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Three arrested after attack on police during Shallcross drug operation

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Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said the Durban Flying Squad was conducting an operation in Taurus Street in Shallcross when they were allegedly attacked by a group of about 200 community members.

Three suspects were arrested after police, who were conducting an operation regarding drug trade in Shallcross, were attacked and obstructed from carrying out their duties, on Saturday.

Two people were shot, police officers injured and police vehicles damaged during the clash between residents and police during the raid, which was conducted at suspected drug kingpin, Yaganathan Pillay, commonly known as Teddy Mafia’s home.

Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said the Durban Flying Squad was conducting an operation in Taurus Street in Shallcross when they were allegedly attacked by a group of about 200 community members.

“Police were following up on intelligence (information) regarding drug trade in the area. They were assaulted and a rifle was stolen. Police vehicles were stoned and damaged as well,” she said.

“Public Order Police, the National Intervention Unit, K9 Unit and Airwing, as well as Chatsworth police, were at the scene and paramedics were also deprived to assist the injured police officers by an unruly crowd,” she added.

Cases of public violence, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, theft of firearm, malicious damage to property and obstructing police officers are under investigation.

The injured police officers were taken to hospital for medical attention. Col Mbhele confirmed that the suspects, aged 37 and 41, will be charged.

Swift police action led to the recovery of the firearm and the arrest of a 26-year-old suspect, who was found in possession of a police rifle.

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He was caught while trying to conceal it. He will be charged for illegal possession of a firearm. The arrested suspects will appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court soon.

“We will not tolerate such criminal and barbaric acts by people who attack police and obstruct them from conducting their duties. Anyone caught doing so will face the full might of law,” she concluded.

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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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