A 21-year-old man has been arrested after police found “explosives” and automatic rifle ammunition in his house in Tyutyu village near Bhisho. Police spokeswoman Captain Siphokazi Mawisa said: “The King William's Town K9 Unit, Flying Squad and Bhisho and Zwelitsha...
The ANC’s top brass will send teams of national executive committee members to the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to speed up the nomination processes for next month’s conference. Addressing a press conference yesterday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe...
Over the past 19 months the Eastern Cape Liquor Board has shut down over 700 illegal liquor outlets – and the agency has plans to intensify its efforts to ensure opportunists are held accountable and liquor traders adhere to...
A number of Zimbabwean cabinet ministers have been arrested after the military made a show of force in the capital Harare‚ according to sources. https://v.24liveblog.com/24.js Loud explosions and the sound of gunfire crackling in the elite neighborhood of Borrowdale throughout the...
When planning your budget for this festive season, best you keep some money aside in case you need it for the sky-high new traffic fines Buffalo City Metro unleashes on its citizens today. If caught using a cellphone while driving,...
There is a growing culture of underspending in the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department. Cogta spent only 86% of its budget allocation in the last financial year compared to 97.4% the year before. This was revealed in the department’s...

How Oscar survived

Oscar Mabuyane will live to fight another day as ANC Eastern Cape chairman, after attempts to remove him at the governing party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting failed. For now Mabuyane will continue to lead the province while a seven-member...
Chaos erupted at the Qumbu Magistrate's Court today as hundreds of residents baying for the blood of a serial rape and murder suspect, believed to have used Facebook to lure young women, burnt tyres at the main gate of...
Disgruntled Nompumelelo residents have vowed to continue with the service delivery protest in the township until Buffalo City Metro mayor Xola Pakati addresses them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrFwLMQ6FTU Residents took to the streets this morning to block all main roads leading to Beacon Bay. Resident...
BY MOIPANE MALEFANE and ZINE GEORGE The issue of the disputed Eastern Cape elective conference took centre stage at the ANC national executive committee (NEC) gathering yesterday, leading to the meeting being adjourned while the top leadership met behind closed...
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba supported the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers to raise the salaries of ministers and MPs‚ said the commission’s head of secretariat‚ Peter Makapan. Salary increases of 4% for the...
The ANC NEC will decide this morning whether the Oscar Mabuyane-led provincial executive committee is legitimate or not. This follows a heated national executive committee meeting on Saturday which sent the party's national working committee members packing after the NEC...
The Eastern Cape government’s debt to its suppliers has been increasing by more than R1-billion a year over the past three years.   This was confirmed by finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo who, in a report tabled to the Bhisho legislature, revealed...
The Port Alfred school for the blind operated by an East London businesswoman, Nandipa Bhayi, has been abruptly closed due to a rent default. As a result, 28 blind people and two others who are wheelchair-bound had to be removed...
The Democratic Alliance has served President Jacob Zuma with papers regarding his failure to answer a Parliamentary question put to him by DA leader Mmusi Maimane about how much public money has been spent on avoiding the 783 charges...
President Jacob Zuma’s budget-busting plan for free higher education set off a flurry of panic among senior government officials this week‚ even prompting threats by a senior National Treasury official to resign should the proposal go ahead‚ the Sunday...
Two Eastern Cape university vice-chancellors are sitting on a knife-edge as they await the release of President Jacob Zuma’s Fees Commission. They said that fiery student riots on their volatile campuses have already laid waste R30-million in educational assets and...
An armed robbery of the PEP store in Devereux Avenue, Vincent, East London, resulted in three suspects getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi said: “The robbery happened just before midday yesterday . Police...
Fifteen Eastern Cape public libraries have been shut down due to a shortage of basic services such as water, electricity and ablution facilities. Details of the closures were revealed in a report which sport, recreation, arts and culture MEC Pemmy...
Police are investigating a house fire that caused the death of a reverend in Mdantsane in the early hours of this morning. Police spokesman Captain Nkosikho Mzuku said the reverend who is believed to be in his sixties was sleeping...
The ANC leadership that ascended to power at the Polokwane conference had ridden roughshod on the party’s constitution‚ giving rise to the current malaise besetting the country‚ particularly its law enforcement agencies. They had used their positions within the governing...
Eleven Buffalo City Metro councillors work from their car or home every day because they don’t have access to an office. This is according to a report tabled before council by speaker Alfred Mtsi, which also listed the councillors’ other...
Controversial attorney Zuko Nonxuba has effectively conceded in court that he overcharged a severely disabled client to the tune of over R4-million, which he has now agreed to immediately pay back. It has taken over three years of threats, reports...
A man faces up to 15 years behind bars after being found guilty of shooting at Buffalo City Metro traffic officers at the East London beachfront. Liyabona Nombewu was charged with five counts, including attempted murder, resisting arrest, reckless and...
By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU ANC branches in the Eastern Cape have nominated a mixed bag of presidential hopefuls for the highly contested elective ANC national conference in December. However, the Daily Dispatch can reveal that if the figures...
