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Phoenix mom and kids beaten up over soccer ball in neighbour’s yard

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Durban – A Phoenix family was allegedly assaulted with mop handles and broom sticks after a dispute with neighbours over a soccer ball.

Colonel Thembeka Mbele, a KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson said the complainant, a woman, alleged that she was at her place of residence at Avalen Crescent with her children on Monday at 5.30 pm when the incident happened.

“Her child was playing with a ball in the yard when a neighbour asked the boy to stop kicking the ball and threatened to kill him. The woman on hearing this, then told the neighbour not to speak to her son in that manner. The neighbours then ran into the woman’s yard carrying broomsticks and mop handles and assaulted her on the head head causing her to fall to the ground,”Mbele explained.

Phoenix Crime Watch WhatsApp groups received a call for medical and police assistance, on Monday, when a message stating that a woman and her child were beaten badly by a neighbour. The message said the woman was unconscious and that her 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son were beaten up.

Mbele said the neighbours then continued assaulting the woman and her children.

The woman then screamed for help and another neighbour came and assisted them.

The woman sustained bruises on her head and face and the children sustained injuries as well.

A case of assault was registered at the Phoenix Police station and is under investigation.

Tino Pillay,eThekwini ward 49 councillor,said the use of violence in any form is clearly unacceptable in our community. People should understand the consequences to their actions before engaging. The use of force or violent tendencies are not the answer to any problems, in fact it compounds the problem.

Source: Daily News

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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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