The Eskom board has finally succumbed to pressure‚ allowing the contents of a 2015 “sanitised” report into the state of the power utility to be published. The report by law firm Dentons has been hidden in chairman Ben Ngubane’s vault...
South African rugby legend and scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen‚ who died in Johannesburg on Monday at the age of 45‚ had fought gallantly against motor neuron disease (MND) for the past six years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xMD0jgHFgA The disease causes the degeneration of...
Six outstanding Eastern Cape police officers won accolades in various categories at the weekend, and the province’s K9 unit was voted best in the country. Police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the national K9 award ceremony in Port Elizabeth on...

EC SACP dumps Phumulo

By ZINGISA MVUMVU and ZINE GEORGE Senior SA Communist Party leaders in the Eastern Cape have dumped premier Phumulo Masualle in favour of Oscar Mabuyane as the next ANC provincial chairman. This is significant as Masualle is a senior leader in...
A Port Elizabeth K9 unit Ford bakkie burst into flames on the N2 near the Uitenhage turnoff at the weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67FRWs8yHI The fire happened only hours after the Eastern Cape was hailed as the National K9 Championship overall winners at a...
Red-hot Duncan Village boxer Azinga Fuzile was given a hero’s welcome at Kusile Comprehensive High School at the weekend for winning the prospect of the year award. The 20-year-old was “mobbed” by schoolmates and teachers alike, all jostling to touch...
Dramatic scenes played out in affluent Beacon Bay suburb in East London yesterday when heavily armed police and security guards chased seven housebreaking suspects. Police said a chase between K9 Unit, detectives in civilian clothing led by station commander of...
Four men wrongfully arrested in Beacon Bay and detained at the East London police station for five days without being charged have won a half a million rand settlement against the Minister of Police. The men had initially each demanded R550000,...
Rachel Kolisi says she and husband Siya have had to develop thick skins to be able to disregard offensive posts made online‚ criticising their relationship. But she admits the last cyberbullying incident left her rugby player husband feeling “gatvol“‚...
Two motorists were burnt beyond recognition when their vehicles collided on the N2 near Chintsa this morning. The N2 road remains closed because investigators from various specialised units are still working the scene. Motorists headed from East London towards Butterworth and...
Lightning struck a Tsomo community again last week as they were preparing for the funerals of its last victims only days before. While family of Thembisile Justice Dlabane were cooking in preparation for his funeral over the weekend, lightning struck...
A principal found guilty at a hearing of making lewd comments to schoolgirls and then beating them for rejecting his advances has earned more than R1.9-million sitting at home while lawyers argue over his sanctions. Phindile Magalela, 48, a school...
Patricia de Lille has resigned as the Democratic Alliance’s Western Cape leader‚ a move effective from February 1. She will remain on as Cape Town mayor.  In her resignation letter to DA leader Mmusi Maimane‚ she says she believes she...
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that blindly implementing the recommendations of the CIEX report that Absa be strong-armed into repaying the billions used to bail out Bankorp, would be illegal and amount to a contravention of the constitution. This was...
A former spy who claims to have exposed the source of a smear campaign that accused various members of the Bhisho legislature of embezzlement, corruption, bribery and fraud in 2001 has been left out in the cold. Mxolosi Dyani, 50,...
A special task team has been formed by the Hawks in Pretoria to investigate what they term “worsening corruption” in three Eastern Cape municipalities. OR Tambo district municipality, Engcobo local municipality and the troubled Mnquma local municipality’s finances will be...
The Border-Kei Chamber of Business (Bkcob) has embarked on a massive cleanup drive in Buffalo City Metro in the hope of attracting investors and tourists. BKCOB, in association with businesses including Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), Caltex and Coca-Cola, launched the...
More  than 2 000 schools in the Eastern Cape only had two or three teachers, the MEC for education Mandla Makupula admitted this week. Speaking at the education sector lekgotla in Johannesburg, Makupula said 219 schools in the province were...
More than 600 children living in the Eastern Cape are still in limbo after failing to secure a place in a school. Although the number of unplaced pupils has decreased since the beginning of the academic school year three weeks ago,...
A daycare centre which caters for children with special needs in Cambridge was robbed by five men during the early hours of yesterday morning. Police said the break-in, which took place shortly after 2am, was at Hands On Educare situated...
Former Lily Kirchmann caregiver Ncediswa Mkenkcele has been found guilty on all five counts relating to the horrific beating of 84-year-old Hope Shepherd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLIpPLOywVI&t=18s  The ruling was made a short while ago in the regional court of the East London Magistrate’s...

Great R1m Christmas rip-off

By ASANDA NINI and SISIPHO ZAMXAKA Butterworth’s Mnquma municipality stands accused of spending close to R1 million on a single Christmas tree and some Christmas lights which‚ according to other estimates‚ should have cost a quarter of the price. The Hawks...
The ANC Youth League in the province has entered the thorny succession debate, laying bare their preferences in the national and provincial leadership contests. The league’s provincial task team (PTT), which took over the reins late last year after the provincial...
Workers at DB Schenker, one of the largest suppliers of car parts for Mercedes-Benz South Africa, downed tools yesterday over a wage dispute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBZovA0qy3M More than 70 workers aligned to the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) picketed...

