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 […]

Body of missing girl found in Free State river

Free State police recovered the body of a young girl on Friday 2 April 2021. The discovery was made after they followed up on a report about a body of a child that was seen floating in Klein Modder River in W-section, Botshabelo. Further investigation revealed that the body was that of 9-year-old Tariro Jonas […]

Free State man suspected of murdering mom to spend Easter weekend behind bars

A Free State man who has been arrested in connection with his own mother’s murder is spending the long weekend behind bars before he makes a first court appearance. The 21-year-old was apprehended in Bronville in Welkom on Thursday after his mother’s body was dug up inside a shack at the back of her house. […]

Free State police appeal to public to help identify trio that raped teenage girl

Free State police are calling on the public for help in identifying a group of men who raped a teenage girl and wounded her friend in Odendaalsrus. The three men stormed into a house in the K8 Section in Kutloanong in the early hours of Friday morning. Police say they gained entry through an unlocked […]

Wits students won’t heed SAUS call to suspend protest over free higher education

Wits University students said that they would not be heeding a call by the South African Union of Students (SAUS) to suspend the national shutdown over free higher education. The students, together with the university’s academics, plan to march on Thursday afternoon over the funding crisis. This is in contradiction to a decision taken by […]

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 […]

Free State municipal workers in the dock for alleged fraud

Five Free State municipal employees have been arrested during an operation by the Hawks’ National Clean Audit Task Team. The five, all employed at the Matjhabeng Local Municipality, were arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday. The accused, aged 36 to 55, are being investigated by the Hawks as part of an ongoing probe into […]

This is why Ireland stopped free visa travel for South Africans

Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has extended the ban on visa-free travel to Ireland from South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the past, South African travellers were able to visit Ireland without a visa to enjoy attractions like The Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey. However, Ireland implemented a ban on visa […]

Video: Free State farmers and taxi drivers protest over road conditions

Farmers, with their tractors, and the business community, including taxi owners, have started to block all access roads to Ficksburg in the Free State. They are protesting against the bad condition of roads surrounding their town. Local farmer and member of the Ficksburg Agricultural Association, Friedl von Maltitz, says they have been complaining about the […]

Cops probe after Free State mother and 3 children die

A mother, together with her three children, mysteriously died on 14 March 2021. This after poison had been used for pest controlling in their house to get rid of cockroaches. The incident took place at their home in Selosesha Extension Three, Thaba Nchu. It is alleged that the deceased mother had sprayed pest control poison […]