DA politicians fail to keep drunk brawl out of court

Two senior Democratic Alliance politicians face charges of assault in the Keiskammahoek Magistrate’s Court which arose from a drunken brawl between lovers and so-called truce-makers. There were slaps, blows with a pick handle and bottles...

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...

DA to choose council lists

Preperations for local government elections in the province are steaming ahead in the DA. The poll is likely to be held in May, if all goes according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) plan. The provincial...

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...

#FeesMustFall‚ faeces and naked woman arrested at UCT

The stomach-churning stench of human faeces‚ piles of rubbish‚ ripped curtains and a naked woman being dragged into a police van greeted students at the University of Cape Town on Thursday. Parts of the campus...

BCM is last in SA for metro service

Problems with refuse removal and stormwater drainage pipes, and the deteriorating state of roads are just some of the factors that make Buffalo City Metro (BCM) the worst metro in the country. In a survey...

Vavi absent as Cosatu rails at defiant structures and unions

Cosatu bosses issued a strong warning yesterday, saying the decision to expel Numsa was “binding to all structures of Cosatu and its leaders”. But Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was conspicuous by his absence when...

ANC councillor may be axed for ‘no-show’

An ANC councillor in an Eastern Cape municipality faces suspension and ultimately expulsion after failing to attend 20 consecutive council and standing committee meetings. Mhlontlo municipality councillor, Mkhuseli Mathe reportedly did not give reasons why...

UDM leader expelled for bashing of top structure

A defiant senior UDM leader has been expelled for publicly criticising the party’s national leadership. Former UDM Limpopo provincial coordinator Conty Lebepe landed in hot water after he took to Facebook claiming that national organiser...

MEC under fire again for overstepping authority

  Cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa has again apparently overstepped his authority by appointing an acting administration head. The power to appoint a person to such an office vests only with the...

Premier praises learners’ responses

Honest appraisal of the state of the province address (Sopa) by pupils was welcomed by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle at the weekend. The 35 pupils from schools all over the province were participating in...

Malema speaks: Let’s not thank whites for black genocide

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Friday issued a lesson in politics‚ expressing his views on everything from veteran politician Helen Zille to land reform. Malema shared his thoughts during an interview with 702...

Mandla is Mandela head say traditional experts

TRIBAL authorities have said that whether anyone likes it or not, Mandla Mandela is the correct head of the Mandela family. “Whether we like Mandla or not, he is the only person we are looking...

‘My integrity is intact’ – Gerrie Nel says he is not playing politics

Advocate Gerrie Nel says he did not join lobby group Afriforum for any political affiliation. “I’ve never had a political agenda and I don’t have a political agenda now. “Over the 35 years ‚ I have...

Mbina-Mthembu’s conduct angers MPLs

The Eastern Cape’s most senior official Marion Mbina-Mthembu yesterday received a tongue-lashing in absentia from the Bhisho legislature’s portfolio committee on the office of the premier (OTP), while workers union Nehawu called for her...

Shape up or ship out, Malema tells EFF members

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has issued a stern warning to party members in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro – toe the party line or leave. His warning came as provincial deputy chairman Litha...

Fight breaks out at an ANC meeting

Pepper spray used and one member opens case of assault AN ANC branch meeting in Buffalo City had to be abandoned after a fight broke out and pepper spray used by opposing factions. The meeting of...

Please account, Mr

FINANCE MEC Phumulo Masualle had access to R500000 of taxpayers’ money for at least 24 hours during the Nelson Mandela mourning period last year. Half was paid into his private account on December 7. The...

It’s not over‚ Bell Pottinger… Reaction to PR firm’s suspension from industry body

The Democratic Alliance and civic groups on Tuesday celebrated a victory against UK public relations firm Bell Pottinger‚ which has been kicked out of an industry body for five years. The Public Relations and Communications...

Zuma’s R250m farmers’ club

Ncora Irrigation Scheme in Engcobo in state of collapse THE Eastern Cape government has paid nearly R250million to farmers who belong to an organisation led by President Jacob Zuma. Money has flowed yearly since 2009 to...

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...

Makhozi Khoza wants answers on Faith Muthambi’s family travel

The department of Public Service and Administration is being asked to explain a report that Minister Faith Muthambi wasted R300‚000 of taxpayer’s money on flying 30 people to watch her give a speech in...

Madonsela did not ‘dictate’: merely required Zuma to exercise his powers‚ court told

The office of the Public Protector has poked holes in President Jacob Zuma’s assertion that the former incumbent‚ Thuli Madonsela‚ “dictated” to Zuma that he appoint a commission of inquiry into allegations of state...

Parliament must now act against Ntlemeza: DA

The Democratic Alliance says that Parliament must now act against dismissed Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza after he pitched for work on Monday morning despite his appointment having been found unlawful and invalid by a...

Malema vows to fight back

South Africa’s radical new Economic Freedom Fighters, who hounded President Jacob Zuma from parliament with accusations that he is a thief, vowed court action yesterday over sanctions against its MPs. Firebrand leader Julius Malema and...

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...

Zuma: There are no safe hands for weapons of mass destruction

President Jacob has called for calm in North Korea‚ saying "the situation cannot be allowed to get out of hand". Speaking on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly‚ Zuma said: "As a country that...

