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Mixed feelings as president grants remissions to prisoners

A prison rights group has called on government to consider pardoning prisoners who are serving time for killing their abusers.

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The SA Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights has been reacting to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s granting of special remission of sentence to over 14 000 prisoners.

In his Day of Reconciliation speech in Bergville – Ramaphosa stressed that the gesture wouldn’t be extended to those serving time for serious crimes – such as murder and sexual offenses. Among those who’ll benefit by immediately being eligible for parole are Fees Must Fall, activist, Kanya Cekeshe and AbaThembu King, Bu-YELE-khaya Dalindyebo.

But SAPOHR’s Miles Bhudu says those who committed murder while defending themselves from their attackers should also be eligible for remissions. Bhudu says, “When we talk about battered women and men, these are people who suffered violence and abuse under a roof that went unreported and unnoticed for years.”

“And they reached a point where the person has been abused ended up saying they are going to take the law into their own hands because the system can’t assist me. These are categories not considered by the department of correctional services or justice,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the DA has slammed Ramaphosa’s decision to grant these remissions.

Shadow Minister for Correctional Services, Glynnis Breytenbach says the decision is a slap in the face of the judiciary and victims of crime.

She says Ramaphosa’s decision is politically motivated. She adds, “Both fees must fall activist and the king had exhausted every other legal avenue to secure an early release. Courts have considered their cases very carefully and in both of the incidents, the courts have concluded that the time they need to be incarcerated is what they have.

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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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