President Jacob Zuma has announced changes to the national cabinet. Below is a statement with the changes: TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS 17 OCTOBER 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGES TO THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BY PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA After careful consideration‚ I have decided to make the...
The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is looking for hundreds of people in the Eastern Cape who left the public service without claiming their government pensions. GEPF finance administrator Rhulani Macheke said they were working with various stakeholders to distribute...
By ZINGISA MVUMVU and SIMTHANDILE FORD A major showdown is looming in the Eastern Cape after the ANC provincial leadership threw its weight behind Cyril Ramaphosa while the Amathole region announced Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate to take over...
Should ANC national bosses decide against nullifying the Eastern Cape conference where delegates were injured when a fight over credentials broke out at the East London ICC, lawyer Mvuzo Notyesi will drag the party to court. Notyesi, who gave President...
Supamega AKA treated East London party-goers and fans to a music extravaganza over the weekend at his concert at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium – but residents in surrounding neighbourhoods were upset by the loud sound levels. Residents in the Bunkers...
Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt for four knife-wielding men following an attack on a 71-year-old Eastern Cape farmer yesterday. “For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch or subscribe to our e-Edition for the complete newspaper...
ANC presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu has questioned the struggle credentials of Gwede Mantashe, the party’s secretary-general, and blasted him for what she claimed was an abuse of his freedom for personal gain. The vocal Sisulu blamed Mantashe for a weakened...
Tributes have poured in for a 19-year-old Wits University student who committed suicide at the weekend. The student died after jumping from the sixth floor of a building in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ on Saturday night. Friends and fellow students took to social...
Hundreds of rogue police officers in the Eastern Cape could face serious criminal charges such as murder, rape and assault. This is according to an internal police report by watchdog division the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), which delivered a...
AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu and Nelson Mandela University Professor Sindile Saule have expressed concern over how Xhosa history is being portrayed by white historians, saying black people should be allowed to write their own story. The royal and the academic...
Cosatu general-secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali has blasted President Jacob Zuma for keeping mum on the political killings in KwaZulu-Natal. Speaking at Nehawu Eastern Cape’s 30th anniversary celebrations at the Walter Sisulu University’s Nelson Mandela Drive campus in Mthatha yesterday, he also...
Police minister Fikile Mbalula has urged officers to continue to “harass” criminals, and denied wrongfully arresting eight men on their way to a funeral and illegally searching their coffin and corpse. His call came after The Times reported how Mbalula...
An East London KFC delivery man has been found guilty of exposing himself to a female customer when he delivered her order in her home with the zip of his trousers open. Wonga Thambodala, 34, of Amalinda was this morning...
President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority will learn on Friday whether the Supreme Court of Appeal has granted them leave to appeal a ruling that Zuma may face 783 corruption charges. The SCA will deliver judgment on Friday...
Three little boys, described as “maths geniuses” by their distraught headmaster, drowned in a muddy, flooded ditch dug by contractors. Mchubakazi village in Gxulu near Libode was in deep shock following the drowning on Wednesday of Lisakhanya Kumalo, 8,...
Oscar Mabuyane remains the ANC provincial chairman, the party’s national spokesman Zizi Kodwa announced yesterday. This follows back-to-back meetings on Monday and Wednesday which saw national executive committee (NEC) deployees tabling a report before the top six national officials. They,...
The application to have ANC Amathole regional secretary Teris Ntutu's fraud and corruption case struck off the roll was dismissed by the Butterworth Magistrate's Court today. The defence brought the application for the case to be struck off the roll...
The NPA's Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the Assets Forfeiture Investigation (AFI) of the Hawks will today attach ANC Amathole regional secretary Teris Ntutu's properties and that of the deceased Butterworth businessman Sive Nombembe. This in an effort to recoup...
No families in the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearing or advocates can speak directly to the media without the state being given notice.  However‚ the hearing remains open to the media and some television stations are broadcasting parts of it live. The...
By Shelley Seid And Suthentira Govender In the aftermath of the storms that battered Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal‚ an expert in hydro-climatology from the University of Cape Town has predicted that climate change is likely to influence more extreme weather patterns...
Tuesday is set aside for the the Mthatha High Court to hear an application for leave to appeal against the dismissal of a case brought by disgruntled OR Tambo ANC members who wanted the party’s 2015 regional elective conference...
A massive contract for professional services to build 29 medium to large schools in the Eastern Cape at a cost of more than R1.5-billion has stalled again. This is after South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco) members...
Four people accused of being involved in the killing of two women in Tsomo appeared at the Tsomo Magistrate's Court on. The accused, Buyiswa Mavis Mgolozeli, 51, appeared alongside co-accused Zwelakhe Khabakophe, 55, Ayanda Masenuka, 38, and Zamuxolo Masenuka, 25,  for...

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In a blow to Premier Soccer League fans in East London, Chippa United confirmed it has asked for its upcoming match next Sunday against Cape Town City to be moved from Mdantsane to Port Elizabeth. This is due to poor...
Two dangerous awaiting-trial prisoners escaped from the Mdantsane Regional Court holding cells on Monday after their lawyer left them unattended when he had finished consulting with them. The two suspects – Thabani Mkhokheli, 30, and Lulekani Somtsora, 25 – were...
The African National Congress (ANC) has deleted moral conscience from its soul and replaced it with patronage politics and corruption‚ its former MP Makhosi Khoza said on Tuesday. Addressing the Helen Joseph Memorial Lecture at the University of Johannesburg‚ Khoza...
