Malema: I will never steal from SA citizens

JULIUS Malema has denied stealing from South Africans, saying there are no criminals in his family. Addressing his supporters after his brief appearance at the Polokwane High Court yesterday where his case was postponed, Malema...

DA, ANC fight over dead man’s house

A PORT Alfred pensioner’s dying wish to have his house completed in time for his funeral has caused a political storm after ANC members chipped in R60 000 to finish the 13-year project. Lungelo Menti,...

Metro boss up on fraud charge

BUFFALO City Metro municipal manager (MM) Andile Fani is being charged with fraud for allegedly submitting false educational qualifications when he applied for the top job in 2011. Fani faces the fraud charge for claiming...

Voting can still bring change to SA

IT SEEMS that some us still think a boycott is the solution to most if not all the problems facing this country. I suspect that this has a lot to do with our past. Boycotts...

Lekota adamant Shilowa faction will have to renew membership

Bona fide leader charting a way forward for COPE.  CONGRESS of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, mostly for being at loggerheads with the co-founder...

Welcome back to SA’s politics of the gutter, sir

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is struggling to rid himself of the corporate suits in exchange for political boxing gloves, has predictably sparked controversy with his “boer” remark. While electioneering in Limpopo at the...

Welcome back to SA’s politics of the gutter, sir

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is struggling to rid himself of the corporate suits in exchange for political boxing gloves, has predictably sparked controversy with his “boer” remark. While electioneering in Limpopo at the...

Bona fide leader charting a way forward for COPE

CONGRESS of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, mostly for being at loggerheads with the co-founder of the party, Mbhazima Shilowa. Five years after COPE...

Ministers back off on their Nkandla stance

THE fallout over President Jacob Zuma’s R206-million Nkandla residence has turned into a personal bunfight at taxpayers’ expense. Yesterday, the ministers in the security cluster abandoned an urgent court bid to halt the release of...

Security cluster abandons legal bid

Security ministers have abandoned a bid to stop the Public Protector from releasing her draft report on upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, according to news reports on Thursday. Eyewitness News and eNCA reported...

Cosatu affiliates demand Vavi call be made public

THE suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi by the federation’s central executive committee (CEC) three months ago has pitted the provincial Cosatu leadership against its affiliates. This follows a provincial executive committee meeting and...

Cwele hints at flaws in secrecy bill

STATE Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele took a veiled swipe at parliament yesterday for allowing a typographically and grammatically flawed piece of legislation to slip through the cracks. Presenting the Protection of State Information Bill, dubbed...

Thuli Madonsela responds to state court challenge

  Thuli Madonsela’s responding papers to last week’s application by the state to have more time to consider the Nkandla report. Click to view: Respondent's opposing Affidavit

DA at crossroads, but it fears losing historical self

IT IS said that defining moments sometimes creep up like a thief in the night, and this may yet prove to have been the case for the DA. In an astounding display of political incompetence,...

Officials to face firing for trading with state

Bhisho officials told to come clean about being in business. EIGHT Bhisho legislature employees who were made to sign final written warnings last month after being found to be trading with the state without approval,...

Plans to merge poor-performing municipalities at ‘advanced stage’

PLANS to merge poor-performing and dysfunctional municipalities are at an advanced stage, acting Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle has said. Speaking at a governance and administration cluster media briefing last week, Masualle said some municipalities...

Qoboshiyane lashes out at DA’s Zille

EASTERN Cape Local Government and Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane issued a stinging rebuke to DA leader Helen Zille yesterday over her about-turn on the party’s support for black economic empowerment, saying “revolutionaries” must...

Petition against Vavi’s suspension gains ground

THOUSANDS of signatures have been collected in the Eastern Cape alone in a bid to garner support for embattled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. The campaign was officially launched at the Orient Theatre on Wednesday...

Nkandla report could breach state security: Minister

POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa has claimed that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s provisional report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home contains several state security breaches which needed to be identified for the...

Long wait for new EC ANCYL leaders as structure dissolved

YOUNG lions who have ambitions of taking over the Eastern Cape ANC Youth League provincial structure will have to wait a little longer before knowing whether they have made the cut or not. This follows...

Vavi allies disrupt meeting

A COSATU shop-stewards council meeting degenerated into chaos in East London yesterday as an ANC national executive committee deployee was booed off stage when staunch Zwelinzima Vavi supporters demanded he (Vavi) return to office. The...

