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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Zuma’s insults to rule of law: Boqwana warns SA will ‘burn to ashes’

South Africa has betrayed the freedom of southern African, as well as the ever-suffering masses of the African continent, while reducing its courts to purveyors of common sense, says Thabo Mbeki Foundation, CEO Max...

E Cape must do more with less

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU National Treasury head Lungisa Fuzile says the Eastern Cape’s R74-billion budget for the 2017-18 financial year which starts in April, “is a helluva lot of money. The key is...

Wage bill hampers service delivery

A shocking R48.1-billion is used to pay salaries of 144571 public servants in the Eastern Cape. This constitutes 64.6% of the 2017-18 total provincial budget. This was cause for concern for opposition parties in the Bhisho...

ANC top officials meet to decide fate of 21 rebels

Provincial ANC bosses were meeting behind closed doors in Calata House yesterday to decide, among other things, the fate of 21 rebel Buffalo City Metro ruling party councillors. This follows a disciplinary hearing at the King...

Demands to fire absent councillor who is still paid despite non-attendance

By SIMTHANDILE FORD and MAMELA GOWA The Buffalo City Metro is yet to take action against an ANC ward councillor who failed to attend four consecutive meetings while enjoying her full salary from the metro. Earlier...

Battle for the DA’s top jobs in E Cape begins to heat up

DA chairwoman in the Eastern Cape Veliswa Mvenya has submitted her preferred leadership team to contest the party’s provincial elections on March 10. The names include the DA’s caucus leader in Buffalo City Metro council,...

R500k donation splits ANC

A R500 000 donation is at the heart of a factional battle within the ANC’s Mbhashe sub-region, amid allegations of dirty tricks being used ahead of the much-anticipated Amathole regional conference. Once close members of...

WATCH: PAC stalwart dies while addressing EC mourners

PAC veteran and Poqo cadre Phumelele Nkwenekwe Gaqa shocked mourners when he collapsed and died while talking at the reburial of one of his comrades in Mthatha on Saturday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF0jxK5w3ec The 75-year-old Gaqa, who miraculously escaped...

Suspension letters handed to BCM ‘rebel’ councillors

There was tension at a councillor workshop in Buffalo City as letters of suspension were dished out this morning to the 21 “rebels” who defied their party order over the appointment of a municipal...

Pityana lambasted by Cosatu for ‘phony outrage’ against Zuma

Save South Africa convenor Sipho Pityana has come under attack by the trade union federation Cosatu for what it called his “phony outrage” against President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday. Pityana‚ in an address‚ called Zuma...

DA Youth chair Daweti resigns

The DA is looking for a candidate to fill the position of Democratic Youth chair after the chairwoman of the democrats’ youth wing resigned recently. For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch...

Rubusana region backs same ANC provincial leadership  

The ANC DR WB Rubusana has become one of the first regions to enter the ANC's provincial succession debate after their weekend meeting endorsed the retaining of the status quo in the party's provincial...

Probe into contract for toilets may open again

The new public protector Busisiwe Mkwebane’s office may soon reopen the investigation into the controversial Amathole district municipality (ADM) Siyenza toilet contract. During the previous PP Thuli Madonsela’s term, the office had to halt the...

I will accept third term – Masualle

Eastern Cape premier and ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle said he would be willing to undertake a third term as party head should branches nominate him. Masualle was speaking on the sidelines at a pre-state...

EC ANCYL pronounces on national, provincial succession

The ANC Youth League in the province has entered the thorny succession debate, laying bare their preferences in the national and provincial leadership contests. The league’s provincial task team (PTT), which took over the reins...

Regional ANC rift as factions clash

Cracks in the ANC’s Dr WB Rubusana region were laid bare this week when two camps almost came to blows. One camp is aligned to suspended secretary Pumlani Mkolo and the other to mayor and...
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Gwede hints at top job ambition

THE ANC’s succession debate took a new twist yesterday with the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe intimating he might also be interested in the top job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysxj96L3-EA Mantashe was addressing hundreds of SA Communist Party supporters...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cosatu stands by decision to back Cyril

By OLEBOGENG MOLATLHWA, ZINE GEORGE and SILUSAPHO NYANDA Cosatu has defended its decision to back ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as its candidate to replace President Jacob Zuma next year, describing him as a “liberator...

Premier defends Zuma

Eastern Cape ANC chairman Phumulo Masualle yesterday defended President Jacob Zuma, saying recalling the commander-in-chief would not necessarily solve the party’s problems. Masualle said such a move would instead play into the hands of...

Mcebisi Jonas calls for an end to “bad politics” and “over-racialisation”

Mcebisi Jonas, the under-fire Deputy Finance Minister, yesterday came to his hometown of East London to deliver a ringing call for an end to “bad politics” and “over-racialisation”. He called for a return to an...

BREAKING: Give ANC veterans an ear – Mbeki tells Zuma

S'THEMBISO MSOMI and THABO MOKONE  Former President Thabo Mbeki has written to President Jacob Zuma, pleading with him to have talks with the 101 ANC veterans who recently publicly expressed concerns about his leadership and...
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Police try to keep EFF and DA supporters apart in Pretoria marches

Police have their hands full in the Pretoria city centre as members of the Economic Freedom Fighters are marching in various parts of the city‚ close to where supporters of the Democratic Alliance have...

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Suspended Tantsi to wait: municipal manager’s court fight delayed

Suspended Mnquma municipal manager Sindile Tantsi’s hope of being reinstated was dealt a blow this week when the Mthatha High Court postponed the matter to November 17. Tantsi, who is fighting his suspension on the...

‘Wait until you see the Thuli report’ – Jonas sidesteps question on R600m nuclear...

South Africa’s nuclear energy programme has to be implemented “in such a way that doesn’t undermine the fiscal integrity of the country”‚ Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Thursday. “The expenditure you undertake on...

Zuma ‘dangerous for our fragile democracy’‚ says Maimane

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane on Saturday accused President Jacob Zuma of corrupting the State and capturing its institutions that fight corruption for his "own nefarious means" – and warned that the DA would...

ANC national leaders in EC to probe candidate list wars

Five ANC national leaders will from today meet with Eastern Cape branch leaders to resolve council candidate disputes lodged before the August 3 municipal elections. ANC national executive committee (NEC) members Malusi Gigaba, Edna Molewa,...

Claim against ex-mayor

Nomasikizi Konza, the former mayor of the Amathole District Municipality, took furniture paid for by the taxpayer when she vacated the mayoral house in July. Konza first moved into the R3-million property after she had...
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‘We will collapse the ANC and its history’ – Malema

He was once the African National Congress’ (ANC) golden boy‚ the Youth League leader who vowed to kill for the party president — but Julius Malema has vowed to never return to the political...

Zuma’s brother makes dramatic plea: Quit now or risk being killed

President Jacob Zuma’s brother is so anxious about growing public anger against the president that he believes the ANC leader should quit politics — or risk being killed‚ the newspaper reported. Michael Zuma and his...

Ex-Buffalo City boss guilty on charges related to R74m tender

Suspended Buffalo City municipal manager Andile Fani will know his fate today after an internal disciplinary hearing found him guilty of all three charges against him. Former mayor Alfred Mtsi put Fani on suspension last August...