Letters reveal Sassa was warned months ago about a looming social grants crisis

An exchange of letters reveals that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) urged the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) almost a year ago to avoid several pitfalls that could lead to a social grants crisis. CPS warned...
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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...

Sassa: Dlamini makes long-awaited appearance before Scopa

Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini made a long-awaited appearance before parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on Tuesday. Dlamini was due to appear before the committee last week‚ but did not show up‚ angering...

Public works hit by qualifications scandal

A qualifications scandal has hit the provincial roads and public works department, with allegations that a consultant appointed to verify employee qualifications is himself unqualified. A whistle-blower says the consultant, Lawrence Venkile of Pandotrix, who even...

WATCH: Bathabile Dlamini loses her cool at social grants press conference

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini lost her cool at a press conference about the country’s looming social grants crisis when asked a series of probing questions by a journalist. Dlamini held the media briefing on...

Tantsi’s troubles pile even higher

Trouble continues to haunt embattled Mnquma municipal manager Sindile Tantsi. He was arrested last month on allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering and is set to face additional fraud charges. The charges arise from...

Zuma arrives in Indonesia for IORA Summit and state visit

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Indonesia to attend the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Business Forum and Leaders’ Summit in the Asian state. He is also on a state visit to the...

Sunday Times: Sassa debacle a self-made crisis: how did Dlamini bring SA to the...

President Jacob Zuma summoned Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to his official residence in Pretoria yesterday in a last-ditch effort to resolve the social grants debacle that has put...

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...

Zuma’s insults to rule of law

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...

E Cape must do more with less

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU National Treasury head Lungisa Fuzile says the Eastern Cape’s R74-billion budget for the 2017-18 financial year which starts in April, “is a helluva lot of money. The key is...

Shaun Abrahams will not face sanction over botched Finance Minister prosecution

President Jacob Zuma has decided not to suspend the National Director of Public Prosecutions‚ Advocate Shaun Abrahams‚ nor the North Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions‚ Adv. Sibongile Mzinyathi and the Acting Head of the...

Zuma calls for unity among black political parties to solve land wrangles

President Jacob Zuma called for unity among “black political parties” and black South Africans to deal with the issue of land‚ when he addressed the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders on...

Calls for Bathabile Dlamini’s head grow louder as human rights commission requests urgent meeting

As calls for the head of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini grow louder‚ the South African Human Rights Commission called on Friday for an urgent top-level meeting over the lack of clarity on...

Tough times for EC

By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU The province must brace itself for tough times ahead as the provincial budget has been cut by R10.14-billion over the last three years. Despite the cuts, Finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo...

Wage bill hampers service delivery

A shocking R48.1-billion is used to pay salaries of 144571 public servants in the Eastern Cape. This constitutes 64.6% of the 2017-18 total provincial budget. This was cause for concern for opposition parties in the Bhisho...

ANCYL spokesman in court over roadblock fracas

An ANC Youth League hotshot is in hot water in the Western Cape. The league’s provincial spokesman‚ Siyabulela Tom‚ appeared in court on Thursday for calling a police officer a “p**s” and assaulting another at...

Premier Masualle to lead top ANC forum

ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle has been appointed as the convenor of the party’s new National Provincial Chairperson’s Forum. According to a statement from Calata House following a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting last weekend,...

Cabinet green light for International Arbitration Bill

Cabinet has given its approval for the International Arbitration Bill to be introduced into Parliament. Minister in Presidency Jeff Radebe said at a post-cabinet media briefing on Thursday that the bill would allow foreign investors...

Land ownership the key to struggle for free education‚ says Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said the struggle for a free education will not end until students own land. Speaking at #FeesMustFall leader Bonginkosi Khanyile’s bail appeal at the Constitutional Court on Wednesday‚ Malema...

ANCYL spread fake news about me‚ says Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has accused the ANC Youth League of spreading fake news after it accused him of a conflict of interest. The ANCYL said in January that Ramaphosa‚ with the collusion of Finance...

More delays for ANC conference

The much-anticipated ANC Amathole regional elective conference, which has already been postponed several times, has again been rescheduled. The decision to postpone the conference, due to take place this weekend, was taken on Monday by...

Controversial ANC bigwig Fransman slates party for not siding with EFF on land expropriation

Suspended ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman has attacked his party for not voting with the EFF in parliament on Tuesday on the expropriation of land. EFF leader Julius Malema had brought a motion asking...

Sassa crisis: Scopa laments Bathabile Dlamini’s no-show

Scopa in Parliament has lamented the absence of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini during its meeting where it discussed what the SA Social Security Agency would do to make sure social grant are paid...

ANC top officials meet to decide fate of 21 rebels

Provincial ANC bosses were meeting behind closed doors in Calata House yesterday to decide, among other things, the fate of 21 rebel Buffalo City Metro ruling party councillors. This follows a disciplinary hearing at the King...

Rebel councillors face music

Tomorrow is D-Day for the 21 BCM rebel councillors who voted against the ruling party’s caucus decision to present their side of the story.  This after the provincial executive committee (PEC) decided the group should...

