"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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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,...
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...
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...
Nolem Matebese Ramuso turned 114 years old on Saturday and says her secret to long life is eating iinkobe (boiled maize) and imfino (wild edible greens). These and other organic foods were the staple diet for many rural people, especially...
By ZOLILE MENZELWA and THEMBILE SGQOLANA An Eastern Cape ANC branch annual meeting turned violent on Sunday with five members treated for stab wounds while others were hurt after being pelted with rocks. The drama unfolded at the Bonkolo Dam Conference...
Today marks 40 years since Black Consciousness leader and liberation struggle hero Steve Bantu Biko died at the hands of apartheid security forces in detention in 1977. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhE4Ouyh9Lw A number of activities are planned by both the government and the Steve...
Police officer awaiting trial escaped from the East London Magistrate’s Court holding cells on Friday after he was denied bail. He was rearrested in Komani within 24 hours during an intelligence-driven operation. Three court orderlies have now been arrested and charged...
In a shocking turn of events, the 23-year-old man who was arrested for slaughtering and eating the flesh of a woman in KwaBhaca - formerly Mount Frere - on  Saturday, has died this morning. Aphiwe Mapekula died at Nelson Mandela Central Hospital where...
The brutal killing of a KwaBhaca woman has reopened old wounds for her family, who have yet to fully recover from three previous tragic deaths. Thembisa Masumpa, 35, of Mpungutyana village was beheaded and her flesh eaten in the latest...
The Eastern Cape man who allegedly kidnapped, killed and ate the flesh of a woman is now fighting for his life in a hospital’s intensive care unit. The 23-year-old man was admitted to Nelson  Mandela  Hospital in Mthatha after police who responded...
Paramedics are astounded that a young woman survived a horrific crash on Rivonia Road in Sandton in the early hours of Sunday morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfCAqh4FTuE CCTV footage of the crash surfaced on social media on Monday morning‚ showing the powerful Audi TT...
By ZOLILE MENZELWA and MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI Former Ciskei ruler Brigadier Oupa Gqozo has criticised the state for “wasting resources” in commemorating the 1992 Bhisho massacre every year. “It has been a long time since the incident in 1992 and I am...
The Eastern Cape has been rocked by yet another alleged incident of cannibalism. This time, the community of KwaBhaca, formerly Mount Frere, is in shock after a man allegedly kidnapped, killed and ate the flesh believed to be that of...
Payment administrator IntelliMali has reimbursed Walter Sisulu University (WSU) the full amount misappropriated by NSFAS “student millionaire” Sibongile Mani out of its own pocket. IntelliMali has also roped in the services of a forensic investigator to probe how the R14-million...
A young man is terrified and traumatised after being forced to watch a fellow student being gang-raped by three armed men wearing balaclavas on Wednesday. The Walter Sisulu University student, 20, who cannot be named, was stripped of his clothes,...
President Jacob Zuma has decried the ANC's loss of its two-thirds majority in parliament‚ saying this was the reason the party could not move in promulgating laws that would make the lives of black people better. Speaking at eZakheni township...
Seasoned bureaucrat Bulumko Nelana has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Buffalo City Development Agency (BCDA). Nelana confirmed receiving the offer last week and that his appointment would be effective from October 1. He fills the position...
The future of DA Eastern Cape chief whip in the Bhisho legislature, Edmund van Vuuren hangs in the balance after he was found guilty of sexual harassment. The party’s provincial leader Nqaba Bhanga confirmed the outcome of an internal disciplinary...
A criminal charge of theft has been laid against National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) “student millionaire” Sibongile Mani, 27. The case was opened yesterday at the Berlin police station outside East London, said Eastern Cape provincial police spokeswoman Brigadier...
An Eastern Cape woman has stabbed a man to death and wounded two others, allegedly when she found them gang-raping her 27-year-old daughter. The incident occurred at an unoccupied house in the Qumbu administrative area in Zwartwater near Komani at...
A traditional leader in the OR Tambo district, AmaMpondo Chief Velile Alfred Mkono, will finally be laid to rest this weekend 672 days since his death, after a prolonged legal battle over his estate by his two wives. Mkono, 69,...
The life of under-fire Walter Sisulu University student Sibongile Mani, implicated in a R14-million student loan saga, is in danger and the student is living in fear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_JcD3yHNMM This was the message delivered by Africanist and “Outsourcing Must Fall” leader Vusi...
Eastern Cape property mogul and cricket enthusiast Mthetheleli Ngumbela’s business became the latest target of armed robbery yesterday when his offices were hit by two men in Buffalo Street, East London. The youths managed to speed off with a tenant’s...
“We are no longer subjects of the Queen of Britain.” These were the words of Buffalo City Metro mayor Xola Pakati when he urged the council to approve a new geographical name change committee as a matter of urgency, so...
Thousands of University of Fort Hare students have returned to their campus this morning as the university reopens for the final term… not for academic activities… but to continue with the stayaway.  Before going on holiday two weeks ago, the...
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who is vying to replace President Jacob Zuma has admitted to an extramarital affair but lambasted as “political smear” its revelation in newspapers, media reported yesterday. Details of his alleged affairs with as many as eight...
The Sizwe Kupelo Foundation has stepped in to try and help a nine-month-old baby, born with a deformed leg, who was dumped by her biological mother in a village home in Ntlaza near Libode earlier this year. The baby was...
By TEMBILE SGQOLANA and SIMTHANDILE FORD NSFAS big-spender Sibongile Mani, 27, lived a double life. While she and her student inner circle were blowing hundreds of thousands of rands on cosmopolitan puffery, Mani’s gogo back in the rural area did...
A herbalist who claimed he could raise the dead was himself beaten to death by a mob. Police said the self-proclaimed herbalist allegedly defrauded residents of a Ngcobo village out of R1.2-million by claiming he could resurrect dead family members. In...
By SIMTHANDILE FORD and SISIPHO ZAMXAKA The net is closing in on NSFAS multimillionaire student Sibongile Mani, 27, and the friends who helped her spend over R800 000 in 73 days. https://youtu.be/EtYJJzKOaDk Yesterday, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) announced it is contemplating...
The Buffalo City College (BCC) and the SA Student Congress (Sasco) head office are investigating two senior student leaders who allegedly solicited some R10 000 from ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Mkhize was at the BCC campus on Tuesday to deliver...
The murder trial of a man accused of stabbing his wife to death a day after she won an interim protection order against him was postponed yet again in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The reasons for the latest...
Parliament has come out saying that the payment to the "million-rands student" is "dubious and unacceptable". In a media statement, the chairperson of the portfolio committee on higher eduation and training Connie September said the committee deserved to be taken...
Dozens of community members sang and danced outside the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court yesterday calling for bail to be denied for murder-accused Sibabalwe Mgijimana. Mgijimana was appearing in connection with the murder of Awonke Diko a Mdantsane teen found dead on...
Collegial rivalry drove the outing of South Africa’s multimillionaire Pasma student leader, Sibongile Mani, 27. When her lavish parties grew wilder and more frequent, and some were not invited, political opponents at Walter Sisulu University let the R14.1-million cat out...
Nine high school pupils and one university student appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court this week facing charges of murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property. It is the state’s case that...