Xasa disputes eight Enoch councillors’ pay

Enoch Mgijima local municipality’s financial status was considered by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa before approving payment of 10 full-time councillors, instead of two. The municipality, according to the provincial gazette...

Councils under fire for MM appointments

The Democratic Alliance in the Bhisho Legislature has accused three local councils of irregularly appointing municipal managers. They claim Intsika Yethu in Cofimvaba, Walter Sisulu in Aliwal North and Port St Johns local municipalities have...

NDZ victorious in KwaZulu-Natal

It took a whole day of marathon processes but at the end Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emerged as the preferred presidential candidate with 433 nominations beating her closest archrival Cyril Ramaphosa by a huge margin. Ramaphosa was...

High court to decide on Eastern Cape PEC

The Grahamstown High Court will decide next Tuesday whether or not to nullify the outcome of the ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial elective conference (PEC) in September. That will be just four days before the party’s...

Court to decide on Eastern Cape PEC following chaotic conference

The Grahamstown High Court will decide next Tuesday whether or not to nullify the outcome of the African National Congress’s Eastern Cape provincial elective conference in September. This is just four days before the party’s...

Amathole office’s ‘wasted’ R78k move

The provincial transport department’s Amathole district office was left stranded for two days when it moved to new premises and out again within hours. The Dispatch has seen the bill for the wasted move –...

NPA mum on Zuma case until team makes recommendation

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said it will only communicate on the criminal case against President Jacob Zuma after a team led by the KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions‚ Moipone Noko‚ has made...

We’ll sort out state rot, says Cyril

ANC presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa told an enraptured Eastern Cape dinner crowd that radical transformation should not only be seen in “Durban” but also in and around Mthatha. In a thinly-veiled reference to the party...

No decision to move SAA out of National Treasury: Presidency

The Presidency says that media reports suggesting that Government has taken a decision to move South African Airways (SAA) out of the National Treasury to the Department of Transport are incorrect and that no...

It would be a mistake to ‘over-invest’ expectations in ANC conference: SACP

While the ANC’s upcoming elective conference would‚ “for better or worse”‚ have a major impact on the future viability of the alliance‚ it would be a mistake to “over-invest” expectations in the conference‚ the...

Mdantsane taxi boss shot dead, wife wounded

Eastern Cape police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder following the shooting of a taxi boss in NU3, Mdantsane, last night. Mdantsane police spokesman Captain Nkosikho Mzuku said the 49-year-old man was...

Dudu Myeni to ‘fly SAA’ in new top job

By Sabelo Skiti And Mzilikazi Wa Afrika Former SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni has landed a top job in government that may put her back in the pilot’s seat at the airline‚ which suffered a string...

Makhosi Khoza’s new party hoping to woo disillusioned ANC voters

Makhosi Khoza’s newly launched political party the African Democratic Change (ADeC) will be vying for the ANC voters who boycotted last year’s local government elections as its starting constituency come 2019. Khoza announced the ambitious...

Incentives call to stay virgins

A young Eastern Cape woman cried when she told Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government bigwigs how there were no incentives to encourage them to remain virgins. Sinovuyo Mtshambi, 20, a public relations student,...

Bringing to book those responsible for looting the state will be best Xmas gift...

The best gift South Africans could receive this festive season would be an assurance that 2018 will be better than 2017‚ that the country is headed for a better future‚ and that those responsible...

DA Bhisho chief whip gets the boot

Disgraced DA Bhisho Legislature chief whip Edmund van Vuuren has been expelled from the party after he was found guilty of sexually harassing a junior staffer. The DA federal legal commission (FLC), which probed the...

Mabuza: I’ll give up my deputy presidency nomination for unity in ANC

ANC Mpumalanga chairperson David Mabuza said he is willing to give up his nomination as deputy president of the ANC if it means it will unite the party. “I am willing to sacrifice myself for...

Ramaphosa humbled by EC nomination

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is humbled by the provincial general council which nominated him as the party's next president. He said this at an ANC fundraising gala dinner at the ICC in East London...

