Mabuyane wins backing from Cosatu: Boost for ANC provincial chair bid

Oscar Mabuyane’s chances of contesting as ANC provincial chairman next month received a major boost this week when Cosatu gave him their support. The labour federation announced it would go all out and lobby unionists...

Zuma is here to ‘lie’: angry Ventersdorp resident

While President Jacob Zuma was addressing an official Youth Day rally in Ventersdorp‚ North West‚ on Friday‚ an angry resident expressed unhappiness over his visit to the area‚ saying he had come to “lie”...

Ramaphosa charms ANC supporters

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign to ascend to the governing party’s top job yesterday received a thumbs-up from thousands of party supporters gathered at the Sada Stadium in Chris Hani district. Ramaphosa was in the area...

DA officially suspends Zille

By Jan-Jan Joubert And Thabo Mokone The Federal Executive (Fedex) of the DA has decided to officially suspend Western Cape premier Helen Zille from party related activities until such time as her disciplinary hearing is...

Malema back in court over ‘land invasion’ call

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s call for people to occupy or invade land saw him appear briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday. He is alleged to have contravened the Riotous Assemblies Act. https://twitter.com/EFFSouthAfrica/status/871623280645611520 After...

Jonas called upon to stand as chair

The campaign to field former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas as ANC chairman in the upcoming Eastern Cape provincial elective conference is gaining traction with more than 500 ANC members calling upon him to...

#GuptaLeaks: ‘I’ve done no wrong‚’ says Gigaba

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba protested his innocence when asked about his links to the Gupta family‚ following the #GuptaLeaks earlier this week. He and the chief executive of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors were...

Gupta associates scored billions in kickbacks from Transnet deals – report

Gupta family associates have been accused of scoring billions of rands in alleged kickbacks to help a Chinese firm win lucrative Transnet tenders. The revelations were made by the Daily Maverick https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/ and the amaBhungane...

Decision on Molefe’s future will be announced soon – Brown

An inter-ministerial committee set up by President Jacob Zuma last week to probe the reappointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO has already met and reached consensus on the matter. This was disclosed by public...

‘Zuma must go or face pain in parliament’ — ANC faction warns

Senior ANC leaders led the charge for President Jacob Zuma to be removed as head of state during the governing party's national executive committee meeting yesterday. The meeting is expected to continue today, when Zuma's...

Getting to know Bhanga

Newly-elected DA provincial leader NQABA BHANGA will be the province next week to introduce the party’s new executive to constituencies, accompanied by his party chairman, Andrew Whitfield. Bhanga is not new to political leadership, having...

Women’s league vote for Masualle

The ANC Women’s League in the Eastern Cape has endorsed a third term for Phumulo Masualle as party provincial chairman. This follows their PEC meeting last weekend, which deliberated a wide range of social issues although...

Chiefs take on king over Dlamini-Zuma

Traditional chiefs in Mbhashe yesterday ganged up with the ANCWL to denounce AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu because of his rejection of Nkosazana DlaminiZuma’s ANC presidency campaign. This comes as Dlamini-Zuma took her Eastern Cape campaign...

Low-key welcome for Dlamini-Zuma

If the reception ANC presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, received yesterday was anything to go by, she has a long way to go in convincing ANC members in the Eastern Cape she is a suitable replacement...

DA charges EC leader in sex scandal

DA leader in Bhisho Edmund van Vuuren is being charged by his party on three counts, including sexual harassment of a number of party members or staff. The DA’s federal executive head, James Selfe, yesterday drafted...

Eskom needs the same treatment as SABC‚ says MP as committee grills Brown

Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown and Eskom chair Ben Ngubane were hauled over the coals in parliament on Tuesday as they explained the reappointment of Brian Molefe at the power utility. Brown and Ngubane had...

No free education – Mkhize

ANC Treasurer-General Dr Zweli Mkhize has told University of Fort Hare students that “in reality” there is no such thing as “free education”. Addressing students at a Young Communist League event on “Progressive Black Academics”...

