The Rhodes University student accused of being the mastermind behind the brutal torture and murder of a Grahamstown man he suspected of stealing his laptop, will find out today if he will be released on bail. Closing arguments were heard...
Two Rhodes University #FeesMustFall activists who were arrested on allegations they were involved in a brawl with campus security yesterday claimed they were subjected to a suspension hearing before they even appeared in court. Vuyisani Sigingqi and Teboho Mahapi, both...
Bulelwa Ndudula, the wife of slain Eastern Cape department of social development chief of staff Sakhekile Ndudulawas dealt a heavy blow this morning after she was condemned to prison for another month. The ruling was made earlier today as the...
His father might be languishing in jail while he fights to keep the throne warm, but abaThembu Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo will put that aside as he walks down the aisle. Azenathi, 24, hopes to tie the knot with his sweetheart...
Buffalo City’s customers owe R1.84-billion, with some overdue payments dating back more than five years. Non-paying residents are costing the city millions in outstanding rates, sewerage, electricity, water and refuse removal bills. Households owe the most – R1.1-billion as of the...
Participants enjoyed the 2016 Daily Dispatch Cycle Tour and Mountain Bike Challenge at the weekend despite horrible conditions threatening the events. Tribal’s Cillian Ryan took part in the race and was impressed with how things went. His Tribal team also took...
Tenants of Mark Harding Court in Southernwood are in shock after a neighbour was murdered, apparently in front of her screaming, pleading children. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Tshepo Ndwalaza said Siyabulela Ngcaba, 44, would go on trial on December 15...
A fued between former Eastern Cape finance MEC Billy Nel and a tenant he had been battling to evict from his Shadow Park compound outside Gonubie has been resolved. Nel, 73, has allowed Gavin May, his wife Janet Bezuidenhout and their...
Nelson Mandela Central Hospital, which services millions of people in OR Tambo district and its surrounds, is soon to have its own cardiologist. Director of clinical governance at the hospital Dr Mpumzi Mdledle said while the hospital had always had...
The SACP will do for Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas what it did for Jacob Zuma when he faced difficulties in the past, party boss Blade Nzimande said yesterday. Speaking at the party’s Red October Campaign rally in Sebokeng in...
Former Office of the Premier auditor Julie Kriek has described the province’s top office as wracked with financial and administrative ill-discipline and tyranny. This was the picture painted by Kriek in an exit interview which said her vital oversight audit...
AbaThembu leaders campaigning for King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo to be released from jail are intensifying calls to leaders of the feuding royal family factions to join their campaign. The #FreeOurKing campaign made the call following factions of the abaThembu royal family...
Five Rhodes University students spent most of their weekend behind bars after being arrested on charges ranging from assault to malicious damage to property after numerous incidents on the campus. Two of the students allegedly brawled with campus security guards...
Opinions about how black people have weak handshakes compared with the vice-like grip of “Westerners”, have landed DA councillor Jan Smit in cultural hot water. Smit dropped these and other clangers on race, sex, and religion while delivering an educational...
Serial paedophile Bruce Ehrlich, 54, who was sent back to jail on April 11 after the parole board found he had broken his parole conditions, is suing for his freedom. He was found to have played squash at an East...
Questions are being asked if Dale College schoolboy Okhule Jali, 13, who drowned at Glen Eden on Monday, could have been rescued if the EMS helipad in East London had been in good working order. Vicky Thompson, a Glen Eden...
A King William’s Town dairy that supplied a number of schools in the area with fermented milk, or amasi, was last week ordered to close. Innesfree Agriculture and Dairy was identified as a supplier of amasi to a number of...
The Nelson Mandela Bay based Chippa United Football Club is set to receive R6-million from Buffalo City Metro after council last week approved a new partnership between the two. The six-game partnership came after BCM hosted a number of Chippa...

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President Jacob Zuma may have contravened the constitution for the second time in as many months, according to former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s long-awaited report on state capture. In the damning 355-page report Madonsela – without making a definite finding...
East London dance star Chace Collett was crowned Miss Teen Pageant South Africa 2017 at a glamorous event at Pretoria’s Batter Boys venue on Saturday night. Collett, 18, who matriculated from Merrifield College last year, has become a familiar figure...
A Reeston woman, who gave birth to a baby girl next to an East London roadside, had to allegedly wait for close on two hours before an ambulance took her and the baby to hospital yesterday. Princess Bokolo, who was on...
Jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s eldest son Prince Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo has been appointed acting king of the AbaThembu – again. A ceremony to install him in the position is scheduled for November 25. However, due to feuding factions in the royal...
Chippa United will not be playing at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London against Cape Town City this month as had been initially scheduled. Instead, that match has since been moved to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. This was...
By SIPHO MABENA AND GRAEME HOSKEN NPA head Shaun Abrahams’ flip-flop on prosecuting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for fraud and theft has backfired – with calls mounting for his removal and a judicial commission of inquiry into the events leading...
More than 70 pupils from Kei Road Primary School were rushed to Philani Clinic yesterday following yet another case of  suspected food poisoning. The Eastern Cape department of health said the pupils fell sick after eating a sheep liver with...
Government agencies tasked with hiring contractors to eradicate unsafe schools are giving tenders to companies that were either not registered or had been suspended by the government’s construction watchdog. Most of these unsafe schools, which include mud structures, are concentrated...
