Community radio station and sub-station burns down

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THANDI XABA

The man accused of burning down a community radio station in Qwa Qwa in the Eastern Free State will appear in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court today. The radio station, Qwa Qwa Radio which was located in Mandela Shopping Centre along several well-known retailers burnt down along with the entire block.

The clerk of the court says the suspects is seeking his own legal representative and is still in custody. According to eye witnesses the suspect barged into the community station over the weekend and after an altercation with the security guard, (the suspect) dosed the station with petrol and set the place alight. No-one got seriously injured in the blaze.

Meanwhile Greenlands sub-station in Tshiame near Harrismith caught fire during a botched copper theft over the weekend, which resulted in the main transformer burning beyond repair. Due to the demise of the sub-station the community in several parts of Tshiame have been without electricity.

A reliable source told Courant that the dirt road leading to the sub-station is busy being repaired in order to allow easy transportation for/of a new transformer, which is suspected to arrive in two weeks. One well-known plastic packaging factory in the area has had to obtain an R8million generator in order to proceed with business due to the power outage.