Amathole District Municipality councillors yesterday pledged to advocate for no violence against women and children for a year, as opposed to the annual 16 days of activism campaign in November and December. Candles were lit as they pledged their support...
An East London father, who shot dead his girlfriend and two children before turning the gun on himself twice last year, was this week sentenced to 56 years’ imprisonment. The sentence was handed down in the East London Regional Court...
ANC bosses in the Eastern Cape have summoned premier Phumulo Masualle and three mayors to its provincial headquarters, Calata House in King William’s Town, to answer about the Nelson Mandela funeral funds scandal.  Masualle, Buffalo City Metro executive mayor Xola...
DA provincial bosses, in an effort to garner support in areas presided over by traditional leaders and forge relations with royals ahead of the 2019 general election, met with leaders of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL)...
The Hawks yesterday told the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court that a woman had used her dead husband’s pension fund and life policies to pay a hitman R150 000 for killing him on Valentine’s Day this year. The state’s case was outlined...
Members of the legendary gospel group, Masibuyele kuJehova, arrived in the Eastern Cape yesterday for what is expected to be a great revival. Led by founder Belina Nkosi,80, the renowned Mpumalanga a cappella group arrived in Mthatha yesterday for their...
The ANC bosses in the Eastern Cape have summoned premier Phumulo Masualle and at least four mayors from two metros, a district municipality and a local municipality to answer about the Nelson Mandela funeral funds scandal following the public...
A woman charged with murdering her husband yesterday denied hiring a hitman to kill him. Nomqondiso Tembu, 50, was testifying in her bail application in the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court. State prosecutor Nondumiso James told Tembu that the state had lined up...
A carpenter who developed bedsores while in a coma through being left unattended by nursing staff has been awarded R3.3-million by the East London High Court. Judge Bantubonke Tokota granted the order despite the Eastern Cape department of health saying...
Stray animals on the road in OR Tambo, Chris Hani and Amathole districts will be picked up and impounded this festive season by three dedicated state livestock trucks, which were handed over at the province’s annual road safety launch...
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has finally broken his silence and responded to the scathing revelations contained in Teko Modise's tell-all memoir‚ The Curse of Teko Modise. Modise made several explosive revelations about his relationship with Mosimane‚ including that they...
Six people died and 14 injured when a minibus transporting patients overturned on the N6 road this  morning. The driver of the minibus including five were killed in the accident and 14 sustained injuries and were taken to Frontier Hospital...
The woman whose body was dumped in a basement parking in Vincent Park shopping centre on Thursday has been identified as a senior manager in Amathole District Municipality (ADM), Thandi Mlambo. Mlambo, 63, was a divisional administrator at ADM, which...
By ZINGISA MVUMVU and SIKHO NTSHOBANE Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle has welcomed public protector Busi Mkhwebane’s report into the provincial government’s abuse of millions meant to be spent on Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013. He likened the issue to a...
An ANC councillor has appeared in court on charges of robbery and intimidation after a noisy, near-physical fracas at the party’s Buffalo City Metro regional offices last Wednesday. Buffalo City Metro ANC ward 20 councillor Ntombizodwa Gamnca, 35, is accused...
Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has challenged people to follow in late former president Nelson Mandela’s footsteps by doing whatever they can to uplift their own communities. The premier attended the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of Madiba’s passing at...
The UDM in the Eastern Cape has called for premier Phumulo Masualle to allow the dreaded axe to fall on the provincial government director-general (DG) Marion Mbina-Mthembu for her implication into the public protector's report on the misuse of...
Cecilia Ngwenya, who went missing two weeks ago, was found in Sophumelela township, Keiskammahoek, recently. She allegedly received a lift from her cousin’s boyfriend while coming from Richard Varha High School in Dimbabza on November 16, and was then taken,...
The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of a man who was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for murdering his girlfriend in 2006. The court set aside the murder conviction of Lesetja Klaas Phakane because the evidence...
Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has pointed a finger at senior Eastern Cape officials including director general Marion Mbina-Mthembu for misuse of millions of rands earmarked for the funeral arrangements of the late statesman Nelson Mandela. Also listed in the report...
A Ngqmakhwe family is mourning the death of the head of their family, while others are counting the cost of the weekend tornado that left a trail of destruction when it cut through several villages. Vela Dindile, 61, of Lahlangubo...
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's father passed away at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital last night after a long illness. His daughter, Nosithembele Mapisa, confirmed to DispatchLIVE that Douglass Mapisa, 96, of Mdantsane in East London, had passed away. Mapisa...
Two years after surviving heart surgery, a six-year-old child is fighting for his life after being shot in the head, allegedly by Mnquma mayor Thobeka Bikitsha’s bodyguard. Last night, little Nathan Martin was in an incubator struggling to breathe in...
The ANC's biggest province is this week expected to widely endorse Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its presidential candidate following similar affirmations by other provinces like the Free State and Mpumalanga. Following a series of provincial general councils (PGCs) in almost all...
ANC presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa told an enraptured Eastern Cape dinner crowd that radical transformation should not only be seen in “Durban” but also in and around Mthatha. In a thinly-veiled reference to the party and country’s incumbent President Jacob...
