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KZN police still searching for ‘killer’ truck driver

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal police are still searching for the truck driver involved in the hit-and-run in Ladysmith where a Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer was killed.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, confirmed that they were yet to make an arrest.

On Sunday, Thokozani Cele and his colleagues were stationed on the N3 highway performing a speed arrest operation when a truck failed to stop, killing him instantly.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the 41-year-old Ladysmith traffic officer was performing his duties on the N3 Freeway northbound when he was knocked by a truck

“He died at the scene and the truck driver drove off,” said Mbele.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda said the incident is a huge blow to the Traffic fraternity and a setback to the department’s commitment to save lives on the road.

“This is a great loss to the department. The manner in which Cele died was unfortunate as it clearly indicates that the suspect is an irresponsible driver as he failed to stop,” said Kaunda.

RTI spokesperson, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said killing a person is charged with culpable homicide but “to us it doesn’t look like culpable homicide.”

“It looks like he [the truck driver] intended to do it because he didn’t stop at the scene. If he was scared that maybe he would be attacked then why didn’t he report to the nearest police station,” said Mngomezulu.

Cele’s sister-in-law, Gugu Jele said his family were expecting to see him walk through the door the morning after his shift but got a message of his passing instead.

“It’s very difficult, it’s such a shock, we just not holding up,” she said.

Jele said the husband and father of three was a committed man in everything that he did.

“He was a committed church member, he was a committed family man, he was a committed traffic cop. His commitment explains it all, he died on the call of duty, that’s who he was. He was a very loving man who was a friend of everyone and always smiling,” said Jele.

Jele said the people of Cele’s hometown, Mathimatholo are all mourning his death.

“What soul he was, such a beautiful soul and very responsible. His wife just cannot take it. He was such a loving and committed husband, “ said Jele.

A case of culpable homicide was opened at Colenso police station.

Mngomezulu said the investigation is underway, and RTI is hoping to make an arrest very soon with the help of SAPS.

Kaunda has urged all law enforcement officers to “strain every nerve” to find the suspect.

“Anyone who may have witnessed the incident must assist the police with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect,” said Kaunda. The Mercury

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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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