The ANC in the Eastern Cape has vowed to lure back white voters in pursuit of the party’s founding principle of non-racialism. Newly elected ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane told the Daily Dispatch yesterday that he had already held informal...
Kidnappings are increasing in South Africa and require a special effort to combat‚ according to anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee. Abramjee made the comment in an open letter to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole on...
  By Jeff Wicks And Matthew Savides The Abahlali baseMjondolo shack dwellers' movement is celebrating a 10-year sentence handed to a Durban police officer for the 2013 murder of a teenage activist. In mid-July 2017‚ Phumlani Ndlovu was convicted for the murder...
The ANC's top six recently elected leaders visited Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her Soweto home on Monday night‚ delivering a copy of the ANC's January 8 birthday pledge. The party is promising to "rebuild our movement and turn the South African...
Plans to develop 10ha of Kwelera farmland into a landscaped garden, complete with a Xhosa culture medicinal garden, a multipurpose hall for conservation education and functions, a concert and wedding area and an indigenous nursery will be presented at...
You may not have heard of ANC member of parliament Mapule Veronica Mafolo. And‚ judging by her declaration of interests to parliament‚ neither have investment brokers. “Nothing to disclose‚” was her response to every question in the public portion of...
Several years after a failed attempt to launch a music group‚ actor Alfred Ntombela has launched a solo music career‚ with an album due to be released in the next few months. The star of several Leon Schuster films told...
America has stressed that it “deeply respects” South Africa and the rest of the continent‚ despite controversial comments attributed to President Donald Trump about African countries‚ officials said.  The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said on Monday that...
If you are still sending mail‚ you will have to fork out more from April 1 this year. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) published the new tariffs and charges in the Government Gazette on Friday. (https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/41377_gen6.pdf) The price...
If it were not for the intuition of a seasoned Tiso Blackstar photographer‚ the fate that had befallen Siam Lee might never have been known. It was experienced lens woman Jackie Clausen’s curiosity that linked the discovery of a charred...
By ARETHA LINDEN and ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI Education MEC Mandla Makupula yesterday publicly declared that his department of education was ready for the opening of schools tomorrow. However, there were some concerns that not all 4308 teacher, deputy principal and principal posts...
An ANC Member of Parliament from the North West has been arrested and charged for alleged stock theft‚ according to the National Prosecuting Authority. Mapule Veronica Mafolo‚ 46‚ was arrested on Friday in Schweizer-Reneke together with a male companion‚ Thabo...
The construction of what appears to be a multimillion-rand hardware warehouse in Mdantsane has raised hopes of job opportunities among the impoverished community where the business will be operating. Situated across from Boxer in the economic hub of NU2 Highway,...
A rural community was left stunned and baffled after a dead woman's expelled a foetus inside a coffin.  The bizarre “coffin birth” has left some people crying witchcraft after a 33-year-old mother of five, Nomveliso Nomasonto Mdoyi, of Mthayisi village...
East London police have launched a manhunt for the gang, who stormed in at Fleet Street Spar this evening ordering customers, mainly students, to hit the ground before fleeing with a large amount of business takings. The shop was packed,...
The family of slain former ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa still believe that he did not die from gunshot wounds he sustained during an ambush in July last year but was poisoned. Despite an autopsy ruling out poison...
A comedian’s attempt to distract South Africans from the outrage over an H&M advertisement which was slated as having a racist undertone has backfired. In a post that was shared thousands of times on Facebook‚ comedian Rory Petzer was accused...
By BONGANI FUZILE and MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI When Hawks head Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza established the national task team to investigate graft in the Eastern Cape, he had hoped for smooth work and the swift arrests of those implicated in fraud and...
Brenda Fassie's son‚ Bongani has lashed out at music veteran Sello 'Chicco' Twala's attempt to block the making of a biopic about the songstress which is currently in the pipeline. Chicco reportedly plans to file a legal application to stop...
Supersport United have agreed to the sale of in-demand striker Jeremy Brockie to Mamelodi Sundowns. United made the announcement on the club’s Twitter account on Monday afternoon‚ finally bringing the long-running transfer saga to an end. United had tried to hang...
A cookie-baking run by four sisters in Maclear (population 10521) raised R4000 to help the town’s brightest matric maths and science pupil, Khuselo Nkunkuma, with his university studies. Nkunkuma matriculated with the school’s highest marks in maths, physics and life...
The Blue Bulls under-21 rugby player accused of rape appeared briefly in the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday. His matter has been postponed to January 22 for a formal bail application. The accused‚ who cannot be named as he has...
Accident victim Zanele Mpofu of East London, is accusing her local lawyer of swindling her out of a R28 000 Road Accident Fund payout. Bongani Nduli became Mpofu’s legal representative after a car accident in 1997, when she was only...
The group of black teachers from the Klipspruit West Secondary School in Eldorado Park who were on the receiving end from protesters who wanted them removed from what they deemed a "coloured school" last year were back at work...
Of all the stories about the ANC‚ this one has got to take the cake. As it turns out‚ the ruling party sought help from a member of the opposition to help it celebrate its 106th birthday in East...
Suspended City of Johannesburg Finance MMC Rabelani Dagada has denied allegations that he tried to influence tender allocations and called the charges against him “utter lies”. “There has been a concerted effort by the mayor‚ since last year June‚ to...
By MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI and BONGANI FUZILE There can only be one Hawk in the nest, but in the Eastern Cape there are two and now the claws are out. The Dispatch has confirmed that Eastern Cape provincial head of the Hawks...
Media Monitoring Africa has set up a fund to assist journalist Jacques Pauw with his legal battles. The company said it had set up the fund because "South Africans want to support Pauw with legal costs". "The fund – which is...
This year has started as last year ended off‚ with yet another murder at the violence-plagued Glebelands Hostel in Durban's Umlazi suburb. A 52-year-old man was gunned down in cold blood on Sunday night at the hostel. Police spokesperson Colonel...
The South African Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint against social development minister Bathabile Dlamini‚ which had called for her to be investigated for possible rights violations for her role in the social grants debacle. TimesLIVE has seen correspondence...
War in Africa has taken a consistent toll on elephants‚ hippos‚ giraffes and other large mammals from 1946 to 2010‚ a new study shows. Ecologist Joshua Daskin found that 70% of protected areas had been harmed by civil conflict —...
By Graeme Hosken And Kgaugelo Masweneng "Livestock for sale‚" reads the nondescript blue sign that marks the boundary of a Free State farm that has attained notoriety over the past several years. The fields are barren. Sheep seek shelter from...
By Graeme Hosken And Kgaugelo Masweneng She sits silently on a chair‚ hands clenched‚ eyes wide. Margaret* looks around her‚ frightened‚ unsure of where she is or whom she can trust. It's been just three days since she was rescued from a...
By Graeme Hosken And Kgaugelo Masweneng A whistleblower's call for help to his wife in Lesotho has exposed the operations of a sophisticated international slave trade syndicate. For years South African police have been investigating the alleged operations of the organisation‚...
MTN has the best mobile network in South Africa‚ with Cell C ranked last of the big operators‚ according to research. The Q4 2017 Mobile Network Quality Report by MyBroadband‚ released on Monday‚ placed Vodacom in second place‚ followed by...
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday gave his strongest indication yet that President Jacob Zuma’s days as the country’s president were numbered‚ saying that the matter "must be addressed"‚ but that Zuma should not be humiliated. In an interview with...
No one has been arrested for trashing H&M stores across Gauteng at the weekend‚ said provincial police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini. But he said police were investigating Saturday's incidents and would be looking at CCTV footage from shopping malls as...
By MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI and BONGANI FUZILE Cases of obstruction, interference and unlawful arrest have been opened by under-fire Hawks investigator Captain Luphumlo Lwana at Butterworth police station. This after the detective, who apparently made enemies with his bosses in Pretoria and...
By Kgaugelo Masweneng And Graeme Hosken A Lesotho national‚ driven by the horror of guarding dozens of sex slaves and the knowledge that his wife and sisters were to suffer the same fate‚ has blown the lid on an international...
The AmaKwayi clan will be turning to the courts to be recognised and have their kingship restored. The clan is closely related to the AmaTshawe, the current reigning royal clan of the AmaXhosa nation. Prince Vela Balfour-Noyi, who has championed the...
An unknown gunman was shot and killed by Mdantsane police during a heavy exchange of gunfire late yesterday afternoon. When the Dispatch arrived at scene, the body of the man was still in the back of a forensic van. The incident...
Patricia de Lille says she welcomes the charges levelled at her on Sunday by the DA. Speaking to eNCA after party leader Mmusi Maimane said she would be investigated and prosecuted by the federal legal council‚ De Lille said: “I...
A head-on collision near Kidds Beach on the R72 between a 30-ton horse-and trailer-truck and a sedan left the sedan driver dead and the truck driver critically injured on the R72 on Sunday morning. The accident happened around at 6.30am. When DispatchLIVE...
Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre has acquired a multimillion rand shelter which will allow it to accommodate more women and young girls who have been affected by violence and abuse. The five-bedroom house with three bathrooms, a spacious lounge, kitchen, dining...
You may have completed your matric and are keen to move on to getting a degree, but before you pound the pavement looking for a suitable institution, ask yourself: how relevant will your degree be in today’s workplace? Media reports...
Time is running out for the Eastern Cape’s last remaining inland finfish farm as the operation has until the end of February to secure further investment to be able to continue. André Bok, who is running the ELIDZ-based Aqua Management...
Residents of Ezibeleni township in the drought-stricken Komani region have spent more than three months without water or any explanation from the Chris Hani District Municipality. The water problem in Unathi Mkefa started in March last year when the district...
Three-year-old Latoya Gwam’s body will be transported to the Eastern Cape for burial – 19 days after the toddler died under controversial circumstances. Her mother‚ Nontombi Gwam‚ was admitted to hospital this week after trying to commit suicide by ingesting...
Police remain on high alert after EFF supporters stormed into several H&M stores around the province on Saturday. https://twitter.com/timeslive/status/952160850164506624?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eios%7Ctwgr%5Enet.whatsapp.WhatsApp.ShareExtension Shops in Sandton‚ Menlyn Park and on the East Rand were forced to close after party supporters trashed the stores in an...
The extent of historical debt owed to universities by former and current students will be investigated and government will devise a plan to recover the money, Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Buti Manamela said yesterday. “We have not quantified...