Articles for Becker Semela

Thabo Bester to launch new bid to postpone trial

Case postponed to 31 July

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Brief | 24 July 2024

Further delay in Thabo Bester trial

Bester complains that his rights to a fair trial are being infringed

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News | 5 June 2024

Student murdered while trying to be early for NSFAS queue

SRC blames the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein for slow service, forcing students to queue as early as 4am


Brief | 12 April 2024

At least 22 people arrested during student protests in Bloemfontein

Central University of Technology students blame NSFAS for delays in funding


Brief | 5 March 2024

Botshabelo protesters clash with police as they make “desperate plea” to authorities

Mayor Gregory Nthatisi to meet with community “soon”


Brief | 26 February 2024

“Today is a waste of time” prosecutor in Thabo Bester case tells court

Pre-trial postponed to 5 June as many of the accused have replaced their lawyers

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News | 21 February 2024

We are living in a desert, say Qwaqwa residents

More than 140,000 households are struggling with a minimal water supply or no tap water at all


Brief | 21 February 2024

One child dead and several people injured in Bloemfontein storm

Hundreds of people in Phase 6 location lost most of their belongings and now have to rebuild their homes


Brief | 8 December 2023

Free State shack dwellers march for land rights

They threatened to shut down the N8 Highway if the mayor ignores their demands


Brief | 4 December 2023

Hundreds of early childhood development sector workers march in Manguang

They are frustrated by “failures” in the Free State education system

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Brief | 23 November 2023

Vaalpark suburb without power for 10 days

Vandalism of substation blamed


Brief | 22 November 2023

Cable thieves target Mangaung townships during loadshedding

Power utility has spent more than R50-million to repair and replace stolen and vandalised infrastructure


Brief | 3 November 2023

Municipality which is “swimming in trouble” finally pays its workers

Matjhabeng Local Municipality employees have been on strike since 25 October because they were not paid


Brief | 31 October 2023

Welkom municipal workers furious after learning they won’t be paid

A letter signed by the municipal manager states workers may have to wait until the end of October to get their salaries


News | 27 October 2023

Embattled municipality yet to pay thousands of workers’ salaries

Workers staged a sit-in at the Matjhabeng municipal headquarters in Welkom to demand that they be paid immediately


News | 26 October 2023

Group threatens to “shut down” Bloemfontein

Mangaung Concerned Community want jobs


Brief | 19 October 2023