MDANTSANE  hip-hop group Manskap is making a comeback  with the release of a remix of the kwaito hit, Dlala. The three-member group first  released an album in 2005. The single Dlala, originally done by Duncan Village kwaito artist Super in...
THE provincial ANC youth league elective congress is expected to be highly contested as delegates from around the province converged on East London yesterday. In an unprecedented turn of events, a third line-up of nominations for provincial party leaders has...
EIGHTY-FOUR years old and still a performer, Samuel Tshiyembe is passionate about jazz. The Slo’ Foot Brothers frontman Tshiyembe is the last original member  of the  King William’s Town afro-jazz band  formed in 1953, and will perform with his younger...
GERMANY kicked off celebrations yesterday  to mark the 25th anniversary of the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall, set to culminate with rock stars and veteran freedom activists joining a millions-strong crowd. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist...

Smoked!

A DEDICATED team of undercover police officers using their private vehicles swooped on six unsuspecting members of a cigarette-hijacking gang in Quigney and recovered 36 boxes of cigarettes worth more than R500000. The raid on two Quigney guesthouses on Thursday...
Lawyers for paralympian Oscar Pistorius have filed papers opposing the State's application to appeal his culpable homicide conviction and sentence. One of Pistorius's lawyers Brian Webber confirmed this on Friday but declined to say on what grounds the appeal would...
THE DA on Friday reiterated its threat of taking President Jacob Zuma to court for defying the Public Protector's report on state spending at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said the draft report of...
Parliament's powers and privileges committee on Friday recommended suspension without pay for most of the Economic Freedom Fighters MPs found guilty on contempt of Parliament. EFF leader Julius Malema, chief whip Floyd Shivambu, Mpho Ramakatsa, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Godrich Gardee, and...
An alleged hitman hired to kill a government spokesman and a medical doctor was this week arrested by police following several months’ investigation. The hitman, who cannot be named until he make his court appearance scheduled for today, was arrested...
A leading Christian television network has undergone a name change. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is now known as the Faith Broadcasting Network. The channel underwent its rebranding earlier this month and the name change was this week supported by top gospel...
Speaker Baleka Mbete again completely lost control of the National Assembly yesterday after she failed to enforce the rules of parliament regarding motions, and refused to allow members of the Economic Freedom Fighters to speak. It took just 14 minutes...
Eastern Cape taxpayers paid more than R1.3-million each month for close to 200 health department “ghost employees”. The fraud was uncovered when the department conducted a physical head count verification of all employees on its payroll. This was revealed by health...
An exodus of staff from East London’s Frere Hospital has placed a strain on those remaining at the facility. The hospital has lost 83 employees, which CEO Dr Rolene Wagner blamed in part on new regulations regarding pension payouts.   But despite...
Top municipal officials may have to dig deep into their own pockets to pay costly high court legal fees after angry Kenton-on-Sea ratepayers served papers on the local authority demanding they improve service delivery. After five frustrating years trying to...
The head of East London’s River Ministries is embroiled in a dispute over the  multimillion-rand estate of a deceased Butterworth businessman. The late  Nash Mayekiso, who died on April 2 last year, appointed  Andre Roebert as executor of his estate,...
Jewish extremist groups planned to march through Jerusalem yesterday  in a   move expected to stoke tensions following a deadly Palestinian car attack and clashes at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Israeli police set up concrete barriers and roadblocks in annexed...
THE Farlam Commission of Inquiry should report to President Jacob Zuma that his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa acted unwisely regarding Marikana, the commission heard on Thursday. "The question is whether Mr Ramaphosa should be held accountable for use of political pressure...
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has appointed Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe as a special envoy to Nigeria to try to expedite the repatriation of 85 South Africans killed in a church building collapse. "I will hold meetings with the Nigerian...
East London’s Ann Bryant Art Gallery hosted the opening of an exhibition by final year Walter Sisulu University art students on Tuesday night.   Supervising lecturer of the Walter Sisulu Arts Department, Dr John Steele, said the annual exhibition, which...
A Walter Sisulu University (WSU) final year student and three passengers miraculously survived an accident which left a two-year-old child dead. Yanga Mnyathi, 24, was travelling in the car with his friend Mandla Lukubeni, 24, and Nomande Madaka and her...
Slain Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa’s father has defended his now infamous “crowd wave” picture at his son’s funeral at the weekend. The picture of Sam Meyiwa protruding out of the passenger window – with his arms...
The life of 10-year-old Duncan Village boy Abongile Ganati, who spent his time looking after his paralysed grandmother, is about to change for the better. Abongile’s grandmother, Nokude Ganati, said she received a phone call from an official at the...
For months after his younger brother, Paul Wilson, died suddenly from a heart attack last year, Southern Gypsey Queen musician Gareth Wilson could not pick up a guitar. But now he and ex-wife Tammy Wilson are back and will perform...
The so-called “poo protesters” hit Buffalo City Metro yesterday when a group of angry Amalinda Forest residents dumped human faeces from their community toilet at the offices of their ward councillor. Police were called to calm down the group of...
Expelled teachers’ union president Thobile Ntola says the country needs a new union to champion the interests of workers. Ntola was addressing more than 300 South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members at the OR Tambo Hall in Zwelitsha near...
Forbes Grant Senior Secondary School in Ginsberg is again under attack from the community. The school, once attended by struggle stalwarts including Victoria Mxenge and Steve Biko, has been vandalised for years. After a fire gutted an entire block in 2008,...
The latest annual report from the official police watchdog body paints a bleak picture of police in the Eastern Cape. It is the only province in the country with an increase in cases against police, according to the Independent Police...
Steve Hofmeyr is scared of a puppet – so much so that he needs police protection. The protection – in the form of an interim protection order – was granted after Hofmeyr approached Johannesburg police yesterday to shield him against...
Eight Cosatu affiliates calling for a special congress to elect new leaders have painted a disturbing picture of a labour federation led by unruly  gangsters and thugs who  behaved like  drunkards in a tavern. At the centre of the anarchy...
Republicans cruised to victory in US midterm elections, gaining control of both houses of Congress in a stinging setback for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats,  ensuring fractious co-existence in the last two years of his presidency. The Republicans...
THE 20 EFF MPs found guilty of charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla home will not plead in mitigation of their sanctions. "The EFF is not moved, neither is it bewildered by the verdict...
ONE of Nigeria's most popular preachers failed to appear at a coroner's inquest on Wednesday to explain how 116 people died in a building collapse at his Lagos megachurch. TB Joshua had been summoned to give evidence at the hearing...
Political concerns led to police pushing for a confrontation with striking platinum miners in Marikana in 2012, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard this afternoon. "The SAPS acted from improper political reasons in deciding to remove strikers," evidence leader Geoff...
Nine Cosatu-affiliated unions have reinstated their court case to compel the trade union federation to hold a special national congress, they said on Wednesday. "We have reinstated our court case... as the crisis can clearly only be resolved by owners...
Parliament's powers and privileges committee has found 20 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs guilty of all charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla home. EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu and his colleague Mpho Ramakatsa were found...
Wits and Bafana Bafana midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi's parents were robbed in their Soweto home while he was there, Gauteng police said on Wednesday. No arrests had been made following the robbery in Orlando East on Saturday night, Warrant Officer Kay...
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry investigating the deaths of 44 people in strike-related violence at Marikana in August 2012 started hearing final arguments on Wednesday. Evidence leader Geoff Budlender, SC, said the commission's purpose was to make findings on accountability,...

