Durban – More than 400 litres of home brewed beer have been confiscated in a pre-dawn raid at Durban’s Westville Prison on the eve of the New Year.
The raid by hundreds of Correctional Services security officials from across KwaZulu-Natal is part of Operation Vala, aimed at increasing safety at prisons over the festive period.
The pre-dawn raid by more than 200 Correctional Services security officials, as well as police and Metro Police officers and sniffer dogs is part of Operation Vala – aimed at making prisons a safer place over the festive period.
It was not long before SIM cards were found on a prisoner, who was taken back to the cell where the Christmas tinsel was still hanging from the roof, to look for contraband cell phones.
As the search progress, officials found 25 litre plastic barrels of home brewed beer, fermented from bread and cold drink.
At the end of the raid, more than 4 hours later, officials carried out containers with more than 400 litres of beer.
They also showed off more than 50 contraband cell phones and more than 30 SIM cards.
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KwaZulu-Natal Correctional Services Commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele says he is satisfied with the raid.
“We should up the game when it comes to preventative measures to ensure those things don’t get inside. And we should up our game also on the detection. Especially, when it comes to the sorghum beer.”
One prisoner was caught trying to swallow a roll of notes totalling to R1 300. However, the absence of weapons was noticeable.
Nxele says violence decreased after the introduction of patrol dogs in the prison’s corridors, as well as a dialogue programme. Sabc News
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.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
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.
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.
“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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