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WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2013
Youths up to no good TROUBLE: The community members from Extension 3 in Bohlokong, Bethlehem, at the house which is allegedly used for mischief by the youth in that area.
} Tladi Moloi
A DECADE ago Bethlehem, specifically the Bohlokong Township, used to live by its name which translates as place of pain. During that time the gangsters used to terrorise the location and made it ungovernable. People who have been living there for years will say: “There is no welcome here. You enter at your own risk.” For the most part they are referring back to those days. It is believed that when the current generation come together forming a group it is for the wrong reasons, which could be that they are using drugs or are friends in crime. The community say they don’t want the past to recur and say they
don’t want groups, especially groups of young people, in the location. About 400 community members from Extension 3 came together on Thursday afternoon. The gathering was aimed at closing one of the houses which, according to them, is used by the young people to do bad things. They also allege that drugs are being used by learners who sometimes spent the night in the house. However, the group of 20 young people, their ages varying from 15 to 22 years, denied that they had been using drugs but admitted that they had been keeping themselves busy smoking hubbly bubbly. The group has been together for about seven months.
Express Eastern Free State visited the house and spoke to them. Some are learners of the Ntsu Secondary School, Bethlehem Comprehensive, Khanyeng and Bodikela Junior and Secondary School. Express EFS learnt that the house was owned by an 18-year-old boy who claimed that his parents had died a few years ago. Thabiso Mokoena (22) said they were not happy, because people were giving the wrong impression of them. “People think we are using drugs and that is not true,” he said. He said some of them were learners and they normally helped one another with homework and other subjects when they met at the house. “This guy is our friend and we vis-
it him every day after school. It is not true that we sleep there. We come after school and leave later in the day. We save our pocket money and after school we’ll buy something for him to eat,” he said. Mokoena said the police had searched the house about four times and not even once could they find even a bottle of beer or drugs. “Some of our members used to smoke dagga, but since we’ve been together they don’t smoke anymore.” Mokoena said they normally went out with their dogs and hunted for animals so that they could feed their friend who did not work. Mathaba Mphuthu (69), a grandmother of one of the youngsters who is part of the group, said: “I don’t
Photo: Tladi Moloi
know what should I do with him. We have spoken to him on many occasions, but he never listens. “His mother has given up on him and he has also dropped out of school.” Tieho Masoeu, the Ward 11 councillor, said he had received telephone complaints from some of the parents who claimed that they were afraid because those children were doing bad things. He said he had visited the area and on his arrival he found them there. “We need to involve the social workers so that they can get counselling and hopefully they will go back to school,” he said. Masoeu urged the community not to be angry at them because they are children.
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Hlubi gets 25 years
MPUMELELO HLUBI, a member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), has been found guilty of two counts of murder and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. Photo: Tladi Moloi
} Tladi Moloi “EVEN though what I am going to say would not bring back their loved ones, I would like to apologise for killing them. I know the pain that they went through, but I apologise from the bottom of my heart.” Those were the words of Mpumelelo Hlubi (25) after he had been found guilty on two counts of murder. “I will support the two families should I get my job back, because I have cut off the hands that feed them,” he said. Hlubi, who was accused of killing his colleagues in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Zakhe Nkanyiso Khumalo and Thabiso Ernest Seitati, has been sent to prison for 25 years. He was sentenced on Thursday by the Bethlehem High Court. He got 10 years’ imprisonment for killing Nkanyiso and 15 for Khumalo. He will serve his sentence concurrently. On 22 February Hlubi shot dead Seitati and Khumalo at the Kromdraai Farm gravel road in the Fouriesburg District and fled from the scene with a state vehicle, a white Toyota Hilux. He was arrested the next day.
Before passing his judgement, Judge Albert Kruger said: “There was no reason to shoot, because the accused’s life was not in danger. It was not true that the deceased had a gun and the accused was defending himself.” Kruger further said Hlubi was armed and ready to shoot. “I am satisfied that self-defence cannot be taken in consideration,” he said. “Even if I had to accept that Seitati took the accused’s rifle, it shows that the accused took back the rifle and pushed Seitati back who then lost his balance. He climbed into the car and closed the door with the window shut. And those was the actions of a person running away from danger,” he said.
