Ramaphosa presses home his ‘new dawn’

It is difficult to believe that‚ only a week ago‚ the ANC was still publicly doing an egg dance around Jacob Zuma‚ with secretary-general Ace Magashule telling a media briefing last Tuesday that the...

Masualle all set to deliver Friday’s Sopa

Premier Phumulo Masualle has yet to receive a directive that he won’t deliver the state of the province address tomorrow, his office announced yesterday. His spokesman Sonwabo Mbananga said Masualle’s prepared speech “will be good...

Mashaba refers himself to Joburg council ethics committee

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has referred himself to the council’s ethics committee following allegations that he used his wife’s company to do business with the city. Below is the full statement issued by Mashaba on...

Be warned‚ ministers – Ramaphosa will be keeping a beady eye on your lifestyles

As the minister of finance prepares to account to South African taxpayers how government plans to spend their money‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa wants his ministers and their deputies to do the same for their...

Special meeting on Premier Masualle’s fate postponed

The ANC has shelved today's special meeting which was scheduled to decide Premier Phumulo Masualle's fate. ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said the meeting had to be postponed because "many members of the provincial executive...

Chaos at Tsvangirai’s funeral as succession battle intensifies

Some senior Movement for Democratic Change (MDC T) officials were chased away by youths from Morgan Tsvangirai’s burial in Buhera on Tuesday as the party’s succession fight reached unprecedented heights. One of the vice presidents‚...

BCM City manager’s no-show causes ruckus

Young and old Mdantsane residents have converged at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre to voice their feelings on the 2016-17 annual report. Three directorates - finance, infrastructure services and human settlements - will make presentations....

ANC chief whip removed in Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape ANC chief whip Mzoleli Mrara has been removed from his position in the provincial legislature. Mrara‚ who is the provincial chairman of the South African Communist Party (SACP)‚ will be swapping positions with...

Legal status of Duduzane Zuma remains unclear

The Hawks would not be drawn on if Duduzane Zuma is a person of interest or if a warrant has been issued for his arrest. “The only person we spoke about was Ajay . Now...

Gordhan willing to serve in Cabinet

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan has indicated that he is willing to serve a year in Cabinet‚ but after that he would like to resign. Gordhan has been touted as a potential stand-in finance minister...

They must go: Seven cabinet ministers who should get the chop

Newly sworn-in State President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to make changes to his cabinet soon. And while it’s matter of when rather than if‚ the question remains: who should be on the chopping block? Times...

Masualle’s political fate in hands of PEC leaders today

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU The Eastern Cape ANC leadership will meet today to decide premier Phumulo Masualle’s political future amid a call by Cosatu that he be removed by Friday. The provincial executive committee...

Mabuyane and deputy sworn in at Bhisho legislature

ANC Eastern Cape provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane and his deputy Mlungisi Mvoko are the newest members of the provincial legislature in Bhisho following their swearing-in this morning. Mabuyane said they were ready to bring energy...

Zuma staff in limbo as former president packs his bags

Former president Jacob Zuma has not briefed his staff members with regards to where their future lies‚ at least for those who were not employed permanently. Speaking to TimesLIVE this week‚ a senior staff member...

Beyond a great speech‚ this is Ramaphosa’s big test

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inspired and inspiring state of the nation speech was the rallying cry South Africans needed. But now the hard work begins. Ramaphosa's cabinet will be key to his success or failure. We all...

EC reshuffle to follow swearing-in

ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane and his deputy Mlungisi Mvoko will be sworn in as members of the Bhisho legislature today. This is the clearest indication that premier Phumulo Masualle’s days are numbered and that...

ANC NEC locked in meeting with KZN leadership

Members of the ANC’s national executive committee are locked in a closed leadership meeting with KwaZulu-Natal branch members in Durban to explain the recall of former President Jacob Zuma. The NEC resolved that Zuma should...

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says she want to clear her name

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says she wants to focus on clearing her name and will ensure she is fairly treated by the Democratic Alliance. De Lille survived a motion of no confidence by...

Former First Lady MaKhumulo just wants her hubby back home in Nkandla

Former First Lady Sizakela MaKhumalo Zuma wants her husband back home in Nkandla after his resignation as state president. This was revealed by a member of the Zuma family who spoke to MaKhumalo on Thursday...

How state capture kingpin Ajay Gupta is avoiding capture

State capture number one suspect Ajay Gupta has been hopping from one house to another‚ is being protected by heavily armed bodyguards and using burner phones to evade arrest. Highly placed sources told Times Select...

DA expulsion on cards for De Lille after she survives council vote

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille might soon have to defend her DA membership after she survived a vote of no-confidence by a whisker on Thursday. The party’s Western Cape leader‚ Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ said shortly...

BREAKING: Ajay Gupta ‘on the run’

Ajay Gupta‚ the patriarch of the embattled Gupta family‚ is “on the run” and surrounded by a team of heavily armed bodyguards. Hawks officials confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Gupta was a fugitive from the...

EFF explains why it wants early elections

In this extract from the Economic Freedom Fighters news briefing today‚ the EFF explains why it will not participate in this afternoon's vote for a new president and its reasons for wanting parliament to...

Road closures for Cyril’s SONA start at 6am Friday‚ says Cape Town council

For the first time in almost a decade someone other than Jacob Zuma is set to walk the red carpet to the doors of Parliament to deliver the State of the Nation Address. The occasion...

Nkandla residents heart-broken over recall decision

Anger and despair rippled through Nkandla on Wednesday evening‚ hours before Jacob Zuma resigned as president of South Africa. Locals said they were upset with the ANC's decision to recall Zuma – a decision that...

