An Eastern Cape farmer has caused panic in the Stutterheim village of Ndakana after he placed a black coffin near a fence on his farm and allegedly threatened to kill trespassers and put them inside it. This after the farmer,...
The popular event spot, The Venue@Hemingways, was transformed into a royal palace last night for this year’s glitzy Daily Dispatch and Johnson & Johnson Local Hero awards evening. Out of a large number of nominations, 12 community builders came out...
Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s name may be dragged into an investigation by UK authorities into alleged financial crimes committed by the Gupta and Zuma families. Besides the three Gupta brothers, President Jacob Zuma and some of their close family members,...
A father found himself broke after his daughter blew R74 000 of his Road Accident Fund savings on alcohol. The East London Regional Court found that the money was spent between December last year and February this year when Malusi...
Papers before the Grahamstown High Court have blown wide open the extent of corruption at Mnquma municipality which, an audit report suggests, has been fleeced of tens of millions of rands by politicians, officials and businessmen. Just three tenders, which...
Residents living with disabilities in Mdantsane will soon have access to municipal offices after years of struggling without wheelchair-friendly facilities. The construction of access pathways and wheelchair ramps will be done during the current financial year, Buffalo City Metro mayor...
The embattled Eastern Cape water utility Amatola Water has fired its head of human resources, Nolitha Klu. Her dismissal comes just a month after the entity’s CEO Lefadi Makibinyane was given the boot two days before his case was to...
The two brothers who slaughtered their nine-year-old brother with a view of using some of his body parts and blood to cure one of them are yet to undergo psychiatric evaluation. During their previous appearance in the Tina Falls Periodical...
Here are the five most wanted, feared and ferocious men in the Eastern Cape. They are on the run from the law, but when caught will be charged with rape, murder and armed robbery. Yesterday, Eastern Cape police appealed to the...
President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-level delegation to the Eastern Cape on Monday to try and unite the deeply divided province. Zuma and a team of top officials will meet with leaders of all the regions. This was revealed by...
A Duncan Village family of 10 who lost almost all their belongings in a raging fire that gutted five shacks are now living in a tiny one-roomed wooden structure. The Ngonwana family were gutted after the death of their friend...
Dense grass at the West Bank cemetery becomes the scene of a weekly treasure hunt for four men who scour it for golf balls that have missed their mark. After golfers playing at the West Bank Golf Club have enjoyed...
Violence in schools is raising an outcry in Eastern Cape communities as a principal stands accused of horrific acts of violence and harassment. His alleged actions have even shocked an education minister, while parents in Komani are praying that their...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Tityaba Nature Reserve manager Karl Krull is being sued for R300000 by two men who have accused him of feeding them a dead dog. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Grahamstown declined earlier this year to prosecute Krull on...
ANC-alligned South African Students Congress (Sasco) emerged victorious during Walter Sisulu University student representative council elections. The elections at all four university campuses - Buffalo City, Mthatha, Butterworth and Queenstown - were held on Thursday. In Mthatha, Sasco defeated the another...