October 1, 2014


Judge halts Facebook feud -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Stellenbosch ‘blackface’ duo says sorry -

Friday, September 26, 2014

100 people, 48 hours to rescue man -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Minister loses torture appeal -

Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Lack of resources hindering new farmers’ -

Friday, September 26, 2014

ANCYL blasts TAC crusade -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mantsopa’s memory lives on -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eskom launches own HIV testing centre -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Metro in R200m Grassland facelift -

Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Racist’ SA exhibit canned -

Friday, September 26, 2014

Carjackers get 15 years -

Friday, September 26, 2014

About the EMIA -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rogue officials to be blacklisted -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thabo Mofutsanyana ‘ready’ for NHI -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Immigrants in court bid to save businesses -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ngwathe loses R15m to cable thieves -

Friday, September 19, 2014

Plan to cut school holidays short -

Friday, September 19, 2014

The deaf getting a raw deal -

Friday, September 12, 2014

Public servants plead for resources -

Friday, September 12, 2014

Zuma says he will not rubber-stamp protector’s findings -

Friday, September 12, 2014

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    EFF Leader ‘Rapes’ Minor

    Legislator held for alleged rape, police say might revive old case One of the EFF party’s senior leaders in the Free State and one of its only two legislators in the provincial parliament, Willy Tshabalala, has been charged with rape – bringing shame on the opposition and soiling its name in the province and beyond. Tshabalala, 40, until a few months ago the EFF’s convenor or chairman in the province, on Monday appeared at the magistrate’s court in the eastern Free State town of Harrismith charged with two counts of raping an underage relative. The legislator, whose alleged victim –…

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    FS serious crime drop hailed

    Province records highest decline in 2013/14 period The Free State was the best performer in fighting crime in the 12 months between April 2013 and March this year, with the province recording the highest decline in the number of crimes recorded during that period. National crime statistics released last week by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko show that when compared with other provinces, the Free State had the highest drop of the so-called trio crimes of house robberies, vehicle hijackings and business robberies. Crime statistics released by the police every September follow the government financial year running from April 1 to…

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    30 000 homes to get flush toilets

    Free State budgets R925-million to revamp sanitation Human settlements MEC Olly Mlamleli says her department is working with municipalities to install flush toilets at more than 30 000 homes in the Free State still using bucket toilets, part of a drive to ensure better sanitation and general living conditions across the province. “We want to ensure that it is not just houses we provide but that the houses make for decent accommodation,” said Mlamleli, adding the target was to compete installing the toilets by a 2016 deadline set by the national government. But the MEC, whose department has budgeted R925-million for…

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    State to pay for rape horror

    A woman whose minor child was abducted and raped by a convicted rapist out on bail may have suffered psychological injury or emotional shock and was entitled to compensation by the state, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled this week. The claim was brought by a woman from Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape before the Western Cape High Court (WCHC) as the mother and natural guardian of the minor child as well as in her personal capacity against minister of justice and constitutional development. The woman may not be identified in order to protect the identity of the minor…

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    Castrate rapists: Ace

    Premier Ace Magashule has called for tougher measures to combat crime, including the castration of repeat rapists, echoing growing frustration among South Africans at ever increasing crime and abuse of women in the country. Magashule, whose provincial government has made impressive progress fighting crime with the latest police statistics showing lawlessness generally on the decrease in the Free State, also called for more stop-and-search operations by the police to fight drug trafficking and other crimes in the province. There was also need to place more emphasis on rooting out criminal syndicates, many run by some foreign immigrants, that were behind…

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Madiba ‘loot’ forfeited

Sep 26, 2014

Money diverted from Mandela funeral funds returned More than R4.1-million – money allegedly fraudulently diverted from funds meant for Nelson Mandela’s memorial services – has been forfeited to the state. The forfeited money is part of the nearly R6-million paid by Buffalo City municipality last year for the Mandela services. Some of the metro’s most senior officials were arrested in connection with the fraud allegations recently. About three weeks ago the Grahamstown High Court froze the bank accounts of businesses belonging to Mzwandile Sokwali and his wife, Busisiwe Boti, and to Dean Fanoe and Viwe Vazi. The account of a…

