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Kidnappers kill Chatsworth victim – after payment

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Durban – THE family of a man whose body was discovered in a sugar cane field this week say they had paid his kidnappers for his release.

The kidnappers had demanded money via WhatsApp. The body of a Ghanaian national, known as Sakha, was found in a field in Camperdown, north-west of Durban, on Monday.

Sakha was kidnapped in July, near his home in Chatsworth. His family was contacted by the kidnappers, demanding R15000.

“The kidnappers contacted us and told us that our brother owed them – they wanted money so they could release him. They wanted R15000 and we told them we didn’t have that much. Then we sent them R2000. After we gave them the money, they switched off the phone,” said a relative, who would not be named.

After two months of investigations, Chatsworth police arrested a 28-year-old woman for her involvement in the kidnapping last week. She appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was remanded until next Monday, said Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane.

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“Two suspects were also arrested in Hammarsdale on Monday night. Police recovered a licensed firearm with ammunition, as well as a vehicle suspected to be used during the kidnapping,” Zwane said.

Source: 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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