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Bogus hitch-hikers nabbed after hijacking truck



STOLEN BUT RECOVERED . . . This truck was allegedly hijacked at gun point

Two men have been arrested after they allegedly hijacked a truck driver who gave them a lift while travelling from George.

Lejweleputswa district police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said in a statement the 52-year-old truck driver from George was refilling his Volvo truck with diesel on Tuesday at about 18:00 when a person who introduced himself as Denver Jacobs asked for a lift together with “his assistant”.

Thakeng said they travelled together until they approached Jakkalsdrift, near Winburg, when Jacobs wanted to relieve himself.

“He alighted the truck and when he came back, he apparently pointed the truck driver with a handgun,” said Thakeng.

“He was tied on the neck and instructed to jump off from the truck. The two suspects drove off . . . with a load full of wheat,” he added.

The truck driver managed to untie himself and got a lift from an ambulance heading to Ventersburg where he reported the incident.

A case of truck hijacking was registered and the Welkom K9 Unit was activated together with other police stations nearby.

The two suspects aged 25 and 27 years old, from the Western Cape and Phomolong in Hennenman, were arrested two hours later for possession of a suspected stolen truck with a load of wheat.

A Retay gas pistol was found in their possession.

The two suspects – whose case is being investigated by the Welkom Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit – are facing charges of truck hijacking and possession of a suspected stolen truck and goods.

They are expected to appear in the Winburg Magistrates Court soon.

Meanwhile, a security officer was robbed of two firearms, several valuables and identity documents while on duty in Welkom on Tuesday night.

Thakeng said in a separate statement the 23-year-old security officer was attacked at the corner of Tempest and Alma roads in Dagbreek in the mining town.

He said the guard was approached by two unknown men who pointed him with firearms.

“The other one grabbed his Mosberg shotgun from behind and took his personal firearm – 9mm CZ PO7 number K916146 with seven live ammunitions, iPhone, Tablet, iPad Mini 4, identity document, driver’s licence, Capitec and Nedbank cards and firearm licence,” Thakeng said.

He added: “They pulled him into an open field where there were seven to eight other additional suspects. These suspects went to Welkom Electrical site and left him with two suspects. The victim could hear shots being fired and all suspects fled on foot including the two who were guarding him.”

The guard managed to scream for help and he was rescued by other security personnel and the police.

Police are now investigating a case of armed robbery and are appealing to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the alleged robbers.

Welkom SAPS Detectives can be contacted on 0828488120 or 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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