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WATCH | Unruly former pupil shot after attacking police at Mpumalanga school

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A former pupil of Mmametlhake Secondary School in Mpumalanga was shot in the leg after he allegedly attacked police officers at the school on Thursday.

Mpumalanga department of education spokesperson Jasper Zwane said the former pupil went to the school to see the principal.

“It is alleged that when he was told he could not see the principal, he became violent and started throwing bricks, destroying the school’s windows. Police were called in to assist… the intruder attacked them until he was shot in the leg,” Zwane said.

The youth was arrested and taken to the Mmametlhake Hospital.

A video recording of the incident has since gone viral on social media.

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The 2.15min video, taken by someone inside a classroom, appears to show the attacker hurling bricks at the school’s windows.

Seconds later, a police van is seen speeding onto the school grounds, but the brick-thrower seems undeterred. He shifts his focus from stoning the school building to stoning the police van.

As the officers try to alight from the vehicle, one of the bricks slams into the passenger window, shattering it.

The officers try to retreat, but the brick-thrower continues to attack.

People can be seen scattering in different directions as the attacker comes at them, chasing the police van.

Seemingly in a bid to try to avoid him, the officer behind the wheel spins his vehicle around the attacker, but his colleague is flung out of the van through the passenger door.

The female officer lands on the ground and attempts to stand up, only to fall down a number of times.

The brick-thrower heads in the fallen officer’s direction, with a brick in hand.

Other officers leap out of the vehicle and one opens fire as the assailant prepares to hurl the brick. About three gunshots can be heard as the man falls to the ground and stops moving.

Another officer, armed with what seems like a rifle, moves close to the victim as police check on him. All of a sudden, the officer kicks the man lying on the ground several times.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the man had clear intentions to inflict “deadly injuries” to the female officer in the police van.

“She had to dive trying to dodge the rain of bricks that the suspect hurled at them. The perpetrator somehow managed to open the door of the police van while it was still in motion.

“It was during that process that the member fell out of the vehicle, sustaining minor injuries,” Hlathi said.

He said police attempted to avoid direct confrontation with the man, but he continued his “inexplicably crazy actions”.

Hlathi said police had no other option than to use force by shooting him.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate had been informed of the incident and would conduct an investigation.

The man was currently in hospital under police guard. Hlathi said he faced several charges, including attacking a police officer and malicious damage to property.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed on Friday they will investigate the incident.

“The IPID was notified by the SAPS late yesterday afternoon. The video footage will assist the investigation in clarifying what led to the shooting. The investigation continues and no arrest has been made,” said Dlamini.

The education department will send a team to the school on Friday to investigate the circumstances of the incident and to provide counselling to the affected pupils and teachers.

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N2 Kei Cuttings bus accident leaves 27 dead

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At least 27 people have been killed in a bus accident on the N2 at Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

The death toll has been revised from earlier reports which indicated that 10 people have died.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says the number of the deaths could increase as more people were still trapped inside the wrecked bus.

A large number of search and rescue personnel, traffic officers, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene.

Binqose said the death toll is likely to increase as search and rescue personnel plan to flip the bus over to see whether more people are trapped underneath.

The accident took place on the notorious section of the N2, known as the Kei Cuttings, north of the Kei River, which is known for its perilous twists and turns.

Binqose said the driver of the bus is among those who died.

The driver is believed to have lost control of the long-distance passenger bus before it plunged 200 metres down a steep embankment.

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“He lost control just before he could cross the river on the last curve,” said Binqose.

Chief director of clinical support services for the health department, Kidwell Matshotyana, told TellitallSA that 22 people were stable and did not want to go to hospital.

“In terms of the injured people, we have five patients admitted at Frere Hospital and one at Life St Dominic’s Private Hospital [both in East London],” he said.

The department will arrange transport for the 22 people, who don’t want to go to hospital, to the nearest town. They will be given accommodation.

The bus is understood to have been transporting passengers from Cape Town.

Hospitals and emergency services in the area and further afield were offering help with triaging patients.

He said the police had the grim task of going through the luggage to find identity documents, in order to begin informing the next of kin of the tragedy.

The department would also work with the bus company to establish a contact centre for worried families checking up on people who were on the bus, and those details would be announced later.

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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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