Cellphone footage of  vicious fights among girls at two East London schools has prompted the Eastern Cape department of education to probe school violence and intensify school safety programmes. The brawls at Alphendale High School and John Bisseker Senior Secondary...
The case against an Eastern Cape woman accused of illegally aborting her baby was provisionally withdrawn at the East London Magistrate’s Court today. State Prosecutor Thulani Solani said the reason for this was to allow police to obtain all medical...
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s chances of making it to the deputy presidency received a much needed boost this weekend when a Mantashe-aligned group was elected to lead the OR Tambo region. Xolile Nkompela scraped past former chairman Thandekile Sabisa (150...
The one question on everybody’s mind now is if President Jacob Zuma will survive the increasingly credible assertions that the Gupta family are tendering Cabinet Minister appointments. There have been many scandals before that led the South African public to...
AGANG leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele has called on young people from across the continent to hold their leaders accountable “for their promises and actions”, to eliminate the looting of state resources. She was speaking to a group of Global Shapers...
Nompucuko Zakaza, a local storyteller, poet and author who has been chosen as one six storytellers from around the country to attend a cultural management conference in the UK.
A ONE-LEGGED paraplegic has completed an epic 1500km motorbike ride from Botswana to Cape Town while lying on his stomach. Battle-scarred Rhodesian bush war veteran Dale Collett – who was paralysed from the chest down during a daring Selous Scout...
An elderly Mthatha widow is desperately seeking medical facial reconstruction after an attack by two pitbull dogs two years ago left her with one eye. NoViolet Mzukwa, 61, from Ngangelizwe township in Mthatha, is being mocked by her neighbours and...
Alleged drug kingpin Livingstone Napoleon, 60, and his wife Ingrid, 59, will go on trial on October 26 for drug possession, drug dealing and money laundering. The couple appeared in the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where the trial date...
SARS officials today uncovered 20.76kg of crystal meth valued at R6.3-million at O R Tambo International Airport. The shipment arrived from Lagos‚ Nigeria‚ and was said to be contained inside hair pieces and food items. Five parcels of crystal meth...
The tough economic environment in South Africa is reflected in claims for retrenchment from insurers‚ who are paying in billions of rand in policies for loss of income. Liberty paid out R3 billion in claims for 2014‚ it said in...
Former president Nelson Mandela is making a remarkable recovery in hospital, his daughter Zindzi Mandela-Motlhajwa said on Thursday. "I would like to assure you, though I may not be a medical doctor, that Tata is making remarkable progress and we...
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...
Despite initially defending her comments around the LGBTI community Criselda Dudumashe has done a u-turn and apologised unreservedly. She was speaking at an AIDS gender-based violence dialogue at the University of Venda in Limpopo‚ when she apparently asked men in...
Multi award-winning and platinum selling rock band, The Parlotones, are back in East London next week to promote their new album. Lead vocalist Khan Morbee yesterday said East London was one of their favourite cities and they were excited about...
The office of Buffalo City Metro (BCM) ANC ward councillor Monwabisi Mahodi was broken into yesterday morning, and a computer with “vital” information stored on it was allegedly stolen. Mahodi said this was the second time the office at Bush...
Hence the need for the “nectar filling stations” project that was expanded to four more Cape Town primary schools on Thursday‚ to refuel migrating sunbirds and sugarbirds. Known as the Iingcungcu Project‚ the aim is to plant several fynbos gardens...
Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle has announced that R2.2-billion worth of investments coming to the province in the next financial year will create thousands of jobs. Delivering his state of the province address (Sopa) yesterday, Masualle mentioned, among the pipeline investments,...
Firm believes it deserves contract. AN MTHATHA company is challenging the department of transport’s September decision not to award the R1.4-billion scholar transport tender. Instead Trackstar Trading 256 – which trades as Mtha-Wethemba – wants the Grahamstown High Court to award...
A senior PetroSA manager has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the parastatal of more than R60-million. The Hawks have arrested Matshidiso Mogashoa‚ the company’s corporate social investment manager‚ on fraud‚ theft and money laundering charges. According to Hawks spokesman Lloyd...
On the front page of the Sunday Times: Members of President Jacob Zuma’s inner circle mocked South Africa’s descent into junk status this week‚ treating the potential body blow to South Africa’s economic wellbeing as a big joke‚ the...
Consumers have to tighten their belts as the second half of the year starts with tough increases in essential economic sectors. Several increases came into effect from July 1, causing consumers to feel the pinch. As of yesterday, petrol has increased...
The office of the Auditor-General is investigating how an Eastern Cape municipality paid more than R4-million to a construction company, despite them allegedly not delivering product according to specifications. The office of AG Kimi Makwetu confirmed it is investigating the...
The trial of two Dimbaza police detectives and seven other men facing charges ranging from armed robbery, murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and fraud began in the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court yesterday amid heavy security. There were two security checkpoints involving...
Former Lily Kirchmann caregiver Ncediswa Mkenkcele has been found guilty on all five counts relating to the horrific beating of 84-year-old Hope Shepherd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLIpPLOywVI&t=18s  The ruling was made a short while ago in the regional court of the East London Magistrate’s...
