Gordhan says reports about his arrest ‘distressing

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan says recent reports about his arrest – “imminent or not” – have been extremely distressing for him and his family and that his lawyers will approach the Hawks and...

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...

Social media abuzz after scuffle in Parliament

Once again parliament was reduced to chaos on Tuesday afternoon when opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters MPs refused to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was scheduled for a question and answer session when...

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...

ANC‚ DA invoke memory of Mandela during Vuwani debate

The Minister of State Security on Tuesday said the “entire nation was brought to tears when more than 20 schools went up in smoke in Vuwani two weeks ago”. “Words cannot express the untold suffering...

Malema’s call to burn ANC offices could be headed to Electoral Court

Julius Malema’s call for “communities involved in protests to burn the offices of the African National Congress (ANC)” could be one of the first cases referred to the Electoral Court following Monday’s adoption of...

Sihlwayi saves day after Mbete snub

More than 1000 Middledrift community members braved the heat to attend a march against gender-based violence led by social development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi yesterday, after National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete arrived too late to...

Maimane says Electoral Code of Conduct should’ve tackled food parcels

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said the electoral pledge‚ signed by leaders of political parties‚ falls short by ignoring two “threats” to free and fair elections. This came on Monday when political leaders gathered...

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...

Mbete in bid to drum up support

ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete crisscrossed Buffalo City metro yesterday campaigning for her party as it gears up for the August 3 local government elections. She visited Sweetwaters in King William’s Town and Mdantsane highway...

Presidency denies rumours of Gordhan’s ‘imminent’ arrest

The Presidency has dismissed a report about the imminent arrest of Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan as the “work of dangerous information peddlers who wish to cause confusion and mayhem in the country”. In a...

Pravin ‘arrest’ shock

The Hawks want Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to be prosecuted for “espionage” in a case related to the activities of the South African Revenue Service “rogue unit” established while he was the tax agency’s...

Getting rid of Zuma won’t solve economic and unemployment problems

Removing President Jacob Zuma after the damning Constitutional Court judgment on Nkandla will not resolve the country’s problems such as the struggling economy and massive job losses. ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize told hundreds of mourners...

No problems experienced with Zuma’s plane‚ says Presidency

The Presidency has pointed out that reports that a technical fault was experienced with President Jacob Zuma’s aircraft Inkwazi while in Uganda are erroneous. “The Presidency wishes to confirm that the plane did not experience...

Amathole list conference conflict: ANC leaders not on same page

  ANC leaders yesterday made conflicting statements on when the party’s much-awaited Amathole’s regional list conference would finally convene. The list conference has been delayed for more than a week, pending implementations of the provincial list...

Political parties pounce on plan to purchase new presidential plane

The Congress of the People (COPE) on Thursday used the “reduced circumstances” of South Africa being “only the third-largest economy in Africa” to urge prudence on the purchase of a “Zuma jet”. “While the minister...

Environmental Affairs Minister is running the country

Edna Molewa is the president of South Africa. While Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa are out of the country‚ that is. The Presidency on Wednesday night announced that Zuma had arrived in Kampala to...

Workers booted out of meeting: chaos erupts as unionists fight over attendance

Members of a rival faction of the provincial South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) were yesterday booted out of a special provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting. The meeting, at an East London hotel yesterday, got...

President Zuma will get a new jet‚ Defence Minister confirms

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Wednesday confirmed that the Department of Defence would acquire a new presidential jet‚ but denied that there was a preferred option or that an amount of R4 billion had...

Mngxitama: ‘Slave mentality’ EFF doesn’t believe ‘blacks can actually farm and feed the nation’

Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama says he believes his movement will overthrow the current “system of power and politics”. Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama said‚ ahead of its launch...

Blow for three ward councillor hopefuls

The ambitions of three ANC members to become Ward41 councillor in Zwelitsha have been dealt a heavy blow.  The ANC’s national list committee has ruled that the branch general meeting at which they were nominated...

Unite to stem ANC’s abuse

I once shared premises with a pregnant lady who frequently complained about her cheating boyfriend. Despite his cheating ways, she often declared undying love for him. This is the type of relationship many ANC...

EFF finalises election lists for ‘endorsement’

The Economic Freedom Fighters, yesterday finalised the process of nominating party candidates for ward and proportional representation (PR) council positions. Unlike other political parties, the EFF is now busy with preparations for its national listing...

Thuli Madonsela hit claims being taken seriously

Police are paying “serious attention” to claims by a whistleblower about an alleged assassination plot against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The plot‚ revealed to Madonsela by a police informant who she knows‚ involved the payment...

Gordhan: Reckless awarding of tenders will impact generations to come

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday warned public servants not to award tenders to their friends. Gordhan‚ who was delivering the keynote address at Public Finance Management conference in Johannesburg‚ said reckless awarding of tenders...

DA gives NPA deadline for answers on prosecution of PE’s security boss

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams 14 days to explain why Nelson Mandela Bay’s safety and security head Linda Mti has not been prosecuted. “The DA has fought...

