Free State Premier Beatrice Marshoff said on Wednesday she was shocked by the murder of Noby Ngombane, a top official in her office. Ngombane was the head of the Free State's policy monitoring and evaluation unit in the premier's office. He was the premier and the provincial government's spokesperson, as well as a close confidant of the premier.
Two of South Africa's most promising young cyclists were among the five men who died in a plane crash in the Free State on Tuesday, the manager of South Africa's national cycling team said on Wednesday. Cyclists Jaco de Witt and Jaco Odendaal, along with three others, were on board an Aerostar light aircraft on their way to Harrismith.
A group of Free State farmers' efforts to raise money with a nude calendar, inspired by the movie <i>Calendar Girls</i>, seems to be paying off despite the outrage of some fellow farmers. The group of eight "nude and well bodied" Viljoenskroon farmers hope to raise money for their local Groenbloem farmers' association.
About 14 passengers sustained minor injuries when a train was derailed in the Free State on Tuesday, according to police. Police spokesperson Captain Rosa Benade said the passengers were taken to a hospital in Kroonstad. Seven coaches were derailed in the accident shortly before 6pm near Westley, about 10km from Koppies. No fatalities were reported.
The late Paul Meintjes, whose family was told by a ''prophet'' that he would rise from the dead, has finally been laid to rest at his hometown, Hertzogville. Meintjes was buried in a local cemetery on Wednesday during a small ceremony attended by his sister, Hettie Voster, and her family. Meintjes' widow, Anna, was not present.