ANC in the Eastern Cape loses 50% of its members

The ANC in the Eastern Cape which lost the Nelson Mandela Metro to the DA in recent local government elections has lost more than 50% of its membership in five years. The numbers have plummeted...

President Zuma announces special funeral for Ahmed Kathrada

Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada will be buried on Wednesday‚ his foundation said in a statement. “ funeral will take place on Wednesday‚ March 29 commencing at 10am at the Westpark Cemetery‚ Beyers Naude Drive‚ Johannesburg....

Mantashe ducks questions about Gordhan recall

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe skirted around the controversy surrounding finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas after President Jacob Zuma recalled them from an international investor tour without any explanation. Speaking at...

Malema wanted money from me, claims Mokonyane

A “hurt” Water and Sanitation Minister and ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane has launched a scathing attack on EFF leader Julius Malema, accusing him of calling her eight days in a row in December...

Lungisa resigns ANC regional chair post after NEC cracks whip

The embattled ANC Regional Chairperson in Nelson Mandela Bay‚ Andile Lungisa‚ has resigned from his position with immediate effect. This comes after the ANC’s highest decision-making body‚ the national executive committee (NEC)‚ took a decision...

Lungisa eyes Oscar’s job

Embattled ANC Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Andile Lungisa said he was willing to relinquish his position should the national executive committee (NEC) instruct him to do so today, adding that he was ready...

Zuma orders Gordhan to return from ‘unauthorised’ UK roadshow and cancels Jonas trip to...

President Jacob Zuma has ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy‚ Mcebisi Jonas‚ to return from an investor roadshow in the UK and US‚ saying the trip was “unauthorised”. Treasury officials confirmed to Business...

ANC ‘will lose’ 2019

The ANC would lose the 2019 elections if it did not change course, the party’s parliamentary leader, Jackson Mthembu, warned yesterday. In a stark and blunt message, Mthembu said if the ANC did not elect...

‘I’m ready to go sell ice-cream’: Fransman hits back at Mantashe

Suspended ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman is ready to go sell ice-cream‚ but only if the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe will stop the organisation from sinking. A row between the two erupted on...

Premier rejects ANCYL claim

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has rubbished a “scurrilous” claim by the ANCYL that he is using the Hawks to persecute those who don’t support him for a third term as ANC provincial chairman. Masualle...

Motlanthe: Don’t use artists for ‘narrow’ political ends

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has chastised “governing parties” for expecting artists to publicly pledge support for them. Motlanthe said artists tend to have a far wider reach than political parties. “Thus‚ it is ill-advised for governing...

E Cape PEC enters Lungisa-Mantashe war of words

ANC provincial leaders have given Andile Lungisa until today to resign as the party’s Nelson Mandela Metro regional chairman. For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch or subscribe to our e-Edition for...

Probing Mdluli a ‘career-limiting’ move: former Gauteng Hawks boss

Former Hawks boss in Gauteng‚ Major-General Shadrack Sibiya on Wednesday said his investigation of former crime intelligence boss‚ Richard Mdluli turned out to be a career limiting move for him. Sibiya was called by the...

Legislature’s public roasting of Helen Zille set for Tuesday

Western Cape legislators will get the chance to debate Premier Helen Zille’s tweets about colonialism next week. Provincial legislature speaker Sharna Fernandez said the debate would take place on Tuesday‚ March 28‚ at the request...

Eastern Cape ANC Youth League calls for Nzimande’s head

The ANCYL provincial task team (PTT) in the Eastern Cape has come to the defence of embattled social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, saying if she is fired so should higher education minister Blade Nzimande...

Lungisa playing delaying tactics says Mabuyane  

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane is accusing Andile Lungisa of playing delaying tactics by refusing to resign, because he was advised as early as the beginning of 2016 not to contest  as Metro regional...

Mcebisi Jonas takes ANC to task over slogans

Using Human Rights Day to lash out at his own government yesterday‚ Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas slated the ANC’s stance on radical economic transformation‚ saying it was yet another slogan for a party...

ANC’s Lungisa gets an ultimatum from top six

Newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Andile Lungisa has until the end of Thursday to resign or face disciplinary action‚ the ANC’s Eastern Cape bosses have instructed. The ultimatum was issued to Lungisa in...

Ex-mayor Faku misses hearing

By MALIBONGWE DAYIMANI and BONGANI FUZILE An arrest warrant has been issued for a number of former senior Buffalo City Metro officials and directors of a private company after they failed to hand themselves over to...

Zuma to speak at Human Rights Day celebrations in EC

President Jacob Zuma will return to the Eastern Cape for the second time in 10 days as he is expected to make the keynote address at the Human Rights Day (HRD) celebrations in King...

Lungisa under scrutiny

Newly-elected ANC Nelson Mandela Metro secretary Themba Xathula says a special regional executive committee meeting will convene “soon” to discuss the future of its embattled regional chairman Andile Lungisa. This follows an ANC national official...

If President Zuma says I must go‚ I must go – Dlamini

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has said that if President Jacob Zuma decides to remove her‚ she will not fight his decision. She said she saw the Constitutional Court ruling as her “second chance in...

Lungisa ordered to step down

Newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay ANC chairman Andile Lungisa has been ordered by the party’s top leadership to resign and resume his duties as a member of the party’s provincial executive committee. The decision was...

Molefe and Co. collapsed Prasa: Peters

Transport minister Dipuo Peters has accused the former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board chaired by Popo Molefe of collapsing the agency. In an affidavit filed in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday...

Chikane regrets not completing City Power corruption probe

The now former chairperson of City Power Reverend Frank Chikane says that it was unfortunate that his administration left under a cloud before it could properly tackle corruption in the entity. “We regret that we...

