R12.5m fraud arrest ‘just a coverup’

AN ANC councillor in Mbizana municipality has come out in support of its director of planning and infrastructure who was arrested for fraud and corruption. Councillor Justice Madikizela claims there was a plot to have...

ANC’s task team happy with ANCYL in E Cape

THE national task team of the ANC Youth League is so far satisfied with its Eastern Cape executive and has no plan to disband them. “We had a discussion to find out whether the province...

Chris Hani region dumps Mabuyane

IN AN unprecedented move the Chris Hani region has ditched one of its sons, ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, in his attempt to retain his position at the party’s elective conference in Port Elizabeth...

Video Available: Business Breakfast with Pravin Gordhan

The Dispatch Business Club, in association with the ECDC, presents Pravin Gordhan, the Minister of Finance. Pravin Gordhan was discussing the challenges and opportunities for economic growth in the Eastern Cape. He took questions from the...

Mileham to fill Trollip’s shoes in Parliament soon

KEVIN MILEHAM, the Democratic Alliance’s chief whip in Buffalo City Metro council would soon be off to Cape Town to replace Athol Trollip as the party’s member of Parliament. This follows what Mileham described as...

We mustn’t be seen as liars – MEC

EASTERN Cape health MEC Sicelo Gqobana warned politicians not to expose themselves as liars who played with people’s expectations by making empty promises. He said such behaviour was detrimental not only to the government but...

Chris Hani region awaits ANC ruling

THE ANC’s top brass are scheduled to present a report to the party’s national executive committee next week on their findings on the party’s troubled Chris Hani region. This follows a visit by the party’s...

ANC bails out mayor after graft claims

ANC heavyweights have rallied behind under-fire Ndlambe mayor Sipho Tandani by helping him settle a R92000 account owed to a local hardware store. The anonymous bailout comes weeks after Tandani was provisionally sequestrated in the...

ANC gets go-ahead to vote

THE ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial elective conference received a green light to convene at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth on June 26 to 29. This was announced yesterday by the party’s provincial secretary...
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Opposition blasts ANC for ‘costly’ policy jaunt

OPPOSITION parties have lashed out at the ANC in the Eastern Cape for using state resources to fund last week’s party meeting with its councillors. The DA said it would table the matter in the...

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...
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Thuli seeks fairness for all citizens

PUBLIC protector advocate Thuli Madonsela’s reputation for hard hitting, no-nonsense investigations into state corruption and maladministration is earning her fanatical support. She is determined to do what is right and fair, and to make sure...

Porn claim infuriates Sexwale

TOKYO Sexwale’s divorce got a whole lot messier when the lawyer of his estranged wife, Judy, accused the Minister of Human Settlements of attempting to blackmail her with allegations of using hardcore pornography. Divorce lawyer...

DA blames Jonas for ELIDZ budget cut

A MOVE to cut the East London Industrial Development Zone budget by 15.2% this financial year is raising a political storm. The Eastern Cape MEC for economic development, environmental affairs and tourism (Dedeat), Mcebisi Jonas,...

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...

Somyo takes the chair

FORMER district mayor Sakhumzi Somyo made a clean sweep in the ANC’s Amathole regional conference yesterday, upping the stakes ahead of the party’s Eastern Cape conference next month. Somyo defeated Fundile Gade in the race...

ANC admits DA poses threat in EC

THE ANC is facing the possibility of losing control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMM) in Port Elizabeth to the Democratic Alliance. Local government and traditional affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane made the admission while...

ANC councillors spend big in EL

MORE than 1000 ANC councillors met in East London yesterday, bringing an economic boost to the city. Hotels across the city were booked up on Sunday night with roughly 1050 visiting councillors. ANC provincial chairman and...

Mom accuses EL school of ‘discrimination’

AN EAST London woman claims she was discriminated against by a staff member at Southernwood Primary School because of her political affiliation. The allegation came after Southernwood resident Zusakhe Javu tried to enrol her child...

BCM has more black middle class than Bay

NELSON Mandela Metro (NMM) has 510382 compared with 306408 residents who earn nothing in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) and there are hundreds more black middle class earners in BCM than in the Bay. These were...

Angie demands apology after underwear protest

A “DISGUSTED” and “pained” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has written an open letter to teachers’ union Sadtu and labour federation Cosatu demanding an apology for the display of panties purported to be hers...

Majodina: SA justice system fails women

EASTERN Cape social development and special programmes MEC Pemmy Majodina has fired a salvo at the country’s justice system, accusing it of failing South African women. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Dispatch at the weekend,...

Insight: NDP and active citizens

THE NGO world suffered a blow in March this year when Idasa closed its doors as funding for democratisation programmes reduced to a trickle. As a well-resourced NGO, it had done much to advance...

Daso holds campus campaign unchallenged

PROMINENT political figures descended on the University of Fort Hare this week in anticipation of yesterday’s student elections. Former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela, national DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane and DA Youth federal chair hopeful...

Secrecy bill another step closer

CHANGES introduced by the National Council of Provinces to the Protection of State Information Bill were adopted by the National Assembly despite warnings by opposition parties that the bill may still be unconstitutional. A heated...

