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...
A spate of armed robberies across East London has business owners on edge. Since the start of the month, 10 city premises have been attacked by armed men – two of them yesterday. At 5.30pm yesterday, five men, each armed...
Frustrated residents in a Buffalo City Metro township yesterday complained to DA parliamentarians of their years-long struggle to acquire RDP houses. Unit P residents also told of how they had to “buy” the free government houses and how the houses...
Cracks between the Eastern Cape ANC and the ANC-led provincial government have spilled into the open barely two months after the party’s chaotic, chair-throwing provincial elective conference. The ANC yesterday lambasted social development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi, accusing her of sabotaging...
A bleak future awaits job-hunting matriculants who completed their final exams yesterday as the country continues to shed jobs at an alarming rate. Some 105000 Grade 12 pupils in the province wrote their final paper in their end-of-year exams yesterday,...
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa received a boost to his presidential campaign over the weekend with a strong endorsement from AbaThembu acting king Azenathi Dalindyebo, who said his nation had pinned their hopes on him for the revival and unity...
Selborne College pupil Kolunga Onamandla Zuma is applying for a permanent stay of prosecution from the director of public prosecutions office in Grahamstown. The 17-year-old, who allegedly caused the deaths of two friends when the car he was driving ploughed...
Methodist Church of Southern Africa minister Jacob Freemantle was inducted as the new bishop of the church’s Grahamstown district at a ceremony in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Speaking at a special service at the Feather Market Hall attended by hundreds of...
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti officially handed over part of a 904-hectare farm near Komani to 102 of its residents on Friday. The Gallawater Farm beneficiaries are part of a “one household, one hectare” and “one household,...
President Jacob Zuma’s decision to summon all seven ANC presidential hopefuls to his residence almost backfired when he was confronted about his perceived bias. This was after his former ally and Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu wanted the president to...
ANC President Jacob Zuma summoned all presidential hopefuls to a meeting last night, highlighting his fears about the December elective conference becoming violent. Present at the meeting were deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, chairwoman Baleka Mbete,...
Former Amathole district mayor is to go on trial in June over R2.5-million the municipality donated to a beauty pageant in 2015.   The politician was reduced to tears yesterday after learning her trial would not go ahead as scheduled because her...
Makgabo Manamela‚ one of the three officials behind the Life Esidimeni tragedy‚ returned to the stand on Thursday‚ thus avoiding an arrest warrant being issued for her. She spent the morning making endless excuses about the consequences of her actions. Manamela‚...
Hundreds of young Eastern Cape men, who lost their manhood because of botched traditional circumcision, will from next year be able to get penile reconstruction and rehabilitation from the Mthatha-based Nelson Mandela Central Hospital. This was revealed by the director...
A Dutywa resident who read in the Daily Dispatch that Lotto was looking for winning ticket holder has been confirmed as the winner of a gargantuan tax-free R50-million. This is the biggest Lotto win ever in the Eastern Cape. The...
Parliament's inquiry into state capture will invite the Gupta brothers‚ Salim Essa‚ Eric Wood‚ Duduzane Zuma and Dudu Myeni to appear before it. Following weeks of evidence in which the Gupta brothers‚ Essa‚ Duduzane Zuma and Wood have regularly been...
Seventeen years after government allocated R75-million for construction of houses for more than 1 400 East London land claimants, they are still without homes. The group of West Bank residents, who were forcibly removed to Mdantsane, Parkside and Buffalo Flats...
The Eastern Cape department of health has received the lion’s share of the adjusted provincial budget, receiving R527-million of the reallocated R782.2-million. This was revealed by finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo, who delivered his medium-term budget policy speech yesterday in Bhisho....
Berea Pharmacy will be operating as usual after an armed robbery of the store on Tuesday night. Captain Mluleki Mbi, of the SAPS, said: “It is alleged that four men of which three were armed entered the premises, held the...
President Jacob Zuma has postponed his visit to Zimbabwe until “further notice”. “President Jacob Zuma will no longer travel to Harare in the Republic of Zimbabwe on Wednesday 22 November 2017‚” the presidency said in a statement. “The SADC Organ Troika...
A taxi driver was sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide yesterday after the illegal taxi he was driving collided with an SA Breweries truck, killing nine people and injuring 13. The Komani Magistrate’s Court found Whittlesea driver...
The Butterworth Magistrate’s Court yesterday referred the case against ANC Amathole regional secretary Teris Ntutu to a regional court and no longer the high court. This means he faces a lesser sentence if found guilty on charges of corruption and...
Millions of rands of taxpayers’ money has been flushed down the drain as a promising tourism project in Tsholomnqa’s KwaSandile village lies rotting, neglected and vandalised. https://youtu.be/7H8IyaGO5_g The Department of Tourism failed to complete the rustic riverside resort, valued at about...
Zimbabwe’s ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday that he was warned about a plan to "eliminate" him and was reluctant to return home until his safety was guaranteed. In a statement he urged President Robert Mugabe to "take...
