April 26, 2017

Public protector targets GRAFT

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As the new public protector visits the Free State province as part of her countrywide drive to raise awareness about her office… Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says her tour of provinces is to introduce herself to South Africans, while assuring them that her office remains committed to defending the common man and woman despite the change of leadership with her appointment. Mkhwebane said this during her address of the Free State provincial legislature at the Radsaal Building in Bloemfontein yesterday afternoon, emphasizing that her office will investigate all complaints brought to it without fear or favour. Mkhwebane who was visiting…

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Suspected serial killer fakes illness to delay trial

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Suspected serial killer Letsha Molefe, 34, tried to pull a fast one in the Free State high court sitting in Phuthaditjhaba on Monday when he faked illness in a bid to put his trial on hold. From the minute he took the stand, the Lesotho national who is charged with murdering six women and a three-year-old boy, said he was in pain and unable to stand properly. He also told the court that his private part was very painful and he was unable to concentrate. This forced Judge Jamela Joseph Mhlambi to adjourn the court proceedings to allow Molefe to…

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Frederiksen inquiry takes new twist

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As judge orders suspected genital mutilator’s lawyer to appear in court Free State High Court judge Cagney Musi has ordered the lawyer of suspected genital mutilator Peter Frederiksen to appear before him at the end of this month and explain the continued delays in the matter which was supposed to go to trial by mid last year. Justice Musi wants Frederiksen’s lawyer, Howard Wolf, to come to court on March 27 and clarify whether he is still on record for the accused and whether the long-running feud over the payment of legal fees has been resolved or if there is…

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