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Durban motorist ambushed,hijacked and taken hostage

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Hijackers took a Durban motorist on a nightmare drive before abandoning the vehicle in Springfield Park in the early hours of this morning.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said armed response officers responded to a property in Fyfe Road, following a hijacking on the corner of Fyfe and Silver Willow Road at around 1.28am. “When our response officers arrived at the scene the resident advised that two men, who upon investigation turned out to be victims of a hijacking, had arrived at her gate. She pointed them out further down the road,” Mathios said.

“When our officers approached the men, they informed us that they had been hijacked after three armed suspects ambushed them. The suspects had jumped out of the bushes at the side of the road and hijacked them of the vehicle, taking a third victim hostage,” Mathios said. “The victims gave the officers a description of the hijacked vehicle and they immediately left the scene in search of the vehicle, which they located parked in Intersite Avenue, where the suspects had gone to draw cash at an ATM. The victim was found unharmed, standing outside the vehicle. The suspects had fled the scene on foot over a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Umgeni River,” Mathios said.

Metro SAPS and the K9 unit attended the scene of the crime. “No arrests have been reported at this stage,” Mathios said.

In a separate incident in Cato Crescent in Amanzimtoti , armed robbers followed a resident home and robbed him at gunpoint, at around 9.40am yesterday. “Four armed suspects, who were driving a brown/beige VW Polo, held up the resident just after he drove onto his property. They robbed him of cellphones and then headed to another property in Cato Crescent where they derailed the driveway gate and forced open the front door,” Mathios said.

“Fortunately, the resident’s mother managed to press a panic button and disturbed the suspects who fled the scene,” Mathios said.

A member of the local Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO) and the Amanzimtoti SAPS attended both crime scenes.

SOURCE:BLUE SECURITY

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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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