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Teacher convicted of sexual offence on minor remains in classroom

November 17, 2013

Found guilty of sexual assault on daughter but teaching school kids. By ZISANDA NKONKOBE A teacher, who was convicted of sexually abusing his then 15-year-old daughter last year, is back teaching children at an Eastern Cape school. This has infuriated parents who want the man to be dismissed from the school. In court papers, which the… Read More ›

Hysteria grips East London as social media rumours of child snatchers go viral

THE Dispatch was inundated with panicked parents and guardians calling this week as rumours raced across social media platforms of a child trafficking syndicate in the city. One kidnapped child after another flew around Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Blackberry Messenger, long after police said the stories were false.

My experience of white violence #1

The most horrific and violent things that happened to both me and my family were not perpetrated by the anonymous black stranger, not by anyone impoverished or convicted of criminal acts, but by people we knew. Our friends, our family. People who also happened to be white.

Police minister presents “false crime data” – Institute for Security Studies

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa has been accused of presenting false crime statistics data today. Researchers at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) told the Daily Dispatch in an exclusive interview, that the calculations presented by Mthethwa were wrong. Democratic Alliance shadow minister of police Dianne Kohler-Barnard also said she believed it was a deliberate attempt… Read More ›

Payback as Tholeni killer is sentenced to life in prison

FOR five years, Bulelani Mabhayi went undetected as he raped and murdered women and children in a small Eastern Cape village. Yesterday it was payback time for his victims’ relatives when the courts gave him 25 life jail sentences for a crime spree that has made him one of the most prolific serial murderers in… Read More ›

‘We will never forgive you’ Tholeni community tells serial killer

“WE WILL never forgive him.”

These were the words of the final witness in the Tholeni serial killer trial.

Serial killer apologises to SA, only to admit he would continue killing

THE Eastern Cape man who pleaded guilty this week to murdering 20 people said he was sorry.

On Tuesday Bulelani Mabhayi, 39, plead guilty to all 36 charges levelled against him, which include rape and murder.

If convicted, Mabhayi will be the worst serial killer South Africa has seen in over 15 years.

South Africa’s worst serial killer in 15 years testifies

THE Eastern Cape man who pleaded guilty this week to murdering 20 people said he was sorry.

On Tuesday Bulelani Mabhayi, 39, plead guilty to all 36 charges levelled against him, which include rape and murder.

If convicted, Mabhayi will be the worst serial killer South Africa has seen in over 15 years.

How I murdered 20 villagers – EC serial killer pleads guilty

GUILTY. This word was repeated 36 times by South Africa’s worst serial killer in 15 years as he admitted to murdering 20 women and children.

Villagers to relive serial killer terror

AN EASTERN Cape community devastated by a spate of killings will have to relive the trauma from today as a man suspected of being one of the worst serial killers in South African history goes on trial.

Guptas allegedly suppress evidence of ANN7 bloopers

Youtube videos showing bloopers made by the newly launched 24-hour news channel Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) have been deleted after a copyright complaint was filed by Indian company Aiplex.

Half of SA believe courts not working

By MICHELLE SOLOMON ONE in three people in the country believe the courts discriminate against poor black South Africans. Even worse, only half believe courts are working for them. These results were drawn from the 2012 South African Social Attitudes Survey – administered by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) – where a detailed set… Read More ›

2010 Cup ‘cheats’ hit hard – Court freezes assets of BCM officials

By MICHELLE SOLOMON MILLIONS of rands worth of assets belonging to a former Buffalo City Metro director and 16 others – many of whom stand accused of cheating the municipality out of some R11.8-million – have been provisionally frozen after a tender relating to the 2010 World Cup was investigated. Ten of them, including former… Read More ›

Two kids die of rare disease at Frere in 3 weeks

AT LEAST two children in East London have died of a rare disorder in recent weeks.

The Daily Dispatch has learnt of a further five people in the city diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome [GBS]. The exact cause of the condition is unknown but it attacks the nervous system and if not treated promptly, can result in death.

Alleged hitmen face murder, robbery and conspiracy charges

FIVE alleged hitmen appeared in the East London High Court last week on charges of organised crime, racketeering and multiple murders.

Vuyani Sibanda, 42, Isaac Phiri, 69, Thabiso Mini, 27, Sakhela Magasana, 29, and Makhaya Qwala, 34, stand accused of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder, murder, and robbery under aggravating circumstances.