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Several dog-fighting rings identified in Durban

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Durban – A DOG fighting cartel has been identified running more than nine dog fighting rings in the Durban and surrounding areas.

Animal rights activist and co-founder of Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment (Pact), Neeri Naidoo, described the cartel as huge and said the industry was worth hundreds of thousands of rand.

Hotspots for the dog fights include Merebank, Phoenix, Mayville, Pinetown, Hillcrest, Marianhill, Chesterville, uMlazi and Hammarsdale.

Naidoo warned owners to not “parade” their dogs in the “frontline” of their homes, as there are dedicated people who scouted for dogs in residential areas.

Naidoo said once a dog was spotted, all measures are taken to secure the animal.

“Kids are also paid to scout for dogs. And don’t think your high walls will help. Operators can mount an 80kg aggressive dog over a 2m wall that is reinforced with electric fencing and push them into a waiting van.”

Meat laced with sedatives and female dogs were apparently used to lure selected dogs.

She said the perception that pit bulls were a main target was untrue.

“Any power-breed stands to be targeted. Even small dogs are used as bait dogs to taunt the bigger dogs.”

A few years ago the organisation was made aware of children using slingshots to target dogs and some said they were hired to steal dogs.

Some power-breeds that are sought after include pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, bulldogs, huskies and dobermans.

Naidoo said dogs are pitted against each other according to strength and not necessarily according to its breed.

“Dogs are captured and trained to fight.”

She added that, most often, the organisation found dogs dumped in the “middle of nowhere”.

“We have rehabilitated a few dogs that were found. But usually dogs who don’t die in the ring are killed and their bodies are dumped.”

David Hardwick, of SerendiPitty Rescue, said the biggest problem was not having law enforcement dedicated to raiding these rings.

He said dog fighting happened mainly on weekends in spots not easily penetrated by cops.

A dog owner recently had her staffordshire bull terrier returned but her pit bull has been missing for more than a week. Video footage showed four boys stealing her dogs. The terrier was found in Chesterville.

Nadia Hansa, an inspector from the NSPCA’s Special Investigations Unit, described dog fighting as an organised underground criminal activity that required investigation.

She asked owners not to spread word of suspected dog fighting activities over WhatsApp groups or social media but rather report it to the NSPCA.

In contrast to animal rescuers, she said dogs used for dog fighting are almost exclusively American pit bull terriers.

Hansa said the best way to prevent your dog from being stolen was to sterilise them.

“Dog-fighters make most of their profits from breeding the winning fighting dogs and selling the puppies,” she said. POST

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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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