ANC is a ‘dying party’ says Zille

THE ANC was a dying party, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille told said yestedayon Thursday. Zille was speaking at a gala event hosted by the SA Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg yesterday. “There is a...

‘Bill of health’ turns corner

Bhisho praises department for fraud cleanup and improved financial reports. THE Eastern Cape department of health reported 47 cases of fraud against its officials to police in 2012-13. It has also instituted 19 disciplinary cases against...

Ngqushwa’s half a million bill mystery

Bhisho wants answers on consultant’s invoices. A CASH-strapped rural Eastern Cape municipality has paid over half a million rand to a consultant for work done over four months. Ngqushwa municipal manager Vuyokazi Mbelani confirmed that Vuyani...

Kiviet rejects six traditional leadership claims

PREMIER Noxolo Kiviet yesterday pronounced on 10 traditional leadership disputes, dismissing six, upholding three and referring one for further deliberations. Yesterday’s announcements comes a week after Kiviet pronounced on 21 other traditional disputes that pitted...

Bodyguards rush to protect Zuma

Man tries to enter presidential car in KWT. DRAMA unfolded at the main entrance of the ANC’s provincial headquarters in Calata House yesterday as a mentally challenged man tried to jump into President Jacob Zuma’s...

Christian leaders won’t remain silent for Zuma

THE gospel according to President Jacob Zuma is being challenged by Christian leaders, as are the actions of his government. Speaking not from the podium, but from the pulpit at the 33rd synod of the...

ANC pushes through secrecy bill

IN two committee meetings lasting no more than five hours in total, the ANC used its majority to push through minor changes to the “secrecy bill” – which included moving around badly placed commas. President...

Have your say in naming province’s legends

THE Eastern Cape government is hoping prisoners will help get their Home of Legends campaign back on track following a poor response from the general public to calls made more than a month ago...

Sensational claims shock prominent royal family

A PROMINENT Transkei royal family has been shocked by controversial claims that their head is not the rightful chief of the Bhaziya administrative area near Mthatha. The already divided Joyi family, close relatives of Nelson...

ANC axe falls on anti-Zuma heavyweights

ANC heavyweights in the OR Tambo region who campaigned for President Jacob Zuma’s removal as party leader at the Mangaung conference last December were yesterday axed from their executive positions. Regional chairman Thandekile Sabisa, who...

Former youth leader gives up new executive seat

EMBATTLED former ANC Youth League leader Andile Lungisa has resigned from the ANC provincial executive with immediate effect. His resignation follows a frank discussion with ANC provincial leaders after his arrest last Friday on allegations...

No paper trail linking Zuma to Guptagate

The head of state protocol did not want a paper trail linking President Jacob Zuma to the landing of a private aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base, Beeld reported today. This was according to an...

Rioting in DV streets after ANC meeting

A RIOT erupted in Duncan Village on Sunday night, allegedly after tensions boiled over at an ANC meeting in Ward 2. Angry residents barricaded a road into the township and stoned passing cars, verbally abused...

Police called to diffuse clash at DA rally in T’kei

DA LEADER Helen Zille’s electioneering in Transkei took a nasty turn when DA members were accused by an ANC member of pointing a firearm at her. Fists flew and tempers flared shortly before Zille and...

VAVI THROWN A LIFELINE

A DECISION on Zwelinzima Vavi’s fate at the helm of Cosatu will go to a special congress, throwing the suspended general secretary a political lifeline. Pressure from Vavi’s supporters had mounted all week on the...

EFF unlikely to share spoils evenly

THE best place you can ever get at the dinner table is that of the one sharing out the food. At boarding school for example, people normally jostled for the position of table head as...

Umkhonto vet to keep errant Juju in check for the EFF

JULIUS Malema has been assigned a babysitter to ensure he doesn’t bring his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), into disrepute. Western Cape coordinator Gcobani Ndzongana said the party had “dad” and commissar Mpho Ramakatsa,...

ANC sponges off forbidden funds

THE ANC has been using constituency coffers for senior party members to jet around the province and stay in luxury hotels. The funds are strictly off limits to party members. Only public representatives are entitled...

Zuma spy tape appeal hearing

An application by President Jacob Zuma for leave to appeal in the so-called spy tapes saga will be heard by the High Court in Johannesburg today. On August 16, the High Court in Pretoria ruled...

Zuma files leave to appeal

President Jacob Zuma has applied for leave to appeal against a high court decision forcing the NPA to hand over the so-called spy tapes. In court papers seen by Sapa on Friday, and dated on...

Coalition calls for health boss

Premier asked to update organisations HEALTHCARE organisations have given Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet until tomorrow to say when she will appoint a permanent head for the provincial health department. An open letter, drafted by the...

Zuma submits financial disclosures to cabinet

President Jacob Zuma discloses his personal financial details to Cabinet yearly, the presidency said. "Members of the national executive of government submit their disclosures to the secretary of Cabinet who maintains a register," spokesman Mac...

Kunene still EFF member

Controversial businessman Kenny Kunene has not resigned from the Economic Freedom Fighters, the party said on Wednesday. "Kunene has not left the party... he has asked to be relieved of his leadership responsibilities," said spokesman...

Council cheers BCM spend

Infrastructure uses 69% of budget, up from 38% BUFFALO City Metro is celebrating a year in which spending on major projects saw a hefty increase, giving councillors their first bit of cheer for ages But, while...

Bhisho beats audit bogey

Two departments and agency show clean accounting TWO of the 14 provincial government departments and one of its nine public entities have been given a clean bill of accounting health by the auditor-general (AG). They led...

