Numsa mulls split from ruling party

MORE than a thousand metalworkers meet in Boksburg from today to decide whether or not Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, Numsa, should cut ties with the ANC and start its own working-class party. Among the major decisions...

Zuma submits financial disclosures to cabinet

President Jacob Zuma discloses his personal financial details to Cabinet yearly, the presidency said. "Members of the national executive of government submit their disclosures to the secretary of Cabinet who maintains a register," spokesman Mac...

Graft accused assets freeze made final

BCM ex-director to foot legal bill, too FORMER Buffalo City Metro director and corruption accused Vuyo Zambodla will not be regaining control of his assets any time soon. The Grahamstown High Court this week made final...

Union warns Zuma foes to back off

Jobless group claims four million members. THE South African Unemployed Workers’ Union (Sauwu), which claims to have more than four million members, has warned those against President Jacob Zuma to back off. At a meeting in...

Premier rejects ANCYL claim

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has rubbished a “scurrilous” claim by the ANCYL that he is using the Hawks to persecute those who don’t support him for a third term as ANC provincial chairman. Masualle...

Nkandla report could breach state security: Minister

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa has claimed that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home contains several state security breaches which needed to be identified for the...

Hawks probe housing scam

Officials, contractors accused of defrauding state of millions of rands. THE Hawks are investigating human settlement officials and two contractors for allegedly defrauding the department of millions of rands. This was confirmed to the Daily Dispatch...

JUST IN: Mnquma boss Tantsi arrested by Hawks

Mnquma municipal Manager Sindile Tantsi has been arrested by a Hawks task team. National Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the suspect was arrested this morning on charges of fraud and corruption amounting to millions...

EFF to go to court over suspensions

The economic Freedom Fighters will turn to the courts to stop Parliament suspending 12 of its MPs, the party said in a statement today. "The EFF will be approaching the court for an urgent interdict...

ANC economic policies ‘mix-up’

Stalwart urges ruling party to scrutinise plans. SEASONED historian and ANC stalwart Professor Ben Turok has challenged ANC members to be critical of the economic policies the state is adopting, including the national development plan. Turok,...

ANC spokesman rubbishes one billion rand reports

The ANC has dismissed as unfounded rumours reports that the party used R1 billion during its election campaign. Kodwa said reports that ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane said the party had spent a billion rands...

Numsa push for new party

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) is going ahead with its plan to form a political party to contest power against the ANC. The union sustained its attack on the ANC, which it said had...

‘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‚...

Ramphele recalls ‘complex’ love affair with Steve Biko

AGANG leader Mamphela Ramphele has laid bare intimate details of her adulterous love affair with slain Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko. In her newly released autobiography A Passion for Freedom, Ramphele reveals why she...

‘You will be provoked‚ but exercise restraint‚’ Phahlane tells hundreds of cops ahead of...

Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane urged hundreds of police in uniform to exercise restraint if they are provoked during the state of the nation event on Thursday. “If we use force‚ the law...

‘It’s time Molefe is brought to book’ DA to lay charges against Eskom CEO

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will on Thursday lay criminal charges against Eskom CEO Brian Molefe in Cape Town. This comes two days after the party’s leader‚ Mmusi Maimane‚ laid corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma‚...

Removed speaker loses appeal

Court dismisses urgent application from Mnquma councillor. AN URGENT application to set aside a decision by the Mnquma municipal council to remove its speaker has been dismissed by the Mthatha High Court with costs. Sacked Mnquma speaker Nomnikelo Magadla yesterday approached...

ANC hires election manager

The Eastern Cape ANC has put its 2016 election campaign in the hands of a controversial former legislature official. It now falls to Phumelele Ndamase, provincial executive committee (PEC) member and erstwhile Bhisho legislature secretary,...

Parliamentary Speaker wants to mute Malema on the records – but can she‚ in...

Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema’s fiery State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate reply in which he apologised to former president Thabo Mbeki for his role in removing him‚ will not reflect in...

Lungisa ordered to step down

Newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay ANC chairman Andile Lungisa has been ordered by the party’s top leadership to resign and resume his duties as a member of the party’s provincial executive committee. The decision was...

COPE’s former ANC members feel vindicated by growing displeasure over Zuma

Members of the African National Congress (ANC) who left the party to form the Congress of the People (COPE) feel vindicated “seven years down the line”. “Many of us who were at the ANC conference...

E Cape ANC says it will back Zuma

Top ANC leaders in the Eastern Cape were mandated to protect President Jacob Zuma at the extended national working committee (NWC) meeting yesterday. The Daily Dispatch learnt yesterday that ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle and...

Annan calls for Africa to back ICC

Kofi Annan‚ former UN secretary-general‚ has strongly defended the International Criminal Court (ICC)‚ arguing that if Africans and others cannot get justice in their domestic courts they should seek it abroad. His backing of the...

End carnage on our roads by respecting pedestrains

OVER the last week I read of the  tragic death of a four-year-old child in a shopping centre car park.  The heartbreak of the child’s parents must be unimaginable. I cannot begin to fathom their...