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He said Hlubi then went to the window and pointed the loaded gun at Seitati. “The accused had no intention to kill Khumalo, but as he was a trained soldier he should have realised that he would have killed Khumalo also,” he said. Tlalane Seitati, wife to the late Thabiso, said she was not happy with the sentence and showed her disappointment. “I did not expect such a light sentence. I expected a life sentence. He was not an enemy, but a colleague,” she said. Tlalane said she would have loved to appeal, but she had decided to make peace, because an appeal would not bring back her husband. “So I just have to be strong and go on with my life,” she concluded.
Rapists get life sentences
} Tladi Moloi
ABIE MBELE (18) and Mbuyiselo Ngcongwane (20) have been sent to prison on three life sentences, while Boysie Mngomezulu (18) will serve two life sentences. The trio were sentenced by the Harrismith High Court on Friday after they had been found guilty on gang rape charges that had occurred at Intabazwe near Harrismith last year. Mbele and Ngcongwane faced eight counts each, three of rape, two of aggravating robbery and three of kidnapping. On all three rape charges they were sentenced to three life sentences each whereby kidnapping and robbery ran concurrently with the life sentence for rape. The third accused, Mngomezulu, received two life sentences for rape. Judge Jake Moloi pointed out that the youth of today had lost respect for women and the law. He said rape in South Africa was committed mostly by young people. “The youth ruin their lives. Almost all cases the court deals with are of groups of young people committing rape. They violate the constitutional rights of victims and do as they please. Rape is the worst thing that can happen to a woman. The community cries and looks with tears in their eyes to the court to rectify the situation. The heavy sentences have no effect and don’t stop criminals from committing crimes. But the court is obliged to remove these people from society,” Moloi said. In August 2012 five young men terrorised women in open areas in the
‘The message is loud and clear that crimes against women and children are serious and will not be tolerat ed.’ – Lt’ Gen. Simon Mpembe Intabazwe Township near Harrismith. The women were kidnapped, raped and robbed under aggravating circumstances. Two women from the community became their victims and a third was found raped and killed. Her case is still ongoing and three of the accused will be appearing in court soon. The investigating team is still awaiting DNA results. Two of the accused are already in prison serving 17 years effectively. They were sentenced in the Bethlehem High Court on Friday. “I would like to thank all the role players involved in working together to apprehend criminals through investigation, especially the Phuthaditjhaba (FCS) as well as Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. “The message is loud and clear that crimes against women and children are serious and will not be tolerated. Let’s report domestic violence and break the silence on crime for justice to prevail,” said Lt. Gen. Simon Mpembe, the Free State Provincial commissioner.
Institutions must promote, protect knowledge “MANY African universities have abdicated their responsibility of guiding the continent. Institutions of higher learning have a critical role to play in the promotion and protection of indigenous knowledge systems,” said Mogomme Masoga, University of the Free State (UFS) alumnus andsenior researcher with the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA). He addressed the students at the recent sixth annual IKS Symposium at the UFS Qwaqwa Campus. “The time has come for local communities rich with knowledge to be taken seriously by the researchers doing their work in those respective communities,” he said. Masoga said power relations be-
tween the researcher and the communities involved in the research process should be clarified. He said the same applied to the ownership and control of knowledge generated and documented in a community. “There is an increasing need for democratic and participatory development in our communities. This can be achieved by giving primacy to the interests, values and aspirations of the people at large. There is a need to associate development with social needs. This will give validity and integrity to the local communities thereby giving confidence to the leaders and their constituencies.” Masoga said that the time had come for African universities, in par-
ticular, to ‘de-emphasize’ factors that monopolised attention. He said factors like debt crises, commodity prices and foreign investment had to be replaced by emphasis on regeneration at grassroot level. “Many African universities and research institutions have not lived up to their responsibilities as guiding lights to the continent. “However, all is not lost. The current global race for knowledge works against so called ‘developing countries’, especially in Africa. There is a far greater need to have a code of ethics drawn for researchers engaging with local communities to ensure the promotion and protection of indigenous knowledge systems.”