Exams went off without a hitch at Rhodes University yesterday. Early yesterday morning, more than 200 students sat for a pharmacology exam, while over 400 others wrote an economics test in the afternoon. Both exams were written under heavy security...
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating a sexual harassment case against a top Eastern Cape policeman. The senior officer allegedly sexually assaulted a policewoman and made inappropriate sexual comments towards her. The harassment case was opened last month at...
The funeral of late South African icon Nelson Mandela left the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) R120-million in debt, says Hlaudi Motsoeneng. In an exclusive interview with the Saturday Dispatch, the SABC’s former chief operations officer revealed for the first...
Six Eastern Cape construction companies are being investigated by the Competition Commission (CCSA) for alleged involvement in collusive tendering, otherwise known as bid rigging. The companies were reported by a number of municipalities over their bids for construction of much-needed...
By ADRIENNE CARLISLE, MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI and DAVID MACGREGOR Rhodes University yesterday turned into a war zone, with academics caught up in violent clashes between police and students. The chaos followed a university announcement of extraordinary security measures to safeguard exams. Shots rang...
By BARBARA HOLLANDS, MSINDISI FENGU and SILUSAPHO NYANDA With protests persisting at many universities, Eastern Cape matriculants who have applied to study for a degree have entered their final exams facing an uncertain academic future. Education experts have warned that the...
Popular nightclub Ground X, operating at the Phillip Kahts softball stadium in Bunkers Hill, has officially shut its doors. The closure of the club followed heated marathon meetings between residents, owner Luthando Bara, the Liquor Board, Buffalo City Metro officials...
When a doctor told him he would never walk again after a car crash left him paralysed from the waist down, Anathi Mkwenkwe would have none of it. Between physiotherapy sessions, the determined, rugby-loving, 22-year-old recycled odds and ends to...
AbaThembu royal family yesterday agreed – with a few dissenting voices – that King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s younger brother, Prince Mankunku Mthandeni Jongisizwe Dalindyebo, would take up the reins as acting monarch. Women, including Dalindyebo’s wife Queen Noluntu Dalindyebo and some...
A new partnership between the Eastern Cape government and Buffalo City Metro is on the cards for the construction of a R1-billion Bhisho Office Precinct. The initiative is aimed at addressing the shortage of government-owned offices in the provincial capital. The...
Millions intended to be spent on the health needs of Eastern Cape residents have gone missing from departmental coffers, with employees failing to disclose company interests in 19 tenders worth more than R10.5-million. In a further bombshell, the provincial health...
A company that delivered R2.8-million worth of poor quality desks to Eastern Cape schools last month has been given seven days to remove them and a further 30 days to replace them. The contract was part of a R39-million tender issued...
Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd, the commercial arm of the Border Rugby Union, has asked that it be liquidated because it is insolvent. This is contained in a high court application by Border (Pty) Ltd, which paints a bleak picture of...
There was a scream, a bang … and then silence. Friends and fire officials confirmed that Jenny Gerbhardt died in her blazing East London home soon after 6pm last night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5DVu89qPzY The Daily Dispatch was on the scene soon after a pall of...
By DAVID MACGREGOR, SILUSAPHO NYANDA and SINO MAJANGAZA Eastern Cape universities were balanced on a knife-edge yesterday as #FeesMustFall protests erupted and students clashed with riot police. On Monday night Rhodes University had resembled a war zone as police allegedly ordered students...
The status of an investigation by the public protector’s office into how KSD municipality spent millions during former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral is unclear. Former municipal public accounts committee (Mpac) chairman Pasika Nontshiza wrote to former public protector Thuli Madonsela...
Eastern Cape traffic officers are owed more than R9.2-million for overtime. This was confirmed by provincial transport MEC Weziwe Tikana, who said the money was owed to “hundreds” of traffic officers based across six districts. It excludes traffic officers from...
All the Walter Sisulu University campuses in the Buffalo City remained closed this morning. Students boycotted classes yesterday over the 8% fee increment that was announced by the university vice-chancellor on Friday. Speaking on behalf of the students yesterday, Zolile...
BY SINO MAJANGAZA and SILUSAPHO NYANDA Protesting Walter Sisulu University students were yesterday prevented from entering the venue where the Buffalo City Metro council was holding an imbizo. Two Buffalo City law enforcement officers were seen pointing pistols into the air...
Messages of support continued to pour in yesterday for Grens Hoërskool following the death of Grade 9 pupil Clinton Bosman in a horrific accident between a school minibus and a car on the R72 on Sunday. The school bus, transporting...
By SABELO SKITI, THANDUXOLO JIKA and STEPHAN HOFSTATTER The Department of Mineral Resources withheld information twice about the movement out of the country of hundreds of millions of rands involved in a Gupta-owned mine. DMR spokesman Ayanda Shezi in July dismissed...
By BONGANI FUZILE and SIYA BOYA Police are searching for a dangerous fugitive who escaped from police custody by pretending to be an attorney. Mlondolozi Mpayipheli walked calmly out of the holding cells at the East London Magistrate’s Court last Monday,...
A Grens Hoërskool teenager and a child died, and 14 people, most of them schoolboy cricketers aged 15 to 17, were injured in a smash on the R72 near Kidds Beach at 2pm yesterday. One schoolboy was airlifted to hospital...
Nearly 200 pupils at a rural Ngqeleni school are being taught in six damaged classrooms without roofs. This is despite provincial education authorities promising urgent intervention after the roofs were blown away by gale-force winds late last month. The Daily Dispatch...