21-year-old suspect arrested for murders of 5 Free State family members

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murders of five family members in Namahadi, Qwaqwa, on Sunday. An 11-month-old baby was also hit with a knobkerrie during the incident, but he survived the attack. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday at about 19.30 in Mphatlalatsane, Qwaqwa. Colonel Thandi Mbambo, Free State […]

South Africa’s bruising fight for free education

When South African student Itumeleng Chalele left his hometown of Qwaqwa — once a tribal “bantustan” where blacks were contained during apartheid — he was bursting with hope. Armed only with his admission document and money for the registration fees, he set off in 2016 to begin a degree in logistics at the University of […]

Ipid to investigate Free State shooting by police officer

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on 20 September 2020 in Qwaqwa, Free State. According to the preliminary investigation conducted by Ipid, the person that was allegedly shot by the police officer attacked the police officers with a knife. Law enforcement officers were attending to a complaint of […]

57-year-old Free State teacher faints and dies in classroom

The Department of Basic Education in the Free State is in mourning after a teacher fainted and died in a classroom. Mahlonyana Francina Mkhwanazi, 57, died on Wednesday at Mphatlalatsane Primary School in QwaQwa, Thabo Mofutsanyane District, the department said. She was teaching a class when she suddenly fainted and died on the spot, department […]

Free State teacher dies in class

A teacher died after fainting in class at Mphatlalatsane Primary school in Qwaqwa, Free State. Education spokesperson Howard Ndaba said the incident happened on Wednesday while she was teaching Maths. “According to pupils in her class, when she fainted, they went to call the principal but it was already too late. An ambulance was also […]

Girl’s drowning sparks water riot in QwaQwa

Eight-year-old Musa and her older sister Moleboheng trudged down the ravine with buckets and drum bottles to fetch water from a filthy stream because they were thirsty and tired of waiting for trucks meant to deliver emergency water that never showed up. But Musa never returned, her mother Phindile Mbele recalled, choking back tears. The […]

QwaQwa water crisis – Dept sends water tanks after protests

During her visit to the area last month, Human Settlements, Water, and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu committed to distributing 5,000 water tanks to households. Water was dispatched to QwaQwa in the Free State on Wednesday after recent protests over shortages and a promise of relief by the Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. […]

5 000 water tanks & R220m allocated for QwaQwa water relief

The government has acknowledged the water situation in Qwaqwa in the Free State is a crisis. Water Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her deputy, David Mahlobo, visited the area on Thursday to assess the situation. Residents of the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality demonstrated during the week after a young girl drowned while fetching water from a nearby river. […]