DA to elect new EC leader in April

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape faces some serious questions in the lead-up to its March elective congress when party leader Athol Trollip steps down. The party, which has been enjoying positive growth in...

Mbete says she’s been ‘approached’ about leading ANC‚ but would rather not talk about...

ANC chairperson Baleke Mbete has played down claims that she has raised her hand to be the next female leader of the country. This came after the Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Mbete...

Butterworth crowd sets demands

By MKHULULI NDAMASE and SILUSAPHO NYANDA A group of about 200 people yesterday camped outside the municipal offices in Butterworth demanding the removal of municipal manager Sindile Tantsi. The group had earlier in the day marched...

Education MEC given two weeks to quit or forced out

Two Eastern Cape student organisations yesterday warned that if education MEC Mandla Makupula had not quit in two weeks they would take to the streets to demand his removal. The Congress of South African Students...

Mnquma votes in a new trioka

A faction of the ANC in Mnquma council has endorsed the appointment of a new mayor barely four months after the election of Thobeka Bikitsha. The group of 33 Mnquma councillors, most of whom are...

Tantsi could be paid R5m to leave

Embattled Mnquma municipal manager Sindile Tantsi may leave the municipality R5-million richer if a proposed golden handshake is agreed. His legal team said yesterday the municipality had offered to buy Tantsi out of the remaining nine...

Nehawu asks for probe into irregular appointments

NEHAWU has asked the Public Service Commission to investigate corrupt recruitment processes in the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs department. The National Health, Education and Allied Workers Union wants the commission (PSC) to investigate...

Could ‘seasoned cadre’ Zweli Mkhize be next ANC president?

Could ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize be the compromise presidential candidate that the ruling party is looking for to quell a fierce succession battle? Speculation has been rife after the ANC’s 105th anniversary celebration in Gauteng...

Premier speaks out on investigations

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle has finally broken his silence on allegations that he has been sitting on the reports of various investigations into sex-for-jobs allegations. Sacked cooperative governance head of department Nombulelo “Bea” Hackula had...

Cosatu’s backing of Ramaphosa has made it difficult to suppress succession battle: Mantashe

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliates were to blame for “spoiling the water” by jumping the gun on the succession battle in the African National Congress (ANC). And‚ while describing...

Premier refuses to get rid of Makupula

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle yesterday conceded he was “not happy” with the province’s matric results and that some education officials would face disciplinary action. He said having the lowest pass rate for seven years...

Results withheld from 13 alleged cheaters

Matric results of 13 Eastern Cape pupils allegedly caught cheating have been withheld. Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula revealed this while tabling a detailed report on the 2016 matric class performance at the Stirling...

Mbizana accused of bias against DA

Members of the DA in rural Mbizana local municipality have accused an ANC ward councillor of sidelining them from jobs on a major road project on the N2. The project to rehabilitate part of the route...

Mantashe: ‘There are people in the ANC who loot the state’

Corruption within the African National Congress is so rife that it can no longer be regarded as a perception says party secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Speaking to party supporters in Evaton‚ south of Johannesburg on...

DA wants BCM mayor to face contract probe

The Democratic Alliance in Buffalo City Metro wants mayor Xola Pakati to be held to account for a tangle over extending the contracts of acting metro department heads. The party claims Pakade misled council into...

Holidaying Malema won’t respond to ANCWL’s ‘nonsensical utterances’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won’t respond to the “irrelevant” and “nonsensical utterances” utterances of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL). That was the Red Berets’ response to ANCWL secretary-general Meokgo Matuba’s attack on...

Acting directors to vacate posts

The contracts of three Buffalo City Metro acting directors have been terminated, effectively from the end of this month. Executive mayor Xola Pakati told the Daily Dispatch that the terminations were part of ensuring that...

Zuma disappoints Durban gogos

Instead of playing Santa and giving out gifts to the elderly in Savannah Park‚ south of Durban‚ President Jacob Zuma instead chose to defend himself at an ANC Youth League lecture. As part of his...

BCM councillor demoted for defying ANC

A senior Buffalo City Metro councillor was yesterday demoted from a mayoral committee member to an ordinary councillor after he allegedly defied the ANC in council. Former local economic development and agencies political boss Mawethu...

Growth agency’s cash crash

Barely a year after Amathole district municipality (ADM) splashed millions on a failed rural toilet project, its development agency, Aspire is experiencing such a severe cash crisis that it can’t pay its staff. As a...

Zuma will wait for SABC inquiry to conclude before appointing interim board

President Jacob Zuma will only appoint an interim South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board after the National Assembly recommends the dissolution of the board. “Upon the dissolution of the board‚ the president is required by...

‘Hurry‚ we’re hungry’ – Tardy Zuma sparks anger‚ and rumbling tummies‚ at Durban ANCYL...

So late was President Jacob Zuma to a KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League lecture on Wednesday‚ that annoyed crowds filling Durban’s Olive Convention Centre burst into angry song. Not even the most ardent Zuma backers could...

‘Pull plug on sources of white privilege to halt racist arrogance’: ANCYL

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has called for racism to be criminalised “with a minimum jail sentence of 10 years”. “The time for picketing and marches against racism is over‚” spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize...

Sipho Pityana calls for Union Buildings to be renamed after Nelson Mandela

Businessman and activist Sipho Pityana has called for the Union Buildings to be renamed after the country’s first democratic president‚ Nelson Mandela. Speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the University of Cape Town...

Zuma receives report into General Phiyega’s fitness to hold office

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday received the final report by the Board of Inquiry which was established to investigate the fitness to hold office and allegations of misconduct against the suspended National Commissioner of...

