East Cape ANC to hear this week about deadline

The ANC’s national working committee (NWC) will announce later this week whether it will extend the deadline for Eastern Cape ANC branches to wrap up nominations for this year’s local elections. ANC provincial secretary Oscar...

Conduct of ANC 3 under fire

The DA in the Eastern Cape has filed a complaint with Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) against two ANC members of parliament and an MEC for allegedly inciting violence. In a letter to the IEC Eastern...

‘Who is superior‚ Zuma or the Constitution?’

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members gathered at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown‚ but there was no sign of Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters or those of the United Democratic Movement. A few hundred EFF members chanted:...

Anti-Zuma sentiment outside Constitutional Court for #paybackthemoney case

The Constitutional Court was a hive of activity on Tuesday as members of the Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People chanted anti-Jacob Zuma songs outside the building. While the Constitutional Court was hearing arguments...

EFF: make Fort Hare a free university

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said the University of Fort Hare’s centenary should be honoured by making it “free for all academically deserving students“. “Let the dream of free quality education be realised first in...

Security tight ahead of Zuma’s ConCourt date

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said the outcomes of Tuesday’s Constitutional Court applications are “vital to the successful functioning of our constitutional democracy“. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is determined not to allow Jacob Zuma’s proposed...

Permission granted for State of the Nation protests

Thousands of people representing three organisations have been granted permission to protest in the Cape Town CBD on the day President Jacob Zuma presents his State of the Nation Address (Sona). With the Economic Freedom...

Royal family’s public mudslinging ‘divides AbaThembu nation’

An Amadlomo elder called for an end to public mudslinging in the royal family at the weekend. Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders chairman Chief Ngangomhlaba Matan-zima said washing dirty linen in public was destroying...

Mbeki tackles ‘trust me on Jackie Selebi’ scandal in latest missive defending his presidency

"We never intervened to block the investigation‚ arrest and prosecution of the late National Commissioner of SAPS‚ Jackie Selebi" - former president Thabo Mbeki. President Thabo Mbeki told religious leaders in November 2006 that they...

ANC official on graft charges

An Eastern Cape ANC councillor appeared in court yesterday for allegedly selling hundreds of RDP plots for R10000 each. Maletswai municipal councillor Patricia Ntombizanele Williams allegedly took bribes for some of the 200 plots which...

Mpumalanga Premier Mabuza threatens to end business arrangements with Eskom

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has said that the province will have no option but to pull out of business arrangements with Eskom, unless the parastatal reviews the payment terms it enforces on municipalities. The province’s...

Cosatu pushes ahead with tax law protest

Cosatu plans to protest unless the Taxation Law Amendment Act, recently signed into law, is scrapped. The federation convened a one-day special central executive committee (SCEC) meeting on Wednesday to discuss the controversial legislation, which...

Zuma to meet CEOs for Davos briefing

President Jacob Zuma will host a meeting on Tuesday in Cape Town with the CEOs of top companies to review the recent World Economic Forum held in Davos. The meeting will also discuss how to...

Malema demands Guptas leave SA

The Economic Freedom Fighters has rounded on the politically connected Guptas, demanding they leave the country immediately. The party’s new campaign is targeted squarely at the family‚ which is close to President Jacob Zuma and...

Stofile is University of Fort Hare’s new chancellor

South African ambassador to Germany Reverend Dr Makhenkesi Stofile has been appointed chancellor of the University of Fort Hare. The Daily Dispatch has learnt that this was announced to staff and students on Thursday afternoon. In...

Friends of JZ Trust ready to help Zuma pay back the money on Nkandla

The Friends of Jacob Zuma Trust will help the president repay what he owes for his Nkandla upgrades if he approaches them, its founder has said. "As an organisation we are virtually non-existent because we...

DA to file PAIA on Motsoeneng’s salary increase

The Democratic Alliance is to submit a PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to request the SABC’s record of decision on COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s R912‚000 salary increase last year. DA spokesperson Phumzile...

Malema calls president a crook at #Paybackthemoney briefing

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday rejected President Jacob Zuma’s settlement offer over taxpayer cash spent on his Nkandla homestead. “He thinks he can play with us… “We’re not going to accept any...

With Zuma’s promise to pay back the money‚ certainty on Public Protector’s powers still...

President Jacob Zuma’s offer to pay back some of the costs of the upgrades to his Nkandla home might remove the need for the Constitutional Court to deal with the matter. But this did not...

Union backs police boss in Marikana investigation

Police Union Popcru is putting its weight behind suspended police commissioner Riya Phiyega, saying the charges against her were “just a fishing expedition”. President Jacob Zuma assigned the Farlam Commission to investigate events leading to...

Opposition to act to ensure JZ respects law

The DA will be continuing its Constitutional Court case against President Jacob Zuma, despite the president’s decision to pay back some of the money. In an overnight U-turn, the Presidency has now offered to pay...

Zuma’s payback offer might not be enough

President Jacob Zuma’s offer to pay back some of the costs of the upgrades to his Nkandla home might remove the need for the Constitutional Court to deal with the matter. But this did not...

DA to continue with ConCourt case against Zuma

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be continuing its Constitutional Court case against President Jacob Zuma‚ despite the president’s proposal to pay back some of the money. In an astounding overnight U-turn‚ the Presidency has now...

Bursary bungle wrecks students’ dreams

The university careers of a group of Alphendale Senior Secondary School matriculants hangs in the balance after officials bungled their bursary applications. Officials at the East London Rubusana district office are accused of botching the...