Mpumalanga ANC nominates ‘unity’ – but who is unity‚ asks electoral agency

Uncertainty and confusion emerged from the ANC Mpumalanga provincial general council after the majority of the province’s branches nominated “unity” for the top six positions of the ANC. Nominations for “unity” were recorded as abstentions...

DA expels party chief whip on sexual harassment claims

The Democratic Alliance federal executive has expelled Bhisho Legislature Chief Whip Edmund van Vuuren from the party after he was found guilty of sexual harassment of a junior staffer. The decision comes after months...

‘Zuma promised me a house’

Four years ago‚ President Jacob Zuma promised Mbuso Mkhize a house. Known to his friends as “British”‚ 73-year-old Mkhize lost his left arm and leg after an illness. His lower body is paralysed and he...

SACP complains of vote rigging in Free State by-election

Voting in one of the wards in the Metsimaholo by-election in the Free State might have to be repeated. This comes after the South African Communist Party (SACP) complained about irregularities in a voting district...

JUST IN: Eastern Cape firmly behind Ramaphosa for president

Eastern Cape ANC branches have highly favoured deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the party after 423 of 526 branches voted for him. Second to Ramaphosa was Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with 89 nominations. The other presidential nominees...

Department to fund security co-ops to guard its buildings

The Eastern Cape department of public works, which currently forks out R120-million a year on private security companies, will start training the first group of security officers on December 1. Earlier, the department announced that...

Parliament wants forensic probe of R14-million student payment

Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education and training is pushing for a forensic investigation into how R14-million was paid in error to a student from Walter Sisulu University. Months after details about the payment became...

Zuma gives increases to public office-bearers

Increases of between 4% and 5.5% are on the cards for public office-bearers‚ while traditional leaders will get extra. The presidency said on Thursday that President Jacob Zuma had accepted the recommendations of the Independent...

‘Really massive collapse’ in ANC support in Free State by-election

The African National Congress is losing support in the townships in Metsimaholo municipality in the Free State‚ according to an election analyst. The municipality held ward and Proportional Representation by-elections on Wednesday. The by-election saw 393...

Crunch time as PGC held in EL today

More than 600 Eastern Cape ANC branch delegates will converge on the East London City Hall today to attend the provincial general council (PGC). This follows a national executive committee (NEC) decision to assign all...

Scopa to summon Bongo over SSA failure to vet officials

State security minister Bongani Bongo and his director general will be called to explain to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts why his department has failed to do vetting of supply chain officials in...

Desperate parents appeal for help to find daughter

Parents of missing Dimbaza 16-year-old Cecilia Ngwenya have appealed to the public for help. Cecilia was last seen by her parents on Thursday, November 16. She had been taken to school by her father. The Grade 11...

MEC set to decide fate of three councils

Eastern Cape cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Fikile Xasa will decide by tomorrow whether or not to forge ahead with placing three municipalities under administration. Xasa has written to Enoch Mgijima, Makana and Mnquma...

No disciplinary action after municipal boss convicted of fraud

Seven months after being convicted on three counts of fraud, Senqu local municipality municipal manager Mxolisi Yawa is still serving in his position. Yawa, 44, was convicted along with his personal assistant Octavia Bambilawu, 28,...

BREAKING: ANC blames their MEC for failed Zuma no-show campaign launch

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has accused MEC for social developmentment Nancy Sihlwayi of sabotaging the national launch of the 16 Day of Activisim of No Voilence Against Women and Children. This after the...

Communications Minister calls for investigation into ANN7 and MultiChoice corruption allegations

Communications minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Nguabe has called for an investigation into allegedly questionable payments made by MultiChoice to Gupta-owned news channel ANN7. “We would not fold our arms as if nothing has happened. Investigations must happen‚”...

Public submissions to Gupta inquiry close soon

The public has until Thursday to make submissions to the South African Institute of Chartered Accounts for its inquiry into the conduct of KPMG accountants and their apparent links in helping the Guptas allegedly...

