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Man shot dead during Soweto looting spree

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A 23-year-old Soweto man was killed on Wednesday after community members from White City in Soweto went on the rampage, looting foreign-owned shops amid allegations that they sold expired food and items with counterfeit labels.

In a bid to protect his property, a shop owner was alleged to have opened fire, killing one person – identified as Banele Qhayiso.

The victim was not one of the looters but a paying customer, said his brother, Mandlekosi Qhayiso.

“He left the house (this morning) saying he was going to buy bread and snuff. While he was there, the community members came in, wanting to do this thing of theirs of looting, but unfortunately, Banele was inside. The next thing, a shot was fired and moments later, I was called to the scene and told that Banele had been shot,” the elder brother said.

“When I got there, Banele was lying by the gate of some house… He was still alive but he could no longer speak,” said Mandlekosi. “He died in my arms.”

Dressed in a black shirt and jeans, clutching a piece of an old red cloth he used as a handkerchief, Mandlekosi broke down as he spoke about the bright future his brother had ahead of him.

Seemingly in disbelief, the young man choked on his words as he tried to hold back the tears, saying he could not believe that the youngest of his siblings had been killed.

Banele was the last of five children. Their parents are deceased.

“He was going to graduate on the 19th of September,” Mandlekosi said. “He had been studying mechanical engineering (at Rosebank College). He was the only one who was educated here.”

Hours after Banele was shot dead, community members were still outside the store in White City. They continued to empty the shop.

The crowds made off with bags of mealie meal, flour, cold drinks, nappies, sugar and even the fridges and shelves which had been inside the shop.

“We are doing this for Banele! They came here to kill our children. They must go,” one community member shouted, carrying plastic cartons full of goods.

Mandlekosi, however, rejected the crowd’s declaration of looting in Banele’s name.

“I am angry with them because this whole thing with the Pakistani people doesn’t make sense to me. What they did… I lost my brother because of a senseless community act,” Mandlenkosi said.

“They shouldn’t say they are doing this for us. There is nothing of theirs here. There is not even a single one of them here, even to come and show their support. They are doing all of this for themselves. I lost my brother because of them.”

When TimesLIVE arrived at the scene, police officers who were without rubber bullets watched helplessly as the crowds helped themselves to the goods inside the shop.

The more brazen carried their stolen loot in black trash bins, while others brought in trolleys and bags.

Meanwhile, the two shop owners had locked themselves inside the shop after one of them had allegedly earlier been beaten by community members.

Police reversed their van to the side of the shop, opening the back so the two shop owners could get inside. The van quickly pulled off, riding through an array of sizeable rocks which had been placed on the street.

Further up the road, police remained on high alert as other shops belonging to foreign nationals were also emptied.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini told TimesLIVE that police had since opened a murder and attempted murder case.

“Someone was shot dead and another was wounded. He was shot there around Soweto,” said Dlamini.

He could not immediately provide any further details on whether the second person was linked to the same scene.

“It will all form part of our investigation,” he said. TimeLIVE

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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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