Stock theft suspects arrested
Cartoon by: David Litabe
THE Phuthaditjhaba Police through the Kestell Stock Theft Unit, Phuthaditjhaba and Vrede Clusters Crime Intelligence and Phuthaditjhaba K9 Unit worked together to ensure the reduction of stock theft in the Eastern Free State. The police arrested two suspects in Bethlehem with 10 calves at an auction, and a Lesotho national with 42 sheep in Qwaqwa. On Friday, 25 October, at approximately 10:00 the Kestell Stock Theft Unit received information regarding stolen cattle at the Heuning Laagte Farm in Kestell. The farmer alleged he had counted his cattle and found that ten of his Bonsmara calves had been stolen and informed members of the unit. They followed up on the information which led them to a weekly auction in Bethlehem. On their arrival in the presence of the farmer they spotted the
calves and arrested two suspects, one from Bethlehem and the other residing in Kestell. The calves worth R32 000 and a 7-ton Totoya Dyna truck used in the commission of the crime were confiscated. A case of stock theft is being investigated whilst the suspects are expected to appear in the Kestell Court on Wednesday facing charges of stock theft. Meanwhile, the Vrede and Phuthaditjhaba Crime Intelligence Units and the K9 Unit also followed up on information regarding a person in Qwaqwa in possession of suspected stolen sheep. It’s not yet clear where the sheep were stolen, but the police found 42 sheep worth R42 000. They arrested a 26-year-old Lesotho national. He is also expected to appear in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession of suspected stolen livestock. – SAPS
Looking for next of kin LEBOHANG PITSO was admitted to the Elizabeth Ross District Hospital in Qwaqwa on 30 December 2012. He is in his 60s, very light in complexion and medium in height. He says he is from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, from the village of Jozana’s Hoek. According to him, his brother is chief Tshekedi Pitso whom he claims is a member of parliament in Cape Town and their father is Boy Pitso. He is able to walk and his state of health is very good. The hospital appeals to the family to come forth. For more information, contact Montsheng Mohale, the unit manager: step-down facility, at the Elizabeth Ross District Hospital on 058-718-4000.
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‘It’s a personal vendetta’ } Selloane Khalane DAN KHOTHULE, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in the Free State, has denied being one of ANC’s bigwigs funding Julius Malema’s political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The Weekly newspaper on Friday published a scathing report, implicating Kgothule as one of the funders backing the ANC’s arch-rival political party, the EFF. According to the article, senior ANC leaders have condemned Kgothule for his alleged “open association with the EFF”. The Weekly also claimed to be in possession of an SMS circulating the country implicating Kgothule in EFF funding activities. In an exclusive interview with Express, Kgothule said The Weekly was trying to create enmity between himself and Ace Magashule, the premier of the Free State. Free State Times, The Weekly’s sister paper, also wrote an article on Friday alleging cracks between Thabo Manyoni, the executive mayor of the Mangaung Metro, and Magashule. “The owner of the papers, Tumi Ntsele, has a vendetta against me,” Kgothule responded. Kgothule said the articles were a ploy to discredit him and Manyoni ahead of the ANC provincial list conference which was supposed to convene during the past weekend. “Tumi wanted to force the Sports Department to solely advertise in his paper and I refused,” Kgothule said. Kgothule said Ntsele was still licking his wounds after he had refused to renew contracts the department had with his company, Lethlaka Communications, when he stepped in as MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: Dan Khothule, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
Photo: Sidwell Guduka
and Recreation. “He offered me 30% of his company and I declined the offer, I refuse to be bought,” Kgothule explained. According to The Weekly, Kgothule was part of the Regime Change caucus which sought to topple Magashule, who is also the ANC provincial chairperson. Kgothule said the articles were meant to influence the outcomes of the list conference. The postponed conference was set to nominate a list of leaders who are expected to represent the ANC in provincial and national legislatures after next year’s general elections. “This is cheap journalism, I was neither given ample time to respond to the allegations nor was I forwarded the SMS,” Kgothule said. According to Kgothule, his office was forwarded a media inquiry regarding the allegations on Thursday at 12:00 and was told to respond by 14:00. The premier’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, said Magashule was happy with Kgothule’s performance as MEC and denied tensions between them. Meanwhile, ANC provincial spokesperson Thabo Meeko said there was no animosity between Magashule and Manyoni. “This is just gossip by faceless sources trying to sow division within the ANC ahead of the general elections,” Meeko said. Meeko said although the allegations levelled against Kgothule were serious, Kgothule was loyal to the ANC. “The party will investigate the matter,” Meeko added. Qondile Khedama, Manyoni’s spokesperson, said negative articles by individuals would emerge ahead of the national elections. Ntsele could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.