Two Eastern Cape wives are accused of using the same hitman in plots to take out their husbands. One husband was killed in February, allegedly for a fee of R100000, but the second husband survived after the Hawks, acting on...
Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and other experts have spoken out about the problems afflicting Eskom during a panel discussion in Johannesburg. Piet van Staden‚ chairperson of the Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa‚ said Eskom must show there...
Eighty-six Eastern Cape ANC branches will miss next month’s national elective meeting, ruling party provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi announced yesterday. This was after the branches missed Sunday’s deadline to hold successful branch general meetings (BGMs). The ANC has 568 branches...
Buffalo City Metro council has approved the deployment of military veterans to safeguard against “illegal activities” at the East London Zoo and Nahoon Marine Estuary until June. This forms part of the metro’s continued partnership with the national Department of...
A 40-ton sperm whale carcass that had gone “missing” did not deter hundreds of bathers who defied “Beach Closed” signs to swim in dirty, stinking water at Eastern Beach. Hours after Buffalo City Metro marine services had struggled to remove...
East London police are investigating a case of murder after a taxi operator was found dead in his taxi in the East London CBD. The 34-year-old victim was apparently transporting people from the beachfront to Tsholomnqa when the incident allegedly...
Two women aged 50 and 41 now have to answer to the Mdantsane courts for allegedly conspiring to murder their husbands‚ along with the hitman they allegedly hired. One of the women is alleged to have hired the hitman who...
By KATHARINE CHILD, TIMESLIVE, REUTERS, JAMES THOMPSON, RAY NDLOVU, AND NICO GOUS The end of an era that saw the extremes of both liberation and tyranny has arrived in southern Africa as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, falls from power. Mugabe...
The ANC Youth League provincial task team (PTT) yesterday called for ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane to replace premier Phumulo Masualle in the provincial government. This was said by ANCYL PTT convener Mziwonke Ndabeni during the Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge...
Warders at Mdantsane correctional facility live in fear as weapons, drugs and alcohol flow into the prison through holes in all three fences. Provincial correctional services regional commissioner Nkosinati Breakfast said on Friday that vandalised fences and smuggling was not...
A struggling small-scale farming family feel that they and their 21 cattle are being imprisoned in a space smaller than a rugby field by their surrounding game farm owner. The Mbondi family, who are former farm workers and have lived...
Millions of personal and confidential documents belonging to government employees and private companies have been discovered lying scattered and unprotected in a jumble of boxes sprawled across an East London warehouse floor. A Saturday Dispatch investigative team saw about 5000...
Former Mthatha Judge Duncan Dukada’s widow Hlombekazi Dukada will get half of most of the assets accumulated during their 40-year marriage despite them holding separate estates in terms of their marriage property regime. The Mthatha High Court has ruled that...
ANC veteran and author Sindiso Mfenyana has come out guns blazing, saying the ruling party had lost its way, with leaders more preoccupied about their proximity to tenders. Mfenyana, who said he had been asked to chair the electoral commission...
Eastern Cape residents who are HIV positive and have been assisted by the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), yesterday told of how their lives had changed since the organisation had arrived in the province a decade ago. They shared their stories...
It is somewhat laughable that President Jacob Zuma is the point man on the Zimbabwe crisis when he needs the protection of a police battalion to go outside his house in his own country. Zuma is seemingly the only person...
More than 30 pupils from a King William’s Town high school could not write their exams yesterday because of a flooded bridge. Two Grade 12 pupils braved the shoulder-high water and managed to make it in time for their isiXhosa...
Quigney residents woke up today to an “exceptionally” large sperm whale which had been washed up just metres from the East London Aquarium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5EbpHHGbSM&feature=youtu.be Kevin Cole, East London Museum principal scientist, said: “The washing up of the whale was first reported...
Walter Sisulu University has lost its right to offer  LLB law degree, effectively from yesterday (Wednesday).  In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Council of Higher Education (CHE) announced the withdrawal of WSU's accreditation for the course.   This follows a...
Authorities on Tuesday morning attached the bakkie of a Fort Beaufort farmer accused of stealing cattle. Members of the Asset Forfeiture Unit in East London and police detectives were acting on a Grahamstown High Court order that the vehicle –...
The Eastern Cape is one of the country’s top producers of illegal cigarettes – a trade that has contributed to a tax revenue loss of more than R14-billion, and more than 700 jobs lost nationally in the past year. At...
Dorchester Heights residents were shocked to learn that a foetus had been discovered in a refuse bag on a property in their neighbourhood early this morning. Captain Nkosikho Mzuku, of the SAPS, said: “This morning police were called to...
A taxi owner was gunned down in Mthatha this morning in what taxi bosses fear may be the flaring up of the taxi wars again. Police spokesman Mzukisi Fatyela said the incident happened this morning in Ngangelizwe township where they...