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Gupta associate and former Free State officials in the dock over Estina dairy project

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Gupta family associate and businessman Iqbal Sharma and three former Free State agriculture officials appeared in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on Thursday in connection with the failed R288m Estina dairy project.

Former Free State agriculture officials get R10,000 bail in Estina fraud case

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Former Free State agriculture officials get R10,000 bail in Estina fraud case
03 June 2021 - 17:34
Peter Thabethe, Dr Limakatso Moorosi, Seipati Dhlamini and Iqbal Sharma in the Bloemfontein magistrate's court on Thursday.
Image: Lihlumelo Toyana/Sunday Times
Former Free State agriculture department head Dr Limakatso Moorosi and former financial officer Seipati Dhlamini were each granted R10,000 bail in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on Thursday afternoon.
Both have been ordered to hand in their passports. Moorosi and Dhlamini are charged with contravening the Public Finance Management Act and fraud.
The two were arrested alongside businessman and key associate of the controversial Gupta family, Iqbal Sharma, and Peter Thabethe, also a former agriculture department head, on Wednesday in connection with the failed R288m Estina diary project.

Bloemfontein fraud suspect arrested in Gqeberha

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Bloemfontein fraud suspect arrested in Gqeberha
By Michael Kimberley - 01 June 2021
IN CUSTODY: Rodney Dudley Rippon allegedly committed fraud in two provinces
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A man wanted for a string of alleged fraud cases in the Free State was arrested in Gqeberha on Monday.
A warrant of arrest was issued by the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court on March 3 after several attempts to find Rodney Dudley Rippon, 31, had failed.
He has allegedly committed fraud in Bloemfontein and East London, with a civil case pending in Gqeberha.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Rippon was arrested by the Flying Squad just after 10am in Neal Street, Sidwell. 

Bloemfontein fraud suspect could be in Gqeberha

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A suspect wanted for a string of alleged fraud cases in the Free State could be hiding out in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The sparks that were fanned into flames of Bloem protests

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The sparks that were fanned into flames of Bloem protests
Provincial task team leader feels efforts to rescue Mangaung metro not being recognised
24 May 2021 - 07:00
Last week’s fatal and violent service delivery protests in Mangaung in Bloemfontein, Free State, were a culmination of lack of information, fed-up residents and scared municipal workers, according to provincial task team leader Lindelo Mkaza.
Mkaza, leader of the provincial executive council representative team tasked with rescuing and resuscitating Mangaung metro municipality in January last year, said these events started in February...
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Mangaung Metro protest sees 15 roads blocked with burning tyres

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Mangaung Metro protest sees 15 roads blocked with burning tyres
The area has been shut down blocking residents from moving in and out.
Mangaung residents took to the streets on 17 May 2021, blocking at least 15 roads across the metro. Picture: Twitter screengrab/@PutSAPele.
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CAPE TOWN - Bloemfontein police on Monday said at least 15 roads had been blocked with burning tyres, stones and debris during protests in the Mangaung Metro.
The area has been shut down blocking residents from moving in and out.
It's not yet clear what effect the shutdown has had on residents making their way to work and school, or those over 60 attempting to visit vaccination sites with phase two of the roll-out now under way.

Teen killed by guard's 'warning shot' as protest turns violent in Mangaung

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Teen killed by guard's 'warning shot' as protest turns violent in Mangaung
17 May 2021 - 16:09
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A security guard was arrested after the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy during violent protests in Mangaung in the Free State on Monday.
The area has been rocked by the protest, dubbed “MangaungShutDown”, organised by Mangaung Community Concern over a lack of service delivery, land and business, and job opportunities. 
Police spokesperson Brig Motantsi Makhele said the 57-year-old security guard fired a shot in a bid to scare off protesters who went to attack a warehouse in Dr Belcher Road.
“The security guard, who was alone at the time, fired a shot in a quest to scare the mob but unfortunately hit a 15-year-old boy. The boy died at the scene. The security guard was arrested and will appear in the Bloemfontein magistrate's court on a charge of murder,” Makhele said in a statement.

CFO, friend accused of defrauding Free State agriculture of R200m

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CFO, friend accused of defrauding Free State agriculture of R200m
02 May 2021 - 00:02
Allegations of a forged BEE certificate, fraudulent credentials and a string of payments to a senior government official are under investigation in a corruption case that led to a Bloemfontein court granting an order to attach assets worth R249m.
A former chief financial officer of the Free State department of agriculture, Seipati Dhlamini, is accused of conspiring with her purported friend, businesswoman Malikomo Mohapi, to fraudulently score a contract worth more than R200m - and allegedly receiving kickbacks when payments were made...
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Cheers to DJ Tonic's beat


Cheers to DJ Tonic’s beat
By Jabulani Langa
Tonic da Tune has released a new single titled Savanna Phezulu. .
MULTI-TALENTED amapiano producer and DJ Tonic da Tune wants to see music lovers dance with Savanna in the air.
Tonic da Tune, who’s real name is Mambeni Khumalo, has released an amapiano song titled
Savanna Phezulu to keep Mzansi dancing with their Savanna bottles on the dance floor.
The 18-year-old producer, audio engineer and DJ said the aim is to give people a proper song that will go along with their current mood.
The Bloemfontein-born musician told SunBuzz that the song just came out of the blue in a studio where they were recording other songs.

Folotsi-Ratselane back on air after remarkable recovery

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Folotsi-Ratselane back on air after remarkable recovery
14 April 2021 - 09:03
Lesedi FM current affairs broadcaster Dimakatso Folotsi-Ratselane has made a triumphant return on-air after she survived being stabbed multiple times allegedly by her husband McKenzie Ratselane in February.
In a tell-all interview that aired on Monday night on SABC 2 show Leihlo La Sechaba, Folotsi-Ratselane appeared with her children, breaking her silence on what happened on that fateful night in Dinaweng, Bloemfontein in the Free State...
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