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Heritage: attitudes as diverse as practices

Sep 26, 2014

Holiday celebrated as Ficksburg hosts colourful event The small town of Ficksburg in the eastern Free State was a hive of activity on Wednesday as people from across the province converged to celebrate Heritage Day, showing off a unique mix of culture, glitz and glamour. In a true reflection of South Africa’s cultural diversity, men and women showed up at the Ficksburg Show Grounds clad in traditional attire, with the Sesotho, Zulu and Xhosa apparels dominating the colourful panorama. Formerly known as Shaka Day until 1995, Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on September 24. On this…

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Narysec youths fight expulsion

Sep 26, 2014

Officials at the National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec)’s Pretoria headquarters said this week that they were “looking” into the matter of 16 youths from the Free State fired from the youth training programme because of poor performance and absenteeism. The youths, who were seconded to the provincial department of police, roads and transport as part of their training, have questioned their dismissal, alleging this week that the action was unfair and lacked transparency. Narysec national programme manager Anton van Staden told The Weekly that the expelled youths have been asked to return to their homes and that they would…

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Struggle For Knowledge

Sep 26, 2014

Lack of libraries, books hits hard under-privileged schools On a sunny and windy September morning, the learners at Legae Primary School in Bloemfontein’s Batho location, a tenth of them nervous Annual National Assessment (ANA) examination candidates, converged for their daily parade that marks the beginning of yet another school day. The bulk of these pupils are from impoverished backgrounds that depend exclusively on government social grants for their sustenance. To them, extra-curricular books are a luxury as they cannot afford to buy them themselves, or even access them easily in libraries. This particular day was a different one. They were…



Celtic reserves run rampant

Bloemfontein Celtic reserves’ 8-0 decimation of Moroka Swallows on Wednesday at the Nike training centre in Johannesburg is the biggest display of authority by a team in the Multichoice Diski Challenge, otherwise known as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) reserve league. Mokone Mereko, Thapelo Morena, Ishmael Njoti and Dumisani Zuma all netted a single goal each, with Vuyani Ntanga coming forward majestically to add a wondrous four goals to the tally to register the newly established reserve leagues most telling victory yet. This emphatic win also saw the Bloemfontein side shoot to the top of group A with four points…


Skipper eyes change of fortune

  Mogorosi says team looking to turn the corner as the season progresses, while obtaining silverware remains the foremost objective Bloemfontein Celtic captain, Joel Mogorosi remains optimistic that his team will soon turn the corner as the season progresses, after an indifferent start which has seen Siwelele pick up one win and three draws from six matches; this translates into a mere six points out of a possible 18 in the Premier Soccer League so far. The new skipper told The Weekly that the players are putting in their all at the team’s training sessions to try help the team…


Cheetahs expect fierce battle against Bulls

Statistics seem to never matter when the Free State Cheetahs and Blue Bulls lock horns … tonight won’t be different either Without giving away much, Free State Cheetahs coach, Rory Duncan, says he is slightly aware of the Blue Bulls’ tactics ahead of tonight’s encounter at the Free State Stadium 19:00. While looking to maintain the momentum high after their spirited 37 – 22 victory over EP Kings last Saturday in Port Elizabeth, Duncan says his side remains wary of the wounded – and very physical – Bulls, who suffered a 15 – 26 defeat at the hands of a…


Meyer’s selection of Mohoje shows faith

The line of questioning when Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje went in front of a posse of media interviewers after the Springbok team announcement gave the impression that Heyneke Meyer has been guilty of delaying an obvious selection, but when the flanker spoke it became clear the opposite is true. “Oupa, did you start wondering if you would ever get a chance to play?” was one of the early questions of the 24-year-old, who played as a replacement against Scotland in Port Elizabeth in June and now makes his first start against Australia here in Cape Town on Saturday. The Free Stater…