BREAKING: De Lille survives no-confidence motion by one vote

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille survived a motion of no-confidence by one vote on Thursday. Only 109 councillors voted in favour of the motion at a special council meeting on Thursday‚ even though the...

Women get leading roles in PSJ council

The Eastern Cape ANC has fielded the first ever women-led troika in Council. Councillor Nommvuzo Mlombile-Cingo was sworn in as Port St Johns municipality's mayor on Wednesday. Mlombile-Cingo replaces the outgoing mayor Bulelwa Nokhanda, who...

Mantashe rebukes self-serving officials

ANC national chair Gwede Mantashe lamented that the problems plaguing the Mnquma municipality were selfcreated by political instability and councillors failing to do their jobs. He warned that until these things changed, the troubled municipality...

ANC caucus ready to elect Ramaphosa as president

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has instructed all of the party's 249 MPs to attend Thursday's special sitting of the national assembly to elect a new president of the country. Mthembu said he had called...

‘I’m off to court’: De Lille storms out after being denied secret ballot

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille walked out of a city council meeting called to decide her fate on Thursday. De Lille’s departure came after speaker Dirk Smit refused to allow a secret ballot on...

The great flaw: patronage over principle

JZ’s damage to social hope far more damaging than financial squandering FROM meetings held under trees in shack settlements to parliament, Jacob Zuma is regularly described in extraordinarily contemptuous terms, terms that would have been...

Presidency dogged by 10 cabinet reshuffles, firings, controversies

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has made 10 cabinet reshuffles outside of his two term starts since he was elected South African president in May 2009. He has been accused of settling political scores by removing ministers...

Swift action needed to stop SA’s downward-growth spiral

ECONOMIC historians will judge very harshly President Zuma’s stewardship of the South African economy. On his watch, economic growth has slowed to almost zero, unemployment has risen to record highs, and the indebtedness of government...

AIC rips into ANC’s E Cape leadership: Party accused of working against possible Matatiele...

African Independent Congress (AIC) president Mandla Galo has hit back at ANC leaders in the Eastern Cape, accusing them of trying to sabotage the incorporation of Matatiele back into KwaZulu-Natal. Speaking to journalists on the...

Here’s what SA needs to do now that Zuma is gone – Section 27

Advocacy group Section 27 says the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that Jacob Zuma has announced his resignation as president. Read the full statement below.Today‚ for a brief moment‚ our country can...

Making a mockery of law, leadership

Four keystones of a nation have been left deeply scarred THE net is closing on President Jacob Zuma, after spending the last nine years running away from the law. He has done untoward damage to...

‘The end of a painful era’ – Mandela foundation on Zuma resignation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation says the country has witnessed the end of a painful era after President Jacob Zuma told the nation he would resign. Below is the statement that the foundation released on Thursday. The...

President tripped over own audacity

Zuma rose, only to fall from grace due to tendencies of corruption IN HIS history of “The ANC in Exile”, Stephen Ellis suggested that the story of the ANC in government since 1994 inevitably caused...

Cyril Ramaphosa already sworn in as acting president

Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa is now the Acting President of the Republic of South Africa - until the National Assembly elects the new President of the Republic‚ which is expected to take place around 2pm...

Motion of no confidence against Zuma still on the table

The motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma could still proceed if he fails to hand in his resignation letter by Thursday afternoon. While Zuma announced his resignation on Wednesday night‚ National Assembly Speaker...

ANC relieved Zuma has stepped down: Mthembu

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says the party is relieved Jacob Zuma has resigned as president. “We are relieved that he has resigned because the motion of no confidence falls away. We don’t have to...

‘We are relieved and resentful that Zuma resigned’ – Corruption Watch

Lobby Group Corruption Watch is both relieved and resentful that Jacob Zuma has agreed to step down. Below is the full statement released by the organisation. Corruption Watch urges South Africans not to relax in...

Twitter has a field day with enca ‘Zuma is a motherf*****’ clip

Shortly after President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation as president of South Africa in a televised statement on Wednesday night‚ enca reporter Nickolaus Bauer took to the streets of Braamfontein to get reaction from...

‘Zuma is gone!’ Political parties‚ civil groups celebrate

Political parties and civil society groups have celebrated the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma had done untold harm to the country and left a legacy of unprecedented unemployment‚ growing...

Jacob Zuma: from teenage freedom fighter to ANC strongman

Jacob Zuma‚ who was president of the African National Congress from December 2007 to December 2017‚ joined the party at the tender age of 16 in 1959. He became a member of the armed wing...

Gupta nephew among five arrested following Hawks raids

At least three close Gupta associates‚ including the nephew of controversial brothers Atul‚ AJ and Rajesh Gupta‚ are to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Thursday on charges of money laundering‚ corruption and...

DA’s Van Damme quits as party spokesperson

The Democratic Alliance’s rising star‚ Phumzile Van Damme‚ has surprisingly quit her job as the party’s national spokesperson. Van Damme reportedly told DA top brass of her decision two weeks ago‚ but the party has...

UPDATE: Ramaphosa did not meet with Zuma after SABC interview

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesman has denied that the ANC president met with State President Jacob Zuma following the latter’s interview on SABC on Wednesday afternoon. Tyrone Seale said that Ramaphosa was‚ instead‚ in Cape...

Zuma is “deranged‚ psychotic‚ insane‚ of unsound mind or just foolish”‚ says ANC MP

ANC MP and chairperson of the portfolio committee on environmental affairs‚ Philly Mapulane‚ said there was pure frustration at Jacob Zuma’s refusal to leave office that made him question Zuma’s mental stability. Mapulane took to...

President Zuma talks to nation on television

A calm looking President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday appeared on national television to say his political party had not provided him with reasons for its decision to recall him. Pressure has been mounting on Zuma...