Durban – A RESPECTED community activist was among five people shot early on Wednesday morning in a dispute which allegedly stems from a fight between two dogs.
The fight between the dogs took place two weeks ago, but tensions had been simmering since, with a car set alight apparently as a result.
When the Daily News visited the scene at the sprawling flat complex in Sunset Avenue, Chatsworth, nobody wanted to speak, fearing reprisals from the shooter, a man known as Lorenzo who is out on bail on drug-related charges.
However, a reliable source said two weeks ago a dog allegedly owned by Lorenzo had chased a young boy through the parking area. The boy’s dog came to his aid and chased Lorenzo’s dog to its home. Lorenzo allegedly retaliated by hitting the boy’s dog with a stick and throwing water at it.
An argument later ensued between the dog’s owner, Nazreen Pillay, whose BMW was set alight in the parking lot, and Lorenzo. Pillay and her husband also allegedly received verbal death threats following the incident, and a case was opened at Chatsworth police station.
On Christmas Day, Maggie, 33, and her husband Malcolm Govindsamy, 35, of Montford, joined the Pillays and other relatives for a party at the block of flats. They were allegedly approached by Lorenzo as they left the parking lot early Wednesday morning.
The source said they then heard screams for help and gunshots. Residents from the flats rushed to the scene, and disarmed Lorenzo by pinning him to the ground. However, five people had already been wounded.
The Govindsamys, who have three children, are in hospital with gunshot wounds. Femida Govender, an ANC branch deputy secretary and the chairperson of the Woodhurst civic association and a respected community activist, was shot in the leg. She was discharged from hospital yesterday and refused to comment. It is believed her husband was also shot and is in hospital. The fifth victim could not be traced.
Sivan Subramoney, a spokesperson for Amawele Emergency Services, said they arrived at the scene to chaos. “People had flocked to the scene from the neighbouring flats. We treated the injured who were bleeding profusely on the floor outside a tuckshop. We transported two patients to a local hospital,” he said.
Raj Morar, chairperson of the ANC in Ward 70, said it was unacceptable for unarmed women to be shot at, especially against the background of the government’s programmes to protect women and children. Morar called on the Chatsworth police to implement the “stop and search” programme to ensure people were not carrying illegal firearms.
“The illegal discharge of firearms in all areas of Chatsworth is of great concern. We believe, from reports, that almost every other night someone is discharging their firearm as entertainment. The incident in Woodhurst must be condemned as innocent people were injured,” Morar said.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said five counts of attempted murder were opened, while Lorenzo, who was also in hospital after allegedly being assaulted, had opened a case of attempted murder.
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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