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Police seek help to track ‘smart’ thieves



ON THE RUN . . . Facial sketches of the suspects

Welkom police say two suspects aged between 30 and 35 are wanted in connection with a house robbery incident that occurred in Bedelia in May.

Police spokesperson for the area, Captain Stephen Thakeng, said the pair allegedly surprised their victim while she was alone in her house on May 31 and forced her into the bedroom before making off with an LG smart television set.

According to the police, the two men, who were said to be speaking a foreign African language, entered the house through the kitchen door at about 11:35 claiming they had been sent by the father of the house.

“The victim told the suspects that she does not stay with a male and was forced at gun point into her bedroom,” said Thakeng.

The woman is said to have stayed in the bedroom and upon realising that the suspects had left she came out.

“It was discovered that an LG smart television, black and silver in colour, and two remote controls were missing. Police were called to the scene and a case of house robbery was registered,” he explained.

Police have compiled identikits of the suspects.

The first suspect is dark in complexion, muscular and about 1.6 metres tall. He was wearing a black cotton jacket, blue shirt, white skinny jeans and colourful formal shoes.

The second suspect is also dark in complexion, slim and about 1.7 metres tall. He was wearing black jean jacket, black shirt, black skinny jeans and navy blue formal shoes.

Anyone with information that could help in tracing the suspects may contact Detective Warrant Officer Riaan de Lange of Welkom Detective Services on 082 821 9227 or Crime Stop: 08600 10111.

Meanwhile, an elderly woman and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested for public violence in Hertzogville after two days of service delivery protests.

Police are now investigating a case of public violence after residents of the small farming town in Tokologo Local Municipality, northwestern Free State disrupted schools and looted shops.

The town is known for its maize, wheat and groundnut farming as well as cattle and sheep production.

Public Order Police vehicles were pelted with stones and roads were barricaded with burning tyres by the protesters.

Lejweleputswa District Commissioner Major General Lerato Molale said the police will not tolerate lawlessness and urged the organisers of the protest to sit down with the relevant authorities for a negotiated settlement and not resort to looting shops and disrupting schools in Hertzogville.

Police are monitoring the situation. – 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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