SA has all signs of a failed state – Malema

Firebrand EFF leader Julius Malema has raised the spectre of a failed state in South Africa‚ saying features of such a state were not too hard to notice. “One: the absence of the rule of...

Zuma calls top-level meeting amid fears of violence at ANC December conference

ANC President Jacob Zuma summoned all presidential hopefuls to a meeting last night, highlighting his fears about the December elective conference becoming violent. Present at the meeting were deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, treasurer-general...

No ANC candidate will be victorious ‘without signing a pact with the devil’: Makhosi...

Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has cautioned South Africans against having high hopes for any of the ANC presidential candidates‚ saying none of them would emerge victorious in the party’s December elective conference “without...

BCM’s Chinese ‘twin’ Yubei reciprocates

A 10-member Chinese delegation arrived in East London yesterday, following a twinning agreement between Buffalo City Metro and Yubei district. The delegation came from Chongqing, in southwest China. BCM mayor Xola Pakati, along with business leaders...

ANC Youth League leader quits

ANCYL provincial task team convenor Mziwonke Ndabeni has resigned from his position citing “political contradictions”. This was confirmed yesterday by Ndabeni and ANCYL national spokesman and NEC member Mlondi Mkhize, who said head office had...

COLUMN: Is Mabuza’s silence undermining NDZ’s chances at the prize?

Who do you think will win? This is the question that every political analyst is being asked as the ANC’s elective conference looms ever closer. We ahm‚ hum‚ er‚ ahm again and give long...

Ndabeni resigns from ANC Youth League

Eastern Cape ANC Youth League provincial task team (PTT) convenor Mziwonke Ndabeni has resigned. This was confirmed by ANCYL national spokesman Mlondi Mkhize and Ndabeni today. Mkhize will take over from Ndabeni as the new convenor. In...

Tony Gupta and Salim Essa were at meeting in Brown’s home

Former Eskom board chair Zola Tsotsi says he was called to a meeting at Minister Lynne Brown’s home where Tony Gupta and Salim Essa were present. Testifying in Parliament’s Eskom inquiry‚ Tsotsi said he couldn’t...

Zimbabwe warned from distancing itself from AU and SADC

As Zimbabwe prepares for political transformation‚ it should be wary not to isolate itself‚ Zimbabwean activist and leader of the #SheVotes campaign Maureen Kademaunga said on Wednesday. Speaking at a media briefing in Braamfontein‚ Kademaunga...

Dudu Myeni‚ Zuma asked Eskom chair to suspend execs

Former SAA chair Dudu Myeni met with former Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi in President Jacob Zuma’s Durban home‚ where she told him to institute an inquiry and suspend three top Eskom executives. These shocking claims...

Supporters comfort Chatunga Mugabe after dad’s political exit

Robert Mugabe’s son‚ Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe‚ is undoubtedly licking his wounds on Wednesday after his father stepped down as president on Tuesday. Until the very last moments‚ Chatunga seemed certain that his father would never...

‘Where do these mistakes leave me?’ Molefe asks Eskom inquiry

Parliament’s inquiry into Eskom was seized with two main questions as former CEO Brian Molefe appeared before the committee: was Molefe a permanent employee and did he resign or take early retirement? Molefe was seconded...

Court delays decision on ANC appeals

A startling affidavit by ANC secretary-general Gwe- de Mantashe, in which he says ANC internal processes should trump court action, yesterday stalled a high court application to nullify the outcome of the ANC’s provincial...

MUGABE FALLS!

By RAY NDLOVU and JAMES THOMPSON Hooters blared and cheering crowds raced through the streets of Harare late yesterday after word spread that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe had resigned after 37 years in power. Within minutes,...

Mahlobo ready to rush through energy plan

Energy minister David Mahlobo has announced a major energy indaba for the first week in December to get public participation on contentious issues like the nuclear new build programme. He plans to release government’s long-awaited...