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IN recognition of outstanding service, commitment and excellence in the field of community engagement the University of the Free State (UFS) has awarded Councillor Tjhetane Mofokeng for his excellent leadership as executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Municipality in creating and supporting various educational interventions to the benefit of the local learners and teachers, as well as his leadership in unifying residents through the social cohesion project in partnership with the UFS. Here Job Tshabalala, MMC for Finance, receives the award on behalf of the mayor from Choice Makhetha, vice-rector: External Affairs. Photo: Supplied DUMISANI AND FRIENDS, a band from Bohlokong, Bethlehem.
Honour for group to perform DUMISANI AND FRIENDS, a band from Bohlokong, Bethlehem, was among the groups that entertained the audience during the recent Macufe Jazz Festival. It was the first time ever that the group got at chance to share the stage with some of the best-known jazz artists in the world. The group was selected to perform at the festival during an audition in Qwaqwa which was conducted by the Department of Sport, Arts, Cul-
ture and Recreation. After he had been selected, Dumisani Hadebe started to assemble
the team with his younger sister, Mbalenhle Hadebe, on the guitar and his best friend, George Manganyi, on the keyboard. They performed in the tight line-up that featured the Metso Jazz Band and Dihwai amongst others. Dumisani and his sister were taught never to quit by their father, Joshua Hadebe. They will visit the local school to showcase their talent.
JACOB SIBAYA, Lazarus Mokoena, Anna Mosia and Emily Makheka attending a recent function were Bethlehem Auto thanked their customers for their loyal support. Photo: Marguerite Vermeulen
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Service, low prices offered
JUST ON is a contemporary, accessible retailer that offers an expansive assortment of ethnic hair, beauty and home products in a very clean, bright and well presented store. A family business was established in 1995 by Mike Naidoo who opened the first store in King William’s Town. Last year in November, a new branch was launched in the Setsing Shopping Complex in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. Twelve people were employed to work in the store from Monday to Saturday. The store is open from 08:00 till 17:30 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 15:00 on Saturday. Just On was called Mike the Cosmetic King and Naidoo, who was born into poverty, used upturned boxes to display the stock. “My till was an empty ice cream carton with cardboard divisions that were meant to resemble a till tray.” The store was a success and Naidoo soon took over an adjoining shop. He then opened another store in Queenstown which he called the Cosmetic Queen. This was followed by a string of stores in King William’s Town, Fort Beaufort, Port Elizabeth and East London. As the business grew, Naidoo says he looked at a new name for the business that would be more suitable.
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“The locals referred to shops that are ‘just on chicken’ or ‘just on clothing’, so he decided on the name Just On Cosmetics.” Sipho Mkwanazi, the store manager in Qwaqwa, said their quality low-price products makes them different from their competitors. “People should come to witness the beauty that we have in store. We have the staff that will give them profession care with a smile.”
THE staff members of Just On Cosmetic at the Setsing Shopping Complex in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. They are from the left, front: Molefi Mokoena, Sibongile Moloi, Motsamai Nkhobiso, Paseka Makhotla and Tshidiso Tsotetsi: back: Mzwakhe Phakathe, Shenyana Khumalo and Sipho Mkwanazi (store manager).
