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UPPER HIGHWAY RESIDENTS SUSTAIN INJURIES FOLLOWING TWO ARMED ROBBERIES

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Upper Highway residents sustained injuries following an assault, in two separate incidents, in the Westville and Hillcrest areas.

A Westville resident sustained injuries when a gang of armed robbers assaulted him just after he pulled into his driveway yesterday. Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the resident had just driven into his driveway when he was accosted by the gang. The incident occurred at around 1.55pm. “As the resident opened his garage a gang of four armed men who had arrived in a Ford SUV accosted him and assaulted him. One of the suspects appeared to be armed, although it was unclear whether it was a real firearm. The resident sustained head injuries during the assault,” Mathios said.

“The resident’s wife heard the commotion and went to investigate. The suspects accosted her and dragged her down the stairs. She sustained bruising to her elbow. The suspects then turned and fled the scene. ER24 paramedics attended the scene of the crime but the residents declined medical treatment,” he said. Westville SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

In a separate incident, a senior Hillcrest resident sustained bruising to her wrists after a housebreaker confronted her in her home at around 6.50pm last night. “The resident was sitting in the study when she heard noises in the house and she got up to investigate. Before she could even walk out of the study a suspect rushed into the room and grabbed her hand, threatening to kill her if she made a noise,” Mathios said.

“She managed to free herself from the suspect’s grip and locked herself in the garage where she screamed for help. Her neighbours heard her screams and arrived to assist her,” he said. Mathios said upon investigation it was found that the suspect had gained entry into the home by forcing open a bathroom window and burglar bars. “The suspect had ransacked the main bedroom and fled with a tablet and cellphone,” Mathios said. Hillcrest SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

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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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