Date for local government elections announced

The local government elections are to be held on August 3‚ President Jacob Zuma has announced. He said the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs would follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the...

DA marches in Duncan Village to highlight squalid conditions

A group of about 100 Democratic Alliance supporters marched in Duncan Village yesterday to highlight the township’s appalling living conditions. Party members led by caucus leader in the Buffalo City Metro council Jan Smit, said...

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...

Party too regional Fikeni tells UDM

Academic and political analyst Professor Somadoda Fikeni has urged the UDM to outgrow regionalism if they want to grow as a political party, saying regional politics translated into tribal politics. In reference to party founder...

Fist fight ends EFF meeting

An Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chris Hani region meeting turned into a fist fight when members turned against their provincial leader. Turmoil erupted at the meeting this weekend when Vuyisile Schoeman announced the appointment of...

ADM looks to save toilet project

In a bid to complete its troubled multimillion-rand sanitation project, the Amathole district municipality’s council has agreed to extend the project’s deadline. The initial deadline for the R631- million project, funded through a loan from...

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...

EFF motions target ANC, Zuma

Ahead of their almost certain suspension from Parliament, the Economic Freedom Fighters on Thursday tabled motions and made statements taunting the ANC over Nkandla, Marikana, and the chaos in the legislature a fortnight ago. EFF...

Pro-ANC protest calls for DA ban

More than a thousand angry Seskhona marchers who descended on Cape Town’s city centre ahead of the state of the nation address yesterday declared a ban on DA supporters in the city’s townships. “If the...

Gigaba to control SA’s purse strings

Malusi Gigaba has been appointed the new minister of finance in a much anticipated cabinet reshuffle. Gigaba‚ who was appointed Home Affairs Minister in 2014 and previously served as minister of Public Enterprises‚ will now...

Holomisa wants Pule suspended

Allegations over R500m E Cape cellphone plan UNITED Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa has demanded the Presidency suspend Communications Minister Dina Pule over a half billion rand deal. Holomisa wrote to President Jacob Zuma on Saturday...

ANCYL task team named

Kumbaca and Lali expected to lead new provincial structure. AFTER more than three weeks without provincial leadership, the Eastern Cape ANC Youth League’s provincial task team has finally been named. Although there has been no official...

Acting directors to vacate posts

The contracts of three Buffalo City Metro acting directors have been terminated, effectively from the end of this month. Executive mayor Xola Pakati told the Daily Dispatch that the terminations were part of ensuring that...

ANC election manifesto poorly attended

The African National Congress (ANC) kicked off its local government election campaign on Saturday in what will rank as one its most poorly attended launch events in recent history. The launch was held in Nelson...

Zuma to push ‘Unity in Action’ at pre-SONA business lunch

President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday try to drum up support from the business sector when he hosts a “Pre-SONA Business Investor Luncheon in Cape Town” on Tuesday. The leader will push the “Unity in...

EFF withdraws from disciplinary process

EFF leader Julius Malema on Tuesday led his fellow MPs out of a disciplinary hearing against them after saying Parliament should instead charge Speaker Baleka Mbete for disrupting presidential question time in August. "It is...

High hopes for anti-corruption march

Tens of thousands of protestors are expected to hit the streets of Pretoria and Cape Town tomorrow to march against corruption. Addressing a press conference in Gauteng yesterday, Numsa general-secretary Irvin Jim anticipated the march...

Abrahams showed Parliament ‘he is impervious to criticism’: NGOs

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams’ appearance in Parliament came as no surprise to the two NGOs that have been a thorn in the prosecutions boss’ side‚ and which insist he is not...

Mngxitama: ‘Slave mentality’ EFF doesn’t believe ‘blacks can actually farm and feed the nation’

Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama says he believes his movement will overthrow the current “system of power and politics”. Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama said‚ ahead of its launch...

SACP says an assassin targeted Mapaila at Hani event

The SA Communist Party (SACP) said on Wednesday that its second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila was the target of an assassination attempt on Monday at an event to commemorate late SACP leader Chris...

Mystery surrounds Ngonzo’s R100m tender in Bhisho

A CONTRACT awarded by education boss Mthunywa Ngonzo to a Johannesburg-based company has raised questions in the Eastern Cape. The oversight committee on education in Bhisho and the national Department of Basic Education (DBE) headed...

How votes in the ANC get rigged

A complaint by several branches of the ANC in the Buffalo City region has cracked open the lid of a membership rigging scam within the ruling party. The branches, who have complained to the organisation’s...

Top leaders to launch ANC election campaign

The ANC has assigned two of its top leaders, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, to launch the party’s election campaign in two Eastern Cape regions this week. Mantashe will be in Mount...

DA’s student body takes NMMU SRC in landslide victory

Not even the introduction of the Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) SRC ballot paper, could deter the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (Daso) from retaining control of...
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Bathabile Dlamini’s memorable moments

The video of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini going toe-to-toe with journalist Karyn Maughan at a press briefing on Sunday has got SA divided. But the Honourable Minister is well known for getting… a...