Police asked to probe Ndlambe mayor for graft

THE Ndlambe Democratic Alliance has asked police to investigate corruption charges against Mayor Sipho Tandani. The move follows allegations in court that he offered a local hardware store a lucrative municipal piping contract as a...

Oppelt: Pule must prove accusations

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Dina Pule must provide evidence that the Sunday Times was involved in a smear and blackmail campaign against her, editor Phylicia Oppelt said yesterday . “If she cannot, she should do the right...

ANC hits back as DA likens it to NP

THE ANC in the Eastern Cape has lambasted the opposition Democratic Alliance for its election campaign document, which it says portrays the ruling party as being no different to the apartheid government. The ANC is...

Thuli says Sterkspruit report near completion

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela said she expected a provisional report on the investigation into allegations of corruption and nepotism in Senqu Local Municipality by June. Her office will also be able to go forward with...

An advocate for change

FAR from his ambitions of being a truck driver when he grew up, advocate Mbuyiseli Madlanga has turned out to be one of the best legal minds in the country and was recently appointed...

DA pamphlet sparks ANC’s ire

A DA pamphlet showing former president Nelson Mandela and activist Helen Suzman embracing has angered the ANC, it was reported yester day. African National Congress Western Cape leader Marius Fransman told the Cape Times the...

Cry the ‘forgotten’ Transkei

UDM president Bantu Holomisa says Transkei resembles a Third World country and many towns in the OR Tambo region are run down after years of neglect. The erstwhile leader of the former Transkei bantustan led...
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ANC draws audit line

ANC councillors from all 45 Eastern Cape municipalities have been summoned to a meeting by the provincial leadership where they will be read the riot act over their dismal audits. Not a single Eastern Cape...

Kiviet says economic growth not bad in EC

THE general view of how the Eastern Cape government is performing according to PREMIER Noxolo Kiviet believes that steady progress is being made in the areas of governance and service delivery in the Eastern...

Mthatha court to rule on ANC councillors

SUSPENDED ANC councillors from Mbhashe Municipality will hear their fate on Friday when the Mthatha High Court rules on whether their expulsion from the municipality was lawful. The court has asked for transcripts from the...

Ramphele calls on SA to vote wisely

AGANG founder Dr Mamphele Ramphele called on South Africans to stop giving the ANC a blank cheque by voting it into power even though it was failing the electorate. Addressing community members and schoolchildren at...

Calls for AmaMpondo unity

SPEAKERS including Premier Noxolo Kiviet, former premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile and Bishop Mvume Dandala called for unity and peace among the AmaMpondo during the funeral of Eastern Mpondoland King Mpondom bini Sigcau. The speakers said...

Don’t deny apartheid legacy, says minister

SOUTH African Communist Party national deputy chairman Thulas Nxesi lamented the media and opposition Democratic Alliance for using assassinated SACP leader Chris Hani’s name to “demonise” the current tripartite alliance leadership. Speaking at a gala...

FW wades into apartheid fray

SOUTH Africa’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk has waded into the fray, and yesterday accused President Jacob Zuma of using apartheid to cover his own government’s failure to tackle joblessness and poor education. Attempts...

EC ANC allies want move of teachers

A POLITICAL solution to the transfer of excess teachers to other schools has been reached, according to the tripartite alliance – though the main teachers union seemed less certain. The Daily Dispatch spoke to ANC...

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...
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Angie returns the reins

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga is planning on downgrading her department’s intervention in the Eastern Cape education department. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday , Motshekga said she would approach the National Council...

Zille sets DA sights on Sterkspruit

THE Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) distanced itself from the visit by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip who were in town yesterday. About 500 people converged at the Bensonvale College...

Zuma fires Mbizana 4

ANC PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, in his second Eastern Cape intervention in as many months, led a high powered delegation to Mbizana on Friday to sack the council’s top four leaders. Mayor Zoleka Busuku, speaker Phikolomzi...

Zuma in EC to address infighting in Mbizana

ANC heavyweights led by party president Jacob Zuma arrived in Eastern Cape yesterday to resolve infighting in the troubled ANC-led Mbizana local municipality. ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed yesterday that Mbizana senior councillors as...

ANC oversight row

ANC councillors in some Eastern Cape municipalities find themselves stuck between a political rock and a hard place as they try and play their oversight role without earning the wrath of party leaders. The auditor-general,...

AG slams meddling politicians

NATIONAL auditor- general Terence Nombembe has found councillors in at least 11 Eastern Cape councils illegally interfered with the municipal administration . The troubled councils where politicians overstepped their boundaries include BCM, Nelson Mandela Bay,...

Insight: How president misled parliament on the CAR

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma did not tell parliament the truth about the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Central African Republic (CAR). The president is required to inform parliament “promptly and...

Chikane shrugs off ‘hero worship’ claim

FORMER politician Frank Chikane on Tuesday criticised corrupt elements in the governing ANC as “a cancer that will eat us up”. Chikane’s latest book The Things That Could Not Be Said: A(ids) to Z(imbabwe), published...

EC leaders to blame for R5bn waste

EASTERN Cape municipalities blew R5.1-billion in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the 2011-2012 financial year – more than double the previous year. Auditor-General Terence Nombembe told the premier, Noxolo Kiviet, and other provincial...