FORMER Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown was found guilty on two counts of fraud by the Western Cape High Court yesterday. “We are satisfied the admissions are sufficient for conviction,” Judge Anton Veldhuizen said. The charges related to dealings with...
RHODES University academics have played a key role helping decode the genetic makeup of the prehistoric African coelacanth. The groundbreaking work on a fish that somehow survived the past 400 million years took a decade to complete and involved 20...
DAYS after an elderly woman and her great-grandchild were murdered in Elliotdale, Ndevana village near King William’s Town has been shocked by the murder of a mother and her two children. The bodies were discovered by neighbours on Wednesday. They...
THULI MADONSELA joined us to discuss strengthening the Office of the Public Protector as well as other protections guaranteed in Chapter 9 of the Constitution. She spoke about the efficacy of her office, the big challenges and any constraints, as...
AN EXPLOSION at a power station threw major parts of East London into darkness yesterday, forcing many businesses to shut their doors for the day. The outage was due to an exploded power breaker at the Chiselhurst power station. The manager...
UDM president Bantu Holomisa says Transkei resembles a Third World country and many towns in the OR Tambo region are run down after years of neglect. The erstwhile leader of the former Transkei bantustan led thousands of residents from Mthatha,...
BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga, her provincial counterpart Mandla Makupula and their directors-general have been put on notice that they will face contempt of court proceedings and possibly jail for allegedly failing to declare and fill non-teaching posts at...
ANC councillors from all 45 Eastern Cape municipalities have been summoned to a meeting by the provincial leadership where they will be read the riot act over their dismal audits. Not a single Eastern Cape municipality received a clean audit...
TWO of the worst school hostels in the Eastern Cape are undergoing renovations, a move welcomed by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during a visit yesterday. Members of parliament, the provincial legislature and other provincial departments visited Freemantle Boys’...
THE van in which four pupils from a Transkei school were killed earlier this week was travelling unusually fast and the driver had ignored pleas by pupils to slow down, one of the survivors said. Speaking from her bed at...
ONE OF East London’s most trusted and oldest chain stores, Cambridge OK Foods, has emphatically denied stuffing water buffalo into their BBQ beef cocktail grillers. Owner Andreas Efstratiou said: “I don’t even know what a water buffalo looks like. I...
DALI Mpofu feels hurt he was at tacked at his favourite childhood spot in East London. Mpofu, 51, was rushed to Life St Dominic’s Hospital after being stabbed near Eastern Beach last Thursday. He was dis charged on Sunday. Speaking to...
THE general view of how the Eastern Cape government is performing according to PREMIER Noxolo Kiviet believes that steady progress is being made in the areas of governance and service delivery in the Eastern Cape. Kiviet was speaking to a...
CAMBRIDGE police station commander Brigadier Alex Sofute said yesterday the escalating rates of housebreak-ins and house robbery in Amalinda and Cambridge were giving him sleepless nights. The station achieved an 8% drop in crime but the brigadier said he was...
A MONTH after the province’s head of education lashed out at illegal school closures, Nowawe High School in Berlin has flouted his directive. No teaching has taken place there since Monday. In a memorandum last month, superintendent-general Mthunywa Ngonzo said the...
AN EASTERN Cape medical student who was expelled from an exchange programme between South Africa and Cuba has been given a second chance . Lindani Magade was among 12 medical students expelled from the programme over strike action early this...
BARELY a month since six pupils were killed in a bakkie accident in the Eastern Cape, a further four died this week on their way from school in the Transkei. The four pupils, aged between 16 and 18, were from...
Two bomb blasts which brought carnage to the Boston marathon with three dead and more than 100 injured was being treated Tuesday as a “potential terrorist” attack. Surgeons worked into the night on the wounded from the two powerful blasts,...
BUFFALO meat traces were found in “beef” mince and barbecue “beef” cocktail grillers in a leading Cambridge retail store in East London. They were among 19 mislabelled meat products sold by four top chainstore groups throughout the city . Four meat...
SUSPENDED ANC councillors from Mbhashe Municipality will hear their fate on Friday when the Mthatha High Court rules on whether their expulsion from the municipality was lawful. The court has asked for transcripts from the ANC’s disciplinary hearing that took...
EASTERN Cape Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana has instructed senior managers to take action against officials responsible for the non-payment of nurses’ salaries since February this year. And the nurses are far from the first to complain of no salaries and...
NELSON Mandela is recovering well at home after being released from hospital earlier this month, his wife Graça Machel said yesterday. “He’s doing well,” she said after giving a speech on neonatal care just outside Johannesburg. “That’s why I am...
JUST two months after a similar incident, the Pefferville community is in an uproar after another woman had to give birth in the street. Duncan Village resident Nambitha Dyantyi , 40, was lucky to hold her healthy, albeit premature, daughter...
SOUTHERNWOOD residents yesterday questioned the way Buffalo City Metro firefighters dealt with the drowning of a six- year-old boy at a primary school on Sunday. Damian Christian was discovered at the bottom of the pool after going missing. Eyewitnesses said when...
AGANG founder Dr Mamphele Ramphele called on South Africans to stop giving the ANC a blank cheque by voting it into power even though it was failing the electorate. Addressing community members and schoolchildren at Zinyoka Community Hall near King...
