Top five and premier start talks over cabinet shake-up

Service delivery challenges and a shake-up of the Eastern Cape administration were key issues discussed in bilateral meetings between premier Phumulo Masualle and the province’s top five ANC leaders. ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi told...

By-elections set for June

Four municipal by-elections will be held at three Eastern Cape municipalities in June, the provincial independent elections commission announced yesterday. Three of these by-elections will be conducted on June 6 in Buffalo City Metro’s ward...

Mama Winnie’s home town celebrates her life

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation have landed in Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s birth village of Mbongweni in Bizana in the Eastern Cape. Ramaphosa will make an address at a local stadium‚ where a memorial service is...

Grateful for her blessing: Ramaphosa on Winnie

African National Congress and South African president Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday visited Mbongweni village‚ Mbizana‚ Eastern Cape‚ the birthplace of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. https://twitter.com/MYANC/status/983614565832450049 He recounted recent meetings he had held with the ANC struggle veteran‚ after...

Round 2 of politicking game in Port Elizabeth metro

Fresh from his re-election as Democratic Alliance federal chairman at the weekend‚ Athol Trollip will today face yet another push to remove him as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor. This is the second attempt to debate...

Trollip wins race against Msimanga

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip has been re-elected to the position of DA federal chairperson. Trollip defeated Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga in a fiercely contested election at the party's federal congress due to end...

Winnie: Mpondo princess and Thembu wife

With the death of Nkosikazi Winnie Nobandla Madikizela-Mandela, the Holomisa family, the amaHegebe clan, all the people of South Africa and the freedom-loving global community, have lost a friend, leader, mother and freedom fighter...

New DAWN leader Nomafrench Mbombo pays tribute to women who have died due to...

Newly elected DA Women's Network (DAWN) leader‚ Nomafrench Mbombo‚ has used her maiden address to pay tribute to women who have died due to domestic abuse. Mbombo‚ who is also Western Cape MEC for health‚...

EFF holds its own memorial service for Mam’ Winnie

The Economic Freedom Fighters will hold a separate memorial service for Winnie Madizikela-Mandela in Brandfort‚ on the same day the official memorial service is held for her in Soweto. EFF leader Julius Malema will address...

Winnie was mother to all parties: Mourners remember her heroism, commitment

HIGH profile personalities including senior ANC politicians continued to flock to Winnie Mandela’s Orlando West home yesterday to pay their respects following her death on Monday. These included senior Eastern Cape ANC leaders such as...

Zuma is finally in the dock: Supporters on hand to cheer for their hero

Ex-president Jacob Zuma finally, though briefly, had his day in court. After years of bring-it-on political bluster and legal feinting and weaving, Zuma finally stood in the dock of the Durban High Court to face...

Occupy land ‘legally’ – Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Friday called on supporters to occupy land legally but by force if necessary. He was addressing a rally at the Thembalethu Stadium in George in the southern...

Zuma talks tough to those who have a target on his back

If the legal woes of former President Jacob Zuma were taking their toll it wasn’t showing as he shrugged off his detractors on Friday. A glib Zuma‚ wearing a broad grin‚ was met with rapturous...

Five things to know from Zuma’s court appearance

Former President Jacob Zuma made a 20-minute appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday. Zuma is appearing on 16 charges that include fraud‚ corruption and racketeering. These charges relate to 783 payments which he allegedly...

Mama Winnie despised sellouts – Majodina

ANC NEC member and Eastern Cape MEC for sport, recreation, arts and culture Pemmy Majodina says her fondest memories of the late anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was her zero tolerance to sellouts. According to Majodina,...

We were not brave enough to make Mam’ Winnie president: Bathabile Dlamini

The leader of the ANC Women’s League Bathabile Dlamini says the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was good enough to be the president of the country but women failed to be brave and fight...

WATCH: ‘Take him out!’ Five crazy moments at Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting

A Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting descended into chaos on Thursday and speaker Jonathan Lawack indefinitely adjourned the gathering. A motion of no confidence against Mayor Athol Trollip‚ to be tabled by the EFF‚ was...

Four top MECs face axe

A cabinet reshuffle will fire four Eastern Cape MECs “as a matter of urgency”. The ANC’s provincial executive committee took the decision to fire rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, social development MEC...

NEC members agree Masualle must remain premier until 2019

National ANC leaders want the party in the Eastern Cape to retain Phumulo Masualle as premier until 2019. This was after the national executive committee (NEC), which met in Cape Town last weekend, officially...

Mabuyane-led PEC still in charge of ANC in the EC

The Oscar Mabuyane-led provincial executive committee (PEC) is still in charge of the ANC in the Eastern Cape. This after the ANC's highest decision-making body, in between conferences, the national executive committee (NEC) resolved on...

Mayor’s appointment process heads for court

The mayor of a cash-strapped Eastern Cape municipality has been accused of hiring a municipal manager against his council’s resolution. The Daily Dispatch can reveal today that the Cradock-based Inxuba Yethemba municipality’s new municipal manager,...

Mnquma trio face suspension from ANC

Three of Mnquma’s most senior councillors are facing suspension on charges including bringing the party into disrepute.  Other than new mayor Ndyebo Skelenge, in the firing line are council speaker Zibuthe Mnqwazi and chief whip...

Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted – NPA boss Shaun Abrahams

Shaun Abrahams announced on Friday that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would be reinstating 16 charges, which include fraud and corruption, against former president Jacob Zuma. "I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects...

NEC to rule on PEC next week

ANC members in the Eastern Cape will know next week whether the Oscar Mabuyane-led provincial executive committee is a legitimate structure. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule made the announcement at a press conference yesterday, following a...

BREAKING: Zuma will know “any day from tomorrow” if he will face prosecution

Former president Jacob Zuma will know “any day from tomorrow” whether or not he will face prosecution on fraud and corruption charges. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku wouldn’t commit to a firm date when...

ANC host cadre forum in East London

The disputed ANC provincial leadership in the Eastern Cape is forging ahead with its programmes as it is hosting a cadres' forum in East London today. ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi exclusively told DispatchLIVE that...

Ramaphosa and Mabuza to Malema: ‘Come back home’

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza on Sunday extended an olive branch to EFF leader Julius Malema and others‚ urging them to return “home” to the ANC. “We would love to have Julius...

KZN ANC shocked after 3 members ‘assassinated’ ahead of voter registration

The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed shock and outrage after its elections coordinator and two community members were shot dead by unknown assailants in Mfume in the south coast on Saturday. The deadly...

Stalemate between Eastern Cape ANC factions

The battle for the soul of the ANC in the Eastern Cape is far from over, with two ANC groupings operating parallel to each other to defend their factions. The state of paralysis came into...

Shaun Abrahams fights back at claims he’s too conflicted to decide if Zuma should...

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams is fighting an urgent court bid to block him from deciding whether former President Jacob Zuma will finally go on trial. The Council for the Advancement of the...

Mbalula resigns as a member of parliament

Former police minister Fikile Mbalula has resigned as a member of parliament‚ the ANC said on Friday. Jackson Mthembu‚ the ANC’s chief whip in Parliament‚ said the resignation was effective from February 26. Mbalula was...

R17 billion EC medical negligence

Only half of the R17-billion worth of medico-legal claims against Eastern Cape department of health are genuine while the rest are a result of corruption between "unscrupulous lawyers" and government officials. This is according to...

Exodus from EC costs R13bn

The Eastern Cape budget has taken a R13-billion beating in recent years because of an exodus of 300 000 people leaving the province since 2011. Tabling the province’s R78.2-billion budget in the provincial legislature yesterday,...

Forfeiture unit hands over Nombembe’s property to community

One of the properties of the late Sive Nombembe, who was accused of fraud, has been handed over to the community of Zazulwana in Butterworth. The handover, a joint effort between the regional asset forfeiture...

Suspended Bhisho officials paid R1m to sit at home

Taxpayers have forked out more than R1-million in eighteen months paying the salaries of 10 Eastern Cape social development officials who are sitting at home on precautionary suspension. This department has 32 pending disciplinary cases...

Intense battle set for top position in DA

With just weeks before the Democratic Alliance holds its elective congress, the nominations for leadership seem to present an intense battle between Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga and Nelson Mandela Bay’s mayor Athol Trolllip for the position of...

EC cabinet reshuffle in NEC’s hands

The plan to reshuffle the Eastern Cape cabinet is now in the hands of the ANC’s national leaders, provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said yesterday. This follows weeks of uncertainty after the party’s provincial leaders announced...

Unlucky 13: Ramaphosa removes more than a dozen of Zuma’s cabinet

Ten ministers and three deputies who served under former president Jacob Zuma have been axed. In announcing his inaugural cabinet on Monday night‚ President Cryil Ramaphosa not only named his ANC deputy David Mabuza as...

IN FULL | Ramaphosa hires and fires – read his Cabinet reshuffle speech

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night announced the much-anticipated changes to his national executive. Read his full speech below: Fellow South Africans, I have decided to make certain changes in the composition of the National Executive. These changes...

Mabuza hired, Nene’s back as Ramaphosa shakes up Cabinet

David Mabuza has been named the new deputy president of South Africa as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced changes to his national executive. "These changes are intended to insure that national government is better equipped to...

Writing on the wall for embattled EC premier

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle’s imminent recall from the province’s top job will likely be welcomed by many. This is according to political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni, who believes his early departure from the premiership...

BREAKING: Ajay Gupta sought for ‘corruption’

The Hawks confirmed in a briefing on Friday that Ajay Gupta was being sought in a corruption investigation that is separate to their probe into the Estina Dairy Farm saga. His brother Atul Gupta has...

Top BCM official suspended over Mandela funeral scandal

Buffalo City Metro chief financial officer Vincent Pillay has been suspended over the Nelson Mandela funeral scandal. The decision was taken during a heated special council meeting held Wednesday where the Democratic Alliance called for...

 Nehawu members down tools over grievances

While Nehawu members were supposed to be preparing for the state of the province address (Sopa) in the provincial legislature, they decided to down tools today. The union decided to activate its strike when it...

Masualle will deliver Sopa says ANC official

"As things stand, Premier (Phumulo) Masualle will deliver the State of the Province address," ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi said today.  This as the province awaits clarity on whether the ANC in the Eastern Cape would recall...

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...

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...

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...

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...