EC mayors summoned to answer to ANC leaders

Several Eastern Cape mayors and councillors will have to appear before the new ANC provincial leaders in Calata House to answer for the poor performance of their respective municipalities during their first term in...

Recall of Zuma a delicate matter – Cyril

Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday said the issue of recalling state president Jacob Zuma was a delicate matter. In a televised interview with the state broadcaster he added that whatever decision the party’s...

De Lille survives as Cape Town mayor but faces DA charges

Patricia de Lille has survived as mayor of Cape Town but she faces DA charges and will have no further role in managing the city’s response to the drought. https://content.jwplatform.com/players/OZXmNCjy-oCqBX9WR.js%22%3E%3C/script%3E Announcing the outcome of Sunday’s federal...

Malema must pay for damages incurred by H&M stores: DA

The Economic Freedom Fighters must be held accountable for all the damages incurred as a result of vandalism at a number of H&M stores‚ the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. The DA said EFF leader...

WATCH: Prosecution of those implicated in state capture will be given ‘top priority’: Ramaphosa

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has laid down the law against state capture‚ using his inaugural January 8 address to party supporters to lambast the phenomenon that put the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s...

Release government and municipal land to build homes: Ramaphosa

Land issues in urban areas should be addressed through the release of government and municipal-owned land to build homes for people‚ ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday. Ramaphosa was delivering the ANC’s national executive...

Ramaphosa comes to rescue as crowd boos Zuma

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa came to President Jacob Zuma's rescue by rebuking a crowd that booed his predecessor. The crowd started booing Zuma before he even arrived when a speaker announced his name. When Zuma arrived‚...

Zuma booed at January 8 statement gathering

President Jacob Zuma was booed by ANC supporters at the party’s January 8 statement event in East London on Saturday. Zuma arrived in the middle of alliance partner Sanco's message of support with Kenyan President...

ANC accused of favouring certain kings over others

Contralesa leaders in the Eastern Cape have questioned why ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and party officials only visited a few selected kingdoms. Ramaphosa, deputy president David Mabuza, secretary-general Ace Magashule, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, treasurer-general...

Cyril promises a new dawn for all: ANC leader appeals to public to come...

By ZINGISA MVUMVU and ZOLILE MENZELWA The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new ANC leader has attracted a whole new range of high-flying business people, politicians and ordinary people. These include multi-millionaire Robert Gumede, who...

Top brass all glitzed up for gala night big bash

It was a night of glitz and glamour at the ANC’s first gala dinner with the newly-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa. The event, held at the East London International Convention Centre last night and the Saturday...

So what will Cyril say during his maiden speech?

All eyes will be on the Buffalo City stadium in East London on Saturday where ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is to deliver his maiden speech as party boss. Ramaphosa is expected to use the speech...

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in EL for ANC celebrations

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in East London to attend the ANC 106th anniversary at the Buffalo City Stadium tomorrow. He is one of the dignitaries who will grace the ANC’s annual event which...

WATCH: Jovial Ramaphosa tees off in East London

A jovial and humorous ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa this morning took some time off his hectic party duties and visited the East London Golf Course for a mini tee off. https://youtu.be/0lE3Jza1cdw Ramaphosa walked around the golf...

WATCH: Ministers hand over shelter to 93-year-old DV woman

A routine handover of a temporary shelter by two national ministers to 93year-old Evelyn Mavalati turned into a sudden drama yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=savW7svoheg There were howls of outrage from ANC volunteers and residents, which were directed at...

WATCH: Some top ANC leaders barred from entering Mandela’s house

Some top ANC leaders visiting Nelson Mandela's homestead in Qunu were barred from entering the premises. Only party President Cyril Ramaphosa, his top six leaders and ANC Eastern Cape chairman Oscar Mabuyane were allowed into...

Zuma future not on top committee’s agenda

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU High-profile dignitaries, including a sitting statesman, will descend on East London from tomorrow to be part of the ANC’s 106th birthday bash. These include Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Mozambique...

WATCH: ‘No surprises’ at ANC NEC meeting, says Mabuyane

ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane says it is all systems go for the ANC's 106th birthday celebration which will take place at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Saturday. Speaking to the DispatchLIVE...

No room at the inn as thousands celebrate ANC birthday

An accommodation crisis has arisen in Buffalo City ahead of the ANC’s 106th birthday celebrations. Excitement was running high yesterday as final preparations got under way. The ruling party is expecting an attendance of 120 000...

Minister clears out EL ‘brothel’

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula pounced on a suspected brothel and three drug dens in Quigney, East London yesterday. Acting as the clock counted down to the ANC’s huge 106th birthday celebrations this weekend, he led...

Highs, lows of EC politics

THE year 2017 was one full of highs and lows for political parties and the Eastern Cape government. For the ANC, its now infamous “festival of chairs” at the East London ICC in September, features...

Blame it on the Guptas‚ chirps Mbalula of his Christmas holiday in Dubai

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has taken a swipe at those who have questioned his activities in Dubai. According to a location geotag shared through a tweet he posted several days ago‚ Mbalula is in Dubai...

DA ‘sex pest’ chief whip appeal bid next year

The Democratic Alliance has delayed hearing the appeal of Edmund van Vuuren, who was expelled by the party earlier this month. The DA’s legislature chief whip will appeal his party’s decision to terminate his membership...

Highs and lows at the ANC conference

The ANC 54th national conference like any other event, especially of the magnitude, had its highs and lows. What are the things the ANC could have done better and those that they did fairly well? Highlights: ...

