By MSINDISI FENGU Walter Sisulu University has put its chief financial officer on precautionary suspension, just about a year and a half into her five-year contract. The Daily Dispatch has learnt that Brigid Mosola was placed on precautionary suspension last week...
By ZWANGA MUKHUTHU A magistrate yesterday branded Nkonkobe municipality ANC ward councillor Nanziwe Rulashe an outlaw and called for her to be arrested for failing to disclose her criminal past. Rulashe is charged with corruption and fraud of R2.5-million she received...
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has confirmed that race car driver Gugu Zulu has passed away while attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Zulu was part of a group of people‚ including his wife Letshego Zulu who were part of...
A multimillion-rand regional bulk sewerage scheme to serve Bhisho and King William’s Town will be launched by Buffalo City Metro’s outgoing mayor Alfred Mtsi today. The infrastructure, part of an overall R1.4-billion to be spent on sewers and treatment plants...
The Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust will not be resuscitated to help the president settle his R7.8-million bill for non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. This is what late businessman Don Mkhwanazi told Sowetan the day before he died. He...
The Department of Correctional Services has denied that Oscar Pistorius is on suicide watch. This following a report by the City Press on Sunday that he was and that he had laid a complaint of attempted murder with prison authorities...
By SIKHO NTSHOBANE A rural family in Cofimvaba has been left to count their losses after 39 sheep and young lambs were burnt to death in a fire during the early hours of Friday morning. The incident took place at Nxe-lesa...
By POLISWA PLAATJIE Soul singer Inga Hina is the latest performer to join the newly established music label, Asanda Empires. The East London-based label opened its doors in May, and aims to promote Eastern Cape music. With a licensing deal with Universal...
The University of Fort Hare today presented the first female Deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, with an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences. Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is now an executive director of United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment,...
THE family of Eastern Cape criminal Sakhumzi Mvoko have started preparing for his funeral after he was killed in a shootout with police at the Mthatha High Court on Wednesday. Friends, family and colleagues of Mvoko’s mother, paramedic Phumla Madikizela,...
It is not only President Jacob Zuma who must fall but the whole of the African National Congress‚ opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday. Maimane was speaking in the Johannesburg CBD at the unveiling his party’s new...
  Tiso Black Star Group Digital The full list of nominations of candidates to succeed Thuli Madonsela as public protector was released on Tuesday.   Members of the public have until Friday July 8 to comment on‚ or object to‚ any of the...
By MSINDISI FENGU Higher Education minister Blade Nzi-mande has revealed that the University of Fort Hare (UFH) has been allocated R819-million this academic year. The allocation was made by the Na- tional Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). According to a parliamentary report...
Years of lavish living and high rolling – including investing in a top restaurant, gambling and buying designer jewellery, handbags and shoes – has caught up with an East London family accused of defrauding a local company of R70-million. Henry...
Pupils from a Port St Johns technical high school yesterday burnt down their school after they demanded more teachers. The pupils from Mhlanganisweni Technical High School in Kwanyana Village burnt three classroom blocks of the school and an administration block...
Some of the country’s biggest celebrities have joined people from across the nation in giving 67 minutes of service for Mandela Day. From rapper AKA to actress Khabonina‚ celebs gave their time and energy to several initiatives and service projects...
The Hawks are investigating a case of fraud against ANC OR Tambo regional chairman and Mhlontlo Municipality speaker Xolile Nkompela. He is accused of allegedly submitting a fraudulent certificate to the education department when he applied for a teaching job. Nkompela...
Thuli Madonsela’s current deputy Kevin Malunga and respected struggle veteran Willie Hofmeyr have not made the cut‚ as five candidates are shortlisted to become South Africa’s new Public Protector. The five who made the cut from 14 to take on...
You can shout, wave your fist and even shoot at it, but three vandal-proof speed cameras will be transmitting transgressions on the new Gonubie Main Road to Buffalo City Metro’s traffic cops.  BCM spokesman Sibusiso Cindi said the 4.5km stretch...
By LULAMILE FENI and ZWANGA MUKHUTHU FEAR is spiking in the normally quiet rural town of Lusikisiki following a spate of robberies in the past few days, causing residents and business owners to panic. Police have described Lusikisiki as a “war zone”...
By SIPHE MACANDA The Buffalo City Metro Council is considering writing off an amount believed to be just more than R1.3-million, paid to a SACP regional treasurer, hired on a three-year contract to speed up troubled Mdantsane’s urban renewal programme. SACP...
By MAMELA GOWA Taxpayers have footed the legal bill for the Mandela funeral fund accused after the Buffalo City Municipality paid almost R150000 towards their fees. The payment relates to a separate case, brought by suspended municipal manager Andile Fani where...
Tower Psychiatric Hospital in Fort Beaufort has been struggling to locate the families of 10 patients, some of whom have lived at the facility for nearly 50 years, costing the provincial health department a total of R2-million. If identified, nine...
Roger the missing bull terrier shook up social media when his distraught owners put out desperate appeals for his return, only to hear he’d been stolen and killed by a dog fighting ring near King William’s Town.  The incident has...
Kyle Zeeman US music superstar Drake was mobbed by fans as he visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on Monday evening‚ addressing young children as part of national Youth Month celebrations. Drake arrived at the centre where Minister in the...
