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Phoenix pastor charged with rape of domestic worker

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Durban – A married Phoenix pastor has denied raping his former domestic worker, whom he accused of theft.

The father of two, aged 57, admits to a relationship with his helper. However, he said their relationship soured and she falsely accused him of rape.

He was charged last Wednesday and appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court a day later. He was granted R3 000 bail and cautioned not to communicate with the complainant.

Advocate Niven Rai, appearing for the pastor, told the court his client was falsely implicated by the woman, aged 26.

“My client is married with two children. He has known the complainant since 2016 and their relationship turned sour. In May, my client opened a case of theft and the complainant in this case was the number one suspect,” Rai said.

“My client also took out a protection order against the complainant, and it was served to her a day before my client was arrested and charged.

“The complainant approached the accused before he was arrested to drop the case and he refused. These alone suggests false implication.”

He said the pastor had no pending or previous charges against him.

The case was adjourned until next month for further investigation and for the complainant to be interviewed.

The man’s children, who were at court, declined to comment.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Rai said: “The only setback for the family was that the accused spent a night in custody.

“As far as the allegations go, my client and his family are quite comfortable and relaxed about our stance in this matter. We have placed it on record in court that the complainant laid charges against my client only because he has a current valid protection order against her, and the fact that he is the complainant in a docket of theft against the complainant (her) in this matter.

“That was our stance from the inception of this matter and we will remain with this contention till the very end.”

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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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