COPE: NPA’s Abrahams ‘doth protest too much’ in Zuma appeal announcement

Not “convincing”. His “body language very nervous and revealing”. His lead-up “long and vainglorious”. A “very hollow” attempt. That’s the gist of the review given by the Congress of the People’s (COPE) Dennis Bloem of...

Zuma’s insults to rule of law: Boqwana warns SA will ‘burn to ashes’

South Africa has betrayed the freedom of southern African, as well as the ever-suffering masses of the African continent, while reducing its courts to purveyors of common sense, says Thabo Mbeki Foundation, CEO Max...

FF Plus mulls giving EFF reins

The Freedom Front Plus stands in the way of the EFF seizing power in the first municipality in which the Red Berets would control a council. “The reason why we … hesitant to support...

Zuma and Trump reaffirm commitment to strengthening bilateral relations

President Jacob Zuma and US President Donald Trump on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the already strong bilateral relations between the two countries‚ the Presidency said. It said in a statement the two leaders...

UCT slams Zuma government

The University of Cape Town has publicly joined the chorus criticising President Jacob Zuma’s government. In a statement on Tuesday‚ Vice Chancellor Max Price said he‚ together with senior leadership of the institution‚ believed that...

I never lied about Nkandla: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma is adamant that he never lied to the nation when he told parliament that he and his family had paid for his homestead at Nkandla. He told opposition MPs in the National...

Zuma arrives at Mandela hospital

President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning, to visit former president Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday. Zuma arrived around 10.45am at the Park Street entrance and walked...

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...

Stop burning schools and looting shops‚ Zuma implores youth

By TMG DIGITAL President Jacob Zuma has implored young people to refrain from burning schools and looting shops in their struggle for economic freedom. He was addressing scores of youngsters who attended the ANC Youth League’s...

Bhisho seeks replacement for Mbabane

The Eastern Cape government is to be without a permanent director-general (DG) after premier Phumulo Masualle announced the post would be re-advertised. The position became vacant after Dr Loyiso Mbabane, who stands accused of raping...

Mashatile shocked by violent behaviour at summit hosted by Mashaba

The violent behaviour of people who disrupted a summit hosted by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has been condemned by the Gauteng Government. Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile said on...

ANC gearing up for bash

With  only a day to go to the ANC’s annual celebrations, Eastern Cape ANC regional leaders are working hard to convince party supporters to “invade” Cape Town this weekend. ANC bosses in Luthuli House gave...

Zille sets DA sights on Sterkspruit

THE Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) distanced itself from the visit by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip who were in town yesterday. About 500 people converged at the Bensonvale College...

Vavi on ANC violence: ‘People who call each other comrade will plot to kill...

By TMG Digital A low-intensity war is festering within the African National Congress (ANC) as comrades plot to kill their opponents in order to ascend to positions of leadership and wealth‚ Zwelinzima Vavi believes. The former...

ANC lost at the polls because it didn’t listen to me‚ Zulu king tells...

King Goodwill Zwelithini has told the African National Congress (ANC) to step aside and let him lead his people if it is unable to. The Zulu monarch‚ according to a report on IOL‚ said he...

Tempers flare in parliament as party leader lashes Speaker

THE president of African Independent Congress – the little known party accused of confusing ANC voters and “stealing” three seats from it – caused a stir in the National Assembly when he refused to...

Zuma’s Premier headache

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has had a week of sleepless nights after his party’s provincial leaders submitted male-dominated lists of premier candidates for the eight ANC governed provinces. Among the names is that of ANC provincial...
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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...

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...

Qoboshiyane lashes out at DA’s Zille

EASTERN Cape Local Government and Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane issued a stinging rebuke to DA leader Helen Zille yesterday over her about-turn on the party’s support for black economic empowerment, saying “revolutionaries” must...

EC’s Youth League shoots itself in foot

Divisions  within the Eastern Cape ANC Youth League ahead of its national congress last weekend have cost the province dearly. Only two members from the province made it into the party’s national executive committee (NEC),...

ANCYL calls for early ANC elective congress

The ANC Youth League is calling on its mother body to hold an early elective congress after the party’s biggest decline in support since 1994 in this year’s local government elections. It said an early...
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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...

Molefe ‘sworn in as MP’ – announcement expected today

Speaker Baleka Mbete is expected to officially announce the swearing in of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe as an MP on Thursday afternoon‚ after weeks of speculation. While parliament and Mbete’s office would not confirm...

Justice minister to appeal Janusz Walus parole judgment

Justice minister Michael Masutha is appealing the decision of the Pretoria High Court that Janusz Walus must be released on parole. The department of justice and correctional services said in a statement on Wednesday that...

Cosatu ‘sells out workers’

Firebrand unionist Irvin Jim yesterday blasted Cosatu for throwing its weight behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC President Jacob Zuma’s successor. Jim said this was not only tantamount to selling out workers, but “disgusting”. His...

Makupula under pressure

Premier Phumulo Masualle has given education MEC Mandla Makupula until March 1, to appoint permanent principals for all schools. This follows yet another heated meeting with all his MECs to address several issues. Eastern Cape government...

