Dress code not to OR Tambo Speaker’s taste

The inaugural OR Tambo District council is off to a rocky start as newly elected speaker Xolile Nkompela's first act is to instruct sergeant-at-arms to escort two EFF councillors out because of their red...

ADM inaugurates mayor

By SIMTHANDILE FORD and MKHULULI NDAMASE Amathole district municipality now has a fresh council under newly inaugurated executive mayor Nomfusi Winnie Nxawa. Nxawa, who is part of the ANC Women’s League leadership that formed the league...

ANC election defeats ‘a reversal of our democratic gains’: Mantashe

The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday described its municipal poll losses as “a reversal of our democratic gains and reassertion of power by our erstwhile colonisers”. Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said “coalition governments have been...

Stofile died ‘saddened by today’s ANC’

Speakers at the memorial service of ANC stalwart and former Eastern Cape premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile took the opportunity to speak out strongly against factionalism and divisions within the ruling ANC. Hundreds of those in...

DA’s Herman Mashaba becomes new mayor of Johannesburg

It is official‚ the Democratic Alliance’s Herman Mashaba has won the battle for the executive mayor position in the City of Johannesburg. Long before the official announcement‚ members of the Democratic Alliance lifted him like...

Just sworn-in Joburg councillor collapses and dies

One of the new Johannesburg councillors who was sworn into office a few hours ago has just died. The councillor collapsed during the proceedings and emergency personnel were called to help. The council took a break...

ANC spokesman rubbishes one billion rand reports

The ANC has dismissed as unfounded rumours reports that the party used R1 billion during its election campaign. Kodwa said reports that ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane said the party had spent a billion rands...

ANC watches as DA’s Msimanga becomes Tshwane mayor

The Democratic Alliance’s Solly Msimanga is officially the mayor of Tshwane. He was elected unopposed during the council meeting that was held in Pretoria today. This marked the end of the reign of the African...

No sign of ANC’s ‘parachuted’ candidate at Tshwane council

Thoko Didiza‚ the ANC’s mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane metro‚ was nowhere to be seen during the council’s selection and swearing in ceremony. ANC members held their ground in the face of ridicule‚...

Tshwane council prepares for handover of power

A small finger breakfast‚ no glitz and glamour‚ and only a few interesting three-piece suits marked the historic inaugural City of Tshwane council meeting for a new term. On Friday‚ the council will sit for...

Trollip’s plan to root out rotten apples in Nelson Mandela Bay

Municipal officials who were irregularly appointed or those who feasted on resources meant for residents are in for a torrid time in Nelson Mandela Bay. A day after being elected as the first Democratic Alliance...

ANCYL calls for early ANC elective congress

The ANC Youth League is calling on its mother body to hold an early elective congress after the party’s biggest decline in support since 1994 in this year’s local government elections. It said an early...

Members vent anger on ANC

Disgruntled ANC members in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) yesterday “hijacked” a platform created by a Kgalema Motlanthe-led committee to vent their anger on the ruling party. ANC leader and social development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi, who...

EFF can’t support Mashaba because of ‘poor people can’t be trusted to rule’ view

Democratic Alliance mayoral hopeful for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba’s comment that “poor people can’t be trusted to rule” has come back to haunt him. That’s according to Dali Mpofu‚ who told Radio 702 on Thursday that...

Nkompela quizzed on fraud

ANC O R Tambo regional chairman Xolile Nkompela was briefly questioned by the Hawks on allegations of fraud yesterday, but later released. Eastern Cape Hawks spokeswoman Anelisa Feni confirmed that the Hawks went to question...

DA-led multiparty agreement reached in Nelson Mandela Bay

The Democratic Alliance in Nelson Mandela Bay has reached a multiparty coalition agreement with the United Democratic Movement‚ the African Christian Democratic Party and the Congress of the People‚ DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip...

Holomisa will watch the money in coalition councils

The United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa says municipal budgets will be realigned in the next six months as a coalition of parties prepare to govern the councils that were hotly contested in the recent...

Disgruntled ANC members vent at ruling party  

Disgruntled Buffalo City Metro ANC members today “hijacked” a platform created by the Kgalema Motlanthe-led committee tasked to review problematic legislation passed since 1994, to vent their anger at the ruling party. Over the past two days,...

Masualle names five mayors for OR Tambo district

ANC provincial chairman and Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle today publicly announced the names of the five mayors of the municipality under the OR Tambo District, with only two of the five who will...

Former Speaker is new KSD mayor

Former King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) speaker Dumani Zozo has been elected as the cash-strapped council's mayor. He received 46 of the votes while DA councillor Raymond Knock, who was also nominated for the top position,...

I had to avoid Madikizela-Mandela during coalition discussions: Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has revealed his soft spot for African National Congress veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and how he avoided her calls because he could not say no to her. Malema told reporters...

Zuma has done too much damage to SA: Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma is the reason the EFF could not enter into a coalition with the African National Congress. Malema told reporters in Alexandra that during coalition negotiations‚...

EFF demanded Zuma’s firing in coalition talks with ANC

Among the demands made by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for a coalition with the African National Congress (ANC) was the firing of President Jacob Zuma. EFF leader Julius Malema on Wednesday unpacked the conditions...

Protest at Mnquma council over election of councillors

Protest has broken out at an Mnquma council meeting that is meant to elect a new mayor, speaker and council. The protesters are opposing the election of council speaker Zibuthe Mnqwazi and Zakhele Mkiva, who...