Cash-for-jobs scandal to be probed

THE provincial ANC leadership has instructed Buffalo City Metro (BCM) to investigate allegations that a ruling party councillor sold jobs to desperate jobseekers. The instruction came after a report in Monday’s Dispatch, in which Mdantsane,...

MDC claims Zim poll fraud

Election a huge farce says rival BRITAIN yesterday expressed concern as Zimbabwe’s prime minister rejected Zimbabwe’s election as a “huge farce”. A British Foreign Office spokesman said the former colonial rulers were worried that Zimbabwe had...

Top ANC official fights another day

Hearing finds O R Tambo chair Sabisa did not bribe colleague THE political career of the ANC’s O R Tambo regional chairman was saved this week when he was found not guilty of bribing another...
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Vavi’s ‘dark corners‘ rant all too revealing

OF ALL the confessions Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has made about his adulterous ways, a few stand out. “We all do these things in dark corners and when they come out lots of people...

Public protector witnesses dire state of health care

Delegation visits clinic in Butterworth PUBLIC protector Thuli Madonsela was given a glimpse of what it is like to be poor, have no medical aid and rely on state health facilities when she made an...

It’s a fight for our lives, says Mugabe

Stakes are high as Zim heads into tight election battle CRISIS-WEARY Zimbabweans head to the polls tomorrow, in an already contentious election that could see President Robert Mugabe extend his 33-year grip on power.   More than...

WSU closed to protestors

Lockout until staff end strike and accept offer PROTESTING Walter Sisulu University (WSU) staff were barred from university campuses yesterday. It was the beginning of a lockout which university administrator Professor Lourens van Staden had warned...

Vavi: I will not quit

Cosatu boss mulls legal action after rape charge dropped be sure of her facts because my name doesn’t come cheap. I will meet her in court.” The woman could not be reached for comment...

Sports financial hole even bigger

Senior officials fingered in spending row MORE than R30-million was made in “irregular payments” by the Eastern Cape’s sports, recreation, arts and culture department. This is 10 times more than the R3.1-million initially declared as irregular expenditure...

Councillor ‘made us pay for jobs’

Job-seekers ‘promised’ but never received employment AN ANC councillor is facing charges of theft by false pretences for allegedly selling council jobs to desperate job-seekers. It is said that for between R500 and R1 500, residents...

2010 Cup ‘cheats’ hit hard

Court freezes assets of BCM officials MILLIONS of rands worth of assets belonging to a former Buffalo City Metro director and 16 others – many of whom stand accused of cheating the municipality out of...

Ex MEC resigns ahead of trial

Moerane-mamase leaves Bhisho to face fraud charges When it resurfaced a few months later, she brought the application for a permanent stay of prosecution, claiming she had been severely prejudiced by the delays in the...

Mugabe owes UFH R40m

President’s bursary fund leaves youths high and dry ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe’s office owes the University of Fort Hare more than R40-million in outstanding fees, leaving 440 students, all beneficiaries of his presidential scholarship, high...

Bhisho lashes education, health heads

Two still silent over 2011-12 millions misspent HEALTH and education heads were kicked out of a Bhisho financial watchdog committee meeting yesterday for being illprepared. Both departments drew the fury of Standing Committee on Public Accounts...

Zille defends decision to embrace abathembu king

DA leader Helen Zille has come to the defence of her party’s decision to accept controversial abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo as a member. Dalindyebo is a self-confessed dagga smoker who is also facing a 15-year...

Youth league leaders await national axe

‘That executive is definitely going … I can safely say that structure is history’ YOUTH leaders who backed the wrong horse at the ANC’s elective conference last December are to pay a high price. The ANC...

Role of chiefs in politics

IT IS a distant memory now, but there was a time when many traditional leaders were captured by the patronage of homeland regimes and became agents of the larger divisive apartheid effort. This took a...

Don’t ‘Juju’ dare come down here

Ex-friends vow to block Malema’s EFF campaign SOME of Julius Malema’s staunchest supporters in the Eastern Cape have turned their backs on him, vowing to block him from campaigning for his new party in the...

Mandla back into battle

ON THE day the world celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, his grandson Mandla Mandela was back in court to fight over family graves. The case was postponed in the Mthatha High Court. Last month the Mvezo...

King’s move to DA may not swing votes

Some ‘diehard’ traditional leaders might follow him THE recent move by controversial AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo to join the Democratic Alliance will not necessarily bring more votes to South Africa’s opposition party, analysts believe. Independent political...

New Limpopo premier sworn in

South Africa's former ambassador to Ukraine Stanley Mathabatha was sworn in as the new premier of Limpopo on Thursday in a special sitting of the legislature. He was sworn in around 10.30am, said Democratic Alliance...

Zuma arrives at Mandela hospital

President Jacob Zuma arrived at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning, to visit former president Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday. Zuma arrived around 10.45am at the Park Street entrance and walked...

Mazibuko helps clean childcare centre

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and colleagues rolled up their sleeves on Thursday to help out at the Othandweni Family Centre in Soweto as part of Mandela Day. "The Democratic Alliance leadership team spent time...

Legal fears led to BCM suspension

I was made scapegoat says waste boss BUFFALO City removed a senior official over fears of civil claims arising from its burning waste dumps. Blazes at the King William’s Town and Berlin dumps earlier this year...

Fault on both sides, says BCM on bills bungle

BUFFALO City Metro has admitted to problems in its billing system – but accused ratepayers of contributing to the problem. The metro, through its spokesman Keith Ngesi, said many residents ignored slips left at their...