Durban – A teenager’s dream of serving her country died with her when the Uber she and her older sister were travelling in crashed into a barrier on Felix Dlamini (Brickfield) Road on Sunday morning.
Karen Jhungathbur, 16, and her sister, Tivonia, 20, of Chatsworth, were returning home from a friend’s party in Overport when the driver allegedly lost control of the car.
Karen, a Grade 11 pupil at Risecliff Secondary School, died at the scene, and Tivonia, a receptionist, is in a critical condition.
Their brother-in-law, Kaylen Chetty, said: “Tivonia and Karen were inseparable. Tivonia is unaware Karen died. It’s going to be difficult to break the news to her.”
Chetty said Karen dreamed of joining the South African National Defence Force. “She always talked about one day joining the army. We felt so proud that she wanted to serve and protect our country.”
He said the family was rallying to support the sisters’ mother, Jenny.
“Having to prepare for Karen’s funeral, and have Tivonia in the hospital, is taking a toll on her.”
Speaking about the accident, he said: “They were travelling in an Uber. We were told by the authorities that the vehicle (a Toyota Etios) hit into a barrier at around 4am.
“Karen was flung out of the car and sustained severe head injuries. Tivonia is in the ICU.
“She sustained broken ribs and injuries to her stomach.”
He said the driver also suffered broken ribs and had internal bleeding.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, said a case of culpable homicide was being investigated.
Uber SA said it was unaware of the accident and they were investigating.
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news
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.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
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.
Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video
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.
“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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