Man arrested for allegedly keeping woman as s.e.x slave for 2 months

A Free State man has appeared in court on charges of human trafficking for allegedly keeping a woman as a “s.e.x slave” for more than two months. Justice Lyke Ikachuku, 37, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Ikachuku allegedly asked the victim to be his girlfriend, promising her a hair salon and a […]

Man digs up his raped and murdered daughter buried at the back of their house

A father needs help to get his daughter’s alleged rapist and killer arrested. Zacharia Tsotetsi is determined to get justice for his daughter Dieketseng (40) after she was raped, murdered, and buried in the backyard, allegedly by a family friend. Zacharia from Tumahole, Free State, said the suspect lived at his brother’s place, and he […]

MEC Lesufi pleased with Gauteng matric 2020 pass rate

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was relieved that the matric class of 2020 in the province achieved an 83.8% pass rate. In an unprecedented school year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns, Lesufi said that it was a tough time for teachers, parents, and pupils. “Among the top 10, six […]

2020 matric results: Free State comes out as top-performing province

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said despite the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the class of 2020 had managed to achieve a commendable 76.2% overall pass rate, with the Free State being the top-performing province at 85.1%. It is followed by Gauteng at 83.8% and the Western Cape which achieved third place with 79.9%. […]

SAWS issues weather warnings for Gauteng and Limpopo

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a Level 2 warning for disruptive rainfall in Gauteng, while a Level 6 warning was issued for Limpopo on Monday. “Flooding of formal and informal settlements and roads is expected due to heavy rainfall. Low-lying areas roads and bridges will be flooded and can be damaged due […]

7 out of 10 SAPS stations reporting highest murder rates in the WC, says Bheki Cele

The latest criminal stats show that seven of the 10 police stations reporting the highest murder rates in the country are in the Western Cape. Police Minister Bheki Cele released the crime statistics for the last quarter of 2020 at a media briefing on Friday. Cele saod there has been a 6.6% increase in murders […]

Corruption accused Magashule says history will absolve him

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule said no new charges had been added in the case against him. He and 15 others appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Friday in connection with an asbestos roof deal dating back to when he was premier of the Free State. “There are no [new] charges, as […]

Police open criminal case against Ace Magashule’s supporters

Free State police have opened a criminal case against organizers of an illegal gathering outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday. A large crowd of people gathered outside the court waiting to be addressed by ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule. The crowd contravened the Covid-19 lockdown Disaster Management Act, by gathering in numbers larger than 50, […]

FS officials arrested ahead of Ace Magashule’s return to court for R255m asbestos case

Three senior government officials are set to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday after they were arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation [Hawks] in connection with the multimillion-rand asbestos contract scandal in the Free State. “Three senior government officials were arrested by the Hawks’ serious corruption investigation team in the early […]

AfriForum: Farm attacks significantly down while murders rise in 2020

Farm attacks decreased in the 2020 calendar year to 382 as compared to 511 in the previous year, while murders saw a significant increase from 45 to 63, AfriForum announced on Wednesday. The lobby group gathered their statistics from various resources including various security networks, media, and social media, and information received directly from affected […]