January 17, 2019


Officials run out of luck

The case against two home affairs officials who were arrested for allegedly defrauding two foreigners of R4 000 has been postponed to June 28 to allow for further investigation. The accused; Simon Ndebele, 34, and Ezekiel Mokhachane, 47, were granted bail of R5 000 each on Wednesday by the Zastron Magistrate Court. According to the spokesperson directorate for priority crime investigation, known as Hawks, the accused confiscated passports and asylum documents from the two foreign nationals and demanded R4 000 bribe in order to release them. “The matter was reported at the Hawks’ offices and an entrapment operation was conducted…

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Magistrate gives state ultimatum in rape case

A Tseseng magistrate has given the National Prosecuting Authority until June 15 to complete its investigations against rape suspect Thapelo Hlubi after the state brought additional charges against him. During Hlubi’s appearance in court on January 30, the state added three more charges not related to the raping of a 15 year-old girl against Hlubi to include kidnapping, attempted rape and pointing a gun at a passer-by. The accused has remained in custody since January 17 after his arrest until Tuesday this week when the court threatened to remove the case from the roll due to poor handling by both…

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Blade chickens out of Motheo event

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande reportedly failed to honour his scheduled meeting with Motheo Tvet College students in Bloemfontein last Friday for fear of being booed by student formations aligned to the ruling ANC, it has emerged. Nzimande was expected to address the students on the progress made by his department in transforming the Tvet sector since assuming office. Local media, including the popular community radio station Motheo FM, reported that students were waiting for the minister singing liberation struggle songs at the downtown campus but he was in no show. However, by late afternoon the singing had…

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