Caged woman, family speak

By ZINGISA MVUMVU and MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI The family of the pregnant Linda Steenkamp, who made headlines last week when a picture of her inside a cage on the back of a farmer’s bakkie caused a social media storm, says they...
Charges against Tyityaba nature reserve manager Karl Krull and his co-accused, Siza Masentile, have been withdrawn. The announcement was made by prosecutor Wesley Peter-George a short while ago in the Komga Magistrate’s Court where the two accused were appearing. Addressing presiding...
Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo has lashed out at churches in the country after he felt “discriminated” against at a service at Grace Bible Church on Sunday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQVv-5kZnIg In a series of videos which has since gone viral‚ Somizi lambasted churches...
While the Butterworth Dam is at its lowest level in years, and taps in the town and its surrounds are dry, it’s only the poor that suffer. If you can afford it, you can pay people like Similo Mliva and Richard...
Shocked Ford owners are being told that their Kugas are worthless‚ as the global motoring giant scrambles to calm the storm over burning cars that has plunged it into a public relations disaster‚ the newspaper reported. Kuga owners said they...
The lightning bolt which crashed into a Tsomo church last Sunday, killing four congregants, has triggered a robust debate among villagers on how to “cleanse” the site. The lightning which struck the United Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Luzuko Society church...
The latest “vicious” attacks on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and calls for him to be fired are a “well worked out plan” by the Jacob Zuma faction to remove Gordhan and replace him with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma‚ Congress of the...
Dramatic scenes played out inside a clothing store at Vincent Park Shopping Centre as armed robbers held customers and staff hostage on Thursday evening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxeaU8TQIrk The armed gang of three, pretending to be customers, entered the shop minutes before closing time,...

ANC leader in car fix

ANC Amathole regional leader Teris Ntutu is embroiled in a car hire controversy after his name was added as a “co-driver” for a luxury Mercedes C-Class hired by the Mnquma municipality. Ntutu is not an employee of the cash-strapped Butterworth-based...
Police are investigating a case of assault against the owner of a popular East London eatery after an employee accused him of hitting her. Jamie Hogg owns the well-known Sanook restaurants, in Berea and Beacon Bay, and is due to...
A Cradock farmer unleashed a social media storm after a picture showing a woman in a cage on the back of his bakkie went viral. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sus-gkXr0pg The picture, taken on Tuesday, shows farm worker Linda Steenkamp in a cage on the back...
Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential campaign has received a boost with the Young Communist League (YCL) throwing its weight behind him. The league will use its Right to Learn campaign event at the East London City Hall today to launch its Ramaphosa...
A 41-year-old farmer from Cradock has defended himself from a social media backlash following the circulation of a picture of a black woman in a cage at the back of his Isuzu bakkie.   Johan Erasmus said he was troubled by...
Three people have been arrested in connection with the mystery murder of a 25-year-old Peddie woman.  Noluthando Maliza was allegedly abducted outside the Peddie Magistrate's court on Friday and her body was later found dumped in bushes, some 27km outside...
Police have appealed to the public for help in cracking an unsolved theft of expensive whisky by a four-member gang. The thieves walked out of an East London bottle store with six bottles of single malt Glenfiddich whisky worth more...
Deon Botha, an elder at the East London Spirit & Life Church, which bears a similar name to one run by “miracle” weight-loss pastor Jay Israel, has distanced his church from the controversial house of worship. Botha said many people...
An East London husband whose wife was jailed for conspiring to murder him says they are still married, even though he is glad she is being punished. Mlamli Dyantyi, 42, an engineer at an East London sweet factory, was speaking...
The husband of a woman who was murdered after going missing from outside the Peddie Magistrate’s Court on Friday has urged police to make a swift arrest. Momeleli Maliza, 30, left his wife of two years sitting in their vehicle...
The Grahamstown High Court has dismissed convicted paedophile Bruce Ehrlich’s bid to have the correctional service’s decision to deny him parole set aside. Yesterday Judge Gerald Bloem refused the request with costs. Ehrlich, who was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on...
Acting Thembu king Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo used his first public appearance in 2017 to attend a Friday night vigil with the Zenzile family, who are mourning four members who were shot dead on New Year’s Eve. He also visited storm-ravaged...
A wealthy East London businessman accused of stealing electricity now faces eviction and the possibility of a hefty fine for allegedly unauthorised building extensions. Buffalo City Metro said it found that Abbotsford Arms Pub and Grub and Pedro’s Pizza, owned by...
Lightning struck a church in Tsomo, killing four congregants and injuring four others including the head reverend, shortly after Sunday’s sermon. Among those killed were the church society steward and three women. The injured included the church minister, his daughter,...
More than 4500 Ford Kugas are being recalled for compulsory safety checks after 48 of the SUVs burst into flames in South Africa and a motorist died while trapped inside his burning vehicle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzWpK4NrBN0 National Consumer Commissioner Ibrahim Mohammad and Ford...
An Eastern Cape businesswoman who escaped unharmed from her fiery Ford Kuga has warned other owners to refrain from using their Kugas. The King William’s Town-based woman, 38, who asked not to be named, had to stop and abandon her...
Prophet Jay Israel, 24, of Spirit Life Church in East London, has posted videos on various social media platforms showing members of his congregation losing weight “instantly”, getting money from “nowhere” and bottled water changing into “wine” as he...
One of five ANC leaders whose names were found on a 2011 “hit-list” reacted with shock at the news that two men convicted and sentenced to jail for conspiracy to assassinate them were released from prison. ANC provincial secretary Oscar...