In what was one of the most heated Daily Dispatch dialogues in a while, Moeletsi Mbeki went for the jugular, declaring that ANC officials who went to the house of his brother, Thabo Mbeki, to ask him to resign...
Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade insists that he is not racist‚ but claimed at the same time that “God’s word” said whites were superior to blacks. Speaking at his lodge‚ where a 2000-strong crowd of ANC Youth League...
By Dispatch Reporter BCM's  deputy mayor and ANC’s DR WB Rubusana's regional chairman Xola Pakati came up at the top of the party's PR list candidates for the upcoming local government elections. Former metro speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele is second on the list, while current...
The SABC has fired all eight of the journalists who expressed concern at events‚ including not screening visuals of violent protests‚ at the state broadcaster. eNCA reported that Vuyo Mvoko‚ Thandeka Gqubule‚ Busisiwe Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata were dismissed early...
A NEW 100% black-owned private hospital is set to open its doors in Mthatha next month. Mthatha Private Hospital is owned by a young Qokolweni-born doctor, Coy Yako. The R90-million facility will compete with Mthatha’s oldest private hospital, St Mary’s. The...
A tragic accident involving five Selborne College teenagers left two Grade 10 pupils dead and three injured. According to transport department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca, the crash occurred just after 3 am this morning at the intersection of Gately and...
Residents from Mdantsane, Reeston and coastal rural areas in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) are likely to face a 12-hour water outage today as supply from the Nahoon Dam will be cut off for maintenance work on a raw water...
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has confirmed that race car driver Gugu Zulu has passed away while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_39ApJ7oY]
Mabala Noise has maintained its silence after accusations by EFF leader Julius Malema that the entertainment company had paid artists no less than R5 million to join the label and perform at ANC political events. Malema was speaking at a...
By SIKHO NTSHOBANE Bensovale College in Sterkspruit has been turned into a sea of red as hundreds of members, mostly from rural villages, continue to swarm into the institution where the Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) is officially launching its election manifesto. So...
It might be complicated but it seems that Eastern Cape born actress Khanya Mkangisa’s relationship status is currently single. Khanya is one of the hottest celebrities in Mzansi and so imagine our surprise when the star took to Snapchat recently...
Two traffic officers and a driving school instructor, arrested on Tuesday and charged with selling fraudulent learners’ and drivers’ licences , were remanded in custody yesterday. The two traffic officers – Nomonde Mangesi, 38, and Nonceba Matsinya, 52, – were arrested...
When youngsters hit their teens, greater freedom of choice is something most take for granted. Many choose a partner to hang out with, go on to marry the person and spend the rest of their lives with them. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GrRv05KxEU] But because of...
PE-born Saki Macozoma is still region’s top earner with R676m in investments. AT LEAST five high-profile businessmen and women with Eastern Cape roots have made it into the Sunday Times Rich List published earlier this month. The Sunday Times rich list...
A new, higher electricity price has Buffalo City Metro (BCM) residents in a rage, with many saying the city sneaked tariff increases through the back door. The city is adamant there is nothing wrong with its pricing, billing, metering and...
COSATU-aligned union members sympathetic to the federation’s former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi are on the verge of being evicted from their offices in the Eastern Cape. Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) leaders from the Eastern...
Popular radio host Luyanda Gidane, affectionately known as “Luks”, is leaving Umhlobo Wenene FM (UWfm) for trufm. Trufm station manager Thobeka Buswana said Gidane’s two decades in radio made him a suitable addition to the station as trufm prepares for...
Nonceba Thelma Mantshiyane – a domestic worker who lost her right arm after being mauled by her employer’s pitbull terrier – will be better off financially receiving a disability grant than a salary. This is according to her employer, Elsie...
Popular East London eatery Le Petit with its stolid fittings will vanish this week to be replaced with a fresh new concept – The Cow Shed. East London chefs Adam Iverson, 31, and his wife, Zina, 29, can’t wait for...
Dozens of Rhodes University students protested half naked yesterday to make a poignant point against the rape culture they say pervades the university. They formed a human barricade across the street at the point where the campus meets the city late...
By Tiso Black Star Group DIGITAL Two people were killed and another two seriously injured when a truck and bakkie collided on the R72 outside Alexandria in the Eastern Cape at 7am on Saturday. Eastern Cape provincial traffic department deputy director...
Eastern Cape police last night shot four alleged robbery suspects. The suspects were shot dead outside Lusikisiki while they were traveling to Margate. They were wanted in connection with an armed robbery case that took place at a Boxer Store in...
By MKHULULI NDAMASE The Mthatha Hospital Complex is being sued for more than R3-billion in medical negligence cases. In the year from last April to this March, more than 60 cases have been filed against Mthatha Regional, Nelson Mandela Central and...
Many young South Africans are disillusioned by politics and corruption‚ and won't be voting in next week's local elections‚ a study released on Wednesday has revealed. "Young people are growing increasingly frustrated with these issues that continue to plague South...
In A bid to grow the city’s economy Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has identified event hosting as one of the key strategies to increase visitor numbers and create short-term employment.  The city has allocated an estimated R19-million in the draft...
The construction of a special needs school in Haven Hills, Amalinda, was brought to a halt before contractors could lay the first brick.  Building for Khayalethu Special School for children with mental and physical disabilities was supposed to have commenced...