Many young voters not registered

Less than half of eligible voters under the age of 30 are currently registered to vote, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said today. Only 8.7 percent of eligible voters were aged between 18 and 19,...

KZN school apologises for T-Shrits

A Durban school has apologised for T-shirt artwork that offended the African National Congress, the Witness newspaper reported today. T-shirts bearing the faces of President Jacob Zuma, former president Nelson Mandela and ANC national executive...

ANC leaders put lists in spotlight

Province to make necessary changes. THE ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) spent last night scrutinising whether all the names favoured to top next year’s party lists to Bhisho legislature and Parliament met the party’s constitutional...

Zuma raids … and the backlash

  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/daily-dispatch In the first extract from My Second Initiation by Vusi Pikoli, formerly the country’s top prosecutor, and Mandy Wiener, he tells how in the days after the Scorpions’ operation he considered he had been...

Threat to camp outside Zille’s office

INFORMAL settlement activists have vowed to turn Cape Town into Cairo if Western Cape premier Helen Zille continues to “ignore” them. The threat follows last week’s protest in Cape Town, which descended into violence and...

Ramphele recalls ‘complex’ love affair with Steve Biko

AGANG leader Mamphela Ramphele has laid bare intimate details of her adulterous love affair with slain Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko. In her newly released autobiography A Passion for Freedom, Ramphele reveals why she...

Uproar as Mpofu drops the ANC to join Malema’s EFF

FORMER SABC CEO advocate Dali Mpofu has ditched his 33-year ANC membership to join Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters. Mpofu told City Press newspaper the ANC risked becoming irrelevant to South Africans. “Internal paralysis is...

MPLs change rules for more flights

Bhisho’s ‘belt-tightening’ loosens flying formula. EASTERN Cape MPLS will now be able to use their 12 free domestic return flight tickets at their own discretion. Previously, members of the legislature were given seven tickets for their...

Moves to shift most provincial senior leaders to Parliament

THE ANC’s list conference to determine who will be up for parliamentary and provincial legislature seats in next year’s general elections will take place in East London tomorrow. The party’s provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane yesterday...

ANC voices frustrations with the ‘stinking votes’

THERE is nothing that politicians from the ANC find more irritating than citizens who refuse to be (mis)ruled. And there is nothing that unhinges our politicians more than citizens who labour under the illusion that...

Bhisho splashes big on booze

THE Eastern Cape government spent nearly R4-million organising a cultural festival in Port St Johns, including R50 000 on booze and drinks. This came a day before the state announced a clampdown on wasteful spending,...

ANC councillor faces discipline for double pay

It is daylight robbery, says deputy secretary. AN ANC councillor believed to have spent at least a year earning two salaries from the state will face the party’s disciplinary committee. Nomkitha Mgugudo is accused of disregarding the...

Zuma takes dig at Malema

Who is oppressing the EFF, asks president on visit to EL. PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma took a swipe at the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) on his visit to East London at the weekend. Speaking at a mini-rally...

Battle lines drawn as COPE factions haunt EC leaders

FACTIONS within the Congress of the People (COPE) continue to haunt the Eastern Cape leadership, as two groups held different strategy meetings this weekend. The Mbhazima Shilowa-aligned Congress Provincial Committee (CPC) convened an extended meeting...

Bhisho boss threatens to quit over audit

EASTERN Cape local government and traditional affairs boss Stanley Khanyile said he would resign if his department received anything less than an unqualified audit opinion. Khanyile, speaking at a three-day local government strategic indaba at...

COPE: State liquor ban ‘unthinkable’

Opposition MP unhappy with Gordhan’s ‘knee-jerk reaction’. A COPE MP yesterday criticised the booze ban announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, calling it a “knee jerk”. Nick Koornhof made the comments during a meeting of parliament’s...

Big guns for local government summit

DEPUTY chairman of the national planning commission and ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a high level delegation to a three-day local government summit in East London from today. Local government spokesman Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha...

DA cancels Mthatha branch launches due to ‘misunderstanding’

THE Democratic Alliance has halted the appointment of leaders of four new party branches in the Mthatha area, citing irregularities. DA provincial spokeswoman and MPL Veliswa Mvenya told the Daily Dispatch that the launch of...

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...