Tinta and Ngcolomba sworn in as Eastern Cape MPLs

The former deputy mayors of Buffalo City Metro and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Temba Tinta and Thando “Chippa” Ngcolomba, have been sworn in as members of the provincial legislature (MPL) this week. Both Tinta and...

East Cape Women’s League votes for Motshekga again

The ANC Women’s League in the Eastern Cape wants Angie Motshekga’s team to serve a second term. The support for the current leadership of the league was declared during a provincial general council (PGC) held...

Specialists helping municipalities no such thing

Some members of a team of “specialists” tasked with helping ailing municipalities achieve clean audits have been found to have “little or no proven experience” themselves. This was established by a forensic investigation into operations...

Nehawu elective conference starts today

Nehawu's influential Max Madlingozi region today starts its two-day elective conference where a tense leadership battle is expected. The region, Nehawu’s biggest in the province, consists of 51 branches from around Bhisho, King William’s Town,...

ANC lays down the law to BCM councillors

BCM’s ANC councillors were hauled over the coals in Calata House yesterday. Provincial ANC leaders are keen to ensure the smooth running of the metro’s special council meeting tomorrow, when the metro’s new leaders are...

Sex-for-jobs probe finds no evidence

A cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) investigation into sex-for-jobs allegations in Bhisho found no substantiating evidence of senior administrators involved in the scandal. But a report detailing the investigation’s findings highlighted allegations of abuse...

Only 25% of ADM toilets built

Siyenza Group, the company contracted to build 66700 toilets in the province, has not completed even a quarter of the work ahead of its June 30 deadline. The company has now asked the Amathole District...

Embattled official on ‘voluntary leave’

The ANC has asked its Eastern Cape secretary Pumlani Mkolo to step aside while his deputy acts in his position until the party’s regional conference   next month.  A  source close to the developments  said Mkolo’s...

BCM and Mandela Bay audits worry AG

Auditor-general Kimi Makwetu has raised concerns over the audit results of the province’s two metros – Buffalo City (BCM) and Nelson Mandela Bay (NMBM). Makwetu presented a brief summary of audit outcomes for the financial...

Premier explains R2.2m contract bill

Premier Phumulo Masualle’s office has admitted it “misled” the Bhisho legislature when it claimed a service provider had not been paid in full before completing the contract. The company had in fact been paid the...

Bhisho starts probe into sex-for-jobs

Former ANC MPL and later education MEC Neela Hossain has been appointed to chair a team to probe the long-standing allegations of sex-for-jobs at the Bhisho legislature. Hossain’s task team known as “Committee of Inquiry...

Premier pushes for changes to end ‘cold war’

Premier Phumulo Masualle has directed that Stanley Khanyile, head of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta), be moved to head up social development. In return, social development head Bea Hackula will take over as Cogta’s...

ANC identifies 4 problem branches in BCM

ANC national executive committee deployees in the province have identified four party branches in Buffalo City Metro they regard as hot spots. Team leader Zizi Kodwa listed wards 20 and 30 in Mdantsane and Dimbaza’s...

Duarte to grill ANC provincial leaders

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte will lead a team to the party’s provincial headquarters in King William’s Town today to grill leaders from four troubled ANC regions.The leaders from   Buffalo City Metro, OR Tambo,...

Treasury warns against the suspension

By RAY HARTLE A SENIOR national Treasury (NT) official has tried to intervene in the threatened suspension of Buffalo City Metro municipal manager Andile Fani. Accountant-general Michael Sass, whose responsibilities include implementation of the Municipal...

Gloves off in BCM’s battle of bosses

Buffalo City Metro (BCM) manager Andile Fani has 48 hours to prepare for battle with his detractors on the city council, led by mayor Zukiswa Ncitha. Yesterday, Ncitha and two other co-accused in the Mandela...

Council to decide on Fani’s fate next week

Buffalo City Metro municipal manager Andile Fani will know his fate next Wednesday when council is due to meet again. Three weeks ago, council instructed executive mayor Zukiswa Ncitha to write to Fani and give...

They are big shoes to fill, says DA’s second most powerful

The task of being the second most powerful leader in the Democratic Alliance, and replacing leaders of the stature of Helen Zille and Tony Leon are both daunting prospects, says newly elected DA federal...

Toyise set to lead Samwu in E Cape

COSATU Eastern Cape chairman David Toyise has been unanimously re-elected provincial chair of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU). The union held its 11th provincial elective congress over two days last week, under the...

Workers stage ‘silent protest’ as new Bhisho boss arrives

New provincial Eastern Cape director-general (DG) Marion Mbina-Mthembu was yesterday formally introduced by premier Phumulo Masualle to his office employees amid a “silent protest” by more than 100 workers. Protesters in black suits and dresses...

ANC anger over fraud silence

More than 200 ANC members from across BCM yesterday marched to the provincial ANC headquarters over the Mandela memorial fraud scandal. The protesters want the party to release an internal investigation report produced by the...

Chaos mars ANC meetings

The second week of preparations for the highly contested Buffalo City ANC regional conference was marred with controversy when lights went off in the middle of an elective branch meeting in Duncan Village on...

Lone voice raises DA numbers in EC

One of the forces behind the growth of the Democratic Alliance in the east of the Eastern Cape area is a former South African Democratic Teachers Union leader. Nomfumaneko Ndoyisile, a mother of two, dumped...

