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Motorist shoots back at hijackers injuring one in KwaMashu

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A man is under police guard in a Durban hospital after he was shot and wounded after allegedly attempting to hijack a motorist on Queen Nandi Drive in KwaMashu.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the victim was stationary in his vehicle at the intersection with Dumisani Makhaye Road, on Sunday evening, when he was approached by two men. One of them was carrying a gun. Gwala said the men demanded the keys to the vehicle.

“He fought one of the men who fired shots at him. The victim did not sustain any injuries. The victim managed to draw his firearm and fired a shot towards the hijackers,” Gwala said.

Both men fled the scene on foot. The KwaMashu SAPS and Durban Metro police searched the area for the men. They found a 30-year-old man in the bushes with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Gwala said a toy gun was also confiscated.

Charges of attempted murder and attempted carjacking are being investigated by KwaMashu SAPS.

In a separate incident, two suspects were arrested for possession of firearms and ammunition, on Monday, by police officers from the Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police Unit, Kranskop SAPS and Cluster Task Team in the Kranskop policing precinct.

They will be appearing at the Kranskop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said an intelligence driven operation aimed at eradicating the proliferation of illegal firearms in the province.

“They proceeded to Oshikishini Reserve. The men were in different homesteads. A 65-year-old man was arrested after he was found with a shotgun and 11 rounds of ammunition as well as a pistol. A 48-year-old suspect was also arrested after he was found with a pistol and four rounds of ammunition.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the police officers for the arrests and recoveries.

“We are advocating for more such operations in the province. I am glad that these firearms were removed from that community as they contribute inter-group conflicts where many lives are lost,” he said.

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N2 Kei Cuttings bus accident leaves 27 dead

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At least 27 people have been killed in a bus accident on the N2 at Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

The death toll has been revised from earlier reports which indicated that 10 people have died.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says the number of the deaths could increase as more people were still trapped inside the wrecked bus.

A large number of search and rescue personnel, traffic officers, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene.

Binqose said the death toll is likely to increase as search and rescue personnel plan to flip the bus over to see whether more people are trapped underneath.

The accident took place on the notorious section of the N2, known as the Kei Cuttings, north of the Kei River, which is known for its perilous twists and turns.

Binqose said the driver of the bus is among those who died.

The driver is believed to have lost control of the long-distance passenger bus before it plunged 200 metres down a steep embankment.

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“He lost control just before he could cross the river on the last curve,” said Binqose.

Chief director of clinical support services for the health department, Kidwell Matshotyana, told TellitallSA that 22 people were stable and did not want to go to hospital.

“In terms of the injured people, we have five patients admitted at Frere Hospital and one at Life St Dominic’s Private Hospital [both in East London],” he said.

The department will arrange transport for the 22 people, who don’t want to go to hospital, to the nearest town. They will be given accommodation.

The bus is understood to have been transporting passengers from Cape Town.

Hospitals and emergency services in the area and further afield were offering help with triaging patients.

He said the police had the grim task of going through the luggage to find identity documents, in order to begin informing the next of kin of the tragedy.

The department would also work with the bus company to establish a contact centre for worried families checking up on people who were on the bus, and those details would be announced later.

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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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