By ZIKHONA MOYIKWA A desperate young disabled Butterworth woman has spoken of her battle to get her identity document from Home Affairs, preventing her from receiving a disability grant. https://youtu.be/7EtuG3CU_zI Nikita Bantubonke, 19, said she had made numerous visits to Home Affairs...
By PETER MARTIN and TELFORD VICE Family and friends of convicted rapist Dion Taljard have thrown their weight behind the former Border cricketer, saying they would do all in their power to clear his name. Taljard was sentenced to 18 years...
Tiso Blackstar Group, a global publishing, broadcast and retail marketing solutions company is inviting unemployed graduates in various disciplines to send in their applications for the internship graduate programme. This programme will run for 12-months between October 2017 and...
University of Fort Hare students resolved to end their class boycott on condition that vice-chancellor Professor Sakhela Buhlungu commits in writing to meet all their demands. This decision was taken at a mass meeting at the university’s East London campus...
One person died while three others were injured in an accident outside Dutywa this morning. According to Eastern Cape health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo, there was a head-on collision between a Chevrolet Aveo and a Toyota  double-cab bakkie belonging to Eskom. The...
State prosecutors have been lashed by a Supreme Court of Appeal judge for six years of “delays and dishonesty” in prosecuting a couple accused of stealing cigarettes worth R5-million. Judge Mahomed Navsa granted an application by 60-year-old Pienaar and Anthea...
One way or another we live in dangerous and stressful times. Close to home it’s political shenanigans; further afield it’s the rantings of a dangerous and unpredictable tyrant who wants to blow up parts of the world; then there...

State sued for R800k

The parents of a five-year-old girl who fractured both her arms at the Breidbach Primary school’s playground earlier this year are suing the education and health departments for a combined R800 000 for their child’s pain and suffering. The parents...
Around 5000 chickens have been culled in a Uitenhage farm as bird flu hit the province this week. Sovereign Foods, which sources chickens from the affected farm in Uitenhage, has confirmed through a PR company that they have detected avian...
"We loved you‚ Magaqa‚ but we feel like we failed." These were the words of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula in Umzimkhulu‚ south of KwaZulu-Natal‚ on Thursday at the memorial of Sindiso Magaqa‚ the slain former ANCYL secretary-general. Mbalula‚ family members and...
The colourful Mpondo Cultural and Heritage Festival in Lwandlolubomvu Great Place at Matshona village (Ntabankulu) brought different  tribes and nations together in an effort to promote  tourism and economic development in the areas. To promote cultural exchange and tolerance...
The Eastern Cape department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has confirmed the presence of Bird flu in the province. In a statement, the department said they had detected the “highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in some of the Sovereign Foods’...
East London police are hot on the heels of two robbers whose video of their shocking raid on Tops Liquor Store in Quigney at the weekend went viral. https://www.facebook.com/sq.risksa/videos/pcb.1280799702029119/1280798455362577/?type=3&theater The thugs made off with a large sum of money from the...
Eastern Cape police continue to lose state firearms at the rate of 128 a year. Since 2015, the province has lost 297 firearms, and DA MPL Bobby Stevenson said that from 2009 to 2014 a further 730 guns had disappeared. That...
The chairperson of the portfolio committee on Higher Education and Training, Connie September, has called on all entities involved in the payment of R14-million to Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student, Sibongile Mani, to take full responsibility. Intellimali, National Student Financial...
A Mercedes-Benz sedan belonging to Defence and Military Veterans’ Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was sold for a lousy R10 during an auction in King William’s Town this morning.   This after it was placed under the hammer after Mapisa-Nqakula had failed to...
Three University of Fort Hare students who were suspended for taking part in demonstration that sought to remove Nursing Sciences acting head, have received suspended sentence. Student leaders Ntsikelelo Macingwane, Ongezwa Mangati and Yonela Gxothiwe were charged with damage to...
Four suspects have been arrested in Tsomo, in the Eastern Cape, after two elderly women were shot dead last month. The suspects made an appearance at the Tsomo Magistrate's Court yesterday and were denied bail. They will appear again on September...
Eastern Cape Treasury senior officials are locked in meetings with leaders of Raymond Mhlaba municipality to find an amicable solution to their piling electricity bill. The municipality covers Alice, Fort Beaufort, Bedford, Adelaide and other townsand is one of three...
The Joe Gqabi district municipality has entered its fifth day still engulfed in flames after the blaze gutted more than 40 000 hectares of land since Sunday. The fire continues to flare up which requires constant monitoring as most of...
An East London health official has been arrested and accused of stealing confidential patient documents, allegedly to help lawyers seeking to sue the department. The woman, 58, who works in the outpatients department at the newly completed Cecilia Makiwane Hospital...
Pinky Dubula - the mother of the 14-year-old boy who had been shot in the mouth by police on Tuesday - is set to speak to doctors about this condition on Thursday. Ona underwent an operation on Wednesday at Groote...
Scientists have discovered why a South African bee species grew extraordinarily long legs. Research at Stellenbosch University has found that oil-collecting Rediviva bees‚ first described in 1984‚ evolved legs of up to 23mm to harvest oil from the equally long...
University of Fort Hare students are staging a silent protest outside the East London Magistrate's Court this morning ahead of the appearance of a man accused of knocking down and killing a student with his vehicle over the weekend. The...
Power has been restored in the Johannesburg city centre after cable theft plunged parts of the area into darkness. This was confirmed on Thursday by Ntombi Khumalo‚ acting MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services. “Yesterday afternoon I conducted a site...
The country’s proportional representation voting system has failed South Africans because parliamentarians choose parties over the interest of communities they serve. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQFXt_NdDE This is according to the chairman of the advisory council of the Council on Advancement of South African Constitution,...
By SIMTHANDILE FORD and ZOLILE MENZELWA UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has accused the DA’s Mmusi Maimane of misleading the public over the ousted deputy mayor in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Mongameli Bobani. This was after the DA in the metro, led by...
Chaos erupted as leadership contestation within the ANC played out at former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa's memorial service in Soweto on Wednesday. Groups from the ANC Youth League (ANCLY) disrupted speeches as they sang and danced in support...

