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South Africa: Teen burnt to death, perpetrators arraigned

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Tokelo Makalepho’s ex-girlfriend and three of her friends have been arrested facing charges of murder and kidnapping after the carbonized body of teenager Boitumelo Dlamini was found in the veld in Klipgat, North West.

Boitumelo , 18, a Grade 12 pupil at Elepsa Secondary School, became romantically involved with Tokelo Makalepho, 24, from her village, six months ago.



Last Thursday, she was doused with petrol and her body set alight.

Boitumelo’s sister, Nono Dlamini, 26, alleged Makalepho’s former girlfriend was jealous and could not stand that Makalepho was dating Boitumelo.

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“She constantly intimidated my sister and threatened her,” said Nono.

“My sister died because she was beautiful and doing matric.”

Nono said Boitumelo’s friends said that on Thursday they saw her get into a car after school.

They did not recognise the vehicle.

“We got worried when she did not return home but later we received a call saying she was dead,” Nono said.

“We understand that they took her into the car, drove with her to a bush in Klipgat and then poured petrol on her and burned her.”

Tumi, as she was affectionately called by her family, had dreams of being a crime investigator.

She was a dedicated pupil whose subjects included history, life orientation, life sciences, English and Afrikaans.

“She was a loving person, she did not want people to get hurt,” she added.

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According to Makalepho , his ex told him she will only accept their break-up if he promised to date ugly women who already have children.

She also allegedly told him the new woman must not have a matric certificate cos she was angry that I dumped her with a baby”.

“I never thought she could do this, I’m traumatised.”

Makalepho and his ex have a 19-month-old daughter.

“I don’t feel that my daughter is safe with her anymore.

“I dumped her because she cheated on me, she cannot blame me for her failures,” he added.

However, North West police spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said four people were arrested and they will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court

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Gunman killed a Police officer and two others in Chicago hospital

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The State Police has expressed dismay on the death of a police officer, a doctor and a new graduated pharmacist who were killed by a gunman.



adding that the shooter lost his life after an exchange of gunfire but still not clear weather he shoot himself nor the police officer shot him.

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The gunman was seen arguing with doctor Tamara O’Neal, who had been his ex-fiance before shooting her and turning his gun to others.

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The director of hospital’s emergency department, Dr Patrick Conner has condemned the attack and paid tribute to all the victims.

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He praised the courage and brave effort of the officer who lost his life in an exchange of fire with the gunman, stating that he died a hero by running into the danger to save others.

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Instagram makes move to begin removal of fake likes and followers

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People will do anything in their power to work less and still earn money. this is why casinos, the lottery and crypto-mining are so popular. It’s also the reason behind a lot of people hoping to make it in the social media “influencer” space going to extremes by manufacturing likes and followers in the hope they can convince companies to give them free stuff to advertise on their platform.



This is a phenomenon which Instagram is currently dealing with as the site is seen as a growing platform for influencers and brands to market products given its young and impressionable user base. In fact, there is even a current trend reported in The New York Times called “nanoinfluencers” which is even seeing people with as few as 10000 followers approaching companies for free products in exchange for advertising them to their followers. All this means though is that people hungry for the extra income and swag are turning to “fake” likes and followers through apps which will automatically like and follow everything you post, thereby artificially boosting the popularity of our posts.  Something, which even if it’s just a few, is not fair to the rest who are legitimately trying to build up their network.

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However, according to the latest report, Instagram has developed a way to counter this issue by using machine learning tools to help identify which accounts use these services and automatically remove the likes, follows, and comments that come with it. Like with Twitter’s crackdown on bots, the hope is this will remove much of the fraudulent activity that takes place on the platform and protect companies who want to promote their products from illegitimate claims.

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 It’s definitely something which needs to be done and hopefully clean up the social media platform from those trying to “game the system”. While Instagram has long removed fake accounts from their platform, this will be the first time they are narrowing in on fake likes and followers and it will be interesting to see exactly how widespread the problem is by seeing how much it changes existing nanoinfluencers on the site.Personally, I’m still amazed that all it takes is 1000 followers for companies to take an interest in you. Now all I need to do is find a thousand friends who actually want to follow me. How hard can that be?

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