Maimane gets baptism of fire as he campaigns in rural KZN

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane arrived in Nquthu‚ northern KwaZulu-Natal‚ on Wednesday to campaign for his party ahead of next week’s by-elections — and was immediately met with resistance. Maimane was quizzed and taken through...

Don’t fight the courts‚ Netshitenzhe tells ANC

Respected ANC National Executive Committee member Joel Netshitenzhe has spoken against fellow party leaders who have called for the judiciary to be reined-in following damning court rulings against government. Speaking at the provincial congress of...

We can’t be bossed around by De Klerk: Dlamini-Zuma

Opposition parties have nothing to offer‚ presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says. She questioned why the ANC cowered when their rivals challenged them. Dlamini-Zuma‚ a member of the ANC’s powerful national executive committee‚ was speaking at an...

Bathabile Dlamini scores a new R1.3 million luxury sedan for herself

Embattled social development minister Bathabile Dlamini has procured a R1.3 million German sedan for her official use in Pretoria while her deputy has gone for a R1.1 million SUV. The R2.4 million splurge on the...

Norma told Malusi Gigaba the rand will drop and rise again

When Malusi Gigaba got a call from President Jacob Zuma to say that he would be appointed finance minister‚ his wife Norma told him not to worry and that the rand would “drop and...

‘Keep booing Zuma’ – Save SA

The Save South Africa campaign said it would encourage people to continue booing President Jacob Zuma. The movement‚ which has launched a series of protests against Zuma‚ responded to a newspaper report that one of...

EFF says ‘murderer’ De Klerk has no right to discuss SA’s future

About 50 members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) arrived at the launch of the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative in Braamfontein to protest against the presence of former president FW de Klerk‚ who left...

Spy report ruling: ‘Mabuza was lying through his teeth’‚ says Phosa

ANC heavyweight Mathews Phosa on Friday won a legal battle with Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza in the latest development in the spy report saga. Mabuza filed the suit claiming that Phosa had fabricated the report...

Mbalula: Most ANC members and South Africans are behind Zuma

Police minister Fikile Mbalula has defended President Jacob Zuma against his detractors‚ saying those who were openly critical had sought to “demonise” the ANC. In a globally televised interview aired on Thursday‚ Mbalula took aim...

Mbeki‚ Motlanthe‚ De Klerk launch dialogue on nation building

The National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (NFDI)‚ which consists of foundations established by eight of the country’s illustrious citizens‚ will host its inaugural dialogue session in Johannesburg on Friday. The main objective of the session is...

We must strive to become the ANC we hoped to be – Gordhan

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday evening said the time had come for the ANC to take a look in the mirror‚ and find a way to become the organisation envisioned by leaders...

President Zuma given 5-day order to explain midnight Cabinet reshuffle

The High Court in Pretoria’s Judge Bashier Vally has ordered the presidency to furnish the Democratic Alliance with records and reasons for the cabinet reshuffle within five days. President Jacob Zuma allegedly relied on an...

Last minute lobbying by DA candidates

About 400 Democratic Alliance members will tomorrow choose between Veliswa Mvenya and Nqaba Bhanga to lead the party in the Eastern Cape. Yesterday the two hopefuls and their teams were still meeting delegates in the...

BCM’s ANCYL backs Oscar

ANC Youth League bosses in the Eastern Cape may dump Phumulo Masualle for Oscar Mabuyane as the race for the party’s top post intensifies. This follows a decision by the Dr WB Rubusana (Buffalo City)...

ConCourt names date for UDM‚ EFF secret ballot application

The Constitutional Court has declared May 15 as the date it will hear the application by opposition parties UDM and the EFF to compel a parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma...

ANC official gunned down in Nquthu

An ANC voting district co-ordinator was gunned down in Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday evening following a rally that was addressed by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in KwaDlangamandla Ward 17‚ the ANC said...

Spy close to Zuma tipped as SA’s next ambassador to Japan

An intelligence operative with close ties to President Jacob Zuma is reportedly tipped to become South Africa’s next ambassador to Japan. News24 and Rapport said they had reliably learnt that State Security Agency (SSA) former...

