ANC’s first chair in EC mourned

By SIMTHANDILE FORD The Eastern Cape ANC yesterday woke up to the news of the death of its first provincial chairman Dumisani Mafu.  The former MK cadre passed way on Saturday evening after a brief illness. He...

DA in BCM beach cleanup

By SILUSAPHO NYANDA East London's main beachfront received a cleanup from a small group of Democratic Alliance supporters. The six-member team from three different wards in the Buffalo City Metro sought to clean up the...
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WATCH: We asked Mbeki to vote for EFF – Malema

As the race to win the hearts and minds of voters draws to a close ahead of the elections‚ Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema met with Thabo Mbeki at former president’s Houghton home...

ANC sends its big guns to BCM

By ASANDA NINI and ZINE GEORGE The national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC descended on Buffalo City Metro (BCM) yesterday afternoon to embark on door-to-door election campaigning. Senior party leaders Zizi Kodwa and Joyce Mabudafhasi...
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Watch: ‘We’ll take our votes to the DA‚ finish and klaar‚’ Tshwane protesters threaten

They didn’t want their faces to be seen‚ but weren’t scared to have their voices heard. A group of disgruntled bandanna-wearing African National Congress supporters in Tshwane used those voices to threaten to vote for...
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WATCH: Opposition parties boycott state of the metro address

Disgruntled opposition parties from the Buffalo City Metro council yesterday boycotted the state of the metro address at the Abbotsford Christian Centre, where mayor Alfred Mtsi made his last address outlining the metro plans...

Infighting could cripple EFF

By SIPHE MACANDA Internal squabbles within the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Eastern Cape are threatening to deter the party’s campaign strategy for the local government elections.  Fragmentation in the party started just a few months...

ANC unveils its Eastern Cape mayoral candidates

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has officially announced and paraded its mayoral candidates for Metropolitan and District municipalities today. ANC Eastern Cape provincial secretary introduced the eight mayors, at a press briefing held at the...

ANC prays for divine hand in elections

Relegious leaders in Buffalo City Metro have likened the ANC to the biblical Moses who led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. During a prayer meeting followed by a peace march in East London...

Zuma takes our money uses it for his blesser activities: Malema

By BRUCE GORTON EFF leader Julius Malema lashed the ANC in Tlokwe as he spoke at the Ikageng sports ground‚ calling the ruling party thieves. “You people of Tlokwe are the ones who know the ANC steals‚...

EFF kicks off election campaign in Buffalo City

By ASANDA NINI Economic Freedom Fighters national chairman Dali Mpofu has urged fellow fighters in the Buffalo City region to “punish” the ANC at the polls. Mpofu was addressing members during a mini rally on Saturday...

Zuma heads ANC heavyweights to campaign in ECape

President Jacob Zuma is expected to arrive in East London tonight, in preparation for the ANC’s election campaign in Buffalo City tomorrow. ANC’s Dr WB Rubusana elections co-ordinator Sinethemba Mashalaba confirmed earlier today that “the President...

Parties scrambling for space to hang up election posters

By SIMTHANDILE FORD Electioneering has kicked off in earnest in the Buffalo City Metro as political parties battle for space on electricity poles along major roads in the city for their posters. The DA has opted to...

Mandela grieves losing NMB to DA

In the aftermath of the dismal local government elections performance, the ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial big guns were yesterday locked in a meeting in East London to determine what went wrong in last week’s...

No sign of ANC’s ‘parachuted’ candidate at Tshwane council

Thoko Didiza‚ the ANC’s mayoral candidate for the City of Tshwane metro‚ was nowhere to be seen during the council’s selection and swearing in ceremony. ANC members held their ground in the face of ridicule‚...

Party dumps own KSD councillor

By SIKHO NTSHOBANE With fewer than 30 days to the local government elections, one senior councillor in King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) has found himself on the wrong side of his own party. The Daily Dispatch is...

ANC pays respects to EC stalwart

Thousands of ANC members, including national leaders, descended on Bhisho yesterday to pay their respects to the party’s first Eastern Cape provincial chairman, Dumisani Mazolo Mafu, who died more than a week ago. More than...

Former rebel group leader picked as mayoral candidate

AN ANC councillor candidate who was one of the members found guilty of attacking ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane in 2011 is the party’s mayoral candidate for the Amathole district municipality. Winnie Nxawe led a...

‘No government spills the blood of black people and nothing is done’ – EFF...

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) marked the fourth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre by putting the African National Congress (ANC) on notice that it would be held to account for the killings of mineworkers. “No...
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WATCH: ANC protesters march on offices

With only seven days before new councillors are voted into office, angry ANC members from Cambridge township yesterday marched to the party’s Dr WB Rubusana regional offices to ask the party  leadership  to reconsider its...

SACP to march on the SABC to protest against corporate capture

By TMG DIGITAL The South African Communist Party’s (SACP) leadership on Sunday said that the party’s planned march to the SABC’s offices will soon be reactivated. This to fight corporate capture and campaign for the proper...

Zuma has done too much damage to SA: Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma is the reason the EFF could not enter into a coalition with the African National Congress. Malema told reporters in Alexandra that during coalition negotiations‚...

ANC defies Zuma and woos Malema

Top ANC leaders have defied Jacob Zuma and set out to woo arch-enemy Julius Malema into a coalition deal that will keep the party in power in South Africa’s top metros‚ the newspaper reported. The...

Malema urges EC to show its anger

By SIKHO NTSHOBANE EFF leader Julius Malema told Eastern Cape voters to be more aggrieved when going to the polls on August 3, as the ANC-led government had failed them by killing Marikana miners, most...

Maimane lashes out at ANC veterans for ‘double standards’

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says he supports former president Thabo Mbeki’s decision not to campaign for the ANC. Maimane made the remark while launching the party’s election poster near the Union Buildings in Tshwane...

