Masualle: R250k ‘sabotage’

Huge transfer ‘shocked’ new premier to act. PREMIER Phumulo Masualle was not aware of plans to deposit R250 000 into his personal account for him to use for former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral arrangements. The premier...

Premier ‘did not alter questions’

THE ANC in the Bhisho legislature yesterday came to the defence of premier Phumulo Masualle amid allegations that he was “ducking and diving” in answering parliamentary questions. ANC chief whip Mzoleli Mrara yesterday denied allegations...

Former youth leader refuses to move out

Businessman’s luxury home up for auction. FORMER National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) head Andile Lungisa has decided to put up a legal fight on the eve of the sheriff evicting him from a luxury Port...

Makupula slams ‘ill-disciplined’ school principals

Failure to budget for pupils angers MEC EDUCATION MEC Mandla Makupula issued a stern warning at school principals who failed to budget for pupils who were affected by the department’s re-alignment programme. A Daily Dispatch investigation...

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...

Open letter: Ex-miners call for Zuma’s ousting

THE Ex-Mine Workers Union of SA (EMWUSA) has written an open letter to the provincial ANC in a bid to get the national executive committee to disband the top structures of the ruling party. In...

ANC’s Kodwa hits out at ‘clueless, lazy’ comrades

Deployees causing loss of trust. ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa has lambasted “lazy comrades” in government saying they were reason the party was losing trust in Eastern Cape’s metros. Addressing the party’s provincial lekgotla in East...

Men tell how ‘sex for jobs’ ruined their lives

TWO Eastern Cape husbands this week opened up on how their marriages fell apart after discovering their wives were sexually involved with senior government officials. One of the men is now raising a child he...

Cosatu leaders in EL to fix divisions

COSATU’S national leadership will head a delegation in East London today to iron out divisions in the congress’s provincial structure. Cosatu deputy chairwoman Ntomboxolo Maheneza said national officials, including president S’dumo Dlamini and general secretary...

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...

Quotes of the week

Here is a selection of quotes of Southern African interest:  “If they think they have enough evidence, then they should go ahead and prosecute me.” — DA MP and former NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, responding...

Malema’s Marikana claim ‘disingenuous’: ANC

A CLAIM by EFF leader Julius Malema that the ANC government is responsible for the so-called massacre in Marikana is disingenuous, the ruling party has said. “We believe that he has abused the privilege of...

Ngqushwa suspends municipal manager

NGQUSHWA municipality, based in Peddie, has suspended its municipal manager Vuyokazi Mbelani on various charges including gross insubordination. Mbelani’s suspension was decided at a special council meeting on Friday weeks after Mbelani had written to...

Bhisho calls KSD to account

KSD leadership has been summoned to Bhisho to account for the financial crisis that threatens to bring services to a halt. On Tuesday municipal manager Zizamele Mnqanqeni released a circular informing staff members there was...

‘Mine strike must end’ – Mantashe

Safety and security must be restored in the platinum belt in the North West so that workers are free to resume work, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. "We are still by and...

ANC wary of losing metro

A HIGH-level ANC delegation led by the party’s provincial deployee, Zizi Kodwa, is expected in the province today to help turn around the party’s fortunes in Nelson Mandela Metro. This follows the party’s national executive...

Bhisho jobs scandal widens

Nehawu hurls fresh accusations of nepotism and graft. NEHAWU has upped the ante in Bhisho with fresh claims of nepotism and sexual harassment. In a memo to local government MEC Fikile Xasa, the union blames local...

Youth league pulls out all stops

Plans to reach 50 000 unveiled. THE ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape aims to reach up to 50 000 young people in 500 branches as part of its branch renewal programme ahead of...
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Council probes R10m expenditure

POLITICIANS have demanded answers from Ngqushwa municipal officials on how the municipality incurred irregular and unauthorised expenditure of nearly R10-million in nine months. Council documents seen by the Dispatch show that the cash-strapped council spent...

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...

Ex-MEC set to return to Bhisho

FORMER Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana is set to make a comeback to parliamentary politics, two weeks after being stripped of the portfolio. Yesterday he emerged as a strong favourite to oversee the powerful office of...

Premier gets a heads up on priorities issues

WITH the political wrangling of the past few months now officially behind him, provincial premier Phumulo Masualle has been urged to roll up his sleeves and get the province working again. Masualle was sworn in...

Ex-speaker quits parliament

AXED National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu has resigned from parliament as an ANC MP, just a week after being overlooked for the position  in favour of the party’s national chairman Baleka Mbete. The office of...

Masualle seeks HoDs for six of 13 departments

Current contracts end in five months. BARELY two days after taking office, Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle is already searching for senior administrators to head six of 13 provincial government departments. Masualle’s office has advertised for...

ANC will engage and learn says new spokesman

Zuma insider Zizi Kodwa assumes key role. THE ANC has appointed Goodenough “Zizi” Kodwa as the party’s new national spokesman. Kodwa, who was sworn in as an ANC member of parliament (MP) last week after...

Jonas, Holomisa in new JZ Cabinet

Finance post a bonus for province. THE former Eastern Cape MEC for economic development and tourism, Mcebisi Jonas, and the honorary president of Contralesa, Phathekile Holomisa, are in President Jacob Zuma’s new revamped Cabinet. Jonas was...