By MAMELA GOWA and ARETHA LINDEN The Eastern Cape department of education is investigating the controversial “Class of 2017 Selborne College” portrait which sparked an outcry when it surfaced online on Friday. The flag-sized image contains a grotesque caricature of the...
Mnquma local municipality mayor Thobeka Bikitsha’s bodyguard has allegedly shot a six-year-old boy in the head in Butterworth. The boy, who is now fighting for his life at the Frere Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, was sleeping at his  Resevior Hills...
By Sabelo Skiti And Mzilikazi Wa Afrika Former SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni has landed a top job in government that may put her back in the pilot’s seat at the airline‚ which suffered a string of scandals and searing financial...
Selborne College has distanced itself from a controversial portrait that has caused outrage and confusion on social media. The portrait, allegedly created by a pupil from the 2017 matric class of a prestigious East London boys’ school, shows two human-like dogs next...
Financial advice to avoid haemorrhaging R34-million a year in a tourism deal was ignored by Land Minister Gugile Nkwinti, whose department went ahead and bought the Fish River resort for R75-million. Saturday Dispatch can reveal that: lThe Fish River Sun seaside...
Joyful Noise creche principal Cindy Reely appeared in the King William’s Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Reely is alleged to have bitten a six-year-old boy to give him “a...
The Eastern Cape department of health is threatening to bring down the law against a man they accuse of illegally housing 33 mentally ill people at an unlicensed NGO in Ndabakazi in Butterworth. Khulula Abantu Bam (Free my people), has...
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is humbled by the provincial general council which nominated him as the party's next president. He said this at an ANC fundraising gala dinner at the ICC in East London earlier this evening. The ANC will...
Komani police and the Xhamlashe family are looking for 25-year-old Nonelela Kambi, who was last seen by her family when she went for a jog before 5am on Tuesday. Her father, Sipho Xhamlashe, said the family was surprised that Kambi,...
The Democratic Alliance federal executive has expelled Bhisho Legislature Chief Whip Edmund van Vuuren from the party after he was found guilty of sexual harassment of a junior staffer. The decision comes after months of the federal executive of...
Frustrated motorists in Buffalo City Metro can expect some relief from pothole-filled roads as a R109-million project to maintain roads, stormwater drains and bridges kicks into high gear. This week maintenance and repair work was scheduled to take place in...
An attempt by the ANC to persuade Eastern Cape mayors to buy and sell tickets to ANC presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa’s gala dinner tonight for R100000 for a “bronze” status table has caused a stir. A November 20 letter penned...
Official nominations by the Eastern Cape ANC have been a big disappointment for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s lobby as branches overwhelmingly picked Cyril Ramaphosa to be the next president of the governing party. The election agency announced at the party’s provincial general...
Eastern Cape ANC branches have highly favoured deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party after 423 of 526 branches voted for him. Second to Ramaphosa was Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with 89 nominations. The other presidential nominees were Zweli Mkhize with 10...
The body of an unknown female was found at an underground parking of the Vincent Park Mall in East London earlier today. Vincent Park Mall manager Joseph Parsley said the gruesome discovery was made by a horrified customer around 10.30am. He...
Delegates for the ANC's provincial general council have started trickling in at the Billy Francis Hall in Greenpoint, as registration started at 8am today. This is where the more than 600 delegates to the ANC's elective conference to be held...
Increases of between 4% and 5.5% are on the cards for public office-bearers‚ while traditional leaders will get extra. The presidency said on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma had accepted the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of...
Stolen goods worth thousands of rands will be auctioned off by the East London police tomorrow. The appliances will go under the hammer at 6 Church Street behind the East London Magistrate’s Court tomorrow from 10am. The goods have been collecting...
The East London High Court has instructed premier Phumulo Masualle and members of his executive to give evidence on the dismissal of the East London Industrial Development Zone’s CFO. Ex-chief financial officer Babalwa Magongwa is suing the ELIDZ for R6-million...
A demand for R3-million in damages for alleged plagiarism by two academic doctors has been served on the University of Fort Hare (UFH) by a former masters student. The two education faculty academics, Dr Jane Abongdia and her husband Dr...
Free Wi-Fi is being rolled out in Buffalo City Metro. After much talk of turning the metro into a “smart city”, the Daily Dispatch can today confirm that the first three free Wi-Fi hotspots are up and running, with 25...
More than 60 bathers, including shocked children, were escorted out of Joan Harrison swimming pool yesterday, after which staff locked themselves inside the public facility until Buffalo City Metro management attended to their grievances. Around 80 employees from pool amenities...
Rhodes University is investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment levelled against a senior lecturer. The university confirmed that an “independent investigation” was taking place after alleged victims posted the accusations on social media. The lecturer, who cannot be named due...
Thousands of Amathole district municipality residents could face water cuts if the municipality fails to start paying the millions it owes the national Department of Water and Sanitation by next Friday. The water cuts plan was announced by Water and...
A series of technical difficulties saw the drawn-out culpable homicide trial of former Lukhanji mayor Nozibele Makanda again being postponed in the Cathcart Magistrate’s Court yesterday, this time to early next year. The trial was set down for two days...