The defeated faction at the ANC’s Eastern Cape elective congress had not lodged an appeal against the outcome, but merely “raised concerns”. This was stated yesterday by the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe referring to a meeting between the ANC top...
By LULAMILE FENI and MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI Chaos erupted at the Mthatha High Court when awaiting-trial-prisoner Luthando Mndayi, of Payne Farms village, near Mthatha, attempted to escape after first stabbing a policeman on Monday. He was shot dead while trying to attack...
Hundreds of residents in some Buffalo City Metro areas have been hit by a massive power outage after a BCM transformer tripped after 6pm this evening. Investigations are still being done to find the reason for the loss, however, BCM...
Mthatha-based Lawyer Mvuzo Notyesi has extended the ultimatum given to ANC big bosses in Luthuli House to nullify the recently-held Eastern Cape provincial conference until Thursday. This after the party asked Notyesi for further details on ANC members he's representing...
Over 15 school pupils were rescued by community members outside Mqanduli when the bus they were travelling in was stuck in an overflowing river in Nzulwini area. Health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said  two response vehicles, three ambulances and rescue vehicles...
Minutes after criminal charges were withdrawn against an Eastern Cape woman who stabbed to death a man and wounded two others she believed were gang-raping her daughter, she said she was overwhelmed by the support from South Africans. The mother,...
National ANC bosses sent Eastern Cape officials packing yesterday after they arrived at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters uninvited, saying yesterday’s meeting was for national executive deployees to detail what happened at last week’s chaotic elective conference. The national officials...
By NONSINDISO QWABE and ATHENA O’REILLY Recent rains throughout the Eastern Cape brought some relief to drought-stricken parts of the province. Heavy rains were experienced in more than half of the province since last Thursday, and the South African Weather Service...
Drama ensued at the Mthatha High Court this afternoon after an awaiting trial prisoner was shot dead after he stabbed and seriously wounded a policeman. The inmate is believed to have attempted to escape when he stabbed the warrant officer Mthatha...
At least one person has been reported killed and four others injured in the Krugersdorp area on the West Rand as a result of severe storms that lashed large parts of Gauteng on Monday afternoon‚ leaving a trail of...
Criminal charges against the Eastern Cape woman who allegedly stabbed her daughter’s alleged rapists were withdrawn on Monday. Thousands filled the Lady Frere Magistrate’s Court to capacity to hear magistrate Bala Mhlanga withdrawing murder and attempted murder charges against the...
The ANC’s top brass is “not serious” about resolving growing tensions that threaten to rip the party’s biggest province to shreds in KwaZulu-Natal. This startling broadside came from former KZN premier Senzo Mchunu‚ who was ousted as provincial leader at...
Ousted ANC Eastern Cape leader Phumulo Masualle and his supporters have singled out NEC members Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Zizi Kodwa as the people responsible for the disorder that plagued last week’s violent provincial congress. Masualle’s faction said Kodwa was at...
Three small children were rescued from a flooded home in Mdantsane on Friday afternoon after a water pipe burst and flooded their house. The children, two-year-old Mbalentle Williams and four-year-old Zingce Williams and Mivuyo Williams, were left alone by an...
Amatola Water Board CEO Lefadi Makibinyane has been dismissed. A letter seen by the Daily Dispatch, signed by board chairwoman Nokulunga Mnqeta on September 26, confirms this. “This is the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry resulting in findings and sanctions recommended...
Three people were killed when two cars collided on the N2 near Mooiplas this evening. Emergency personnel are at the scene where the people involved in the collision are trapped inside the cars. Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said emergency...
A rescue for water-starved Butterworth is in the pipeline. The 15-month construction of the 700mm, 16.5km, R350-million pipeline taking water from Tsomo to drought- stricken Butterworth has changed from “long-term intervention” to an “emergency” project. This was said by officials from...
The ANC caucus at the Bhisho legislature this week blocked the presentation of a report meant to shed light on the ongoing dispute between two senior office of the premier (OTP) officials. A report on the ongoing feud between OTP’s...
By Prega Govender And Sabelo Skiti Cash-strapped Eskom wants to burden South Africa’s consumers with a huge rate increase next year – while demanding that the Treasury approve the expansion of a contract to buy thousands of office chairs at...
The Democratic Alliance says it is gravely concerned by the ANC-led government’s delay in ensuring that the land restitution process is resolved as a matter of urgency. It said on Sunday that while thousands of land claims had not been...
Mthatha-based lawyer Mvuzo Notyesi has given ANC headquarters Luthuli House until Monday to nullify the outcome of the eighth Eastern Cape ANC provincial conference or face legal action. This is contained in a letter dated October 5 that Notyesi wrote...
Prisoners seeking parole say they are being kept in jail unnecessarily and hundreds could have been released years ago if it were not for the correctional services’ dysfunctional, lethargic and even inactive parole system. Prisoners have listed the names of...
Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the Marikana shootings in which 11 people were killed‚ Western Cape police said on Saturday. The suspects were nabbed on the N1 freeway outside the Huguenot tunnel on Friday night‚ police spokesperson...
The ANC in the Eastern Cape elected a new provincial executive committee last weekend led by provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane. Politics reporter ZINGISA MVUMVU profiles deputy chairman Mlungisi Mvoko, secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi, his deputy Helen Sauls-August, treasurer Babalo Madikizela...