Ramaphosa heads to Kigali to punt SA’s ‘stable economy’

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will head to Rwanda on Wednesday to “communicate to regional and international investors a positive message that South Africa macro-economic environment remains resilient”. The Presidency said he will lead Team South...

SACP calls for PR councillor list probe

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape has called for a probe into what it deems a fraudulent proportional representation (PR) councillor list by the ANC’s Dr WB Rubusana region (BCM). The...

BCM’s ‘copy-and-paste’ IDP plan

The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) currently under discussion by Buffalo City Metro (BCM) bears little relation to initiatives for economic growth proposed over the past year. Compiling an IDP is a statutory requirement for all local...

CCMA orders ANC to employ woman

The ANC caucus in the Bhisho legislature has been ordered to appoint a candidate who was overlooked despite her 21 years of experience in the ANC office and meeting the basic requirements of the...

No more load shedding for South Africa, says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma received a heart-felt welcome from Eskom staff on Friday morning‚ and from a choir that ulululated when he entered the power facility’s offices in Sunninghill’s Megawatt Park‚ Johannesburg. Zuma said that he...

Cope: Empty benches in Parliament more of an embarrassment for Zuma

With “empty opposition benches”‚ the “bootlicking and bum-sucking African National Congress (ANC) caucus” had President Jacob Zuma and Speaker Baleka Mbete “all to themselves and what an uninspiring and lacklustre lot they showed themselves...
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Call to vet Dr WB Rubusana region list

ANC veteran Joe Jordan, one of the party’s longest serving former MPLs, has called for the provincial structure to rebuke the Dr WB Rubusana region over its list of proportional representation (PR) councillors. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phddoPLEv1g] Jordan...

EFF suspended from Parliament for five days

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has been suspended from the National Assembly for five working days. This follows the party’s refusal to withdraw from the chamber on Wednesday after being ordered out by Speaker Baleka...

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...

Council speaker faces backlash after speaking out about irregularities

Vocal Ngqushwa Municipality council speaker Zukisa Jowela is under fire for speaking out about irregularities at the municipality. The Daily Dispatch has seen correspondence, written by mayor Solomzi Ndwayana, calling for his conduct to be...

Not one nod for BCM mayor … while his deputy tops the ANC candidate...

Buffalo City Metro mayor Alfred Mtsi may have to relinquish his post after the local government elections if the ANC regional candidates’ list is anything to go by. Mtsi’s name does not appear on the...

COPE feels vindicated for pulling out of Parliament

The Congress of the People (COPE) party says it is vindicated for pulling out of Parliament‚ which it says has lost its legitimacy and has degenerated into discord‚ dissension and dishonesty. “By its shameful failure...

Barbs and insults fly in Parliament

Barbs and insults flew thick and fast in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon after DA leader Mmusi Maimane described President Jacob Zuma as a thief. “The truth is that this man is a thief‚” he said...

Opponents of transformation in sport ‘lack God in their hearts’: Mbalula

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has branded those against government's efforts to transform sport in the country as lacking God in their hearts."They can insult us but we will not retreat on transformation," he said. "People...

EFF booted out of Parliament

President Jacob Zuma’s first appearance in parliament since the courts made two damning rulings against him got off to a bumpy start on Wednesday when EFF members were ejected from the National Assembly. The EFF...

Corruption ‘hinders all attempts to end poverty’

The University of Fort Hare and the SA Association of Public Administration and Management (Saapam) yesterday hosted academics from across Africa to discuss the future of South Africa’s public administration.  Saapam’s annual two-day conference is...

Late BCM list meeting for ANC starts

The ANC in the Dr WB Rubusana region (Buffalo City Metro) has finally been able to convene its long-awaited list conference.  The party convened the conference at the Alexandra Golf Club in Greenfields yesterday. It...

UDM extends electoral list deadline

United Democratic Movement (UDM) national bosses have given the party’s Eastern Cape district structures until next weekend to iron out discrepancies and queries from the party’s list conference. The UDM held its provincial list conference...

Government has provided shelter to over 20 million South Africans

The government has provided shelter to over 20 million South Africans‚ Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu says. Speaking during her department’s budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday‚ Sisulu said that since 1994‚ the government...

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...

Phiyega fitness inquiry opens with questions over scope

The board of inquiry into the fitness of suspended national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega to hold office began on Tuesday morning as evidence leaders asked the board to rule on two preliminary issues. The...

‘Malema’s remarks could provoke violent approach towards the IEC’

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (Casac) on Tuesday urged the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to “retract its dangerous condemnation” of the Electoral Commission (IEC). The group described Julius Malema’s statements that...

‘Malema’s remarks could provoke violent approach towards the IEC’

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (Casac) on Tuesday urged the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to “retract its dangerous condemnation” of the Electoral Commission (IEC).  The group described Julius Malema’s statements that...

Hawkers and guards lose out on pay after Zuma’s prayer no-show

Hours after the sudden cancellation of a national day of prayer event‚ which was to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma‚ some oblivious ANC supporters were patiently awaiting his arrival outside Durban’s Absa Stadium...