Minimum wage to come into force in May 2018

Parties to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) — excluding the Congress of South African Trade Unions — have signed the agreement on the national minimum wage and labour market stability. This was...

Legal unit takes aim at Masualle

The  Eastern Cape legislature’s legal unit has accused Premier Phumulo Masualle of breaching the constitution and Public Service Act by ignoring the recommendations of the Public Service Commission (PSC). The legal unit yesterday testified before...

ANC adds four more ‘rebels’ to list

Four more ANC councillors in BCM have joined the list of rebels who defied their party’s caucus by voting with the opposition at a council meeting recently. The four rebels were omitted from the list...

Defence force will only be used in event of a calamity at SONA: Mapisa-Nqakula

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the defence force will only be used in the event of a “calamity” at the State of the Nation address on Thursday. President Jacob Zuma is facing...

Rebel ANC councillors face grilling

ANC provincial leaders have appointed health MEC Dr Pumza Dyantyi to lead the disciplinary hearings of 17 Buffalo City Metro “rebel” councillors. The councillors face charges for defying an ANC caucus decision on who to...

ANC official acts on online attacks

Online bullying of an ANC councillor could have consequences for some Gonubie residents. Buffalo City Metro councillor and head of the community services portfolio community, Helen Neale-May said an onslaught of Saturday afternoon Facebook postings, during...

Nceba Faku wants top ANC post

After months of speculation and behind-the-scenes lobbying‚ former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor-turned businessman Nceba Faku has declared that he will be vying for the ANC’s top post in the Eastern Cape. Faku finally revealed his...

Parliament security shutdown won’t ‘inhibit’ media from covering Zuma’s speech

Stringent security measures in place for Thursday’s state of the nation address will not “inhibit” the media’s ability to perform its role‚ Parliament has insisted. A statement on Monday said the secretary to Parliament‚ Gengezi...

FF Plus mulls giving EFF reins

The Freedom Front Plus stands in the way of the EFF seizing power in the first municipality in which the Red Berets would control a council. “The reason why we … hesitant to support...

Parliament security shutdown won’t ‘inhibit’ media from covering Zuma’s speech

Stringent security measures in place for Thursday’s state of the nation address will not “inhibit” the media’s ability to perform its role‚ Parliament has insisted. A statement on Monday said the secretary to Parliament‚ Gengezi...

DA Youth chair Daweti resigns

The DA is looking for a candidate to fill the position of Democratic Youth chair after the chairwoman of the democrats’ youth wing resigned recently. For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch...

COSATU launches a scathing attack on DA/EFF coalition

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in Gauteng has accused the DA/ EFF administration in the city of Tshwane of racism and shedding jobs. “Cosatu in Gauteng is disturbed by turbulent labour relations...

ANCWL to Madonsela: accept that your term as a public protector is over

Thuli Madonsela must accept that her tenure as a public protector has come to an end‚ the ANC Women’s League said on Monday. Secretary-general Meokgo Matuba said the league had “read with disappointment attacks” on...

Zuma to push ‘Unity in Action’ at pre-SONA business lunch

President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday try to drum up support from the business sector when he hosts a “Pre-SONA Business Investor Luncheon in Cape Town” on Tuesday. The leader will push the “Unity in...

Zuma to push ‘Unity in Action’ at pre-SONA business lunch

President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday try to drum up support from the business sector when he hosts a “Pre-SONA Business Investor Luncheon in Cape Town” on Tuesday. The leader will push the “Unity in...

Zuma asked to call out Trump over ‘Muslim ban’

President Jacob Zuma has been urged to publicly denounce the actions of US President Donald Trump. Intentional charity Oxfam has urged world leaders to pledge to #standasone with refugees denied access to the US resettlement...

Bhanga throws his hat in DA’s EC leader ring

Former COPE member of parliament and now Nelson Mandela Metro PR councillor for the DA Nqaba Bhanga says he is ready to take over from Trollip as the DA’s provincial leader. The recently appointed Nelson Mandela...

DA presses charge against former health MEC over mental patients’ deaths

The Democratic Alliance is laying charges of culpable homicide today against former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu following the release of the Health Ombudsman’s report titled “94+ Silent Deaths and Still Counting”. The submissions contained...

Zuma’s son launches scathing attack on Gordhan‚ Jonas and De Klerk

President Jacob Zuma’s son‚ Edward‚ has launched a scathing attack on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan‚ accusing him of having “shares everywhere”‚ using his connections to make a profit and trying to sell South African...

‘Zuma is a conman and the worst president the ANC has ever had’ –...

The Save South Africa movement is convening a People’s Assembly next week‚ dubbed the Real State of the Nation address‚ “to present the truth about the Zuma administration‚ and the truth about South Africa“‚...

ANC wins 4 by-elections

The ANC retained Ward 12 in the Metsimaholo by-election with 31.34% of the votes‚ while the EFF came in second. The Free State ward became vacant when the ANC councillor resigned. The EFF is hoping to...

Public Protector Mkhwebane to stand up against Zuma over state capture report

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will oppose President Jacob Zuma’s application to take the State of Capture report on review‚ but this could change depending on legal advice. Addressing media on her 100 days in office‚...

Buffalo City ANC caucus in trouble

Buffalo City Metro executive mayor Xola Pakati yesterday had to explain why the city’s ANC caucus defied party orders and recommended an acting municipal manager instead of leaving it to the provincial government. The ANC...

EFF targets Qedani Mahlangu over patient deaths

The Economic Freedom Front says it will lay criminal charges against former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu at this morning at Johannesburg Central Hospital. The party called Mahlangu a “killer” for being driving force to...

