DURBAN – A Durban man was shot in an armed robbery on the N2 highway in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Denzil Chetty, who is recovering in hospital, had been on his way home when he crashed into bricks that had been placed across the N2 north, near Spaghetti Junction in the Cato Manor area.
His cousin, Kuben Govender, said Chetty had called him to tell him something had happened to his car.
“While he was describing what was going on, I heard gunshots in the background. I told him to drive away quickly,” he said.
Chetty was shot in the abdomen, but managed to drive on to safety.
Govender said when he arrived at the scene, at least three other motorists had stopped at the roadside because they had also hit the obstacles.
“A couple in a VW Polo crashed into the bricks and stopped at the side of the road. About three or four men rushed towards them and I saw one of the men running off with the woman’s bag.
“There was also a truck that stopped and the driver fled. An Audi was also parked nearby. I am not sure if that person was robbed as well,” Govender said.
He said it appeared bricks and spikes had been placed on the road to stop motorists.
Govender said there was also a man standing on the bridge nearby and it seemed as if he was communicating with the robbers below.
Chetty was rushed to a nearby hospital.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, confirmed that a case of attempted murder was being investigated by Cato Manor SAPS.
The attacks come just hours after KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, addressed Cato Manor police and crime fighting committees on toughening up their fight against crime.
This was Kaunda’s second visit to the area in the wake of an escalation in crime, especially murders.
Department spokesperson, Mluleki Mntungwa, noted that last year, similar incidents of items being placed on roads were reported but after police stepped up patrols, these stopped.
Kaunda said that new, tough measures would be employed to deal with all crime hotspots in the province.
– THE MERCURY
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news
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.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
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.
Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video
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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.
“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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