Sex-for-jobs probe finds no evidence

A cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) investigation into sex-for-jobs allegations in Bhisho found no substantiating evidence of senior administrators involved in the scandal. But a report detailing the investigation’s findings highlighted allegations of abuse...

ORT Youth League picks Mzobe over Mabe, Lamola

The ANC Youth League in OR Tambo want national convener Magasela Mzobe to lead them come the national elective conference. This was one of the resolutions taken during the youth league’s regional elective conference yesterday. The...

Joe Gqabi elects new ANC regional leaders

The ANC’s Joe Gqabi region has elected new leaders uncontested during their elective conference at the weekend. Joe Gqabi is the ANC’s second smallest region in the Eastern Cape after Sarah Baartman. Of the region’s 47...

National Freedom Party is out of the election after losing last gasp bid

The National Freedom Party (NFP) will not contest the local government elections in August‚ throwing the party’s survival into doubt. This follows the Electoral Court’s decision to dismiss the party’s bid to be included on...

Presidency denies government wants probe into banks

The Presidency on Friday distanced itself from a statement made by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane that Cabinet had resolved to request that a judicial inquiry be established into the banks and their actions...

King of little help to DA

By SIMTHANDILE FORD The hype of jailed King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s decision to dump the ANC for the Democratic Alliance was of little benefit for the opposition party. Although DA leader Athol Trollip confirmed receiving membership forms...

Cosatu affiliates demand Vavi call be made public

THE suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi by the federation’s central executive committee (CEC) three months ago has pitted the provincial Cosatu leadership against its affiliates. This follows a provincial executive committee meeting and...

Youth league leaders await national axe

‘That executive is definitely going … I can safely say that structure is history’ YOUTH leaders who backed the wrong horse at the ANC’s elective conference last December are to pay a high price. The ANC...

ANC dashes hope of probe into Prasa by parliament

ANC members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on transport dashed hopes of a parliamentary inquiry into the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) in a bizarre about-turn on Tuesday‚ citing the dissolution of the...

Floyd Shivambu walks the line at Parliament‚ under the eyes of the law

The Economic Freedom Fighters at Parliament — projecting attitude all the way — decided to do an early walkabout on the red carpet on Thursday afternoon‚ ahead of the official State of the Nation...

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...

DA launches High Court bid to set aside Zuma’s decision to fire Gordhan

The Democratic Alliance has lodged an urgent application to set aside and declare unlawful the axing of former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas. President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire them was...

COSATU weaker than ever: Vavi

Cosatu has never been as weak and paralysed as it is today, its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday. "I am extremely exhausted and unable to sleep because of the palace politics and boardroom...

Metro’s bill bungles ‘haunt’ residents

FALLOUT from Buffalo City Metro’s billing bungle continues as ratepayers stream forward with their stories. After the Dispatch’s exposé on allegations that the metro’s meter reading officials estimate readings, a Berlin man said he had...

Ex-Buffalo City boss guilty on charges related to R74m tender

Suspended Buffalo City municipal manager Andile Fani will know his fate today after an internal disciplinary hearing found him guilty of all three charges against him. Former mayor Alfred Mtsi put Fani on suspension last August...

Zuma to map out the way ahead for ANC

THE continent’s oldest liberation movement celebrates 102 years of existence on Wednesday. Next Saturday, ANC president Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the ANC’s traditional annual January 8 Statement where he is expected to outline...

Alfred Nzo ANCYL backs Mabuyane

The ANC Youth League in the Alfred Nzo region which was recently disbanded by the league’s provincial task team (PTT) wants sitting ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane to take over as chairman. They also want...

No ‘conclusive’ evidence that state resources used to advance Free State ANC election campaign‚...

Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has found that there is no “conclusive” evidence showing abuse and misuse of state resources to advance the African National Congress’s electoral campaign in the Free State in 2011. Madonsela...

Zuma promises jobs as he launches programme

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday launched phase three of the expanded public works programme (EPWP) with various national and provincial politicians publicly committing themselves to make six million job opportunities possible through the programme by...

SACP won’t be supporting ‘bourgeois’ DA-EFF marches on ‘racist shoulders of Madam Godzille’

In another twist to communist sentiment on President Jacob Zuma‚ the SACP in the Gauteng Province says it will not be supporting the EFF and DA anti-Zuma marches on Wednesday as the two opposition...

Former Speaker is new KSD mayor

Former King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) speaker Dumani Zozo has been elected as the cash-strapped council's mayor. He received 46 of the votes while DA councillor Raymond Knock, who was also nominated for the top position,...

ANC ‘better off’ without the king

The ANC is "better off" without AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, the party said after the king joined the DA on Monday. "We wish him all the best in his political wilderness, because he will need...

Fundraiser breakfast provides chance to interact with ANC

The ANC in Buffalo City is hosting a fundraising breakfast meeting at the City Hall today. Among the guests who paid R5000 for a seat or R50000 a table by late last night were East...