By BARBARA HOLLANDS Our African forebears, thousands of years ago, caught fish by poisoning them with the sap of euphorbia plants. This and other fascinating facts about traditional African fishing methods will be the subject of a talk by Professor Mike...

MBSA sets new record

Mercedes-Benz vehicles topped a record eight of 22 categories in the annual People’s Wheels awards yesterday. The company, whose East London plant manufactures the C-Class, took first place in: Compact executive cars: A-Class/CLA; Family-friendly cars: C-Class; Mid-sized executive cars: E-Class; Premium luxury cars: S-Class; Hot...
BY LULAMILE FENI A school that houses more than 1000 pupils, is one of three schools set to receive a major facelift as part of a R195-million revitalisation programme in the OR Tambo district. Flagstaff Comprehensive School in Flagstaff, which accommodates...
A 39-year-old married teacher‚ who had sex with a teenage pupil while ostensibly “explaining how Christ could help him“‚ has failed in her attempt to overturn her conviction for statutory rape. Mother-of-two Leonie Sheldon-Lakey was sentenced to four years’ jail...
Eastern Cape Cape musicians stole the spotlight and scooped most of the accolades at the 22nd South African Music Awards held at the Durban ICC on Saturday evening. Afro-soul singer  Nathi Mankayi, who beat the best in the industry when...
Strong reaction to personal stories YESTERDAY’S Daily Dispatch Special Report which named, and where possible, pictured the 39 initiates who died this initiation season drew strong comments from the public. While many understood the quest to put a face to the...
Salizwa Mgquba, a nursing student at the University of Fort Hare (UFH), and her boyfriend Michael Boots have been denied bail in the East London Magistrate's Court. On Wednesday Mgquba told magistrate Nazeem Joemath she intended to plead not guilty in the...
Opposition parties in KSD are up in arms over a R20-million contract to tar three streets awarded without going to tender or getting council approval. Stedone Development is the same construction company that was awarded the R85-million project to build 6600...
By Tiso Black Star Group DIGITAL The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison was greeted with disbelief‚ relief‚ rage and racism in 140 – or more – characters on Twitter. Judge Thokozile Masipa was sharply criticised by many...
As the violent protests by Walter Sisulu University students at the Nelson Mandela Drive campus  in Mthatha entered its second day, police had to fire rubber bullets and stun grenades to clear the N2 after it was barricaded with burning tyres...
Muvhango star Buhle Samuels‚ who is popularly known for her character Matshido‚ has also found herself making headlines for her sexy figure. Buhle has always made it clear that she has no time for people’s comments about her body. The soapie...
Eastern Cape-born singer Nathi Mankayi has captured the hearts of many South Africans with his latest single, Nomvula. Speaking to the Daily Dispatch, Mankayi said the song was about his dream girl. “It is not about a specific person. It’s about the...
It is being reported that star athlete, Caster Semenya held her traditional wedding ceremony over the weekend. According to the SA Fame Awards, which forms part of Limpopo Media, Caster and her longtime girlfriend, Violet Raseboya, had their traditional wedding...
If you have an axe to grind with an ex-spouse‚ sibling or in-law‚ don’t think you can turn to the courts to do your dirty work for you‚ as some curious cases have recently shown. Legal experts say that‚ even...
Music veteran Arthur Mafokate has come out guns blazing against EFF leader Julius Malema following a scathing attack against him and fellow songbird Kelly Khumalo. During an EFF election campaign in Tshwane last week Malema took aim at Mafokate and...
By LULAMILE FENI Two years after being fined for keeping chiefs and traditional leaders waiting for hours, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa yesterday finally paid his dues. Holomisa visited Mpheko village in Mthatha – the home village of Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo...
Reeva Steenkamp’s father Barry Steenkamp will be the first state witness to testify in the sentencing proceedings of his daughter’s murderer Oscar Pistorius Pistorius served just a year of a five-year prison term for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva...
TWO South African soapie actors will this year grace the Daily Dispatch Windmill Fun Walk/Run. The famous faces include former Generations actor Dumisani Mbebe, who played Dumisani Shabane, and Dumisani Masilela who stars as Rhythm City’s Sifiso Ngema. Other special guests...
One of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s wives has died after a short illness. The kingdom of AbaThembu said Queen Nolitha Dalindyebo died on Wednesday. Queen Nolitha is the second of the king’s wives to die in the past six years. Queen Nolwazi Dalindyebo...
Three men arrested in Grahamstown for alleged rhino poaching hours after an animal was killed on a nearby game reserve on Friday will have to wait a month before applying for bail. George game ranger Forget Ndlovu, 40, and Port...
​​Members of both the ANC and the EFF held a picket at the  entrance to  the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) hall  this morning where the inauguration of the new BCM council is taking place. The ANC protesters who had occupied the front of City Hall...
South Africa has been named as the worst country in the world to raise school-going children aged between five and 14. A shocking 77 South African children die out of every 100000 – the highest in the world. This was revealed...
The ANC was today described by religious leaders as the only “Moses” that could lead South African people out of their quagmire, and that the party was the only one “chosen by God” to lead this country. This was the message...
By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI Mthatha-born beauty Ngcali Bam has been selected to represent the Eastern Cape in the Face of the Globe Grand finals, to be held in London and Paris in April next year. Bam said the beauty pageant would be...
Millions of rands paid out for memorial services for Nelson Mandela were splurged on luxury cars, jewellery and high-end clothing by a controversial Durban businessman - and some of it found its way into the account of one of...