Armed with weed-eaters, rakes, pangas and chainsaws, almost 100 men, women and children of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints cleaned up a large section of the Cambridge Cemetery at the weekend. The group, which calls itself the Mormon...
Julius Malema has mocked President Jacob Zuma’s failure to take over the Inkatha Freedom Party-run municipality in his homestead Nkandla after expressing confidence that the African National Congress would clinch it. Speaking at a media briefing at the Electoral Commission...
Tiso Black Star Group Digital The National Treasury has recommended that President Jacob Zuma pay back R7.8m for non-security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence. In compliance with the Constitutional Court judgment‚ the National Treasury has submitted its report to the...
By MIKE LOEWE Three guilty Chinese skippers who slipped unnoticed out of East London port on Thursday turned off their vessels’ tracking devices soon after departure. The vessels departed under a cloak of official silence, despite being chased down and arrested...
Popular Umhlobo Wenene FM DJ Saba Mbixane is fighting for his life in Mthatha’s Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital after he had to be airlifted from Mount Frere following a motor-bike accident. Although details around the incident are still sketchy, health...
Security at some of Buffalo City Metro’s key buildings has been called in to question after it emerged there was a shortage of close to 300 security guards employed by the city. BCM released a security analysis of the institution earlier...
https://youtu.be/fqPIypuB4SoTwo prominent Port Elizabeth schools have been rocked by cellphone footage of vicious playground brawls, prompting an investigation by the Eastern Cape Department of Education. The fights at Pearson and Framesby high schools have once again put the spotlight on...
Charity begins at home and this was proven yesterday when the minister of defence visited her former high school in Cacadu (formerly known as Lady Frere) bearing a R210000 cheque. Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula spent the afternoon yesterday at one of...
Overgrown grass, unkempt storage rooms, blood splatters on walls and corpses on the floor were some of the horrendous scenes that greeted the Daily Dispatch at the state mortuary in Woodbrook. Five years after this newspaper first exposed the poor...
Amathole district municipality (ADM) mayor Nomasikizi Khonza has been arrested by the Hawks for alleged fraud involving more than R6-million of taxpayers’ money. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j03TejbPh9c] Khonza was arrested together with a senior municipal official and former ADM councillor, Nanziwe Rulashe. Rulashe was the...
“YOU can never run away from the calling of becoming igqirha (a sangoma).” Those were the bold words of prominent Eastern Cape sangomas who shared their views this week with the Saturday Dispatch on the controversial topic of Christianity versus...
Local artists will this weekend battle it out for a lucrative recording deal and a R20 000 cash prize at the grand finale of the Eastern Cape Music Talent Search. The talent search was launched in February last year by...
A teacher at a top East London primary school has been arrested for alleged rape and sexual assault. The 64-year-old man, who cannot be named because he has not yet appeared in court, was arrested at his Gonubie home about...
Relegious leaders in Buffalo City Metro have likened the ANC to the biblical Moses who led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. During a prayer meeting followed by a peace march in East London yesterday members of the clergy...
The ANC in the Eastern Cape has officially announced and paraded its mayoral candidates for Metropolitan and District municipalities today. ANC Eastern Cape provincial secretary introduced the eight mayors, at a press briefing held at the party's headquarters Calata House in...
Lying on the tar after a car crash in Berea two weeks ago, Khanya Njengele was terrified, bleeding and unable to move. While some bystanders looked on and took photographs, an “angel” in the form of Marelize van der Berg swooped...
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has been shut down by the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco)‚ which embarked on a mass protest on Monday morning “after assessing the political situation on campus”. Sasco‚ in a statement‚ said the decision was...
By LULAMILE FENI The wheels of justice temporarily stopped turning in Mqanduli after the magistrate’s court went up in flames. Residents who travelled from various villages serviced by the court, were shocked to find the courtrooms had burnt down. One of the...
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s sisters believes that she is lucky to be alive after her car was shot at three times as she was entering her home in Mthatha. Phathiswa Sidiki, 35, a Mthatha businesswoman, popularly known by her clan name MaDlomo, escaped unhurt...
Overgrown grass, unkempt storage rooms, blood splatters on walls and corpses on the floor were some of the horrendous scenes that greeted the Daily Dispatch at the state mortuary in Woodbrook. Five years after this newspaper first exposed the poor...
By ZINE GEORGE The head of communications at the Eastern Cape department of social development, Gcobani Maswana, has been suspended. The suspension comes after the department’s superintendent-general, Stanley Khanyile, served him with a letter last week informing Maswana he should give...
Two men suspected of hunting illegally were allegedly forced to eat one of their dead dogs at gunpoint after they were caught inside a private game reserve near Komga at the weekend. The two men, aged 25 and 35 respectively, are...
THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will have firm anticorruption policies, leader Julius Malema said at its launch in Johannesburg yesterday. “Our organisation is founded on the principle of anticorruption,” he said. “No one found guilty of corruption … will wear the...
Cambridge Location residents are crying foul over animal waste washing up in front of their homes, which allegedly comes from the East London Abattoir.  Residents who live directly opposite the abattoir in Madolwana Street complain that blood and waste often...