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Two women robbed and raped by ‘good samaritans’ in Verulam

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Durban – The Verulam community is in shock after two women were raped in their area on separate occasions in the same week. In the most recent incident, reported on Sunday, a 22-year-old woman from Durban Central, was robbed and raped after she sought assistance from two men, whom she believed could help her in locating a friend’s home in the area.

Authorities have sent out an urgent appeal to women to be extra vigilant following the recent rapes.

Local security company, Reaction Unit South Africa, met with the victim at about 7:59pm after she was driven to the centre in Verulam by an Uber driver, who she managed to flag down following the incident.

“The victim explained that she was from Park Street in Central Durban and arrived in Verulam by taxi. She was to meet a friend and got lost while searching for her house,” a report issued by the security company stated.

While walking in the direction of Estuary Drive, she met two men and asked them for assistance.

They claimed to know her friend and offered to escort the victim to her home.

“One of the suspects gave the victim his cellphone number in an attempt to win her trust. While walking, one of the men robbed her of her cellphone and her purse containing cash and her bank cards. He then fled the scene. His accomplice dragged her into a bush where he raped her,” the report added.

After he left, the victim managed to flag down a passing Uber vehicle, which stopped to assist her.

The emotional woman described the suspect who raped her as tall and dark in complexion with short hair.

He was dressed in a black T-shirt, blue denim jeans and black Chuck Taylor All Star takkies. The victim believes that both suspects were foreign nationals.

On Tuesday, reaction officers were called out to the corner of Moss Street and Old Main Road after a 28-year-old woman was raped and robbed of her cellphone.

The victim was also assisted by a man, who offered to walk her to a friend’s home in Mslaini, Everest Heights from the Verulam CBD.

“He convinced her to follow him into a bush after he explained that it was a shortcut to her friend’s home. Once they entered the bush, he raped her and robbed her of her cellphone,” the report concluded.

It cannot be confirmed if the same suspect is responsible for both rapes.

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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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