Opposition to have a say in senior post

Opposition parties in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) have won the battle to have their say in who gets to be appointed to senior administration posts. This after council agreed to include them on shortlisting and...

Opposition parties respond to Nkandla settlement proposal

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday morning said it will be meeting with its legal counsel before commenting further. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) issued a brief statement shortly after midnight saying its leader would...

EC ANC looks into mayor’s hospital bill

The Eastern Cape ANC has launched an investigation into taxpayers footing the R200000 hospital bill for Lukhanji’s mayor. Mayor Nozibele Makanda’s vehicle collided with a Toyota Hilux, the driver of which, East Londoner Charl Schoeman,...

De Klerk‚ Vlok to be charged for crimes ‘for which they didn’t get amnesty’

On the anniversary of FW de Klerk’s announcement to unban the African National Congress (ANC) and free Nelson Mandela‚ a new grouping has announced that it will lodge criminal charges against the former president. February...

Appointment discrepancy claims denied

Eastern Cape government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo has denied that some employees at premier Phumulo Masualle’s office were appointed without processes being followed. He was responding to concerns raised by legislature and union members in a...

Suspended BCM employees still paid

Buffalo City Metro (BCM) ratepayers have paid R1.2-million for the salaries of 10 suspended employees who are sitting at home. The 10, who range from clerks to assistant managers, were suspended between August 2014 and...

Acting metro boss stays on

The Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has extended the contract of its interim municipal manager (MM) by another three months. Nceba Ncunyana, who is head of infrastructure services, was appointed acting MM on November 13 after...

Nomgcobo Jiba matter back to court

The Democratic Alliance wants the Western Cape High Court to order that the deputy national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, be suspended and subjected to a disciplinary inquiry because of her conduct. She had...

ANC ‘central’ to Fort Hare centenary

The ANC is going to go all-out to be central to this year’s University of Fort Hare (UFH) centenary celebrations. Making the announcement, ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle said the move was part of key...

UDM disbands EC PEC just months before elections

Just a few months before the local government elections, the United Democratic Movement took a decision to disband its Eastern Cape provincial executive committee (PEC) and the O R Tambo regional leadership. The decision to disband...

EFF calls for ‘Gupta-linked’ minister’s removal from cabinet

The EFF has called for the removal of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane from cabinet.   This after he allegedly formed part of the Gupta delegation of the Tegeta exploration and resources, to visit Glencore...

EC premier taken to task over ‘double parking’

Bhisho has called premier Phumulo Masualle to account over “double parking” allegations. MPLs with oversight over the premier’s office have asked him to explain why some senior civil servants are being shuffled sideways for no...

Council must protect Mgijima legacy

Would-be leaders of the yet-to-be formed Enoch Mgijima Municipality in the Chris Hani district would have to jealously protect the legacy of Mgijima, “or face the wrath of the great prophet”. This was said during...

Companies eye tender millions for school audit

The state has invited private companies to bid for a contract to assess the proximity of thousands of Eastern Cape schools to services that could be accessed from nearby municipalities and other state departments. The...

ADM agency faces cash crisis

Amathole's development agency will be unable to pay its staff next month. This shocking revelation was made by executive mayor Nomasikizi Khonza on Friday at a council meeting of the cash-strapped district municipality (ADM). Addressing a...

President Zuma pleased with AU summit outcome

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the outcome of the 26th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), in Addis Ababa, the Presidency said on Sunday.   The summit...

R51m needed to rescue Magwa

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is asking the Grahamstown High Court to place the collapsed Magwa Tea enterprise into business rescue. According to court papers, it will cost some R51-million to patch together the...

Social work graduates battle to find work

The Eastern Cape has the third highest number of social work studies graduates sitting idle at home despite promises by the department of social development to absorb them. This information is contained in written parliamentary...

UDM targets KSD municipality

One more ANC-led municipality in the Eastern Cape has become a target for an opposition party takeover. As far back as May 2014, the DA showed its intentions to run Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and...

Makupula under pressure

Premier Phumulo Masualle has given education MEC Mandla Makupula until March 1, to appoint permanent principals for all schools. This follows yet another heated meeting with all his MECs to address several issues. Eastern Cape government...

Acting police commissioner wins the hearts of MPs

Acting national police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane had the usually tough portfolio committee on police eating out of his hand yesterday as he outlined an intense three-month turnaround project that is already delivering good results. Members...

Striking staff warned to start work

The provincial education department yesterday warned striking staff at the Grahamstown district headquarters they could face legal or administrative action if they did not return to work. More than 100 staff have been on strike...

Three candidates in running for top job at WSU

Three candidates have been shortlisted for Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) top job. The post, currently occupied by interim vice-chancellor Professor Khaya Mfenyana, was re-advertised last year following claims of canvassing, which resulted in a deadlock...

Zuma calls out Cosatu over its challenge on retirement reform

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday effectively told the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) that the new retirement tax amendments are going to be implemented despite their opposition and that the earliest review...

R61 blockaded as villagers rampage

Dark smoke engulfed parts of Lusikisiki yesterday as hundreds of villagers from three wards blockaded the R61 between the town and Port St Johns. By late afternoon, police and residents were engaged in a pitched...

Sadtu queries exclusion in scam report

Teacher’s union Sadtu has criticised the exclusion of its input in a draft report exposing the buying and selling of teaching posts. In an interview with the Daily Dispatch, Sadtu administrators in the Eastern Cape...