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Teacher convicted of sexual offence on minor remains in classroom

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 ›

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.

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.

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.

State ‘drags feet’ in R2m damages claim

THE Eastern Cape health MEC faces a R2-million lawsuit over medical negligence.

Ndoda Alfred Magoswana lodged medicalthe case against the health department after an allegedly botched appendix operation left him partly deformed and unable to work.

Anti-Harassment Act heralds end to cyberstalking

A NEW law against stalking and harassment came into effect over the weekend after many years of campaigning by sexual violence NGOs.
The Protection from Harassment Act (PHA) was adopted by parliament in 2011, and came into effect on Saturday April 27.
In a statement the Department of Justice (DoJ) explained that the PHA would provide South Africans with an in expensive civil remedy to deal with harassment, mainly by means of a court order preventing the harasser from con tinuing with the unwanted behaviour. Any person that con travenes such a court order is guilty of an offence and liable to fine and/or a maximum prison sentence of five years, according to the DoJ.
A Rhodes University student spoke to the Daily Dispatch about an online stalker that has been harassing her since October 2012. The student asked not to be named.

Daily Dispatch distances itself from the National Press Club

In an editorial the Daily Dispatch has publicly distanced itself from the South African National Press Club and its decision to award the rhino the newsmaker of the year award for 2012. The decision was made over the Nkandlagate scandal, the Limpopo textbook saga and the Marikana tragedy.

The Eastern Cape: still frontier country for SA media

The Eastern Cape is a province forgotten by many in the media but is alive with the essence of what makes the media powerful, according to Michelle Solomon. Home to three of South Africa’s oldest newspapers, as well as two boundary-breaking radio stations, the push-pull of the politics of the Eastern Cape is reflected in the dynamics… Read More ›

The power of the Parow

THE air parts with a “swish” as he turns his head from side to side with the banging beat. The sound reverberates in the air, echoing with the sound of fathers screaming for their wives and daughters, and the sound of shotguns being cocked. The kêppie met ’n bietjie ekstra pep looms out of the… Read More ›