Durban – A woman wants justice after her fiancé was shot dead, allegedly in a case of mistaken identity, when the police – who were there to arrest his brother at their home in the Zaaifoint area in Ladysmith – fired shots at the wrong man.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed it was investigating the incident, which has left the family and the rural Ladysmith community in shock and fear of police brutality.
The couple had performed an exchange-of-gifts ceremony on January 1 and were to be married this year.
Muzi Mtshali and his brother were working at their homestead when two police officers arrived and allegedly gave chase to Muzi Mtshali at gunpoint.
His brother, whom they had come to arrest on allegations of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, watched while the police gave chase to Muzi, fatally wounding him.
The Daily News has established that the two officers, from Normandien police station, were arrested on a charge of murder.
They were released on bail and would appear in court again on January 25.
Muzi Mtshali’s fiancée, Sthembile Sibeko, said the family was still trying to come to terms with his death.
She said they had lost a breadwinner and her 3-year-old daughter would now grow up without a father.
“I am still shocked and terrified at the brutality of these police officers. We hope that the investigations will provide the justice we desperately want,” she said.
“He was so excited about getting married. The exchange-of-gifts ceremony in December was such a happy moment for the whole family and everyone was looking forward to the wedding.
“We had already started with the wedding arrangements,” she said.
Sibeko described Muzi Mtshali as a loving person and a popular member of the community who took care of others in the community.
She said his death was a huge loss to the community.
“He ran a family business selling livestock and provided job opportunities to many people in the area,” she said.
Sibeko said Mtshali was all she had because she had lost her parents.
“We were going to build our big house and planned to have more children. He was going to give me a family and a home, but all that was taken away from me. Because of the negligence of these police officers, my daughter and I were robbed of a person who took care of us,” said Sibeko.
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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