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KZN father of nine killed in nightclub brawl

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Durban – A nightclub brawl after a man allegedly bumped into a woman on the dance floor ended in him being stabbed in the chest on Saturday morning.
Businessman Benjamin Joseph, 45, of Bombay Heights, Pietermaritzburg, died at the Northdale Hospital.

The acting spokesperson for Mountain Rise SAPS, chief administration clerk Sean Singh, said it was alleged there was an argument over a woman.

Two suspects have been charged with murder and appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They were remanded in police custody until their next appearance.

Joseph, a father of nine, went to the nightclub in Allandale with his sister, Mona Munisamy, and relatives to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

“The club was packed and we were on the dance floor. As he was dancing, Benjamin got a bit close to one of the girls and the man who was with her got angry.

“He came up to Benjamin and pushed his finger in his face. An argument broke out between them,” said Munisamy.

She said before the argument escalated they managed to separate the men.

“I even approached the woman to find out what had happened and she said there was no problem. I thought everything was settled and then, as the man was walking out of the club, he said something to our relative, who then followed him outside. When we saw this, we also followed.”

Munisamy claimed an argument led to a fight.

“Benjamin got involved in the fight and friends from the man’s side as well. Within seconds, Benjamin was stabbed in the chest and fell and the man and his friends fled.”

Munisamy said the relatives put Joseph into their car and took him to hospital where he died.

“It was difficult to break the news to our family, especially his wife, Cheryl, and their children.”

For Munisamy her brother’s death was a double blow. “Four years ago, our younger brother, Kreoson, was killed. He was only 24.

“A suspect was arrested, but he was acquitted due to the lack of evidence. I pray this does not happen again.”

The mother of one of the accused said she did not believe her son would commit murder. “I am his mother and I don’t believe he is capable of stabbing another person.” POST

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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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