October 17, 2017

The Daily Dispatch – News



The Daily Dispatch – News

All the latest covering the Eastern Cape, Border and former Transkei region from , Saturday Dispatch and DispatchLive.

THE Daily Dispatch newspaper has a long and rich history dating back to 1872. It was the first penny daily newspaper published in the Eastern Cape in 1898. In its centenary it became the first newspaper in SA to offer full colour facilities to its advertisers and readers.

Students at CPUT welcome Blade’s axing

Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town have waited “a long time” for the firing of Minister of Higher Education‚ Blade Nzimande. Nominated student representative Sivuyise Nolusu said that they welcomed the decision by President Jacob Zuma to axe Nzimande in his latest cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday. “We are very

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Reeston case delayed – yet again

The matter involving eight Reeston residents accused of murder, arson and malicious damage to property was postponed again in the East London Magistrate’s Court today for further investigation. The accused — Siziwe Daniso, Vuyokazi Maphukatha, Nomfuneko Majingane, Nosicelo Wewe, Nomvuyo Qeve, Zwelixolile Nkohla, Phelisa Vakele and Phelisa Shotane — appeared before magistrate Rochelle Sam. They

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Owner of home of death testifies in Esidimeni hearings

Ethel Ncube‚ owner of the Precious Angels NGO in which 23 mentally ill adults died‚ has finally admitted that she shouldn’t have taken 58 adults into her care. She has been giving testimony in the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings‚ held to give closure to families‚ so they can learn why their loved ones died. Of

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SA’s fastest-growing new elite suburbs

If you live in Seapoint‚ Illovo or Parkhurst‚ you’re staying in three of the new elite suburbs in South Africa. Property in the country’s fastest-growing elite suburbs cost between R8‚000 and R30‚000 per square metre‚ almost three times lower than that in the country’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. “We should note that all these suburbs start

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Keeping eye on the ball all in a day’s slog

Dense grass at the West Bank cemetery becomes the scene of a weekly treasure hunt for four men who scour it for golf balls that have missed their mark. After golfers playing at the West Bank Golf Club have enjoyed a busy weekend on the greens, the seaside cemetery is peppered with small round balls

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Brickz denied leave to appeal conviction and sentence

Magistrate John Baloyi has on Tuesday afternoon rejected musician Sipho Ndlovu‚ popularly known as Brickz‚ leave to appeal his rape conviction and 15-year jail sentence. Baloyi told the court that the 15-year sentence was not shocking and believed that if the matter was taken to the high court the outcome would be the same. Brickz’s

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The Life Esidimeni tragedy in numbers

The Life Esidimeni saga led to more than 118 people dying after they were discharged from Life Healthcare Esidimeni homes in May and June in 2016 and put in hospital or NGOs. By February 2017‚ 118 were dead. Another 23 died between February and September this year. Below are the numbers that have emerged in

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Tzaneen tourism centre goes up in smoke

An unexplained fire at a tourism information centre alongside the R71 highway in Tzaneen has caused damage worth more than half a million rand‚ Limpopo police said on Tuesday. The fire happened shortly before midnight on Monday and was noticed by a security guard‚ said Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. “It is alleged that the security

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WATCH: Principal is accused of violent acts

Violence in schools is raising an outcry in Eastern Cape communities as a principal stands accused of horrific acts of violence and harassment. His alleged actions have even shocked an education minister, while parents in Komani are praying that their son – stabbed in the eye by a peer with a spoon at another school

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Motorists cautioned to be on alert of road closures and blasting

Eastern Cape motorists have been warned of upcoming road closures as a result of blasting on Thursday. This advisory was issued by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral). In the advisory Sanral said the blasting would be taking place at approximately 11am on Thursday, 38km from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha in the Mtentu

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KZN police use DNA to tackle mystery body-in-barrel murder

DNA is expected to play a pivotal role in investigating the murder of a man whose body was stuffed into a steel drum‚ set on fire and dumped in the Umgeni River near KwaDabeka. The barrel‚ partially submerged‚ was found by a passer-by on Monday morning near the Ulwandle Drive low-level bridge. Police Search and

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Brother whose sister died in Duduzane Zuma crash speaks out

“This is a miracle. This is a gift from God. Now we will finally get justice.” With his voice cracking with emotion‚ Pedzisani Dube said the family were praying that they would finally have answers as to why President Jacob Zuma’s son‚ Duduzane Zuma‚ escaped prosecution for his sister’s death. Three years ago Zuma crashed

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Duduzane prosecution: ‘This is about justice for the family‚’ says Nel

The National Prosecuting Authority’s failure to prosecute Duduzane Zuma for the death of a young mother‚ despite a magistrate’s recommendation‚ is the driver behind AfriForum’s private prosecution of the president’s son. The announcement was made in Pretoria earlier on Tuesday by the civil rights group. The prosecution is to be led by renowned prosecutor Gerrie

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Joy as ‘Joan’ finally opens its doors

Swimming enthusiasts can now make a splash – the Joan Harrison Swimming Complex finally opened its doors yesterday after being closed for more than three months during the autumn/winter period. Buffalo City Metro spokeswoman Bathandwa Diamond had promised earlier this month that the aquatics complex would resume services yesterday but, despite all the pools being

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Gang bombs petrol station safe; shoots motorist dead

A gang of about 13 armed men bombed a safe at a petrol station in Kamhlushwa‚ 92km east of Mbombela‚ before opening fire and killing a motorist‚ Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning‚ said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi. “The men‚ [who] were armed with rifles and pistols‚

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Zuma announces cabinet reshuffle

President Jacob Zuma has announced changes to the national cabinet. Below is a statement with the changes: TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS 17 OCTOBER 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGES TO THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BY PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA After careful consideration‚ I have decided to make the following changes to the National Executive; 1. Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is

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Brickz sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping a teenage relative

Kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu‚ popularly known as Brickz‚ has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of raping a 17-year-old relative in 2013. In his ruling Magistrate Baloyi detailed testimony from the victim that she was bleeding after the incident as her hymen was broken‚ as she was a virgin at

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Your phone IS making you stupid‚ say academics

Smartphones are harming our ability to concentrate‚ say two Stellenbosch University researchers. Daniel le Roux and Douglas Parry said students looking at their phones in lectures were hardly ever concentrating on the study topic. “When students use their phones during lectures they do it to communicate with friends‚ engage in social networks‚ watch YouTube videos

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Taxis drivers damage APM bus

The first black-owned national bus liner, African People Mover (APM), was yesterday vandalised by taxi operators on the Butterworth and Dutywa route. The taxi operators said APM’s lower prices were costing them business as commuters were leaving in droves to take the buses instead. The new kid on the block, which has been operating for

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Tribunal judge overturns findings around Esidimeni deaths

Tribunal judge Bernard Ngoepe has overturned the health ombudsman’s finding that patients died in “unlawful circumstances” at two NGOs: Masego and Takalani. This is the first ruling to contradict findings by health ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba on the Life Esidimeni saga in which more than 141 patients died after being moved to NGOs. The ruling also

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