Striking workers threaten to disrupt Zuma’s BCM visit

President Jacob Zuma was scheduled to arrive in East London last night to lead the ANC’s election campaign in the deeply divided Dr WB Rubusana region. This is where 22 ANC members have decided to...

JZ calls for an end to violence at launch of Ncora plan

By LULAMILE FENI President Jacob Zuma officially launched the Ncora Bulk Water Project in the Chris Hani District Municipality yesterday. Speaking at the multimillion rand water project at Bhantini village in Cofimvaba, Zuma used the occasion...

COPE suffers blow as four defect to UDM

The Congress of the People in the Mbashe local municipality has been dealt a cruel blow after at least four of its candidates for the upcoming local government elections defected to the UDM. The four candidates-Monde...

‘Our offices feel like a graveyard’ – City of Joburg staff nervous about change...

The mood is sombre at the offices of the City of Johannesburg in Braamfontein as the possibility of job losses began to sink in among a number of staff members attached to politicians. On Monday‚...

Help ANC win to ‘honour Mafu’

ANC treasurer-general Dr Zweli Mkhize asked thousands of party supporters to ensure the ANC won the upcoming elections to honour its first Eastern Cape provincial chairman Dumisani “Mazolo” Mafu who was buried at the...

Political parties push their case to woo voters

By MKHULULI NDAMASE The Gqubeni Great Place was a hive of political activity today with four parties afforded the platform to campaign for the August 3 municipal elections. The ANC, UDM, DA and the Mthatha Ratepayers...

EFF blames Tshwane deaths on ‘shameful ANC black-on-black terror attacks’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has described the violence in which has claimed at least five lives in Tshwane this week as “shameful African National Congress (ANC) black-on-black terror attacks”. “It is an...
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Opening day glitches at voting stations due to rain, protests

Four Eastern Cape voting stations are not operational on Day One of elections -- two due to rain and the others due to protests, Electoral commission's provincial head Thami Mraji announced today. In an exclusive...

ORT leaders released from police custody

The Tsolo Magistrate’s Court has ordered the release of former OR Tambo ANC regional chairman Thandekile Sabisa and deputy secretary Lawrence Mambila from police custody. The two were arrested on April 18 in connection with...

Mbeki takes tough stance on ANC

In what was one of the most heated Daily Dispatch dialogues in a while, Moeletsi Mbeki went for the jugular, declaring that ANC officials who went to the house of his brother, Thabo Mbeki,...

DA’s white supremacists have appropriated Madiba: ANC

“White supremacy” is at the core of the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) appropriation of the late president Nelson Mandela in its election campaign‚ the African National Congress (ANC) said. “It is a glaring sign that the...

Pakati hailed as new messiah

By ZWANGA MUKHUTHU ANC Dr WB Rubusana region chairman Xola Pakati was yesterday hailed as a “messiah” by supporters during the party’s manifesto launch in King William’s Town. The man who is poised to become Buffalo...

Kunene disappointed by ‘DA’s double standards’ on nude painting

Businessman Kenny Kunene accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of having double standards for not praising a painting his owns that depicts the party’s leaders naked. Kunene caused a stir when he posted a picture of...

EFF battles will grow in EC – expelled party leader to join ANC

The “red sea” might have swept through townships such as Khayelitsha in Cape Town and Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng – but Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have yet to unsettle the ruling party...

By-elections on cards for ANC-led wards

By-elections are already on the cards for some ANC-led wards only a week after the watershed local government elections. ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the party had already instructed regional leaders to prepare for...

Warm welcome as ex-EFF legislature leader joins ANC

THE man behind the introduction of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the province has defected back to the ANC. Former EFF provincial chairman and legislature leader Themba Wele yesterday changed his red beret for...

‘Negative narrative’ around Zuma was discussed‚ but ANC leadership collectively to blame – Mantashe...

The “negative narrative” spurred by scandals involving President Jacob Zuma was brought up at the meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress‚ (ANC) but Gwede Mantashe was not keen...

Police provide dos and don’ts tips for election day

By TMG Digital For members of the public looking to get up to no good on election day‚ the acting national police commissioner has thoughtfully prepared a list of dos and don’ts to keep them...

ANC in big show of force

The ANC will tomorrow parade the party’s 1 200 councillor candidates from across the Eastern Cape at a provincial Siyanqoba rally in East London. This will be the party’s final push as it prepares for...

23 fired for registering as independents

With just over a week before the much-anticipated local government elections – 23 councillors in the OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo regions have been fired for registering as independent candidates. Of the 23 recalled councillors,...

Zille rallies DA troops in EL

Hellen Zille, the Democratic Alliance Premier of the Western Cape, told hundreds of supporters at a rally in East London that President Jacob Zuma’s question about the “colour” of the DA, was an admission...

Legislature battles to fill vacant CFO post

By SIPHE MACANDA The Eastern Cape provincial legislature seems to be struggling to replace former chief financial officer Pumeza Ntisana, as it has advertised the CFO vacancy for the second time. Ntisana resigned in May after...

No ballot box selfies‚ warns IEC

Don’t take photos or selfies with your marked ballot papers. That’s the warning from the Independent Electoral Commission provincial electoral officer Mawethu Mosery in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. Mosery was speaking at a state of readiness press...

Family’s fear after murder

The family of an ANC volunteer who was shot in the buttocks when Ward 4 councillor candidate Nceba Dywili was killed in Zwide, Port Elizabeth on Tuesday night, are fearing for their lives and...

DA lays charges against ANC for violence and intimidation

By TMG Digital The Democratic Alliance has laid charges against the ANC after the organisation allegedly barricaded a DA truck in an attempt to stop a public meeting and door to door campaigning by the...