Video: Maimane new DA leader

A black cashier’s son from Soweto and a white farmer from Bedford in the Eastern Cape have been elected as the new leaders of the Democratic Alliance. Both have strong Eastern Cape roots and pledged...

War between BCM bosses

A war of attrition appears to have erupted within Buffalo City Metro involving executive mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and municipal manager Andile Fani. The Mandela memorial fraud case, in which Ncitha is an accused, and allegations...

Bhanga backing for Trollip, Maimane

One of the youngest Democratic Alliance leaders in parliament, Nqaba Bhanga, has endorsed both Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip as the party’s “winning combination – if people are serious about the growth of the...

Three hats in DA federal chair ring

The stakes are high for the Democratic Alliance’s federal chairman position, which becomes vacant this weekend as incumbent Wilmot James launches his campaign for control of the party. There are three names in the...

Daso leader outlines plans after victory

The Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation (Daso) has elected Busisiwe Mashiqa to lead the University of Fort Hare Students’ Representative Council (SRC) after their election victory at UFH. Mashiqa, who was born in Whittlesea and schooled...

Daso takes over ANC’s crown jewel

It's official: the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (Daso) will lead the University of Fort Hare into its centenary celebrations next year. The news that official results after last Thursday’s polls showed that Daso outclassed the...

Cyril champions starving students

South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday made a commitment to help financially strained and starving University of Fort Hare (UFH) students. Ramaphosa also said he plans to establish a task team to look into...

ANCYL fails again to elect regional leaders

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the party’s Amathole region has failed for a second time this year to elect its regional leadership. This after the alleged failure of delegates to reach a quorum for...

SACP caused split – Vavi

Embattled former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the main source of the current divisions in the labour federation was its alliance partner, the South African Communist Party (SACP). Vavi was addressing workers from 12...

Premier still not on phone after upgrade

The Johannesburg-based company that installed a new R2.2-million telephone system in the Office of the Premier (OTP) has been paid in full, according to documents seen by the Dispatch – but the public still...

ANC slams Rhodes VC for ‘fronting’ liberals

The ANC this week hit back at Rhodes vice-chancellor Sizwe Mabizela, accusing him of being a black face fronting a racist liberal agenda to undermine the party. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said liberals had over...

Bhisho officials called to order

Officials from premier Phumulo Masualle’s office yesterday took a tongue-lashing from Bhisho legislators for “failing to do what they are paid for”. Speaking during a meeting of the portfolio committee of the office of the...

Premier to ‘rotate’ acting director-general until June

Premier Phumulo Masualle has appointed a new acting director-general for the Eastern Cape. Nomawethu Ngcakani, chief financial officer in the office of the premier (OTP), took over from Mahlubandile Qwase with effect from March 14. News of...

EEF bid to end faction feuds

Economic Freedom Fighters national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is one of the party leaders deployed to the Eastern Cape to sort out factional battles. The EFF has been experiencing problems in the province, resulting in it...

Maimane to announce leadership race decision this weekend

Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said he will make an announcement on whether or not he will compete for the party’s leadership position in the next 48 hours. He is yet to make...

Only Zuma on T-shirt allowed at ANC meetings

THE ANC in the Eastern Cape has banned its members from wearing T-shirts bearing the face of anyone other than party president Jacob Zuma. Making the announcement yesterday, provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the rule...

Call for probe into tender box tampering allegations

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the province has called for an investigation into allegations of tampering with Buffalo City Metro’s tender box. The SACP directed its call to the auditor-general, MEC of cooperative...

Charge sheet of shame

The inelegant charge sheet in the R5.985-million Mandela memorial fraud trial was the subject of heated argument in the East London regional court for most of last week by lawyers representing the remaining accused. The case...

Knives out for Faku faction

An ANC faction in Buffalo City Metro region held a secret meeting in which Ayanda Matiti was officially pitted against current chair and former city mayor Zukiswa Faku. The Matiti-led faction met at a lodge...

Helen hangs up her dancing shoes

In a bombshell announcement yesterday Helen Zille said she would stand down as DA leader at the party’s national congress in Port Elizabeth, opening up a succession race with the party’s parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane...

Crossing political divide

When Anathi Majeke, 24, joined the DA two years ago, the last thing she expected was to be elected unopposed as the face of the party’s young supporters in the Eastern Cape. This despite being...

Phone link to premier’s office cut off since 2014

Telephone calls to the office of Eastern Cape premier (OTP) Phumulo Masualle have gone unanswered for months due to a technical glitch. The landlines have been “out of order” since last November after a new...

Deadline for electing ANC leadership

The leadership race for five ANC regions in the province must be over by the end of July. ANC Calata bosses crafted a roadmap at a special provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting on Tuesday where...

Officials pay R1.6m into ‘false’ account

More than R1.6-million meant to pay for water and sanitation services was allegedly channelled to a nother bank account by Mnquma municipality officials. The information is contained in a forensic report seen by the Dispatch. According to...

Majikija has paid back expenses

CHIEF of staff for Eastern Cape MEC Pemmy Majodina, Nozibele Majikija, has already paid back money received for a trip to the US in 2012. Majikija received R6 700 as part of the subsistence and...

Probe into Makana allegations

A council committee has ordered two top Makana politicians to explain in writing why they should not be suspended over accusations of violating the municipal code of conduct. ANC Mayor Zamuxolo Peter and speaker Rachel...

March lashes out at ANC graft

Hundreds of South African Communist Party (SACP) members and supporters painted the city streets red yesterday as they marched to City Hall. The action was in support of a call on its alliance partner, the...