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Durban father mauled by dogs may never walk, talk again

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Durban – A PHOENIX father may never walk or speak again after he was mauled by two dogs, believed to be a boerboel and a labrador retriever, on Thursday night.

Dharmaseelan Aubrey Moodley, 49, a casual driver, of Northcroft, is in a stable condition in ICU at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

His windpipe was crushed during the attack and he had to undergo a tracheostomy. He will need to undergo surgery to have a device implanted in his trachea to help him speak. Moodley was also bitten on his head and chunks of his flesh were ripped off his arms, torso and legs.

It is alleged that Moodley was walking to his friend’s home when he was attacked by the dogs in Rucklen Place. This was the fourth mauling in the area since 2016.

The owner of the dogs declined to comment on the incident.

Moodley’s uncle, Ivan Pillay said residents heard his screams for help and went to his aid.

“When the residents arrived at the scene the dogs ran off. He was lying on the pavement in a pool of blood. One dog bit him on the neck and his windpipe crushed.”

Paramedics took him to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Addington Hospital and then Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

“We are not sure what breed of dogs attacked him. We have been told it was a boerboel and a labrador retriever. The injury to his neck is bad and he is currently breathing through a ventilator.

“Doctors performed a tracheostomy, whereby they will have to create an opening through the neck into the windpipe and place a tube through to provide an airway for him to breathe.”

In addition, Pillay, said a device would need to be inserted in his trachea to help him speak.

Moodley’s wounds, he said, had to be cleaned every day to ensure the dogs’ saliva, which carries bacteria, was removed.

He said Moodley’s wife and children are focusing on his recovery.

“Their lives will never be the same because he was the sole breadwinner in his family. He may never be able to walk again.”

He said they had not yet had a chance to report the incident to the SPCA, but wanted the dogs removed in case they attacked again.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said a case of keeping a ferocious dog was opened at the Phoenix Police Station for investigation.
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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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