Former KSD Mayor dies

By ZINE GEORGE and LULAMILE FENI Former King Sabatha Dalindyebo Mayor Siyakholwa Mlamli collapsed and died this evening while at his Mthatha home. His long time ally and friend Lungelo Mpongwana said he received a call at about 4pm on Wednesday from Mlamli's...
Does SA's electoral system hold MPs accountable to citizens or to party bosses? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQFXt_NdDE Join Sipho Pityana, wearing his hat as chair of Cascac's advisory council and political scientists, Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana of UJ and Nompumemlelo Runji from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung...
The East London police are still looking for two suspects whose video of their  shocking robbery at  Tops Liquor Store in Quigney over the weekend went viral.  The suspects  made off with a large amount of money from the till...
A 35-year-old man has been arrested at the Randburg Magistrates Court in connection with an assault case involving former Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Mandisa Duma‚ who opened a case of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm at...
A 17-year-old rural schoolgirl was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her upper body in a Libode village homestead on Tuesday. The victim, a pupil at Sehushe Senior Secondary School in Corhana village, was found lying in a pool of...
Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi, with the departments officials, visited the home of the 56-year-old Qumbu village woman in Zwartwater, near Queenstown, who allegedly stabbed and killed one of her daughter's three alleged rapists and wounding two on Wednesday. Sihlwayi’s...
The rights of non-biological parents fell under the spotlight in the Grahamstown High Court yesterday where a same-sex couple and a biological father are battling for interim custody rights over their two-year-old child. According to court papers the Grahamstown couple...
By: Aphiwe Deklerk And Nashira Davids A 14-year-old Cape Town boy will have to undergo surgery to have a rubber bullet removed from his mouth after he was shot by police officials during protests in Hout Bay‚ Cape Town on...
Walter Sisulu University has this morning announced the reopening of its Mthatha campus. The campus had been closed for the past two weeks after a protest over NSFAS allowances turned violent. Students were then ordered to vacate the university premises.  In a...
Eastern Cape police continue to lose state firearms to criminals at the rate of 128 a year. In the last three financial years of 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18, the province lost 297 firearms and of these, 129 were because of...
How good is it really to be a South African? According to the latest Quality of Nationality Index‚ an Mzansi passport ranks as only the 87th best in the world‚ and fourth in sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa’s “quality of nationality”...
The nation’s politicians yesterday snubbed an event in King William’s Town to commemorate 40 years since liberation struggle icon and Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko was killed while in police custody in 1977. This was unlike in previous commemoration events,...
Law enforcement officials have moved into Hangberg in Cape Town as protesters have taken to the streets again. On Tuesday an officer shot a teenager at close range while violence escalated in the area. Reports started surfacing that the boy...
By SINO MAJANGAZA and LULAMILE FENI The provincial department of education is investigating claims of vicious corporal punishment at a KwaBhaca school, where the principal is allegedly the main culprit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkohOy3P3z4 This comes after a video of a man assaulting...
Nine pupils have been arrested on charges of theft and arson after classrooms at Esokheni Secondary School were torched on Monday. On Monday two classrooms and an office were razed by fire‚ allegedly set by pupils unhappy with the aesthetic...
University of Fort Hare students are this morning carrying on with a stayaway as a meeting between SRC and management reached deadlock yesterday. The two parties met to discus a way forward regarding the issues if nursing sciences department that...
Rubber bullets broke his ribs and smashed his tongue. I wanted to ask Ona Dubula how he’d crossed the Hout Bay valley from Imizamo Yethu and wound up on the frontlines of a fishing rights demonstration near Hangberg. But the...
A hard drive containing a draft of her master’s thesis gave Noxolo Ntuli the courage to fight off three armed men who tried to rob her in Auckland Park on Monday. It would have been the second time in two...
Bongani Mandonsela times his breathing with his footfalls on a dusty path that leads away from his home in Ingula‚ in the rolling hills of southern KwaZulu-Natal. On his way to school‚ in the darkness‚ he knows he has to...
The East London Magistrate's Court has granted R500 bail pending trial to six people accused of torching two RDP houses and three vehicles belonging to 54-year-old Buffalo City Metro ANC Ward 13 councillor Nokulunga Matiwane. Matiwane's 23-year-old crippled daughter Nonkululeko...
Less than two months since it closed for renovations, Breath of Life place of safety for abandoned and unwanted babies re-opened yesterday with new house parents at its helm. Estate agents Michelle and Andrew Rielly have stepped into the role...
Controversial businessman Kenny Kunene says his website Weekly Xposé did enough to protect the dignity of a woman who allegedly had a relationship with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Kunene was taken to court along with The Sunday Independent on Tuesday...