EFF’s Floyd Shivambu ties the knot – and the bride is reportedly ANC

The deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters‚ Floyd Shivambu‚ has tied the knot‚ according to the political party’s official twitter account. According to reports‚ he married Siphesihle Pezi in a traditional wedding on Saturday...

Lindiwe Sisulu on threats to her life

Human settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu is aware of threats to eliminate her‚ but the veteran ANC leader says she is more than capable of defending herself. Sisulu was speaking in Khayelitsha‚ Cape Town‚ on Saturday...

President Zuma ‘asked’ lawyer to keep arms inquiry in dark about cash gifts‚ court...

President Jacob Zuma allegedly tried to silence a close confidant who had "intimate knowledge" about how the president benefited from the arms deal‚ by asking him not to testify at the Seriti commission‚ the...

Mandela’s granddaughter tells ‘UpFront’ she supports people’s calls for Zuma to step down

Struggle icon Nelson Mandela’s eldest granddaughter‚ Ndileka Mandela‚ has reiterated her support for calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down. In an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show UpFront‚ screened on Friday...

BCM officials told to deliver or face chop: Mayor upset by poor performance

Shape up or ship out – this is the ultimatum Buffalo City Metro executive mayor Xola Pakati has given to under-performing municipal officials. The mayor’s stern warning followed the release of a gloomy report about...

Zweli Mkhize is next anti-Zuma visitor to Eastern Cape

  ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, a known opponent of President Jacob Zuma, will be speaking in a key Eastern Cape region tomorrow. Mkhize will be delivering the keynote address at a Chris Hani memorial lecture rally...

Zuma signs FICA Bill into law

President Jacob Zuma has signed the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) bill into law‚ the Presidency announced on Saturday‚ adding that the amended act will send a strong message about South Africa’s commitment to...

’With or without the debate’ – Mvenya ready for provincial showdown

DA chairwoman in the Eastern Cape Veliswa Mvenya has pulled out of a debate tomorrow that would have pitted her against her rival in the party’s Eastern Cape leadership race, Nelson Mandela Metro councillor...

Mbalula-Ntlemeza ‘spat’ a blow to confidence in Hawks

The battle between Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and suspended Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza came to a head on Monday‚ with Mbalula taking to a conference room full of journalists to utter more than a...

Mabuyane takes campaign to hometown

Oscar Mabuyane’s campaign to head the ANC in the province hits his hometown of Ngcobo tomorrow where he is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a Freedom Day celebration event organised by the...

Hawks arrest ‘coup plotter’ planning to assassinate prominent South Africans

The Hawks arrested a “coup plotter” on Wednesday who was allegedly planning to assassinate 19 people including members of the cabinet‚ state owned entities and prominent South Africans. Those in the crosshairs were allegedly “officials...

Charges against former ANC leader Mambila dropped

Criminal charges against former OR Tambo ANC regional deputy secretary Lawrence Mambila were yesterday withdrawn in the Mthatha High Court. But Masibonge Mnyanda and Mphumzi Nojoko will still have to answer for the murder of...

Cosatu mum on calls for Zuma not to speak at May Day rally

Cosatu declined to comment on Thursday evening about letters purportedly written by unions arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not be allowed to speak at the federation’s May Day rally. Zuma is due to speak...

Mapaila fires more shots at Zuma

President Jacob Zuma had stolen the ANC from itself, and was no longer accountable to the people of South Africa as he had sold the independence of the country to the Guptas. SACP second deputy...

‘We will embarrass Mbete’ – EFF says Speaker is attacking free speech

The EFF has condemned National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete for her decision to refer the party’s chief whip Floyd Shivambu to a disciplinary committee for remarks he made in parliament about President Jacob Zuma. The...

EC chided over unpaid bills

Eastern Cape provincial departments owed more than 9000 suppliers a total of R243.7-million in unpaid invoices as of December last year. The provincial department of health is the worst offender when it comes to paying...