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Solomon Mahlangu inspires UFS alumnus first Sesotho book
Ace Moloi questions and delves into the concept of freedomin Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho

Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho is the title of Ace Moloi’s anthology of short stories and the name of one of the 14 stories in the book. The anthology is the first book in Sesotho published by the three-time author.

On Friday, 16 March 2018, Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho, an Art Fusion Literature product, will make its debut public appearance during a public reading at the University of the Free State’s Equitas Auditorium at 17:30.

Moloi’s first literary offering was In Her Fall Rose A Nation which was published in 2013 during his final-year as a Communication Science student at the university. In 2016, Moloi published Holding My Breath, which was praised widely for stirring emotions in readers who related to the heart-wrenching narrative of losing a mother. It was only this year that the author managed to achieve his teenage goal of establishing himself as a vernacular author.

Solomon Mahlangu, an African National Congress freedom fighter and Umkhonto we Sizwe militant who was convicted of murder and hanged in 1979, was the inspiration behind the anthology. Mahlangu inspired the Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho story, which is the story of the selflessness of a captured guerrilla hero in the face of police torture and his eventual death by hanging. It represents Mahlangu and those who suffered during the struggle for liberation. 

“My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom,” are the supposed last words uttered by Mahlangu that inspired the book’s title. Tholwana Tsa Tokoloho means “the fruits of freedom” in Sesotho. For Moloi, writing in the vernacular symbolises the fruits of freedom. “I’m trying to write in a revolutionary spirit, in Sesotho, because we haven’t done that. We have not seriously interrogated political concepts in Sesotho or in any native language,” he said.

Graduate unemployment, violent crime, and sports are some of the other topics tackled in the book. These act as a catalyst for debates over the evidence of ‘the fruits of freedom’ in post-1994 South Africa. 

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Disruption of academic activities on the Qwaqwa and Bloemfontein Campuses
2017-10-18

This morning, a group of students blocked the main entrance of the Qwaqwa Campus and handed a memorandum to the campus management. Academic activities were cancelled and will resume tomorrow (Thursday 19 October 2017).
 
Disruption of some academic activities occurred on the Bloemfontein Campus this afternoon after a meeting of students took place at the Student Lekgotla. Members of the executive management subsequently met with the Bloemfontein Campus Student Representative Council (SRC).
 
It was agreed that the students want to take part in a march to the provincial government office, demanding free education and the release of the Heher Commission’s Report on the feasibility of fee-free higher education and training by President Jacob Zuma. The executive management supports peaceful protests on matters that are of concern to our students and indicated that the march should include staff and students from the UFS and Central University of Technology, as well as other relevant stakeholders. A memorandum will be handed to the executive management tomorrow.
 
The situation on the Bloemfontein Campus is under control and is being closely monitored. Academic activities on the campus will also continue as normal tomorrow.

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