They used to be inseparable: from attending glam events together‚ to supporting each other when they got big gigs and those booze-filled afternoons at their houses‚ their friendship was something that inspired. When Somizi confirmed what we’ve all known for...
Opposition parties have demanded that criminal charges should immediately be laid against those South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) officials alleged to have sold posts for personal gain. “An investigation into Sadtu’s jobs-for-cash scandal has revealed the extent to which...
FOLLOWING the controversial Red October march in Pretoria last week, there is now an online petition to boycott the music of one of its leaders, Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr. Last week, groups around the country gathered to protest against the...
Yanelisa Bokveld from Queenstown has been chosen to represent the Eastern Cape as a finalist in this year’s Zee World Miss Teen Commonwealth South Africa pageant. Zee World Miss Teen Commonwealth South Africa is a leadership programme teaching teenagers about...
Understanding  South Africa’s foreign policy has proved elusive these 20-odd years past. The brilliant cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) once drew a cartoon likening the country’s foreign policy to “great unresolved mysteries”. In retrospect, Zapiro’s was a harsh judgment. Over the past...
NEW Afro-soul artist ZolaSoul is making waves in the music industry with the release of his debut album, Thando Lokwenene. ZolaSoul, real name Zola Futshane, has been singing since his primary school days but was given an opportunity to record...
 A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing to death the son of Minister of Defence and Military veterans Nosiviwe Nqakula in Johannesburg.  Gauteng police spokeperson Lieutenant-General Lungelo Dlamini said the 24-year-old would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on...
NELSON Mandela Bay ANC regional chairman Nceba Faku resigned at the weekend amid months of tension in the executive. The news comes as Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and his deputy Nancy Sihlwayi were summoned to the ANC’s provincial headquarters in...
The school governing body (SGB) at Parkside Primary School say they can finally breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to the “vandal proof” fence being installed at the school. The school had been plagued by a series of break-ins and...
When JRR Tolkien completed his sketch “Death of Smaug” for The Hobbit in the early 1930s‚ he was illustrating a work of fiction. But it turns out he was being prophetic‚ too. Tolkien‚ born in Bloemfontein in 1892‚ spent his...
AN AUSTRALIAN ship searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has picked up signals consistent with the beacons from aircraft black box recorders, in what search officials said yesterday was the most promising lead yet in the month-long hunt. The...
Absa Bank has made submissions to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane‚ hoping to counter several adverse findings made against the bank which are contained in her provisional report on Absa’s role in the purchase of Bankorp. In January‚ a leaked provisional...
A long-neglected botanical garden alongside Kennersley Park retirement village is finally being cleared by municipal workers, but residents say they are still afraid to use it because it is a haven for the homeless. Last week the Dispatch highlighted...
Buffalo City residents should brace for power outages over the next few days, metro spokesman Samkelo Ngwenya said yesterday. This follows social media outrage questioning the loss of electricity in many parts of the city yesterday. Residents in Dawn, Wilsonia, Scenery...
In the letters section of the Daily Dispatch on May 18, Siphiwo Klaas delivered a scathing attack on both the internal processes and integrity of the ANC leadership in presiding over organisational processes.  In the letter, Klaas argues that both...
The Buffalo City Metro council has appointed a new city manager with effect from June 1 2017. After months of processes undertaken by the metro to fill the position, Andile Sihlahla made the cut and was yesterday successfully appointed into...
When a young Kishore Cassiram from Durban bought Friesland Milk Bar in East London he never anticipated it would be voted the best milkshake joint in the country 40 years later. The title was given to Friesland earlier this month...
As part of an ongoing protest against the non-payment of overtime, Eastern Cape provincial traffic officers from the Amathole District have decided to down tools. Yesterday traffic officers from six local municipalities within the district did not work remaining instead in...
A man who has been involved in criminal activities since 1999 asked the East London Regional Court for a second chance after he defrauded a Gonubie garage of 4000 litres of diesel.  Last year Jacques Greyling, 44, sought to acquire...
Drop the Pilot singer Joan Armatrading has included South Africa in her final world tour and will be performing in East London next year. The three-time Grammy award nominee, who rocked the 1970s, 80s and 90s with her contralto voice...
ONCE considered the jewel in the Wild Coast tourism crown, Port St Johns today is rundown, dirty, polluted and offers very little to tourists. A recent visit by a Daily Dispatch team to the town found that: Cattle and goats freely...
The UDM in Mbhashe municipality wants the public protector to probe “abuse of state resources” in yesterday’s by-election. UDM councillor Nkosinathi Ndlodaka said his party would approach new national protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, as well as the electoral commission (IEC), after...
Phandulwazi Agricultural High School in Alice has been hit hard by a water crisis in Raymond Mhlaba municipality and was last week forced to close its doors. For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch or subscribe to...
Premier Phumulo Masualle has instructed all departments to pay millions of rands worth of benefits due to thousands of civil servants “once and for all”. The issue of outstanding benefits such as performance management and development systems (PMDS) increases have been...
Congress of the People (COPE) has withdrawn from parliamentary activities saying the ANC’s refusal to act against President Jacob Zuma has made it guilty of contempt of court. This follows a meeting of the party’s Congress Executive Committee in Johannesburg...