Running for a dream

Around 4000 enthusiastic runners and walkers of all ages, braved the cool and somewhat damp weather to take part in the Jawitz Colour My Run over the weekend. Proceeds were raised for Reach For A Dream children. The run...
Four retired police officers who spent more than 100 years between them chasing criminals and dodging bullets are struggling to have their pension money released. The officers, from the Whittlesea police station near Queenstown, blamed the delays on police management...
The cast and crew of upcoming Pan African film Silver Rain have arrived in South Africa to wrap up shoots for the final scenes. The movie is due for release at cinemas early next year and features actors from five...
East London’s award-winning songbird Berita Khumalo has finished working on her second album, Songs of Empowerment. Coming from humble beginnings in 2012 when her debut album Conquering Spirit was released, and often being compared to Eastern Cape-born singer Zahara, the...
Adventurer John Brand, who once attempted to become the oldest South African to summit Mount Everest, died soon after the start of the Thomas River Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday. Brand, 66, who lived in Beacon Bay and built Brands...
Growing up on the dusty streets of Ntseshe village in Ngqamakhwe as a staunch ANC follower and supporter, Veliswa Mvenya never imagined she would one day lead the official opposition party in the province. Mvenya, 45, was elected as the...
A compliance audit conducted on the Roundhill landfill site in Berlin has found the site is 84% non-compliant. This was revealed in a progress report on the rehabilitation project of the site. The report was presented to council last week. Buffalo City...
THE fact that Oscar Pistorius may only spend 10 months behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is a “shockingly light, inappropriate” sentence. This is according to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which yesterday applied for leave to appeal...
ZAMBIAN politics were thrown into turmoil yesterday  after acting president Guy Scott sacked the secretary general of the ruling party, sparking riots and a rejection of his authority. Supporters of Patriotic Front secretary general  Edgar Lungu – who was fired...
constant and clear flow of information is needed from Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Eskom about the Majuba power station in Mpumalanga, the DA said on Tuesday. "It is ridiculous that no information has been forthcoming from Minister Brown...
The five-year jail sentence imposed on paralympian Oscar Pistorius is "shockingly light and inappropriate", the State says in court papers filed on Tuesday. "Not enough emphasis was placed on the horrendous manner in which the deceased died coupled with the...
The  State has filed its appeal against paralympian Oscar Pistorius's conviction and sentence, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday. "Today, we announce that the NPA filed the application for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence. The appeal...
Work on the ill-fated R84-million project to upgrade Fleet Street has ground to a halt, and the area now resembles a ghost town with dust swirling from the stretch of road that has been ripped up. BCM spokesman Keith Ngesi...