THE outside view of Just On Cosmetic at the Setsing Shopping Complex in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. RIGHT: Just On inside view. Photos: Tladi Moloi
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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY IN TERMS OF SECTION 27 READ WITH SECTION 31 FOR REGISTRATION FREE STATE GAMBLING AND LIQUOR ACT, 2010 Notice is hereby given that MOUTLISADI SHADRACK MAPHEPA intends to lodge an application on 1 November 2013 particulars of which appear hereunder 1. Municipality: SETSOTO MUNICIPALITY
2. Full names, street and postal address of applicant and identity No. or registration No. MOUTLISADI SHADRACK MAPHEPA, 2991 ZONE 5, MEQHELENG, FICKSBURG 9730, 2013/125985/07 3. Kind of registration applied for: BOTTLE STORE 4. Kind of product to be sold /manufactured: ALL KINDS OF LIQUOR 5. Name under which business is to be contacted and full address of premises: MAPHEPA LIQUOR STORE, 2991 ZONE 5, MEQHELENG FICKSBURG 9730. 6. Name of, nature of, distance to institution of learning, similar registered premises and place of worship: NONE.
Any person may, within 21 days from 1 November 2013 (date of publication in Provincial Gazette ) lodge in terms of Section 33 of the Free State Gambling and Liquor Act, 2010 an
objection in writing to the Free State Liquor Authority ( address set out hereunder). The objection must clearly indicate the full names, identity number, residential address, postal address and
telephone number, if any, and where applicable, its registration number and address of its office, of the objector. The objection must also identify the application to which it relates. The
application may be inspected at the Free State Liquor Authority. Place: MEQHELENG FICKSBURG Date: 21 October 2013
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Who will win?
‘We are playing at home and we want to be the first town to win the Top 8 Cup. We know it won’t be an easy game, because they are a strong team, but we’ll make sure that we give it our best.’ – Molefi Makhalemele, Madrid head coach
Who do you think will win the final: Real Madrid or Karolo FC? To share your view, go to Facebook and search for Qwaqwa Express Eastern Free State. A KAROLO FC PLAYER on the ball during their semi-final game against SuperSport FC which took place at the Defence Sports Grounds on Sunday. Photo: Tladi Moloi
Madrid or Karolo? } Tladi Moloi
EITHER Real Madrid or Karolo FC will be R10 000 richer on Saturday. The two teams will battle each other in the final stage of the Dihlabeng Mayoral League Top 8 Tournament which will take place at the new stadium in Fateng tse Ntsho near Paul Roux. Kickoff is at 15:00. Both teams know how important it is to lift the inaugural trophy. They will surely also be motivated by the fact that they will also be the first team to play in the stadium which will be unveiled on the same day by the executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, Tjhetane Mofokeng. Karolo go in to the final with their heads held high as this will be their first cup final in the league and should they win it, the Baken Park-based team will set their eyes on the league trophy. However, Real Madrid will not be
an easy team to beat and they will have their 12th man on the grand stands in the form of their supporters as the final is staged on their home soil. Karolo and Madrid advanced to the final of the competition after they had beaten Defence FC and SuperSport FC respectively. Karolo narrowly beat SuperSport by 1-0 while Madrid hammered Defence by 3-0. The game promises to be a tight contest as the two teams will be rolling up their sleeves against each other for the second time this season. They produced nine goals in their first leg game in the league against Madrid winning 5-4. Ellrico Swarts, the Karolo mentor, is adamant that his team will come home with the trophy. He said playing away from home was always difficult for any team, but promised that they had good players who knew what to expect in the final.
“We played in the Karolo Cup final, a pre-season tournament, and unfortunately we lost, but we learnt something from that. The players are ready for the final and they know what is at stake,” he said. Swarts said they all knew that the finals were different from league games and they would make sure that they prepared the team for the bigger occasion. “We have added new blood in the team and surely that will help at the end of the day. There is also a surprise coming,” he said. Molefi Makhalemele, the Madrid head coach, said they were ready for the final and pointed out that they would make sure that they didn’t disappoint their supporters. “We are playing at home and we want to be the first town to win the Top 8 Cup. We know it won’t be an easy game, because they are a strong team, but we’ll make sure that we give it our best,” he said.