ANC ‘will lose’ 2019

The ANC would lose the 2019 elections if it did not change course, the party’s parliamentary leader, Jackson Mthembu, warned yesterday. In a stark and blunt message, Mthembu said if the ANC did not elect...

ANC using race to loot the country – Mashaba

The DA's Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, believes the ANC is using race to loot the country. This was why he did not believe in race-based policies, he said. "I'm saying this whole thing is...

ANC has abandoned the people: Maimane

The ANC has abandoned the people and governs for a few well-connected‚ corrupt people‚ Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday. Addressing a townhall meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape ahead...

Storm over education rescue plan

Playing politics in the Eastern Cape at the expense of millions of poor children would not take the province forward, MPLs from opposition parties said yesterday. The MPLs, on the education portfolio committee were reacting...

Party will remove councillors not chosen by communities

A lifeline has been thrown to disgruntled Eastern Cape ANC wards that cried foul over the alleged manipulation of the candidates’ list process ahead of the August 3 local government elections. The party’s national executive...

Sasco sweep boards in WSU vote

Although the South African Student Congress (Sasco) won the student elections at Walter Sisulu University, it failed to secure an overwhelming majority of seats on campuses. Political formations that contested the elections included Sasco, the...

All systems go for UDM conference next week

More than 1600 United Democratic Movement delegates are expected to converge on the University of Free State next weekend for the party’s national elective congress. UDM president Bantu Holomisa is expected to be re-elected to...

New ANC leadership has big plans for ORT

OR Tambo's newly elected ANC leadership has set itself the target of almost doubling membership by the end of this year. Regional secretary Lulama Ngcukayithobi said current records showed that the region has 33000 members...

Masualle calls for unity at Freedom Day event

The Eastern Cape government said unity was crucial to achieving more in the development of the country, 22 years after the advent of democracy. Premier Phumulo Masualle made the statement at provincial Freedom Day celebrations at...

Ruling party are thieves – Holomisa

“THE ANC-led government can no longer be trusted because they are thieves.” This was UDM president Bantu Holomisa’s message in Buffalo City Metro and in OR Tambo district during a weekend roadshow in parts of...

‘ANC arrogance falls’ in by-election

The DA retained Pietermaritzburg’s hotly contested Ward 32 in a by-election on Wednesday‚ with 53% of the vote‚ improving on the 47% they got during last year’s local government elections. Despite an aggressive campaign ahead...

Bra Stof ‘cried bitterly’ at the end

Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile cried in his “last days” over the crisis facing the ANC‚ which prompted Sipho Pityana’s scathing comments about the party and President Jacob Zuma. Pityana‚ a former foreign affairs director-general‚ had asked...

Seven unions suspend participation in Cosatu CEC

Seven Cosatu affiliates, which supported Numsa despite its expulsion, will suspend their participation in the trade union federation's decision making body, the central executive committee said. "With immediate effect we are suspending our participation and co-operation...

VAVI THROWN A LIFELINE

A DECISION on Zwelinzima Vavi’s fate at the helm of Cosatu will go to a special congress, throwing the suspended general secretary a political lifeline. Pressure from Vavi’s supporters had mounted all week on the...

Race is on for Bhisho plum job

The provincial government has begun the process of recruiting for the soon-to-be vacant post of provincial director-general (DG) in the office of the premier (OTP).The contract of the current DG, Mbulelo Sogoni, ends in...

Graft claims fly in UFH student poll

Accusations of corruption between leading student political formations were thrown about during the highly contested University of Fort Hare (UFH) student elections yesterday.  The Daily Dispatch learnt the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso) had opened...

Region wants new premier

A REGION of the ANC has gone against party protocol and pronounced publicly its preferred candidate for the Eastern Cape premiership candidate. The Joe Gqabi ANC regional executive committee (REC) has come out in open...

EFF members turn on each other

Prominent EFF MPs Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala had to scurry for cover yesterday as the EFF started fighting among themselves even before they could fight President Jacob Zuma in parliament. Mngxitama’s shirt was ripped...

EFF can’t support Mashaba because of ‘poor people can’t be trusted to rule’ view

Democratic Alliance mayoral hopeful for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba’s comment that “poor people can’t be trusted to rule” has come back to haunt him. That’s according to Dali Mpofu‚ who told Radio 702 on Thursday that...

ANC is a ‘dying party’ says Zille

THE ANC was a dying party, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille told said yestedayon Thursday. Zille was speaking at a gala event hosted by the SA Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg yesterday. “There is a...

Molefe innocent until proven guilty‚ says Minister Brown

Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says newly reinstated Eskom CEO Brian Molefe remains innocent until he is proven guilty. This is despite Molefe being implicated in the public protector’s State of Capture report released...

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...

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...

SA’s exit from ICC ‘a clear step towards dictatorship’‚ says COPE

South Africa’s exit from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a "clear step towards a dictatorship" that will expose children to war crimes in South Africa without recourse to a higher court‚ Congress of...

ANC crowd puts Maimane in lockdown

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane — who was briefly confined by ANC supporters in Durban on Tuesday — told residents that President Jacob Zuma’s cattle were better off than the people living in the...

‘EFF not scared to fight if ANC responds violently to its peaceful protests’ –...

A political analyst on Friday said statements attributed to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema could put him in breach of the electoral code. In an interview‚ to be screened on Al Jazeera English...

