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Two wanted for raping 15-year-old girl  



MANHUNT ON . . . Two men are on the run after they allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl in the Free State

The police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit is looking for two suspects after a teenage girl was raped in Wesseslsbron two years ago.

Police say the incident happened on January 4, 2020 at about 20:15.

The girl, who was 15 years old at the time of the incident, was walking from her friend’s place to her home when she was approached by two unknown men.

Police spokesperson sergeant Sinah Mpakane said the men allegedly grabbed her and threatened to kill her if she screamed.

“They covered her mouth with a jersey and told her not to scream or they will stab her,” said Mpakane.

They then took her to a bridge close to a graveyard where they raped her.

“They instructed her to take her clothes off and took turns raping her.

“When they were done they took her to an informal settlement near Matamong Section and threatened to kill her.

“One of the men told her that he was able to convince his friend not to kill her and that from that moment on she was now his girlfriend.”

The man is said to have asked her to give him information about a gangster group called Mapotoketsi and she told them that she didn’t know anything about the group.

When they got closer to some shack, the other man raped her again.

When he was done, the two suspects left her there and she ran home.

On arrival she told her older sister what had happened and both went to the Wesselsbron police station to report the matter.

A case of rape was then registered but the suspects remain at large.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation may contact Detective Warrant Officer Moyane Monei on 083 533 6375 or alternatively the Police Emergency number: 08600 10111.

Meanwhile, police in Welkom have launched a manhunt for three unknown men believed to be involved in an attempted robbery and murder of a 47-year-old woman which took place along Tempest Road in Dagbreek, Welkom, on Tuesday at about 19:00.

It is alleged that the victim, a Chinese national, was coming from her business driving home when she was accosted by three unknown men who were waiting for her at the gate.

One of the suspects allegedly blocked the gate and the other two followed her inside the courtyard where they cornered her while inside her vehicle.

The vehicle’s window was smashed and the she was instructed to hand over cash.

She allegedly reversed the vehicle away from the suspects and they fired shots at her.

The woman was fatally wounded by some of the bullets and the suspects fled on foot.

Emergency service personnel were summoned to the scene and the she was certified dead on the scene.

The police are appealing to anyone with information that could help trace the suspects to contact Detective Sergeant Tsie Matlokotsi on 078 758 5658 or the Police Emergency number: 08600 10111. – Staff Reporter


Two Free State women allegedly killed by ‘druggie’ sons



SHOCKING MURDER . . . A 65-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed with a sharp object by her 28-year-old son after she failed to give him money to buy drugs

Two women from Mangaung have allegedly been attacked and killed in two separate incidents by their own sons believed to be using drugs.

In the latest incident which happened in Kagisanong along Masike Street at the weekend, a 65-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed with a sharp object by her 28-year-old son after she failed to give him money to buy drugs.

Police spokesperson for Mangaung Metro Lieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane said in the woman died on the scene from the stab wounds.

“The victim had visible multiple stab wounds on the head and body,” he said, adding the matter was reported by the brother to the deceased, who was also attacked by the suspect who is now in police custody.

Covane said the complainant informed the police that the suspect is believed to be using drugs and had asked his now deceased mother for money to buy drugs but she told him that she didn’t have money.

“The suspect got angry, went out of the house, came back with a piece of iron and stabbed the deceased with it several times,” he explained.

“When he was done, he turned to the complainant and also stabbed him on the chest.”

Covane said the uncle survived the attack but the daring suspect locked them inside the house and had to wait until Friday morning to get help.

The suspect was later traced and arrested by the police.
He is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court this Monday facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

In a similar case, a 42-year-old man will be applying for bail at the Botshabelo Magistrates Court on the same day after allegedly strangling to death his 71-year-old mother last Sunday, August 7, 2022 in the E-Section, Botshabelo.

The suspect is also said to history of substance abuse.

Free State acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Modise, condemned the killing of the two elderly women. – Staff Reporter

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Magashule loses ConCourt bid to reverse ANC suspension



APPLICATION DISMISSED . . . The Constitutional Court says Ace Magashule has no prospects of successfully appealing his suspension as ANC secretary-general

Former Free State premier Ace Magashule has lost his latest court bid to have his suspension as ANC secretary-general lifted.

He had approached the Constitutional Court seeking to have his temporary ousting from Luthuli House reversed.

In a judgment handed down on Wednesday, the apex court said Magashule had no prospects of successfully appealing his suspension.

“The Constitutional Court has considered the application for condonation and the application for leave to appeal. It has concluded that, although there are no reasonable prospects of success on the merits of the application for leave to appeal, the delay in bringing the application for leave to appeal is minimal,” the court said.

Magashule first approached the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to challenge his suspension, but the matter was dismissed with costs.

He subsequently approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), which dismissed the application in January 2022, prompting him to take up his case with the Constitutional Court.

Magashule was suspended from the ANC in May 2021 because of the party’s step-aside rule.

The rule requires ANC members facing criminal charges to step aside while their court cases are under way.

Magashule is facing corruption charges linked to the Free State asbestos corruption scandal. – Staff Reporter

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Municipal manager facing tender fraud charges granted bail



THE ACCUSED . . . Maluti-a-Phofung municipal manager Futhuli Patrick Mothamaha is out on bail

Maluti-a-Phofung municipal manager Futhuli Patrick Mothamaha, 49, was on Friday released on a bail of R500 000 by the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates Court after he was arrested by The Hawks for fraud, corruption and Contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

The state alleges that he allegedly awarded a contract of R58 million to Kill Crime Security Company in 2020 without following proper procurement processes.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said Mothamaha allegedly signed a service level agreement on May 19, 2020, appointing the company to render security services to the municipality for a period of three months without following procurement processes.

“The municipality continued to pay Kill Crime Security Company for almost two years without a contract,” said Shuping.

He said Mothamaha was supposed to appear with his co-accused, father and daughter who are the owners of Kill Crime Security, Thabiso, 55, and Dimakatso Sekhosana, 29, on Monday after they were instructed by The Hawks to hand themselves over on Sunday, but he failed to do so.

The Sekhosanas appeared on Monday facing similar charges and were released on bail of R150 000 each.

Part of Mothamaha’s bail conditions are that he must not enter the offices of the municipality, not interfere with the investigations nor intimidate witnesses.

The case was postponed to September 30 for further investigations. – Staff Reporter

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