The Department of Business Management at the University of Fort Hare invites you to join them at a breakfast presentation where the UCT Unilever Strategic Marketing Institute’s Majority Report will be presented by Martin Neethling. The Majority report is arguably...
SPEAKERS including Premier Noxolo Kiviet, former premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile and Bishop Mvume Dandala called for unity and peace among the AmaMpondo during the funeral of Eastern Mpondoland King Mpondom bini Sigcau. The speakers said a lasting solu tion to...
A PICTURE of a socially stressed, dirty, poorly-serviced, rapidly-changing, youthful Southernwood community was presented at the first of Buffalo City Metro’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget roadshow public encounters. Fifty IDP meetings in 50 wards will be held until...
GERMAN doctor, Dr Helmut Fritsche, also known as the “flying doctor”, has been ap pointed chairman of the Frere Hos pital board. Fritsche, who was born in Ger many in 1937, moved to East London in 1990 to pursue a...
CRIME, environmental concerns and litter-filled streets were driving tourists and investors away from East London and are ruining the city’s image. This was the view of several business people and politicians who spoke to the Daily Dispatch following high-profile crime...
SOUTH African Communist Party national deputy chairman Thulas Nxesi lamented the media and opposition Democratic Alliance for using assassinated SACP leader Chris Hani’s name to “demonise” the current tripartite alliance leadership. Speaking at a gala dinner hosted by the Transformation...
THE fighting by Mandela family members over the icon’s money would cause the 94-year-old great pain and make his “heart bleed”, according to his grand son, Mandla Mandela. “It is uncalled for that my grand father has at his old...
THE Southernwood community was left shattered following the drowning of a six- year-old boy in the Southernwood Primary School pool yesterday morning. Damian Christian, who had gone missing some time before midday yesterday, was discovered in the pool by his...
ROYAL families from around the country, national and provincial politicians, government representatives and business people are expected among the 10 000 mourners at the funeral of King Mpondombini Sigcau in Qawukeni Great Place today. President Jacob Zuma will not attend...
THE mindless impulse to throw trash can be reversed into a compulsion to pick it up. Doctors Patricia Knox and her husband, pathologist Rory Mulligan, both 57, have become waste- picking strandlopers. They walk on Nahoon beach or round the Reef...
SOME say church leaders involved in a divorce should take a break from their duties . This comes after a prominent church leader allegedly told the church leadership that he would be divorcing his wife. The divorce has allegedly caused...
SOUTH Africa’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk has waded into the fray, and yesterday accused President Jacob Zuma of using apartheid to cover his own government’s failure to tackle joblessness and poor education. Attempts to blame these failures on...
SHE walked with a knock- kneed gait, with a heel like a chimp but the upright posture of a human, and she may provide the most complete evidence yet of early man’s closest ancestor, scientists said this week. Two-million-year-old Australopithecus...
EAST London car thieves who spoke to the Saturday Dispatch this week said it took less than 10 minutes to steal a car. White-owned cars were their biggest targets, they added. Over 50 vehicles have been stolen in and around...

Mpofu probe

POLICE investigating the beach stabbing of Marikana commission lawyer Dali Mpofu said yesterday they had not ruled out a link to his work on behalf of the Lonmin miners and their families. “We are looking at all possibilities and I...
DALI Mpofu, a prominent Eastern Cape advocate representing miners at the Marikana Commission, was attacked and stabbed repeatedly on East London’s Eastern Beach yesterday. Mpofu, 51, survived the attack, which happened close to the spot where two Swedish tourists were...
EDUCATION MEC Mandla Makupula has apologised for saying children have no rights. The Daily Dispatch reported last month Makupula told hundreds of pupils they were not entitled to any rights. At the time the country was celebrating Human Rights Day...
THE Eastern Cape department of education’s district office in Butterworth is in such a mess that the labour department may close it . The Daily Dispatch understands department inspectors visited the building with the intention of closing it, due to...
DISGRUNTLED business owners around King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) and Buffalo City Metro (BCM) have complained about illegal posters pasted to their properties despite the municipalities’ campaigns to clamp down on the practice. During a walk around Mthatha’s central business district,...
A POLITICAL solution to the transfer of excess teachers to other schools has been reached, according to the tripartite alliance – though the main teachers union seemed less certain. The Daily Dispatch spoke to ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane yesterday...
BARELY two years after the Bhisho Legislature received a major facelift with an animal print theme, the building’s interior is being refurbished again. The provincial legislature’s interior upgrade, which started in February and is expected to be completed by next...
A YOUTH was arrested and accused of fatally stabbing his roommate in a residence yesterday . The two were reportedly fighting over the rent early yesterday morning inside Loxford House in Hill Street behind the University of Fort Hare’s East...
A MOUNT Fletcher family claims police arrived at their house in the early hours last Friday and tortured them. The police were reportedly investigating the murder of Lower Nxotshana Junior Secondary School principal Sonwabo Ralarala, who was gunned down late...
PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela says “cowboy governance” at municipalities was used to facilitate corruption, as political leaders flouted governance rules. “In a situation like that, the rules are thrown out of the window and we are only concerned about the...
MVEZO chief and grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Mandla Mandela, has rejected claims he signed an affidavit supporting legal action against legal eagle George Bizos, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally Chuene. The prominent family was thrust...