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Police seize R12m in heroin, cocaine and mandrax from Phoenix drug den

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Police seized nearly R12 million worth of drugs during a raid on the premises of an alleged known Phoenix drug dealers den on Thursday.

Two people classified as high-level syndicate members were arrested when police swooped on the den. They were charged for dealing and possession of heroin, mandrax, ecstasy and crack cocaine at the Phoenix police station. One of them faces charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

2 198 heroin caps, 1 065 mandrax tablets, 250 large pieces crack cocaine, 440 crack cocaine pieces, 216 ecstasy pills, and half kilogram heroin powder were seized.

A Glock firearm,19 bullets and one shotgun with three shotgun rounds were also found.

Police also found three two-way radios.

Twenty-five buckets of empty capsules totalling five million, various drug paraphernalia including heroin packaging equipment and R59 000 in cash were also found.

Police estimate the street value to be worth an estimated R12 million.

The raids were conducted by crime intelligence officers, Durban Metro police drug task team, Durban Metro Dog Unit, National Intervention Unit, Shongweni K9.

In a separate bust on another drug den police seized 21 898 heroin capsules, 64 crack cocaine pieces, 18 large pieces of crack cocaine pieces, four bags cocaine, sixty ecstasy pills and one-kilogram heroin powder.

On Wednesday, Democratic Alliance Councillor Sharon Hoosen raised the issue of drug dealing in Phoenix in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature.

Hoosen said the DA held an Anti-Crime March in June 2017, to hand over a memorandum to the Phoenix Police Station.

They handed over a list with the details of 52 known drug dealers in the community to police.

“In the last two years of handing this information to the station commander. We have not received a report on the number of drug dens closed to date. I handed over the list to the MEC for Community Safety, Mxolisi Kaunda to act promptly and close these dens with immediate effect. The DA will continue to act in the interests of the community and will revert as soon as a response is received,” Hoosen said.

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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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