SOEs under threat‚ says ANC’s Mkhize

ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize admits that state-owned enterprises are facing many challenges. These enterprises are faced with challenges ranging from financial and operational sustainability to policy decisions that have an adverse impact on their...

R225m to start new Bhisho office precinct

The Eastern Cape’s road building charge is under threat of budget cuts, but it is all systems go for the construction of 48673m² of new government buildings in Bhisho. Yesterday, Thandiswa Marawu, MEC for public...

Dlamini-Zuma supporters gather at OR Tambo Airport to welcome her home

The ANC Youth and Women’s leagues have gathered at the O.R Tambo International Airport to welcome back former African Union Commission chairwoman Dr Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma. The two leagues drew attention at the airport as they...

ANC dashes hope of probe into Prasa by parliament

ANC members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on transport dashed hopes of a parliamentary inquiry into the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) in a bizarre about-turn on Tuesday‚ citing the dissolution of the...

DA stages a sit-in outside ConCourt in support of Sassa application

A group of Democratic Alliance supporters staged a protest outside the Constitutional Court on Wednesday in support of NGO Black Sash’s application to the court. Black Sash wants the highest court in the land to...

‘With President Zuma‚ no time for SABC chat’ – Faith Muthambi’s own ANC caucus...

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s own ANC caucus has expressed their displeasure at her continued absence from crucial portfolio committee meetings‚ and want to engage with her “urgently” to address her department’s failures. Muthambi has missed...

Gordhan says a solution will be found for SA’s social grants crisis

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan assured Parliament that social grants will be paid on April 1 saying that between “the executive‚ the judiciary and the administration” a solution would be found within days. The matter of...

Mantashe rejects Lungisa apology

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has rejected an apology from Andile Lungisa, the newly-elected Nelson Mandela regional chairman. Lungisa was elected to his new position last weekend, despite Mantashe’s warning that he should not stand for...

Nehawu members down tools

National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members yesterday embarked on a nationwide strike. The union said the strike was a result of the failure of the Department of Social Development to respond to demands...

Amathole gets behind Masualle

The ANC’s Amathole region has expressed confidence in the leadership of its provincial chairman, Phumulo Masualle, and wants him to stay for a third term after the provincial conference in July. In an expansive statement...

ANC wants presidency at centre of budget

The ANC wants the presidency to be the “strategic centre of power” in the government‚ controlling policy direction and resource allocation. This is according to its policy chief Jeff Radebe‚ who addressed the media on...

I never wanted to be president – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says he never wanted to be president but a mere briefcase carrier for leaders. This he told delegates at the Amathole ANC regional conference held in Mpekweni Resort near Port Alfred last...

Maneli, Ntutu to lead Amathole ANC after landslide victory

Eastern Cape Liquor Board chief executive Khanyile KC Maneli has been elected the new ANC Amathole regional chairman, defeating former Fifa referee Andile Ncobo in a landslide victory at an elective conference held in...

Zuma lawyer fuels CPS grants chaos‚ ‘stressed’ Sassa bosses land in hospital

President Jacob Zuma's special adviser played a key role in ensuring that Cash Paymaster Services would keep the lucrative contract to deliver more than 17 million social grants to recipients‚ the newspaper reported. His intervention...

Lungisa explains why he defied Mantashe

"The branches insisted that I stand and I had to respect that‚" newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Andile Lungisa said on Sunday morning. He was explaining his about-turn late on Saturday night when...

Minister Gugile Nkwinti uses funeral to dismiss allegations

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti yesterday chose the funeral of his one-time attorney and close friend Judge Bonisile Sandi to dismiss allegations that he was involved in dirty dealings in land. For...

Gordhan accepts invitation to brief parliament on social grants crisis

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that he will brief parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on the country’s social grants crisis. Scopa chairman Themba Godi said on Friday that the committee “is looking...

Ramaphosa reiterates commitment to land reform

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated the ruling party’s commitment to land reform. Responding to questions in Parliament from the EFF‚ Ramaphosa said the land issue was vitally important. There were various ways for the...

PEC member fires salvo at Mantashe

Eastern Cape ANC leader Andile Lungisa has accused party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe of applying the ANC constitution selectively to serve his faction. The strong words from the former ANC Youth League deputy president come a...

Only the president can remove Dlamini: Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will not support calls for the removal of embattled social development minister Bathabile Dlamini‚ saying only President Zuma was in a position to evaluate a minister’s performance. Ramaphosa was answering a...

Eastern Cape DoE a hotbed of corruption

The Eastern Cape department of education is a fertile ground for graft to flourish because it does not have a specialised unit to investigate allegations of corruption. This was the view of the Public Service...

Prasa board fired

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s board has been dissolved in parliament on Wednesday. The board was briefing the parliamentary portfolio committee on transport on the status of Metrorail. Since yesterday Members of Parliament had...

Matiti on political comeback trail

Former ANC Youth League provincial chairman and boxing promoter Ayanda Matiti is making a dramatic comeback into full-time politics. Matiti has been appointed as convener of the ANCYL’s newly established Dr WB Rubusana (formerly Buffalo...

Letters reveal Sassa was warned months ago about a looming social grants crisis

An exchange of letters reveals that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) urged the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) almost a year ago to avoid several pitfalls that could lead to a social grants crisis. CPS warned...
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Bathabile Dlamini’s memorable moments

The video of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini going toe-to-toe with journalist Karyn Maughan at a press briefing on Sunday has got SA divided. But the Honourable Minister is well known for getting… a...