EFF gears up for its elective conference

About 177 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) delegates from the Eastern Cape are expected to attend the party’s Mangaung National People’s Assembly. The assembly will start tomorrow and run until Tuesday. This is the first national elective...

Transform or wait for revolution‚ Malema warns

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has given a stern warning to white owned companies to transform or else "wait for revolution" when transformation will be implemented. "This is a lesson for revolution‚ you think...

Malema calls president a crook at #Paybackthemoney briefing

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday rejected President Jacob Zuma’s settlement offer over taxpayer cash spent on his Nkandla homestead. “He thinks he can play with us… “We’re not going to accept any...

West Rand ANC want Ramaphosa as next party president

ANC West Rand region chairman Boyce Maneli has endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the next ANC president. Maneli‚ addressing branch delegates on Saturday to the regional general council in Mogale City‚ said the region...

South Africans too comfortable with ‘rampant’ corruption: Malema

South Africa's older generation has become compliant with the “rampant” corruption engulfing the country just as the 1976 elders were with the brutality of the apartheid government. These were Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius...

EFF: ‘Call for Zuma’s removal unites all regardless of political affiliation’

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) celebrated the “overwhelming positive response…to the Nkandla judgment and the call for (President Jacob) Zuma to step down”.  The party also saw a victory in “reports” that members of the...

Charges against Vavi reinstated amid court action

As charges were reinstated against Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi‚ his allies served court papers on the federation to force it to convene a special national congress. The charges include...

EFF wins case to have acting municipal manager removed

The EFF in Limpopo won a High Court battle to have the acting municipal manager for the Mogalakwena local Municipality removed on Tuesday morning. Two parties‚ including the EFF‚ had separately made urgent applications to...

‘Improperly’ dressed EFF crew chucked out council

By SIPHE MACANDA and MAMELA GOWA Economic Freedom Fighters councillors in the Nyandeni and Buffalo City Metro councils were manhandled out of their respective councils yesterday after they refused to leave the chambers to “dress properly”. EFF...

Metro fraud suspects told to leave office

Mayor must go by Monday THE state is building its case against those it accuses of fraud and corruption over funds for former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial services. The Saturday Dispatch can today reveal that influential...

Premier explains R2.2m contract bill

Premier Phumulo Masualle’s office has admitted it “misled” the Bhisho legislature when it claimed a service provider had not been paid in full before completing the contract. The company had in fact been paid the...

ANC policy commissions in favour of nationalising Reserve Bank

The debate on nationalising the Reserve Bank has been won in the ANC’s economic transformation commissions‚ and will be discussed in the plenary session. According to sources inside the plenary at the ANC policy conference‚...

Malema singles out key ANC politicians who voted to keep Zuma

Deputy president‚ Cyril Ramaphosa‚ finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas‚ were among MPs who voted against a parliamentary motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday night. The EFF’s Julius Malema had...

Denying permission DA’s PE protest is ‘state abuse’ by ANC

The blocking of the Democratic Alliance (DA) protest at the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Thursday is a precursor to “state abuse by the African National Congress (ANC)” in the upcoming local government elections.  The...

ANC to name its mayoral candidates ahead of time

Voters in the province’s major towns, including the metros and municipalities of Buffalo City, King Sabata Dalindyebo, Makana, Nelson Mandela and Lukhanji, will know who the ANC’s mayoral candidates are before they make their...

ANC top brass on blitz ahead of manifesto launch

Jacob Zuma has the “walkabout and blitz” beat.  Cyril Ramaphosa also has a “walkabout and blitz” scheduled‚ before his “mini rally”. Gwede Mantashe gets “briefing” and “door-to-door and blitz” duties‚ before he has meetings with the...

Cambridge residents block roads demanding a woman for ward

Hundreds of Cambridge residents blockaded the N2 between East London and Mdantsane, demanding that the ANC replace the ward candidate for the August 3 election. The protesters said  they  want a woman to be...

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‚...

Madiba trustee ouster ‘will be opposed’

MVEZO chief and grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Mandla Mandela, has rejected claims he signed an affidavit supporting legal action against legal eagle George Bizos, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally...

IEC calls on public to report violations during municipal polls

Members of the public may perform a “citizen’s arrest” on political parties breaking the rules of the game in the upcoming municipal elections. Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair Glen Mashinini said this on Monday in...

NPA head is ‘unfit’ for job – DA

THE DA is to ask parliament to institute a full inquiry led by the justice committee into the appointment of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana. DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane told journalists yesterday...

Holomisa ejects founder UDM member

UDM founding member and former provincial secretary Wandile Tsipa was unceremoniously kicked out of a leadership meeting in Mthatha by party leader Bantu Holomisa yesterday. Holomisa accused Tsipa of forming another party using UDM resources. UDM...

Masualle pours cold water on ANC revolt plan

ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle has downplayed an imminent plan by several ANC leaders in the province to revolt against the provincial executive committee (PEC).Masualle was addressing thousands of ANC members who converged on...

‘Jacob Zuma so deep in Guptas’ pockets I’m surprised they haven’t been declared a...

‘Jacob Zuma so deep in Guptas’ pockets I’m surprised they haven’t been declared a National Key Point’ — Maimane Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says President Jacob Zuma is so deep in the Guptas’ pockets‚...