Parliament horrified by death of 94 mentally ill patients in Gauteng

Parliament’s portfolio committee on health was horrified on Wednesday by the news that 94 mentally ill patients had died after being sent to NGOs that were ill equipped to care for them in Gauteng. The...

‘My integrity is intact’ – Gerrie Nel says he is not playing politics

Advocate Gerrie Nel says he did not join lobby group Afriforum for any political affiliation. “I’ve never had a political agenda and I don’t have a political agenda now. “Over the 35 years ‚ I have...

State Security Minister David Mahlobo must answer to MPs over ties to Mcebo Dlamini

Speaker of Parliament‚ Baleka Mbete‚ has referred the Minister of State Security‚ David Mahlobo‚ to the Powers and Privileges Committee to answer to an accusation that he was deliberately misleading in his comments on...

The bruising power play behind De Lille’s exit

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s surprise resignation as Democratic Alliance Western Cape leader on Sunday came after a bruising fight with party heavyweights including Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in which De Lille...

ANC regrets Morocco’s readmission to the African Union

The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday said the readmission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the African Union (AU) was “a regrettable decision“. The 54-member bloc voted overwhelmingly to readmit Morocco after an absence...

Trump’s policies only a problem to SA if they threaten multilateral trade deals: Mantashe

African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe said US President Donald Trump’s changes in policies should only be a cause for concern if they threaten multilateral trade deals. Mantashe’s comment comes after Trump slapped...

Molefe not on ANC parliamentary list – yet: Mantashe

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is not yet on the African National Congress list for Parliament‚ party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday. Mantashe said half of the list of people nominated for Parliament came...

ANC moves to thwart manipulation of leadership nomination process

The ANC has resolved to keep regional and provincial leaders at bay during the nomination process of leaders in the run up to its elective conference in December to prevent them from possibly manipulating...

Rubusana region backs same ANC provincial leadership  

The ANC DR WB Rubusana has become one of the first regions to enter the ANC's provincial succession debate after their weekend meeting endorsed the retaining of the status quo in the party's provincial...

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...

Probe into contract for toilets may open again

The new public protector Busisiwe Mkwebane’s office may soon reopen the investigation into the controversial Amathole district municipality (ADM) Siyenza toilet contract. During the previous PP Thuli Madonsela’s term, the office had to halt the...

EFF supports Fica Bill‚ dismisses Manyi’s challenges

Mzwanele Manyi’s contention that passing the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (Fica) Bill will mean that “ANC will be broke” shows that the party “is funded on ill-gotten gains”‚ the EFF said. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi...

Gordhan to respond to Guptas in bank row

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is to file papers in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday in his on-going battle with the controversial Gupta family. The filing follows the Guptas responding last week to an...

Butterworth businesses shut down during ANC protest

Business has ground to a halt in Butterworth as an ANC faction protested against Mnquma municipal manager Sindile Tantsi. The protesters have instructed businesses to shut their doors or face their wrath. Businesses that have been...

NMB ‘coalition still in tact’ – DA and UDM

The UDM and DA have moved to allay fears that the coalition government in Nelson Mandela Bay is collapsing after the parties butted heads over three crucial agenda items. A stand-off between mayor Athol Trollip...

WATCH: ANCYL storm Absa branch in Durban CBD

Protesting ANC Youth League members stormed into an Absa branch in Durban on Thursday‚ demanding that the bank pay back the money. About 150 Youth League supporters protested at the bank’s branch on Anton Lembede...

War Room: We waged an ‘aerial battle against hostile media’‚ says Sisulu

Shaka Sisulu says he was “not involved in a smear campaign” but the so-called ANC “war room” waged “aerial battle” in last year’s elections. Sisulu was this week named as the man behind an alleged...

Youth League takes swipe at ANC members availing themselves for leadership

The African National Congress Youth League has taken a swipe at members who have pronounced on who should take the helm at the party’s highest leadership position. “The Youth League calls on comrades especially seniors...

Front National slams Malema’s call to occupy land on day ‘minority population celebrates landing...

“The EFF and ANC are in an evil alliance” on property expropriation and are intent on “causing the complete economical break-down of neighbouring Zimbabwe”. That’s how Front National South Africa leader Hannes Engelbrecht on Wednesday...

I will accept third term – Masualle

Eastern Cape premier and ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle said he would be willing to undertake a third term as party head should branches nominate him. Masualle was speaking on the sidelines at a pre-state...

Parliament takes receipt of Phiyega report

National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has received the Claassen Board of Inquiry report into suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness for office‚ according to Parliament’s announcements tabling and committee update released on Tuesday...

Mbete denies being behind ‘electronic posters’ of her lobbying for ANC president post

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete has called on “so-called lobbyists” to “desist using her name for their opportunistic intentions”. This came in response to “electronic posters and other various paraphernalia with her image‚ lobbying for election...

What’s in the police commissioner’s garage?

Police watchdog investigators are zeroing in on the national police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, and a fleet of luxury cars registered in his name. The cars‚ which are said to include a Land Rover Discovery‚...

‘Mugabe can no longer hold a pen or write half a page’ – EFF...

“What is revolutionary about being led by a person in old age?” That’s the question Zimbabwean ruling ZANU-PF and its youth wing must ask itself‚ the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said on Tuesday. They must also...

EFF wins case to have acting municipal manager removed

The EFF in Limpopo won a High Court battle to have the acting municipal manager for the Mogalakwena local Municipality removed on Tuesday morning. Two parties‚ including the EFF‚ had separately made urgent applications to...

Kgalema Motlanthe asks ANC not to nominate him for party president

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe says he is not keen on contesting the ANC’s election at the end of 2017. “I think it’s a bad idea to recycle leaders‚” he told PowerFM’s JJ Tabane. “I think...