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By fstimes On 14 Oct, 2013 At 11:11 AM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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LENARD MacKay is already as good as banned from working with children as was recommended by the South African Human Rights Commission after it found the teacher racially abused black learners at Wilgehof Primary School in Bloemfontein. The most disgusting aspect of this scandal is that this man was entrusted with the futures of very […]

By fstimes On 1 Oct, 2013 At 09:47 AM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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PARTS of Bloemfontein had to go without water last weekend after supplies of the precious liquid were cut off initially to allow for maintenance before a pipe burst extended the outage to Tuesday this week. Exasperated residents were left anxious if the water problems that for long have been afflicting smaller Free State towns like […]

By fstimes On 23 Sep, 2013 At 02:19 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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SOUTH Africa’s crime statistics released by the government every year have always tended to paint a very conservative picture of the levels of violent crime in the country, chiefly because there is no independent audit of the official figures. Nonetheless, the latest numbers revealed by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa this week still left us gutted, […]

By fstimes On 13 Sep, 2013 At 06:58 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

WE were gravely disturbed by the arson attack last weekend that destroyed the offices of Karabo FM, an independent community radio station broadcasting to nearly 100 000 listeners in Sasolburg and surrounding areas in the northern Free State. Although the arsonists are still on the run while their motive remains unknown, nothing can ever justify such […]

By fstimes On 8 Sep, 2013 At 01:32 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

WE were not surprised at all by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)’s report blaming prisoner riots at Groenpunt Correctional Centre earlier this year on failure by the department of correctional services to timeously address grievances of inmates at the jail. About 500 prisoners at the jail, in Deneysville town, staged a violent protest […]

By fstimes On 31 Aug, 2013 At 02:19 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

THE ruling ANC party reckons a drive to increase manufacturing output to compensate for the decline in mining and farming – the traditional pillars of the Free State economy – is beginning to pay off. ANC provincial secretary William Bulwane told the annual lekgotla to review the party’s performance in government that the provincial economy […]

By fstimes On 24 Aug, 2013 At 12:09 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments

IT’S now confirmed. Our police service is providing sanctuary to all sorts of societal misfits and undesirables – including murderers, rapists and robbers. In the Free State alone, more than 140 police officers convicted of or charged with various offences including murder, rape and robbery remain in active service pending conclusion of criminal and or […]

By fstimes On 17 Aug, 2013 At 05:05 PM | Categorized As Comment | With 0 Comments
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THE auditor-general’s report released this week has shown an improvement in the handling of the public purse at municipalities in the Free State. Although none of the local authorities in the province achieved a clean audit, it was encouraging to note that the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality as well as the local municipalities of Letsemeng, Masilonyana, […]