Zuma’s changes to National Executive

09 July 2013 Twenty years of democracy have changed the face of our country, and the last five years have pushed that change forward.   The achievements are due to the hard work of many of our...

Mandla legal team to fight ‘improper’ ruling

MANDLA Mandela’s lawyers are busy putting together a complaint against his family’s legal representatives following a saga over the reburial of Madiba’s children. Last week the world watched as the family were split over the...

Urgent meeting planned to halt further initiate deaths

AN URGENT meeting between the Eastern Cape government and traditional leaders in the Pondoland is being arranged in an attempt to curb further initiation deaths. Thirty initiates died of botched circumcisions in the current...

Director dumped for dirty city

Defiance and poor work blamed for suspension BUFFALO Buffalo City’s Metro director of community services has taken the fall for the metro’s filth. A closed council meeting at the city hall yesterday placed senior municipal official...

King tells Zuma: keep out of my family’s affairs

200 traditional leaders back Dalindyebo EMBATTLED AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is leading a delegation to Pretoria to petition President Jacob Zuma to “back off” Thembu affairs. This follows a meeting this weekend, with more than 200...

Mandla laughs off threat to fire him

NELSON Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela has laughed off an announcement by AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo at the weekend that he is no more the chief of Mvezo. This follows statements Dalindyebo made after his meeting...

Kiviet’s R3m tally for one-day speech

A ONE-day event for Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet to deliver her annual state of the province (Sopa) speech in a tent has cost taxpayers millions of rands. This year the speech on February 22,...

Dalindyebo to ‘deal with’ Mandla

ABATHEMBU King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has warned Mandla Mandela that once the matter of former president Nelson Mandela’s hospitalisation has been sorted out, he will feel the wrath of the family. Dalindyebo was responding to Mandla’s...

MANDLA STRIKES BACK

MANDLA Mandela yesterday launched a scathing attack on his aunt Makaziwe Mandela, accusing her of being after his grandfather’s wealth; disowned two of his brothers and warned half-brother Ndaba Mandela not to insult his...

Madiba is NOT in a vegetative state: Presidency

By Genevieve Quintal and Stuart Graham Doctors treating former president Nelson Mandela have denied that he is in a vegetative state, the presidency said on Thursday. "We confirm our earlier statement released this afternoon after President Jacob...

Councillor wants Kiviet to probe CFO appointment

A COUNCILLOR has written to premier Noxolo Kiviet asking her to intervene in what he described as “abuse of power” by local government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane.   King Sabata Dalindyebo municipal public accounts committee chairman Pasika...

Relatives celebrate court victory over Mandla

‘Fierce arguer’ can’t sway judge on bones NOT even one of the finest legal minds in the Eastern Cape could help Mandla Mandela yesterday as judge Lusindiso Pakade upheld his initial order that the remains...

Majodina lambasts Balindlela and ‘mentally unstable’ DA

SOCIAL Development MEC Pemmy Majodina yesterday hijacked a provincial Mandela Month launch to campaign for the ANC and criticise former Eastern Cape Premier and ANC defector Nosimo Balindlela. Majodina was speaking in Stutterheim’s Mlungisi township,...

Kiviet, Jonas and Gqobana fail to make it onto PEC

EASTERN Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet and two other members of her cabinet have failed to win election into the ruling party’s provincial executive committee (PEC). And this might renew calls for the premier to...

Mandla charged with moving family graves

Criminal charges brought against Mvezo chief who was not in court CRIMINAL charges were yesterday opened against Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela for exhuming the graves of his three deceased relatives. Mandla had the remains of...

Kunene says he has ‘been warned’

Businessman Kenny Kunene has been warned not to criticise President Jacob Zuma, he said in a statement published on a politics website. Kunene said he had been told he would be "dealt with" after the...

FW De Klerk to get pacemaker

Former president FW de Klerk will be admitted to a hospital in Parow, Cape Town on Tuesday, where he will be fitted with a cardiac pacemaker, Beeld reported. De Klerk confirmed on Monday that he...

Breytenback to fight for job

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach will apply to the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday to be reinstated to her job. The application is aimed at stopping the National Prosecuting Authority from removing her from her position...

Mangaung right wing accused in court

Martin Keevy, one of four men accused of plotting to assassinate ANC leaders, is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday. In an appearance last month, the matter was heard in chambers...
ANC

Luthuli House to hold prayer service

ANC national officials and staff at its Johannesburg headquarters will hold a prayer service for ailing former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. The prayer service will be led by African National Congress chaplain general Reverend...

Support Mandela Day, says government

South Africans should support Mandela Day by lending a hand within their own communities, the government said on Monday.South Africans had a responsibility to promote freedom and defend the country's democracy in honour of...

Airport faeces hearing postponed

Nine men who allegedly dumped human waste at Cape Town International Airport appeared in court on Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.NPA regional spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the men had brought formal bail applications in...

Zim media lashes out at Obama

The Zimbabwe president's party says U.S. President Barack Obama's calls for more democratic reforms ahead of elections in this southern African nation are "hypocritical." Zimbabwe state radio reported Monday that Christopher Mutsvangwa, a former ambassador...

Agang SA now registered

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has completed Agang SA's registration, the fledgling political party said on Monday. "We are delighted to confirm the completion of the registration of Agang SA with the IEC," spokesman Thabo...
ANC

Whispers of youth league disbandment grow louder

National task team to check out EC regions THE ANC Youth League’s national task team (NTT) is widely expected to disband the Eastern Cape structure. It is to be replaced with a provincial task team (PTT)...

