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Watch: Prisoner falls to death while attempting to escape during Umzinto prison

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One inmate fell to his death from the roof top of Umzinto Prison while attempting to escape from prison on Monday. The brazen attempt came after a fire broke out at the correctional services facility.

The Department of Correctional Services confirmed that the inmate died when he was trying to escape at the Umzinto Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday afternoon.

“Following the fire at Umzinto Correctional Centre, one inmate, from a group that had climbed to the roof in an attempt to escape, succumbed to his injuries after falling to the ground, and died,” spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said.

The affected area of the prison was labelled as Section A, which houses remand detainees.

Nxumalo said a group of awaiting trial inmates, climbed the room in an effort to escape.

Earlier, the Department of Correctional Services confirmed that a fire was started in one of the cells of the prison.

Images of a number of what’s believed to be prisoners on top of the facility have been doing the rounds on social media.

Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says one inmate, from a group that had climbed to the roof in an attempt to escape, succumbed to his injuries after falling to the ground and died.

“DCS officials and SAPS officials remain on-site in order to quell any potential flare-ups and the situation is under control.

“We condemn in strongest possible terms any attempts by inmates to undermine security at the centre we will not hesitate to take strong action against those behind such acts.”

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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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