April 26, 2017

Court upholds UFS language policy

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the University of the Free State’s new language policy. The UFS adopted a new language policy in March 2016, which replaces Afrikaans and English as parallel mediums of instruction, and makes English the primary medium. The SCA upheld the university’s appeal against a high court order which said the decision was unlawful. AfriForum and Solidarity brought the application to review and set aside the adoption of the policy. In a unanimous judgment presented by Justice Azhar Cachalia, the SCA said that the UFS’s conduct had been exemplary in the manner…

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Stop politicising funerals!

Free State ANC says burials are no platform to wage political battles after Kathrada service was turned into political mudslinging event The ANC in the Free State has called on party members to desist from using platforms such as funerals — which in African culture are always solemn, family occasions — to fight petty political battles but rather use internal party platforms to voice discontent or any displeasure. Provincial secretary William Bulwane issued the caution against the needless politicisation of family and other social gatherings at a provincial memorial service of the late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada held at Mangaung…

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‘Jesus killer’ gets 45 years!

As homeless man is sent to 45 years for the triple murders of fellow homeless people in Virginia outside of Welkom… A homeless man that killed not one but three of his fellow homeless people in the area of Virginia, outside of Welkom in the Free State Province, and inscribing words Jesus on rocks he used to kill them, has been slapped with a sentence of 45 years by the Virginia Regional court. The court found Mokete Samuel Fane guilty of the charges brought forward against him in relation to the events of March last year when three bodies of…

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