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...

Zuma must also be charged over land calls‚ says EFF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ra0t8yMbdk President Jacob Zuma must also be charged for “going around and agreeing to questions of land occupation”‚ says the EFF. National spokesman for the Economic Freedom Fighters Mbuyiseni Ndlozi spoke outside the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court...

Third case against EFF leader Malema over land calls

A third court case against EFF leader Julius Malema in relation to comments he made about land has been postponed to June. Malema appeared briefly in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The firebrand leader was...

Zuma should face the International Criminal court charges over murder of farmers: former Miss...

Former Miss World Anneline Kriel has suggested President Jacob Zuma face charges of crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court for failing to protect farmers in South Africa. Her call‚ which includes the deployment...

Zuma’s successor could earn close to R4-million

National Treasury anticipates that President Jacob Zuma’s successor may earn almost R4-million when he or she takes office. It is estimated that in 2019/20 the presidential package will amount to R3.4-million‚ with an average growth...

WATCH: Protesters want heads to roll at Great Kei

More than 1000 residents of Great Kei Municipality yesterday braved rain and marched to the municipal offices in Komga, calling for mayor Loyiso Tshetsha’s head and the entire council to step down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N70VK6SIJZ8&feature=youtu.be The angry group...

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...

DA investigates De Lille and the man she wants to anoint as her successor

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille and the DA chief whip in the City of Cape Town‚ Shaun August‚ are under investigation by the DA. They are accused of leaking “confidential party documentation to the...

Demands to fire absent councillor who is still paid despite non-attendance

By SIMTHANDILE FORD and MAMELA GOWA The Buffalo City Metro is yet to take action against an ANC ward councillor who failed to attend four consecutive meetings while enjoying her full salary from the metro. Earlier...

Battle for the DA’s top jobs in E Cape begins to heat up

DA chairwoman in the Eastern Cape Veliswa Mvenya has submitted her preferred leadership team to contest the party’s provincial elections on March 10. The names include the DA’s caucus leader in Buffalo City Metro council,...

Edward Zuma a joke‚ says Phosa

Mathews Phosa has labelled Edward Zuma a joke and waste of golden time. Zuma‚ eldest son of President Jacob Zuma‚ accused Phosa of being bitter and attacking the ANC he once unduly benefited from. Zuma wrote...

Unemployed youth should join the army: Zuma

Faced with increasing levels of youth unemployment in the country‚ President Jacob Zuma used the Armed Forces Day held in Durban to fire home the need for young people can grab career opportunities in...

‘I have a professional relationship with the Honourable Minister’ – Luvo Makasi on Nomvula...

Central Energy Fund chairman Luvo Makasi‚ the man accused of influencing the awarding and payment of contracts in the Department of Water and Sanitation‚ is considering taking legal action against those making the allegations. Makasi...

ANC shifts top MP from finance committee

The ANC has moved one of its top MPs from the finance committee‚ strengthening speculation that a spot has been opened for former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Makhosi Khoza‚ who came to prominence as a...

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and deputy splash out on new wheels

Controversy does not scare Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. He and his deputy have just bought new cars with taxpayer money — at double the price recommended by government. The Sowetan newspaper reported on Tuesday...

NEHAWU to march to Parliament to hand over memorandum to Gordhan

The National Education Health and Allied Worker Union (NEHAWU) is organising a march to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday where they will hand over a memorandum to Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan before...

R500k donation splits ANC

A R500 000 donation is at the heart of a factional battle within the ANC’s Mbhashe sub-region, amid allegations of dirty tricks being used ahead of the much-anticipated Amathole regional conference. Once close members of...

EFF members call for Makhura to step down for Esidimeni tragedy

Members of the EFF protested outside the stadium where Gauteng Premier David Makhura was to address the province and called for him to step down following the deaths of Esidimeni psychiatric patients. Makhura on Monday...

WATCH: PAC stalwart dies while addressing EC mourners

PAC veteran and Poqo cadre Phumelele Nkwenekwe Gaqa shocked mourners when he collapsed and died while talking at the reburial of one of his comrades in Mthatha on Saturday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF0jxK5w3ec The 75-year-old Gaqa, who miraculously escaped...

ANC MP ‘forced out’ to make way for Brian Molefe in Parliament

An African National Congress member of Parliament was “pushed out” to make way for former Eskom chief executive officer Brian Molefe to be parachuted into the National Assembly. City Press reported on Sunday that ANC...
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Premier address slammed by opposition

Opposition parties in the provincial legislature have slammed premier Phumulo Masualle’s State of the Province address (Sopa) as “lacking substance”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-GaaAx59ZU For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch or subscribe to our e-Edition...

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...

Brian ‘Saxonwold Shabeen’ Molefe unfit for Parliament: DA

The Democratic Alliance says that former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe is unfit to be a Member of Parliament‚ referring to him as an “ethically compromised Zupta buddy with corruption clouds hanging over his...

Masualle commits to service delivery on numerous fronts

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has committed his administration to a number of guiding principles during his State of the Province address earlier today. He promised better access to quality education, that the administration will promote better...