Ex-employee paid R1m for 2 days’ work: copy and paste claim angers Mnquma mayor

A jilted mistress who made headlines after she published a picture of a child she’d had with a prominent married businessman has become embroiled in fresh controversy. Nandipha Bhali’s company Konwaba Training Solutions was allegedly...

Despite concerns‚ SACP will not call for Zuma to step down

The SA Communist Party (SACP) will not call for President Jacob Zuma to step down but it has expressed concern about the leadership paralysis in the ANC which is affecting the alliance‚ first deputy...

ANC veterans fight on – and call for non-party members to speak at consultative...

African National Congress veterans have rejected the party’s decision to hold their proposed national consultative conference as part of its scheduled policy conference‚ due to be held around June 2017. The national executive committee of...

Legal route for fired principal

Unionist Thobile Ntola, who was fired this year as the principal of Chubekile High School in Port Elizabeth, has taken the education department to court, demanding to be reinstated. He is one of many government employees...

‘Respect Parliament‚’ says Zuma after SABC chair Maguvhe’s no-snow

President Jacob Zuma has asked public servants and those serving in state-owned entities to respect Parliament and abide by its oversight requirements. “In this regard‚ the management and staff of government departments‚ as well as...

Guptas and EFF in legal battle over court costs

Julius Malema’s threats against the controversial Gupta family could see property at the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) head office being seized. News24 reported that the Johannesburg sheriff’s office has been instructed to seize “moveable goods”...

Disbanded EC ANCYL to hear fate

The fate of the disbanded Eastern Cape ANC Youth League leadership structure is now in the hands of the party’s national top brass.  The disbanded provincial executive committee (PEC) finally met with the ANC’s national...

Parliament bids farewell to guardians of democracy in SA

Parliament has bid farewell to the heads of four Chapter Nine Institutions and thanked them for the role they played in advancing democracy. The event was held to see off Bongani Khumalo of the Financial...

Zuma gave South Africa an ‘almost hard to believe Hollywood script’ in 2016 –...

President Jacob Zuma’s scandal prone leadership is leaving South Africa in flames‚ says Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane. “Our economy is on very shaky ground‚ with a ratings downgrade to junk status a very real...

Nehawu to Zuma: Take the honourable decision and resign as president’

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has reiterated its call for Jacob Zuma to step down as state president. The union’s secretary-general‚ Bereng Soke‚ however‚ said Nehawu was not tabling a motion...

Councillor accused of R20k theft

An ANC councillor in the Raymond Mhlaba municipality stands accused of stealing more than R20 000 from the Fort Beaufort Hospital board’s coffers. Ward 7 councillor Sive Luyolo Kiswa, who served on the hospital board, allegedly...

Another Bhisho CFO suspended

Yet another Eastern Cape government department’s chief financial officer (CFO) has been placed on suspension for alleged financial mismanagement in his department. Roads and public works CFO Yimile Ngqele has been suspended amid allegations of...

Parliament’s presiding officers: ‘We were not protecting Jacob Zuma’

Parliament’s presiding officers say they have not been protecting President Jacob Zuma in the house this year‚ but protecting Parliament’s programme. Speaking at a media conference held by the presiding officers to mark the end...

Nhleko cites ‘sinister attempts’ to undermine police when quizzed in Parliament

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has hinted at a campaign against him and the South Africa Police Service‚ telling Parliament there are “sinister attempts to tarnish the work that we do“. Called to brief the police...

25 ANC members suspended

A group of more than 20 ANC members in Buffalo City Metro’s (BCM) ward 45 have been suspended en masse. This is until they appear before a disciplinary hearing at a date yet to be confirmed...

Zuma to appear again before ANC Integrity Committee

President Jacob Zuma will make another appearance before the ANC’s Integrity Committee. Chairperson Andrew Mlangeni on Tuesday confirmed that there would be another meeting scheduled after Saturday’s initial‚ much-anticipated meeting between Zuma and members of...

Ex-health MEC grilled in hearing

Former health MEC and now ANC MPL, Sicelo Gqobana, was last week hauled before an arbitration hearing to answer why his former department had failed to promote a group of about 10 employees while...

‘Political vultures’ fail to uphold legacy of Madiba

When former President Nelson Mandela died three years ago, there was a leadership vacuum that has since been occupied by “political vultures”. This was the general message delivered by speakers at the third anniversary of...

PAC calls for national Sobukwe Day

The legacy of Robert Sobukwe‚ the founding president of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) in 1959‚ should be acknowledged with a national public holiday being declared in his honour‚ the party said...

EC ANC bosses get tough on members

Eastern Cape ANC bosses are threatening to charge any branch or regional secretary who fails to remind members to renew their party membership. According to ANC rules, party members have a grace period of up...

Ramaphosa wants to do more about nurses’ long working hours

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday highlighted the need to improve working conditions for nurses in South Africa. “We must find lasting solutions to safety risks‚ severe shortages of staff‚ long hours of work and...

Mandela’s grandson complains of political leaders’ selfishness

To commemorate the third anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death‚ his grandson Mandla Mandela called on South African political leaders to honour his legacy by recommitting themselves to serving the people and to honour the...

New labour federation plans launch in March

Leaders of a new workers’ federation as an alternative to the Congress for South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have targeted the last weekend of March next year for its official launch. Four names – the South...

Struggle icons recall spirit of Goniwe

ANC branches have a big role to play in reconnecting the ruling party with the country’s ordinary citizens, according to one of the party’s national executive committee members. Delivering the Matthew Goniwe Memorial Lecture at...

Malema tells Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe to go‚ and enjoys another anti-white rant

Julius Malema reckons his cross-border mentor is too old to lead‚ pronouncing that “We love President Mugabe‚ but we need a new leader“. Speaking at an Economic Freedom Fighters memorial for Cuba’s Fidel Castro on...