It’s all hands on deck

NEWLY appointed Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle said he balanced “experience with renewal” when he announced his new 10-member executive council (exco) yesterday. Five new faces have been introduced to the provincial executive, while three...

Kiviet’s plate full with ‘simmering’ Nehawu tension

ONE of newly anointed legislature speaker Noxolo Kiviet’s immediate tasks will be to defuse simmering tensions between the legislature’s bosses and labour. This after more than 200 employees aligned to National Education, Health and Allied...

Malema’s crew steal show at swearing-in

JULIUS Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters stuck to their guns and wore overalls, makarabas and their trademark berets to the first sitting of the National Assembly. On a wet and cold morning in Cape Town, the...

Ntola expulsion ‘Nothing to do with Vavi’: Sadtu

SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) president Thobile Ntola was expelled for his inappropriate relationship with service providers, the union said on Wednesday. "There is no link between Ntola's expulsion and Vavi. The issue is not...

REPRIEVE AND REWARD

Kiviet saves face as speaker while party ‘stabiliser’ takes helm. THE Eastern Cape, one of three provinces to get a new premier, will see its former finance MEC Phumulo Masualle being sworn in today. He takes...

Masualle gets the nod

THE ANC has appointed Phumulo Masualle as the sixth premier of the Eastern Cape. Noxolo Kiviet, the outgoing premier, will return to the legislature for her second stint as its speaker. This was announced in...

Extra names for EC premier ‘a joke’

TWO additional names were being considered for the Eastern Cape premiership position by the ANC’s national executive in Luthuli House last night.A provincial executive committee (PEC) decision last week to only endorse Phumulo Masualle’s...

SADTU BOSS BOOTED OUT

TEACHERS’ union boss Thobile Ntola has been expelled from Sadtu after being found guilty of six of the 10 charges against him. The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) national executive committee (NEC) endorsed the...

Zille under pressure as rift grows

DA insiders reveal plans to discredit leader DA LEADER Helen Zille is increasingly coming under pressure from inside the party as a campaign to discredit her from within gains momentum. This is according to party insiders...

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...

Please account, Mr

FINANCE MEC Phumulo Masualle had access to R500000 of taxpayers’ money for at least 24 hours during the Nelson Mandela mourning period last year. Half was paid into his private account on December 7. The...

Zuma inauguration to cost under R75m

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s inauguration ceremony scheduled for next Saturday will cost “far less” than the R120-million set aside for it by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. That’s according to Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in...

MASUALLE FOR PREMIER

Province unites on one name for top position. ONLY President Jacob Zuma stands between Phumulo Masualle and the province’s highest political office as Eastern Cape’s sixth premier. Yesterday the ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) unanimously nominated...

Zuma takes on critics, opposition

‘Negative’ campaigns slammed. IF THIS year’s election results were a modest showing for the ANC‚ President Jacob Zuma did not get the memo. At a Johannesburg victory rally‚ hours after the declaration of the election results...

Three in race to replace Mazibuko

THREE names emerged yesterday as contenders to take over from Lindiwe Mazibuko as parliamentary leader of the DA. They are party leader Helen Zille, DA national chairman Dr Wilmot James and DA national spokesperson Mmusi...

Black support grows for DA

The Democratic Alliance has seen an increase in the number of black supporters, the party said on Friday. "We grew our support among black South Africans from 0.8 percent in 2009 to approximately six percent...

Elections: Agang pays the price of unimpressive message

LACK of strategic coherence resulted in the floundering of the Agang SA project, political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said. Agang SA entered the poll as a first-time contender, positioning itself as a champion of governance. Party leader...

Elections: Mixed feelings for young first-timers

A LONG queue of “born-frees” voting for the first time waited impatiently at a Rhodes University booth in Grahamstown yesterday. Most were sure about where their vote would go and could not wait to get...

Elderly and infirm cast special votes

NINETY-SIX-year-old Lourina Hayes was one of the oldest eligible special voters to cast their vote yesterday. More than 57000 special voters were accredited in the Eastern Cape to vote yesterday and today. According to the Electoral...

Zuma cheered like a rock star

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma exuded confidence like a man certain of his return to power as he addressed a cheering crowd at the ANC’s election rally yesterday. In a move choreographed to portray Zuma as popular...

Province’s traditional leaders throw weight behind ANC for elections

EASTERN Cape traditional leaders this week publicly pronounced that they will throw their support behind the ANC in the general elections to ensure the organisation remains in government. However, they sent a stern warning to...

Kasrils: ANC stripping, robbing SA

THE ANC government was stripping the country and robbing its people, former ANC intelligence minister and party stalwart Ronnie Kasrils said. Kasrils yesterday told a Heroes Day public debate in Grahamstown they should vote for...

Vavi dumps speech to speak out openly

COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi abandoned the ANC’s “good story” script at Cosatu’s May Day rally and instead spoke more uncomfortable truths. He talked about a troubled tripartite alliance and its strained relationship with metal...

COPE five return to ‘flawed’ ANC fold

FORMER COPE MPs officially welcomed by the Eastern Cape ANC yesterday acknowledged their new political home was not perfect and had its fair share of “flaws and problems”. However, they said problems in the ruling...