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‘Pray for your father before we kill him,’ robbers tell Durban family

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A Durban family has been left traumatised after a house robbery in which the robbers threatened to kill the father if they did not give them what they wanted.

The armed gang asked which religion the family belonged to before telling them to pray for their father because they were going to kill him if they did not tell them where the safe was.

The Malvern family was attacked on Monday night as the father was fixing a part of the gate.

Circumstances are that the homeowner and two others were busy fixing the gate when five armed men accosted them.

They forced marched them into the house where his wife and another baby was.

The family was rounded up in the lounge and made to sit on the couch.

“The robbers were aggressive. They hit the homeowner a few times. They took the children at gunpoint into the rooms, asking them to point out where the safe was hidden. They asked them what religion or which God they prayed to. They told the children to pray for their father because they were going to kill him if they did not find the safe,” a family spokesman said.

The gang tied up the family before ransacking the house and fled the scene.

The robbers took jewellery, a microwave, clothes, cellphones and the house keys.

They fled in the family’s blue BMW, which has not been recovered.

“The family were upset and felt it was a violation of their privacy for the videos to be circulating without their permission.

“Many crime watch groups were in the home after the incident,” said their family spokesman.

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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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