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Durban Metro cops gunned down outside ANC councillor’s home

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Durban – Police are hunting for the gunmen who shot dead two Durban Metro police officers and took their guns in Inanda on Monday night.

The officer were guarding an ANC councillors home in the Bhambayi area at the corner of Fernham and Stoneham Drive bordering Phoenix, north of Durban.

Durban Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said both police officers were shot while they were seated in a marked police vehicle. Both their firearms were taken from their holsters.

“The next of kin has not been notified so we cannot release their names. One of the officers was 58 years old and the other was a 37-year-old woman. Both were based at Verulam but also assigned to guard eThekwini councillors,” Sewpersad said.

Sewpersad said management and staff of Durban Metro police are in shock after hearing the news. He said they have formulated a task team to work together with the SAPS Provincial task team to bring the perpetrators to book.

“The policeman was found dead inside the police van. The female officer was found dead outside the van near the driver’s door. Police are not ruling out robbery as the motive, “Sewpersad said.

Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer who heads the safety and security cluster in the eThekwini Municipality said they would leave no stone unturned during the investigations. She said police were still investigating the incident and she did not want to compromise the investigation.

However, she said it was shocking that criminals can shoot police officers so brazenly.

She said the loss of life has a knock on effect in society, the victims families and the community whom the police served.

On the Phoenix Crime Watch Facebook page more than a hundred people emphathised with the deceased families while some called for stricter laws and more police stop and search operations.

Colin Moodley in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning said: “It’s so that I bumped into both offices at the Engen garage before the fatal shooting. One Male and one female officer grabbed something quick to eat and was on their way to Bhambayi. RIP brave officers. Condolences to both families.” Daily News

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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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