May 28, 2017

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    Church bodies at loggerheads

     . . . As the Free State Council of Churches provincial secretary Sello Dire accuses the SACC of being “a two-faced and double-tounged structure captured by calls for regime change orchestrated by opposition political parties” The SA Council of Churches (SACC) could be headed for acrimonious fragmentation as it gears for a crucial elective conference next month, amid ferocious resistance by the Free State branch to back its calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign. The SACC issued a statement on Tuesday claiming it was evident that the country has gone beyond a leadership crisis and that Zuma had lost…

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    FS police clash with AfriForum

    Free State police commissioner Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane yesterday lashed out at Afrikaner civil rights organisation AfriForum accusing the group of trying to manipulate the police by forming parallel structures to carry out the duties of the police. This follows reports that AfriForum would be holding a meeting tomorrow in Bloemfontein to prepare for the launch of a project called “Nehemiah” to fight crime. The name is derived from the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. Nehemiah was a leader of the Jews who was responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem after returning from captivity. But according to…

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    Allegations of abuse at Kimberley prison

    A report by Justice Edwin Cameron describes serious problems at Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley, but also finds some positive aspects to the prison. Cameron and three law clerks visited the prison in October 2016 following allegations by prisoners of assault. The report describes findings of an investigation by the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JICS). It found that the contract for the CCTV security cameras expired more than a year ago and 99% of the camera recording system doesn’t work, the general maintenance contract expired more than two years ago, warm water isn’t available, and inmates can’t freely use…

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    Maluti-A-Phofung turns to God to end women abuse

    Religious leaders and community members from Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality yesterday gathered at Phuthditjhaba Multipurpose Hall to seek solutions to the continued rise in cases of women and child abuse across the province. The leaders also called on God to instil some consciousness in men, who in most cases are the perpetrators of violence, so that they stop the abuse. The prayer coincided with Africa Day celebrations across the continent. Maluti-A-Phofung in the eastern Free State is among the hardest hit areas battling cases of women and child killings, sparking a public outcry. A member of the mayoral committee responsible for…

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    ‘No free lawyers for perpetrators of violent crimes’

    Acting Free State Premier Mathabo Leeto on Monday led hundreds of women at the Frikkie Meyer Hall in Welkom to call for stiffer sentences for people convicted of violent crimes. The women gathered for a prayer session seeking divine intervention against the increasing atrocities directed at women and children across the country in recent weeks. They also called on government to deny free legal representation for people accused of abusing women and other violent crimes. Leeto who is the provincial MEC for sport, arts and culture, challenged women to be on the forefront of robust discussions ahead of the ANC…

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ANC and DA agree: Farm attacks must stop

May 26, 2017

There is at least one thing on which the African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance agree: The killing of farmers and farm workers must stop. When presenting his budget to Parliament, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana asked for a moment of silence for farmers and farm workers who have lost their lives. “We need to protect farmers and farm workers,” Zokwana said amid cheer of “hear! hear!” from the DA benches. He said the debates about agriculture should not be politicised and called for an end to racism. “If we want to succeed, let’s embrace transformation.” He…


Water dept scrambles to pay off R1.5bn debt

May 26, 2017

The water and sanitation department has to reprioritise money earmarked for municipalities in order to pay off R1.5bn debt, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said yesterday. On top of that, a wish list of future projects worth R2.2bn for the upcoming financial year was under pressure due to the current budget crunch. Mokonyane tried to convince MPs that the R1.5bn being taken from the regional bulk infrastructure grant’s R6bn budget was not urgently needed and would not affect crucial projects. “All our programmes stretch beyond one financial year. Others even backdates from the previous administration,” she told the water and sanitation portfolio…


This is not a game: Ace

May 26, 2017

Premier vows radical social and economic transformation unstoppable as FS government engages media as partners in development and pledged continued support . . . Government’s feisty radical social and economic transformation juggernaut accelerated in earnest on Tuesday when the Free State Premier Ace Magashule threw jabs at officials who lack consciousness when dealing with their own people. Magashule said he would not tolerate politicians and officials who always found reasons not to support anything Free State. He told the Premier’s Co-ordinating Forum in Parys attended by senior media personnel, government communicators, municipal managers and mayors, “When some of you officials…


Top academic pleads for respect, unity

May 26, 2017

As the Free State Central University of Technology joins Africa Day celebrations … The Central University of the Free State is committed to contributing to a better Africa and better world through tolerance of diversity and respect of fellow beings regardless of race or social standing. These were the words of Vice-Chancellor and Rector at the university, Professor Henk De Jager as the institution joined the rest of the continent in celebrating the continental yearly calendar day. He called on students and members of the public in attendance to join hands in building a better and united country for all…



Cheetahs disintegrating after 8th loss

Despite suffering its eighth consecutive loss of the season, Cheetahs coach Franco Smith maintains that his troops are far from being a bunch of losers following yet another humiliating thrashing at the hands of the Hurricane. Fans this past weekend took to social network twitter to voice their concern over the team’s unsatisfactory performance. Outsmarted, outplayed and just generally out of sorts, the Bloemfontein side have won just two out of the 12 fixtures this season, although Saturday was definitely one of the roughest. Heading into this match, Cheetahs fans were hopeful of a victory despite some analyst predicting a…


Stock appointed snooker boss

Nelson ‘Da President DJ’ Stock has been appointed national development and transformation officer for snooker in South Africa. He will serve under a new structure called South African Confederation of Cue Sport (SACCS), a mother body to all cue sport games in the country which include; Black ball Pool, Snooker, Nine Ball, English and Chinese Eight ball and Coram. Stock’s appointment to lead transform in the sport which continues to see white players given preference over black players comes as a direct mandate from former Minister of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula. Mbalula at the time expressed concern…


Stars on Knife Edge

 . . . As battle to remain in the PSL goes to the wire The battle for survival has reached an all-time high as three teams find themselves in the firing line as the Premier League comes to an end tomorrow. Finding themselves on the edge is the Bethlehem-based side Free State Stars who will lock horns with Chippa United in a must ‘win or else’ situation. Stars have had a dismal performance throughout the season which they would very much like to forget in a hurry should they survive. The appointment of former Bloemfontein Celtic coach, Serame Letsoaka, has…


Adventurous Leie joins Knights

VKB Knights have acquired the service of Proteas leg-spinner Eddie Leie ahead of the 2017/18 season. The Lions loaned Leie to the Buildnat Cape Cobras for the closing month of the 2016-17 season and during his tenure the leg-spinner lived up to expectations, taking eight wickets in four Momentum One Day Cup fixtures for the Cape Town-based franchise. Having proved many sceptics wrong, Leie went to on to be a permanent future in the side until his move to join the Knights. It goes without saying that Leie will be an influential player in the Bloemfontein based side who won…