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Man arrested for the murder of retired Durban school principal

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Durban – Police have made a breakthrough in the murder of former school principal Shirley James of Newlands West who was found dead in her garage.

Shirley James,79, was found lying on her back with a piece of cloth wrapped around her face in her garage of her Mallcastle Place home by officers from a private security company.

Captain Nqobile Gwala,a KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, said, “It is alleged a body of a 79-year-old woman was found lying in her garage with assault wounds to the head. The victim was staying alone in her house. The matter is still under investigation.”

A case of murder and robbery was being investigated by Newlands East SAPS.

Newlands East police detectives Andre Moses and Mohammed Basha arrested a man in the Sea Cow Lake area on Saturday night.

The detectives also recovered jewellery and other items taken from the house.

The man is expected to appear in the Ntuzima Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police believe she could have died any time between Thursday and Saturday as her body showed signs of decomposition.

The alarm was apparently raised on Monday, August 12, when a family member called the security company because they were unable to contact James.

She had not answered her phone and had missed a church service.

James was the former principal of Collegevale Primary School in Overport and Newlands West Secoundary School ex-principal.

There were different reactions to James death on Facebook.

Wandera Abdulwandera said, “I think religious education in school would help decrease crimes regions teach people how to behave and responsible and even respect human life and elderly.”

Kogie Naidoo said, “She was my principal at Collegevale Senior Primary , my mentor, my leader, my friend until she retired. She was kind, compassionate, fair and strict. I learnt so much from her which I implemented at my own school. Thank you Mrs James. May your beautiful soul rest in peace. An absolutely brilliant mind.”

Nellie Deyi said, “It seems as if we can’t have a peaceful retirement because of the criminals.”

Nalini Pillay said, “I met her when she was at Malvern Primary.She was such a wonderful woman ,hospitable,kind ,elegant and very knowledgeable.I cannot bear to think of her terror and fear at the hands of her attacker/s.She didn’t deserve this. Rest in peace and may justice be swift and severe.”

Pavitska Badasie said, “To take the life of someone who educates must hold great punishment.”

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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