All quiet at Mandela hospital

It was quiet outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Monday where former president Nelson Mandela remained in a critical condition. Celliers Street remained cordoned off and people milled around. A few police officers...

Royals intervene in Mandela grave battle

The Ngubengcuku royal houses would intervene in a Mandela family dispute involving the reburial of some of Nelson Mandela's relatives, the royal house said on Sunday.Royal family chairman Thanduxolo Mtirara said in a statement...

Obama supports African growth Act

United States President Barack Obama on Saturday pledged support for the push to have the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) extended. Speaking during a media briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Obama said...

Right time for Obama to visit SA, says Zuma

United States president Barack Obama is visiting Africa at the right time, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Saturday. "We are pleased to be working with you today with a common goal of...

SA concerned over Middle East – Zuma

South Africa remains concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Saturday."We are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East...

Obama to meet Mandela family

By JULIE PACE and NEDRA PICKLERUS President Barack Obama plans to visit privately Saturday with relatives of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but doesn't intend to see the critically ill anti-apartheid activist he...

Obama meets Zuma in Pretoria

US President Barack Obama and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma met in Pretoria Saturday for talks set to focus on trade, boosting business ties and regional security in Africa.Zuma received Obama and his...

Government tenders split ANC structures

Mabuyane hits out at squabbles and factions THE past term was characterised by divisions, ill-discipline and factionalism and government tenders were used to sow divisions amongst party members, newly elected ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane...

Mandela stable, family tells FS premier

Nelson Mandela's family said the former president was still critically ill, but stable when they visited him on Friday. This was according to Free State premier and ANC chairman in the province Ace Magashule, who...

Don’t gather on roadside for Obama – police

The government's joint security operations team appealed to the public in Gauteng and the Western Cape on Friday not to gather on roadsides to sneak a glimpse of visiting US President Barack Obama and...

Hundreds denounce Obama

Hundreds of people gathered at the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria on Friday to protest against the visit by US President Barack Obama. They sang, danced, and chanted slogans denouncing Obama ahead of his official visit...
ANC

ANC nominates Masualle again

PROVINCIAL ANC chairman Phumulo Masualle's reelection will be confirmed today as he was nominated unopposed last night. Branch delegates started nominating candidates just after 7pm following the adoption of credentials. This is the first time the...

ANC conference gets underway amid divisions among members

THE ANC provincial elective conference got off to an almost smooth start yesterday nearly spoilt by a group of disgruntled members, who forced their way towards the Port Elizabeth City Hall’s main entrance demanding...

Fight breaks out at an ANC meeting

Pepper spray used and one member opens case of assault AN ANC branch meeting in Buffalo City had to be abandoned after a fight broke out and pepper spray used by opposing factions. The meeting of...

King’s words against ANC a turning point, says Zille

DA leader Helen Zille yesterday said her party had noted with interest AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s comments about both her party and the ruling ANC. Zille said the king’s words may well prove to be...

Graft accused assets freeze made final

BCM ex-director to foot legal bill, too FORMER Buffalo City Metro director and corruption accused Vuyo Zambodla will not be regaining control of his assets any time soon. The Grahamstown High Court this week made final...

Don’t distort Mandela legacy, Zuma warned

King urges Abathembu nation to vote ANC out ABATHEMBU King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has accused President Jacob Zuma of distorting Nelson Mandela’s legacy, and has called on his kingdom to vote the ANC out of power. A...

Sizani brought in to crack whip

New top MP ‘a sign E Cape reclaiming its space’ in ANC ANC leaders wielded the axe in Parliament yesterday, demoting chief whip Mathole Motshekga and replacing him with the party’s former Eastern Cape chairman...
ANC

Confusion reigns over nomination

ANC branches fail to meet deadline ANUMBER of ANC branches will know today whether or not they will be given more time to convene branch general meetings (BGMs) in preparation for the party’s provincial conference. Thirty-eight...

It’s game on for political parties

The ruling ANC and opposition DA are squaring up for a key election battle in South Africa’s richest province, writes "Government is trying to fix problems that have been there for centuries" SOUTH Africa’s two main...

Ntame named as DA chief whip in BCM

THE DA Democratic AllianceParty has appointed Olwethu Ntame as its chief whip in the Buffalo City Metro council. Municipality. The vibrant 28-year-old re places Kevin Mileham, who takes up a position in Parliament. Ntame, who was...

Metro to set aside R1bn for youth and women

A BILLION rand worth of tenders will be awarded to youth, women and people with disabilities, Buffalo City Metro mayor Zukiswa Ncitha announced during the state of the metro address yesterday. The mayor also apologised...

Mystery surrounds Ngonzo’s R100m tender in Bhisho

A CONTRACT awarded by education boss Mthunywa Ngonzo to a Johannesburg-based company has raised questions in the Eastern Cape. The oversight committee on education in Bhisho and the national Department of Basic Education (DBE) headed...

DA urges SAA not to exclude white males

THE DA expressed its concern yesterday about SA Airways’ decision to exclude white men from its pilot cadet programme. “Our economy is dependent on the airline industry, especially in the creation and retention of jobs. “We...

Forming a new organisation is a bad idea, say allies

EXPELLED ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s proposal to form a new political party was dealt a huge blow three days after its announcement. Malema’s allies in the Eastern Cape distanced themselves yesterday from the...