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#DurbanFloods – Man pulled from Amanzimtoti home just before it collapsed

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Durban – Paramedics managed to save a man, who was lying injured in a house in Rockview Road, Amazimtoti, just before it collapsed.

A paramedic has described how he and another rescue worker saved a man from an Amanzimtoti house that collapsed on Monday morning due to severe flooding following torrential rains.

Chris Botha, who has worked in emergency services for 43 years, said he received a message about a house collapsing on Amanzimtoti’s Rockview Road.

He said he rushed out to the scene at about 7am and saw a number of cars parked outside a home in Rockview Road.

“Someone said that a man had collapsed in the property next door. I waded through some water and had to break the door open to get into the house where I saw a man lying on the kitchen floor. He had fallen but he had previously had a stroke.

“His head was split open above his right eyebrow and he was complaining of pain down his neck. As we were trying to stabilise him, a few people ran inside telling us we needed to get out as the house was going to collapse.”

Botha said that despite the imminent danger, they had to stabilise the man.

“I looked outside and saw that everyone was frantic about the house. We managed to get a trauma board and we made our way outside and across the water.”

Botha said the man, who is in his early 60s, was transported to hospital for further care.

“We watched the property collapse. It was hectic. We hear that further rain is headed our way and that will mean trouble because already roads have washed away.”

ER24’s Russel Meiring confirmed paramedics assessed the man who was in the home at the time of the collapse and found that he had sustained injuries to his head.

“The man was treated for his injuries and thereafter transported to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital for further care. It is believed that the heavy rainfall played a contributing factor in the structural collapse.”

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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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