Pinning down the President

By RANJENI MUNUSAMY and ZINGISA MVUMVU The ANC is finally in position to pin down President Jacob Zuma and now has the ability to hold him accountable and recall him from office. With Cyril Ramphosa’s election...

Masualle makes cut for ANC NEC

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle is among 14 Eastern Cape ANC members who made it into the National Executive Committee (NEC). Others are Enoch Godongwana,  Zingisa Losi, Nocawe Mafu, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Noxolo Kiviet, Zoleka...

ANC calls on Zuma to comply with Public Protector recommendation

The national conference of the ANC has resolved that President Jacob Zuma should immediately appoint the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture as recommended by former public protector Thuli Madonsela. This exerts more pressure...

ANC wants Zuma to be answerable to Luthuli House

The ANC’s national conference wants President Jacob Zuma as head of state to be answerable to Luthuli House now that he is no longer at the helm of the party. Following commissions on organisational renewal‚...

Pauw to oppose SARS application that he contravened tax laws

Journalist Jacques Pauw says he will oppose an application by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in the Western Cape High Court over his recently published book. “We will oppose the application and we will...

EC politicians are in the running for national executive service with ANC

Several Eastern Cape politicians – including premier Phumulo Masualle, former ANCYL leader Ayanda Matiti and former finance deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas – stand a chance to serve on the ANC’s 80member national executive committee...

Party no longer seen as beacon of hope

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU The ANC, since its 2012 conference, has been on the offensive, with its former allies in society looking for alternative allies. This was because the party was no longer seen...

Not much losses in the Eastern Cape, says Mantashe

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU The ANC electoral support in the Eastern Cape, despite losing the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to DA-led coalition government, remains strong as the governing party continues to plummet badly...

Thousands of voting delegates sleep on floor, chairs – awaiting their turn

Thousands of voting delegates who are mainly from the Cyril Ramaphosa-alligned provinces, according to branch nominations, have yet to vote at Nasrec. These include more than 600 voting delegates from the Eastern Cape alone, Gauteng...

Eastern Cape cries exclusion at ANC conference

The Eastern Cape delegation at the ongoing ANC national conference at Nasrec is crying exclusion by session chair Baleka Mbete during plenary debates. This was raised by an Eastern Cape delegate from Chris Hani region...

Final list of candidates for top six ANC positions announced

The ANC's presidential contest will be a two-horse race when ANC delegates cast their votes during the ANC elective conference on Sunday. Despite several names being suggested as presidential hopefuls‚ in the end only Deputy...

Vote against Guptas and for Tambo‚ says Young Communist League official

If the African National Congress (ANC) intends to survive beyond its 54th national elective conference‚ voting delegates need to ensure that they choose leaders who restore the integrity of the party. This is according to...

EC delegates ‘left out by mistake’ now part of ANC conference

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU An undisclosed number of Eastern and Western Cape delegates who were left out of the ANC conference being held in Nasrec have now been included during the credentials verification...

Zuma’s R12-billion fees ‘gift’ rattles ANC

By Ranjeni Munusamy‚ Sabelo Skiti‚ Qaanitah Hunter and Thabo Mokone President Jacob Zuma brushed aside pleas from Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba not to make his shock announcement yesterday of a bold plan to provide free higher...

ANC conference kicks off with credentials report

The ANC elective conference kicked off at 1Oam with ANC deputy general secretary Jessie Duarte tabling the credentials report. This is the report which monitors the legitimacy of those in attendance who will be eligible...

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Final countdown to end of JZ: ANC Elective conference up and running

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU As of today, South Africa is a step closer to seeing the back of President Jacob Zuma as he is scheduled to deliver his last political report to more...

EC denies R300m diverted for Madiba funeral costs

The Eastern Cape government says it is “untrue, defamatory and mischievous” to say that R300-million was diverted from poverty alleviation and infrastructure priority programmes to cover the funeral expenses of late former president Nelson...

Madonsela cries tears of joy as court throws the book at Zuma

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela burst into tears of joy as the High court in Pretoria trashed President Jacob Zuma’s bid to set aside her damning State of Capture report‚ with the court ordering...

BREAKING: President Jacob Zuma has failed in his bid to set aside Thuli Madonsela’s...

Judge Dunstan Mlambo says President Jacob Zuma’s review application of former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations on alleged state capture. was ill-advised and reckless. He also notes that it was a delaying tactic. Zuma brought an...

Zuma wanted Molefe as finance minister – Duarte

President Jacob Zuma proposed former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe as a potential finance minister to replace Pravin Gordhan‚ ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte has said. Duarte said around the time of Gordhan’s axing Zuma...

Major victory for Mabuyane as court dismisses bid to nullify ANC conference

The Grahamstown High Court has dismissed with costs the High Court bid to nullify the outcome of the African National Congress’s Eastern Cape provincial elective conference in September. The order, by a full bench of...

ANC bosses summon Masualle over Madiba funeral scandal

The ANC bosses in the Eastern Cape have summoned premier Phumulo Masualle and at least four mayors from two metros, a district municipality and a local municipality to answer about the Nelson Mandela funeral...

We’ll sort out state rot, says Cyril

ANC presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa told an enraptured Eastern Cape dinner crowd that radical transformation should not only be seen in “Durban” but also in and around Mthatha. In a thinly-veiled reference to the party...

Dudu Myeni to ‘fly SAA’ in new top job

By Sabelo Skiti And Mzilikazi Wa Afrika Former SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni has landed a top job in government that may put her back in the pilot’s seat at the airline‚ which suffered a string...

Ramaphosa humbled by EC nomination

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is humbled by the provincial general council which nominated him as the party's next president. He said this at an ANC fundraising gala dinner at the ICC in East London...