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Missing Durban businesswoman found alive in Gauteng

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Durban – Missing Durban businesswoman Sandra Moonsamy has been found alive in a house in Gauteng.

The Hawks have confirmed that there has been a major development in the case, however they added that the details would be confirmed in due course.

A source close to the case said that four people who were in the house with her at the time, were arrested on Thursday night.

The source said although Moonsamy was unharmed, she was found chained in the house.

Moonsamy, a Westville mother of two and financial at Crossmoor Transport Plant, was kidnapped at the corner of Stapleton Road and M13 on May 30.

It is believed her kidnappers demanded a multimillion-rand ransom in exchange for her safe return. Since her disappearance, Moonsamy’s family received an anonymous ransom demand, citing 30 Bitcoin as the price for her return.

However her family and the Hawks could not confirm whether any ransom had been paid to the abductors.

In September this year, after receiving no leads in the case, Moonsamy’s family turned to local non-profit organisation, SA CAN, in the hopes that their newly-developed cellphone app could have helped them trace Moonsamy.

Moonsamy is the daughter of logistics and transport tycoon Poonsamy Naicker.

Private security company Reaction Unit SA, who first broke the news of her kidnapping, explained at that time how Moonsamy was forced off the road by armed assailants, grabbed and transferred into another car. Her handbag and all its contents were found in her abandoned vehicle.

There had been no developments in the case until Jerry Ogbuwany Gike, 35, was arrested in July after he was found in possession of Moonsamy’s
cellphone.

Gike, who is out on R5000 bail, will make his next court appearance on December 2.

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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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