Jordaan could hang on to Bay’s mayoral chain after DA-EFF talks collapse

Danny Jordaan could keep his job as mayor. HeraldLIVE reported that crucial coalition announcements to be made on Wednesday could see Thursday’s council meeting ushering in a new era for Nelson Mandela Bay with a...

Fundamental change in the hands of citizens, says Motlanthe

Problematic legislations passed by the South African democratic government since the dawn of democracy in 1994, could soon be repelled or amended if the majority of citizens feel that way. This was the message delivered...

‘No government spills the blood of black people and nothing is done’ – EFF...

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) marked the fourth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre by putting the African National Congress (ANC) on notice that it would be held to account for the killings of mineworkers. “No...

‘Our offices feel like a graveyard’ – City of Joburg staff nervous about change...

The mood is sombre at the offices of the City of Johannesburg in Braamfontein as the possibility of job losses began to sink in among a number of staff members attached to politicians. On Monday‚...

‘Negative narrative’ around Zuma was discussed‚ but ANC leadership collectively to blame – Mantashe...

The “negative narrative” spurred by scandals involving President Jacob Zuma was brought up at the meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress‚ (ANC) but Gwede Mantashe was not keen...

Aspirant leaders wait for big announcement

Would-be mayors and executive council members in ANC-led councils will only know their fates on Tuesday, the party’s provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane announced yesterday. Along with provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle, Mabuyane attended an ANC national...

By-elections on cards for ANC-led wards

By-elections are already on the cards for some ANC-led wards only a week after the watershed local government elections. ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the party had already instructed regional leaders to prepare for...

DA drive to fill parliament slots

With five MPs and an MPL set to be sworn in as councillors in Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga municipalities, the DA will soon embark on a recruitment drive to fill the parliamentary vacancies. Four...

Public protector candidate’s legal advice to Parliament on Nkandla a sticking point

Two major shocks rocked the public protector candidate interviews in Parliament when it was revealed that one candidate lacked security clearance and another was forced to admit — after much dodging — that she...

Mbeki pleased at the outcome of local government poll

Former president Thabo Mbeki believes that the people of South Africa have made their own choices about who they want as their leaders. This is according to the CEO of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Advocate Max...

Chikane warned ANC before polls that it would lose metros

African National Congress (ANC) veteran Reverend Frank Chikane believes that the soul of the ruling party is under attack from within. He told a press conference on Thursday that he had given party leaders a...

Inside the DA and EFF coalition talks

Delicate negotiations between the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)‚ which started at 10am on Wednesday‚ are underway at a hotel in Johannesburg. On the table is how both parties will split power...

Mandela grieves losing NMB to DA

In the aftermath of the dismal local government elections performance, the ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial big guns were yesterday locked in a meeting in East London to determine what went wrong in last week’s...

ANC defies Zuma and woos Malema

Top ANC leaders have defied Jacob Zuma and set out to woo arch-enemy Julius Malema into a coalition deal that will keep the party in power in South Africa’s top metros‚ the newspaper reported. The...

DA’s agent of change in the Bay

The Democratic Alliance on Thursday announced its biggest victory in the Eastern Cape after the party clinched the majority vote for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in Wednesday’s local government elections. DA mayoral candidate...

Masualle calls for change after wind blows down tents

The ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle has called for the review of the Independent Electoral Commission’s decision to use tents as voting stations.  The call by the first citizen of the province comes after some...

DA celebrates two ‘firsts’ in province

The Democratic Alliance scooped its second municipality in the Eastern Cape in Wednesday’s local government elections.  As results came in yesterday morning, the DA showed a significant lead and ultimately became the winning political party...

Former rebel group leader picked as mayoral candidate

AN ANC councillor candidate who was one of the members found guilty of attacking ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane in 2011 is the party’s mayoral candidate for the Amathole district municipality. Winnie Nxawe led a...
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Maimane uses Mbeki and Motlanthe to defend his Madiba comments

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday mentioned the names of three former presidents in one of his last addresses ahead of the local government elections. He quoted Thabo Mbeki as saying the African...
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WATCH: We asked Mbeki to vote for EFF – Malema

As the race to win the hearts and minds of voters draws to a close ahead of the elections‚ Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema met with Thabo Mbeki at former president’s Houghton home...
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Opening day glitches at voting stations due to rain, protests

Four Eastern Cape voting stations are not operational on Day One of elections -- two due to rain and the others due to protests, Electoral commission's provincial head Thami Mraji announced today. In an exclusive...

ANC has abandoned the people: Maimane

The ANC has abandoned the people and governs for a few well-connected‚ corrupt people‚ Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday. Addressing a townhall meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape ahead...

Send-off for KSD council

Outgoing King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality (KSD) councillors yesterday gave themselves a pat on the back for a “job well done” over the last five years. While acknowledging that they had not achieved all they had set...

Zille rallies DA troops in EL

Hellen Zille, the Democratic Alliance Premier of the Western Cape, told hundreds of supporters at a rally in East London that President Jacob Zuma’s question about the “colour” of the DA, was an admission...

ANC in big show of force

The ANC will tomorrow parade the party’s 1 200 councillor candidates from across the Eastern Cape at a provincial Siyanqoba rally in East London. This will be the party’s final push as it prepares for...

Kunene disappointed by ‘DA’s double standards’ on nude painting

Businessman Kenny Kunene accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of having double standards for not praising a painting his owns that depicts the party’s leaders naked. Kunene caused a stir when he posted a picture of...