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Taxi driver who hit Durban Metro cop given bail



Durban – A 22-year-old taxi driver charged with the culpable homicide of a Durban Metro Police officer has been granted bail in the eManzimtoti Magistrate’s Court.

Nhlakanipho Cele was granted R2 000 bail on Monday morning and his matter was adjourned to April for further investigation.

Cele was arrested on Friday after he hit Inspector John Deysel, 59, with the Toyota Quantum he had been driving.

According to Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Glen Ndlovu, Deysel had been enforcing a stop street when he was killed.

A video of the incident was up on facebook and Ndlovu advised people to refrain from making negative commentary on social media platforms based on this video.

Ndlovu said Deysel flashed his light (in his hand) a few times for the driver to stop but the driver did not slow down.

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union said it would meet with its shop stewards to discuss safety matters following Deysel’s death.

Provincial secretary Jaycee Ncanana said the issue of officers’ safety during roadblocks had been raised previously and the union was given an assurance that its members were safe.

“We will meet with shop stewards to discuss a way forward when it comes to safety – maybe looking at refresher courses for members,” he said.

Ncanana said their meeting would include looking at where improvements could be made in ensuring the safety of officers.

“We have to sit down with the employer and make suggestions on how our members can be safer out there,” Ncanana said.

Deysel’s wife of nearly 21 years, Rina, said he had been with the metro police service for a total of 34 years, 23 of which he had served with the Durban metro police.

She said their little girl, Johane, who would turn two on February 26, was his world and they would have celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary in April.

“He was the proudest policeman and was passionate about his job. We battled for so long to have a child and when this little body arrived, she became everything to him.

In the evenings, when he was working the night shift, I would phone him and he would speak to her,” she said.

Rina said she felt like she was in a nightmare when metro officers came to their home to tell her of his death on Friday night.

“Seeing them at my house, coming like that, is every police wife’s nightmare.

It’s like I’m in a dream and still need to wake up. All I am trying to do is think about my husband and the memories we shared so I can feel close to him,” she said.

Rina said she would collect all the newspaper articles written about her husband, who would have celebrated his 60th birthday on February 19, for their daughter to read when she is older.

Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Glen Ndlovu advised people to refrain from making negative comments on social media platforms, based on video footage of the incident on Facebook yesterday.

Ndlovu said Deysel flashed his torch a few times for the taxi to stop, but the driver did not slow down.

“Instead, in the video he veered to the left and tried to squeeze between the officer and two vehicles standing off to his left,” Ndlovu said.


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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news



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



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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