EFF has 25 reasons why #GUPTASMUSTGO

On Tuesday night‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had published three of the 25 reasons why it believes the Gupta family should pack their bags. Hours after party and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted...

Claim against ex-mayor

Nomasikizi Konza, the former mayor of the Amathole District Municipality, took furniture paid for by the taxpayer when she vacated the mayoral house in July. Konza first moved into the R3-million property after she had...

Ramphele asks youth to challenge leaders

AGANG leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele has called on young people from across the continent to hold their leaders accountable “for their promises and actions”, to eliminate the looting of state resources. She was speaking to...

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...

Vavi wants ousted members recalled

Cosatu bigwig asks for end to factionalism. COSATU secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi has called on all those suspended or fired from the federation to be reinstated. Addressing South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members at the union’s...

Majikija has paid back expenses

CHIEF of staff for Eastern Cape MEC Pemmy Majodina, Nozibele Majikija, has already paid back money received for a trip to the US in 2012. Majikija received R6 700 as part of the subsistence and...

Respect each other‚ Mantashe tells parties in Gordhan saga

African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has urged both the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to handle the current investigations of the latter with decency. Speaking after the national working committee of the ANC‚...

ANC heavyweights visit EL informal settlement

ANC heavyweights, including deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and NEC member Obed Bapela, visited the poverty-stricken informal settlement of Stoney Drift in Amalinda this afternoon. The visit was part of a nationwide drive by the ruling...

Push to get king to funeral

KING Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is preparing to snub Nelson Mandela’s funeral if President Jacob Zuma is there. According to those close to the AbaThembu king, he refuses to share a stage with Zuma. A meeting between close...

Minister Jonas gives Zuma parliamentary Q&A a miss

Finance deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas and former Eastern Cape economic development MEC will miss President Jacob Zuma’s Q & A session in Parliament this afternoon. He is in East London today where he was expected...

Three hats in DA federal chair ring

The stakes are high for the Democratic Alliance’s federal chairman position, which becomes vacant this weekend as incumbent Wilmot James launches his campaign for control of the party. There are three names in the...

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...

R300 000 pay hike puzzle

A plan by Mbhashe municipality to increase its municipal manager’s annual salary by more than R300000 was scrapped from a council agenda at the last minute yesterday. The item on the salaries of senior managers...

Malema’s politics of violence and warmongering ‘unpatriotic and dangerous to SA’‚ says ANC

EFF leader Julius Malema’s politics of violence and warmongering are unpatriotic and dangerous to South Africa‚ the ANC says. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said that Malema’s latest “outrageous and disturbingly irresponsible” public outburst calling for...

Pravin Gordhan rebuffs Black Land First over Bankorp court action

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has hit out at pressure group‚ Black Land First (BLF)‚ which lodged a court application to force him to comply with the recommendations in the controversial CIEX report‚ saying the...

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...

Rival parties to snub BCM mayor’s gala bash

Buffalo City Metro mayor Zukiswa Ncitha has come under fire from opposition parties for splashing out more than R130 000 on an end-of-the-year gala dinner tomorrow night. The mayor’s spokesman Sibusiso Cindi confirmed yesterday that...

ANC watches as DA’s Msimanga becomes Tshwane mayor

The Democratic Alliance’s Solly Msimanga is officially the mayor of Tshwane. He was elected unopposed during the council meeting that was held in Pretoria today. This marked the end of the reign of the African...

ANC should listen when people like Tutu criticise it

SUSPENDED union boss Thobile Ntola said the ANC was shooting itself in the foot trying to silence the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Ntola said the party should produce more leaders like Tutu, to...
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Cosatu unions take federation to court

Nine Cosatu-affiliated unions have reinstated their court case to compel the trade union federation to hold a special national congress, they said on Wednesday. "We have reinstated our court case... as the crisis can clearly...

Four of six vacant EC head admin posts filled

ONLY two Eastern Cape government departments still have to recruit and appoint permanent administration heads. Premier Noxolo Kiviet declared provincial departmental head vacancies across six departments in December last year. The four departments that have since...

Top officials reflect on relations with unions

Former Eastern Cape education department bosses spoke openly to the Daily Dispatch this week about their experiences with teacher unions, particularly the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu). It comes in the wake of a...

Mtsi reinstated to top of list

Buffalo City’s mayor and his Nelson Mandela Metro counterpart are likely to retain their positions after the August elections – that is, if the ANC wins the elections there. The Dispatch can reveal that the...

Kiviet, Jonas and Gqobana fail to make it onto PEC

EASTERN Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet and two other members of her cabinet have failed to win election into the ruling party’s provincial executive committee (PEC). And this might renew calls for the premier to...

ANC councillor faces discipline for double pay

It is daylight robbery, says deputy secretary. AN ANC councillor believed to have spent at least a year earning two salaries from the state will face the party’s disciplinary committee. Nomkitha Mgugudo is accused of disregarding the...