OPINION: Zille’s tweet confirms Biko’s point

It has been two weeks since Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s now infamous tweet on the benefits of colonialism and all eyes are now on the Democratic Alliance disciplinary process to see whether this...

Maimane lays criminal charges over Sudan’s Al-Bashir

Mmusi Maimane‚ leader of the Democratic Alliance‚ on Friday laid criminal charges at the Cape Town Central Police Station against several members of Cabinet‚ the SAPS‚ Hawks‚ the National Prosecuting Authority and senior government...

Top body will decide about ‘next president’ calls – Cosatu

The Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) central executive committee would deal with the call from some affiliates that African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa should become president. "Congress resolved the CEC...

Holomisa will watch the money in coalition councils

The United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa says municipal budgets will be realigned in the next six months as a coalition of parties prepare to govern the councils that were hotly contested in the recent...

Pair wants to be tried apart

THE two main accused in a fraud case relating to misuse of monies meant for former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial  services, have decided to stand trial separately. East London businessman and owner of Victory Ticket...

Book claims unity just ‘fragile truce’

Author of the recently published book Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa, Songezo Zibi, has cast doubt on the credibility of South African racial unity saying the “so-called unity” is just...

Cosatu’s backing of Ramaphosa has made it difficult to suppress succession battle: Mantashe

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliates were to blame for “spoiling the water” by jumping the gun on the succession battle in the African National Congress (ANC). And‚ while describing...

West plotting Zuma assassination‚ claims KZN Youth League

Closing rank around President Jacob Zuma following a week of mounting pressure for him to step down‚ the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal alleged on Friday that it had uncovered a plot by the...

Councillor ‘made us pay for jobs’

Job-seekers ‘promised’ but never received employment AN ANC councillor is facing charges of theft by false pretences for allegedly selling council jobs to desperate job-seekers. It is said that for between R500 and R1 500, residents...

PSC fails to stem illegal trade

Close to 80 Eastern Cape senior administrators failed to declare their direct involvement in companies doing business with the state.  This is despite the practice of civil servants trading with government departments being outlawed by...

War Room: We waged an ‘aerial battle against hostile media’‚ says Sisulu

Shaka Sisulu says he was “not involved in a smear campaign” but the so-called ANC “war room” waged “aerial battle” in last year’s elections. Sisulu was this week named as the man behind an alleged...

Trollip banned from Bhisho

DA PROVINCIAL leader and MPL Athol Trollip has been banned for up to 15 days from the Bhisho legislature and fined one month of his pay. The legislature’s ethics committee this week found him guilty...

Mbalula orders former Hawks boss Ntlemeza to vacate his office immediately

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has given former Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza a strict instruction to vacate the office immediately as he was ordered to do by a court. This follows a unanimous decision of...

Minister liable for 2013 KWT death

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has been found liable to pay damages for the 2013 death of an asthmatic, Gareth Ruiters, in police detention in King William’s Town.Ruiters died after police refused to allow his...

Zuma inauguration to cost under R75m

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s inauguration ceremony scheduled for next Saturday will cost “far less” than the R120-million set aside for it by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. That’s according to Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in...

Official uses ratepayers’ funds for home music studio

... then has DA and press arrested for trespassing. A SENIOR manager in Matatiele municipality, accused of using municipal funds to build a recording studio in her house, has charged a councillor and journalist with...

EFF members claim they were coerced into an ANC ‘ritual’

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Mpumalanga claim they were coerced into participating in an African National Congress (ANC) "ritual" against their will. The allegations follow a well-publicised event held by the ANC...

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...

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...

Premier to ‘rotate’ acting director-general until June

Premier Phumulo Masualle has appointed a new acting director-general for the Eastern Cape. Nomawethu Ngcakani, chief financial officer in the office of the premier (OTP), took over from Mahlubandile Qwase with effect from March 14. News of...

Masualle and exco to visit BCM communities

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle and his executive council are getting their hands dirty today, visiting several communities in Buffalo City Metro. This is the second leg of the executive council’s outreach programme to assess...

ANC gets go-ahead to vote

THE ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial elective conference received a green light to convene at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth on June 26 to 29. This was announced yesterday by the party’s provincial secretary...

Teachers to join march for Ntola

Hundreds off to back union boss. HUNDREDS of Eastern Cape supporters of suspended teachers’ union boss Thobile Ntola left for Johannesburg yesterday to take part in a march to the union’s headquarters today. The group is...

Elderly and infirm cast special votes

NINETY-SIX-year-old Lourina Hayes was one of the oldest eligible special voters to cast their vote yesterday. More than 57000 special voters were accredited in the Eastern Cape to vote yesterday and today. According to the Electoral...

Corruption ‘hinders all attempts to end poverty’

The University of Fort Hare and the SA Association of Public Administration and Management (Saapam) yesterday hosted academics from across Africa to discuss the future of South Africa’s public administration.  Saapam’s annual two-day conference is...