Outcry over Sopa marquees

Despite a huge outcry from opposition parties about the escalating bill of hiring marquees for Bhisho legislature events, the institution is once again looking for service providers to supply tents for the upcoming state...

Zuma attacks Madonsela’s state capture report

President Jacob Zuma has attacked a report released by former public protector Thuli Madonsela‚ accusing her of passing the buck by not completing an investigation into allegations of state capture. Madonsela blamed the unfinished investigation...

Ex-Bhisho boss granted bail

Former Eastern Cape administration director-general Dr Loyiso Mbabane, who stands accused of raping a relative, has been released on bail of R10000. Stringent bail conditions were set for the province’s former top administrator, including that...

Rand perks up as chance of Ramaphosa victory improves

The rand rallied to its best level against the dollar since mid-October on Tuesday morning amid early indications that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to become the next ANC leader is gaining momentum. Ramaphosa‚ who...

De Lille killed off unit that was winning war on gangs‚ DA probe told

“Vindictiveness or a factional agenda” by mayor Patricia de Lille was responsible for the sudden death of Cape Town’s saturation policing solution to gangsterism. The city council stabilisation unit‚ which contributed to a 24% drop...

Mbete to consider request for vote on motion of no confidence in Zuma

Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete says she will consider requests for a parliamentary vote on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. She was talking to journalists at OR Tambo Airport...

Public protector candidate’s legal advice to Parliament on Nkandla a sticking point

Two major shocks rocked the public protector candidate interviews in Parliament when it was revealed that one candidate lacked security clearance and another was forced to admit — after much dodging — that she...

Ranjeni Munusamy’s #ZumaVote 14-point survival guide

1. Calm down. Whatever happens‚ you’re not going to be getting a spanking new president today. 2. Lower your expectations. Today is the start of a rebellion in the ANC when MPs cast their votes...

Zuma urges departments to cough up R390m owing to SIU

President Jacob Zuma has called on government departments and entities that owe the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to pay their debts without delay to enable the SIU to continue functioning optimally. It emerged during talks...

Cheers as EFF members removed from parliament

EFF delegate to the National Council of Provinces Tebogo Mokwele was dragged out of the house after she defied the chairperson Thandi Modise. Modise who appealed to Mokwele several times to be orderly finally ordered...

Numsa courts solidarity

Metal workers union Numsa is in talks with Afrikaner trade union Solidarity to form a new federation to rival Cosatu. Numsa bosses yesterday announced the union was formally breaking ties with Cosatu and would no...

Malema apologises for missing Magaqa’s funeral

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has taken to Twitter to apologise for missing his old comrade Sindiso Magaqa’s funeral. Slain former ANCYL Secretary General Magaqa was laid to rest in Umzimkhulu‚ KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday. Malema...

Top ANC official fights another day

Hearing finds O R Tambo chair Sabisa did not bribe colleague THE political career of the ANC’s O R Tambo regional chairman was saved this week when he was found not guilty of bribing another...

Malema streets ahead in political Twitter head-to-head

South African newsmakers are enjoying their share of popularity on social networks. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema this week celebrated hitting the one million followers mark on Twitter. Boasting on Twitter on Sunday night,...

25 ANC members suspended

A group of more than 20 ANC members in Buffalo City Metro’s (BCM) ward 45 have been suspended en masse. This is until they appear before a disciplinary hearing at a date yet to be confirmed...

State capture: Arrest them all‚ says Zuma’s son

President Jacob Zuma’s son Edward has spoken out on allegations of state capture‚ saying he supports calls for a commission of inquiry. In an often bewildering interview on Power FM‚ Edward Zuma said he believed...

Hlaudi due in court over legal costs determination

Embattled former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Labour Court on Wednesday to argue why he should not be held personally liable for the legal costs of the dismissal...

Mantashe lashes out at Saru for allowing Meyer to be ‘a law unto himself’

ANC)secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has lashed out at the South African Rugby Union (Saru) for what he called allowing Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer to “become a law unto himself”. Since the ignominious defeat to Argentina at...

Fundamental change in the hands of citizens, says Motlanthe

Problematic legislations passed by the South African democratic government since the dawn of democracy in 1994, could soon be repelled or amended if the majority of citizens feel that way. This was the message delivered...

MEC set to decide fate of three councils

Eastern Cape cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Fikile Xasa will decide by tomorrow whether or not to forge ahead with placing three municipalities under administration. Xasa has written to Enoch Mgijima, Makana and Mnquma...

ANC regional leader faces assault charge

An Aliwal North ANC branch member has laid an assault charge against his regional secretary following a fight at a branch meeting.  The ward 6 meeting in Aliwal North’s Mzingisi Hall on Thursday night was...

NEC must act decisively on Zuma’s future: MKMVA

President Jacob Zuma’s future as the leader of the country must be dealt with thoroughly by the ANC’s newly-elected national executive committee and in doing so‚ there should be “no place for vendettas and...

ANC all set for its 4 000 delegates

President Jacob Zuma will deliver his political report later today as delegates arrive to attend the ANC’s three-day national general council (NGC) in Johannesburg. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced at a press conference yesterday that...