them to a truck yard where they demanded R50000 each from them. When one of the victims was released to fetch the money, he used the opportunity to contact the police.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the arrest served as a warning to those engaging in criminal activities while hiding behind the police badge.

“Disciplinary investigations will be initiated. Such criminal behaviour will not be condoned,” Gwala said.

Sewpersad said two metro policewomen were out on R500 bail after demanding a R200 bribe from a motorist in the Durban CBD recently.

“The motorist called the police, who responded promptly and made the arrests. We will not tolerate misconduct. We want to eliminate rogue police officers. It is also a strong message to the public not to break the law by offering police officers bribes. Both matters are being investigated internally and disciplinary processes will follow. They also face criminal charges,” Sewpersad said.

Dr Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies said corruption was an inherent problem in the SAPS. He said that when the police service embarked on a campaign to expand its numbers from 100000 officers to 155000 between 2001 and 2010, it opted for quantity instead of quality.

“There were huge problems with the police structures, where commanders were not qualified and were incapable of rooting out corruption. Jackie Selebi was jailed and Riah Piyega was fortunate to go into retirement. When Johan Booysen was investigating corrupt officers, the police management opted to remove him instead,” he said.

However, Burger said he had seen change in terms of new integrity management units being set up within the police.

“Bheki Cele and Cyril Ramaphosa have made it clear that they will not tolerate corruption. There are some positive and promising developments that we must appreciate.

“This could be a new direction the police are taking,” he said.

A further sign of change, Burger said, was that police officers were arresting police officers.

“There are dedicated and honest police officers. There are promising signs by the police to fight and put structures in place,” he said.

Myan Moodley, general manager at Sibayo Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, confirmed the incident. “All of our surveillance equipment functioned according to form and we have offered assistance to SAPS in their investigation,” he said.

Source: Daily News

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N2 Kei Cuttings bus accident leaves 27 dead

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At least 27 people have been killed in a bus accident on the N2 at Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

The death toll has been revised from earlier reports which indicated that 10 people have died.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says the number of the deaths could increase as more people were still trapped inside the wrecked bus.

A large number of search and rescue personnel, traffic officers, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene.

Binqose said the death toll is likely to increase as search and rescue personnel plan to flip the bus over to see whether more people are trapped underneath.

The accident took place on the notorious section of the N2, known as the Kei Cuttings, north of the Kei River, which is known for its perilous twists and turns.

Binqose said the driver of the bus is among those who died.

The driver is believed to have lost control of the long-distance passenger bus before it plunged 200 metres down a steep embankment.

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“He lost control just before he could cross the river on the last curve,” said Binqose.

Chief director of clinical support services for the health department, Kidwell Matshotyana, told TellitallSA that 22 people were stable and did not want to go to hospital.

“In terms of the injured people, we have five patients admitted at Frere Hospital and one at Life St Dominic’s Private Hospital [both in East London],” he said.

The department will arrange transport for the 22 people, who don’t want to go to hospital, to the nearest town. They will be given accommodation.

The bus is understood to have been transporting passengers from Cape Town.

Hospitals and emergency services in the area and further afield were offering help with triaging patients.

He said the police had the grim task of going through the luggage to find identity documents, in order to begin informing the next of kin of the tragedy.

The department would also work with the bus company to establish a contact centre for worried families checking up on people who were on the bus, and those details would be announced later.

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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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