The State Security Agency (SSA) sent out a second cease-and-desist letter to get The President's Keepers removed from the shelves on Tuesday. Journalist and author of the book Jacques Pauw said on Wednesday night the SSA had sent their second...
Rhodes University’s war on gender-based violence has resulted in the permanent expulsion of two male students and a 10-year expulsion for another this year alone. The university has come under fire for what many students have termed the rape culture...
The 30-year-old woman who shot a now-viral video of a St Mary's Hospital nurse allegedly verbally abusing an elderly patient – who later died – cannot get the image of the ward mate’s lifeless body out of her head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkWbxhjijNQ   The...
An incident involving an Eastern Cape hospital last week where a patient died a few minutes after she was discharged  has opened a can of worms for it.  Those who had relatives die at Butterworth Hospital or die after being...
About 300 pupils of St Thomas School for the Deaf and the school governing body (SGB) yesterday blockaded the entrance to the school, claiming not to have been fed for two days. They also called for principal Zet Jizana’s resignation,...
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality were ordered by the Mthatha High Court yesterday to pay damages of R1 515 000 plus interest for the unlawful arrest and detention of 14 people, one of them...
An unlicensed driver who allegedly caused the death of two people, including a member of the Grens Hoërskool cricket first team, pleaded not guilty in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The smash between the school’s minibus and a Ford...
Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils has labelled President Jacob Zuma a dangerous disgrace who has betrayed the country and its people‚ and who will stop at nothing to eliminate criticism. Discussing his latest book‚ "A Simple Man: Kasrils and the...
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's surprise announcement of an inquiry into South Africa's tax administration has financial experts querying his motive. In a statement‚ issued on behalf of Gigaba on Tuesday‚ National Treasury said the minister had approached President Jacob Zuma...
St Dominic's and Life Beacon Bay hospitals have rubbished rumours that they informed East London residents of water contamination in the city. In a statement sent out by the hospitals, it distanced itself from the voice note that was doing...
If a BCM branch has its way, Matthews Phosa will be the next ANC president with Lindiwe Sisulu as his deputy. Ward 14 in Dr WB Rubusana region would like to see defense minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula as the next...
By Ranjeni Munusamy‚ Qaanitah Hunter And Sabelo Skiti President Jacob Zuma is planning to make a shock announcement‚ introducing free education across the board through a controversial funding plan that flies in the face of the findings of the Heher...
East London’S suspected drug kingpin, James Ifenatuora, 45, is on the run. He was last seen in an East London courtroom successfully pleading for bail of R200 000, but he has skipped bail, it was heard in court recently. While...
A child accused of causing havoc at a Duncan Village school is no longer in class. The boy’s grandmother said she received a phone call from the principal two weeks ago requesting that she keep her eight-year-old grandson at home...
An alleged rape and murder suspect who used Facebook to lure his victims from several town in the Eastern Cape appeared at the Qumbu Magistrate's Court today. The 28-year-old man was charged with four counts of rape, three counts of...
As the author and publisher of an explosive book revealing South Africa’s “shadow mafia state” prepare for a showdown with government agencies The President’s Keepers has become a global hit. Within hours of the State Security Agency (SSA) demanding the...
The DA in the Joe Gqabi district municipality has called for an intervention over a massive sewage spillage in Burgersdorp. DA councillor Marina van Zyl said raw sewage has been spilling into the Stormberg Spruit River for more than a...
Disgruntled Eastern Cape builders have vowed to disrupt government school contracts awarded to outsiders. Building consultants and contractors in the province want school infrastructure projects awarded to local companies. Affiliates of the South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (Sabtaco),...
The awarding of a lucrative R117-million Buffalo City Metro contract to upgrade a 2.3km stretch of road has been mired in controversy. This after questions were raised within the metro over why funds were being paid to a secondary partner...
Energy Minister David Mahlobo is reportedly fast-tracking the government’s controversial nuclear deal‚ which is expected to cost in the region of R1-trillion. City Press reported on Sunday that officials at his department are working weekends to finalise the country’s reviewed...
Plans are afoot for the construction of the Msikaba Bridge, the second major bridge which will form part of the flagship multi-billion rand N2 Wild Coast road. The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has set aside R1.7-billion for the...
A quick response from police and a security company foiled a business robbery in the Mthatha CBD yesterday. However, before the suspects were arrested, Sprigg Street resembled a war zone when two gunmen exchanged gunfire with police after robbing a...
A schoolgirl broke down and cried in the witness box yesterday while relaying how former Grade 7 primary school teacher Neil Pieter le Roux had tricked her into believing he was right for her. The girl was testifying on-camera for...
Sprigg Street in Mthatha CBD turned into war zone as police exchanged gunfire with robbers this morning. Police said one of the robbers was injured and another arrested. A security guard was also injured and two vehicles damaged during the...
Roads infrastructure in and around King William’s Town is earmarked for a complete overhaul, with R1.5-billion set aside for the massive 67km project. The R1.5-billion will be injected into resurfacing and much-needed widening of the R63 between Bhisho and Komga,...