There was no deal with Ramaphosa: Zille

The DA would never enter into a deal that jeopardised its mandate, the party's leader Helen Zille vowed today, during a protest on the steps of Parliament. "When Cyril Ramaphosa says a deal was...

ANCYL’s bid to mend cracks

The newly elected ANC Youth League (ANCYL) provincial executive is pulling out all the stops to unify its delegates heading to next week’s national conference behind Mawethu Rune’s race to become the youth wing’s...

Charges against Vavi reinstated amid court action

As charges were reinstated against Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi‚ his allies served court papers on the federation to force it to convene a special national congress. The charges include...

Bhisho clampdown on illegal occupiers

Thousands of RDP houses in the Eastern Cape are either illegally occupied or have been converted into spaza shops and taverns. Some houses have also been occupied by civil servants and foreign nationals. MEC for...

Parliament’s dignity will be restored: Ramaphosa

Leaders of political parties have agreed to work together to restore the dignity and integrity of Parliament, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said this morning. Speaking after a meeting with the leaders, Ramaphosa said a report...

Video: Pandemonium at EFF headquarters

Disgruntled members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stormed the party’s Eastern Cape headquarters yesterday and announced a new leadership structure. At midday, a group led by Andile Matshaya, claiming to be their spokesman, arrived...

ANC Youth League must account to the top brass

The two Eastern Cape ANCYL structures, elected during the chaotic provincial conference, have been called to a meeting in Johannesburg. The youth league’s national task team (NTT) will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss...

Legislature spends R1m on jaunt

Hardly two weeks after Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced austerity measures, the Bhisho legislature went on a weekend sports junket in Gauteng where staff were booked into expensive accommodation facilities. The Daily Dispatch has learnt...

Officials blow council funds

Three Engcobo officials are in hot water after they used R12000 from municipal coffers to book accommodation to attend the chaotic ANC Youth League’s provincial conference. Furthermore, the Methodist Church in Wilsonia, East London has...

EC unions split on support for Numsa

Cracks in Cosatu’s national structures have begun to surface in the Eastern Cape in the wake of Numsa’s recent expulsion from the labour federation. South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) in the province voiced its...

Top brass at odds over scholar transport tender

The top brass of the Eastern Cape department of transport are at odds over the controversial R1.4-billion scholar transport tender. Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana said new operators were needed to transport thousands of pupils. The scholar...

EFF to challenge parly debate in court

Major fireworks are expected in parliament today when the party-political disagreements on both the presidential homestead at Nkandla, and separately, the loud behaviour of the EFF during presidential question time will be debated in...

Vavi absent as Cosatu rails at defiant structures and unions

Cosatu bosses issued a strong warning yesterday, saying the decision to expel Numsa was “binding to all structures of Cosatu and its leaders”. But Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was conspicuous by his absence when...

ANC reshuffles the embattled municipalities

An Eastern Cape municipal mayor, two council speakers and an ANC chief whip have been given their marching orders. This follows a Daily Dispatch report two months ago which revealed that ANC bosses in Calata...

ANCYL delegates rushed to hospital

A number of ANC Youth League delegates were hospitalised on Sunday night after the provincial elective conference plunged into turmoil. One of the factions left the venue after lights went off and a fight broke...

E Cape stands with Numsa

Cosatu is facing a revolt from within its ranks after its Eastern Cape chapter distanced itself from the weekend’s decision to expel the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) from the federation. Seven...

Seven unions suspend participation in Cosatu CEC

Seven Cosatu affiliates, which supported Numsa despite its expulsion, will suspend their participation in the trade union federation's decision making body, the central executive committee said. "With immediate effect we are suspending our participation and co-operation...

14 complaints against manager

A provincial department task team investigating nepotism allegations has received 14 complaints against a top manager. The task team, appointed by the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta), received the complaints against the...

Cops escort leaders as ANCYL conference plunges into turmoil

Police had to be called when chaos at the ANC Youth League provincial elective conference forced premier Phumulo Masualle and other ANC leaders to leave under guard. Masualle, ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, human settlements...

ANC youth elections heat up

THE provincial ANC youth league elective congress is expected to be highly contested as delegates from around the province converged on East London yesterday. In an unprecedented turn of events, a third line-up of nominations...

DA threatens legal action over Nkandla

THE DA on Friday reiterated its threat of taking President Jacob Zuma to court for defying the Public Protector's report on state spending at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane...

SA needs new union – ex-Sadtu president

Expelled teachers’ union president Thobile Ntola says the country needs a new union to champion the interests of workers. Ntola was addressing more than 300 South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members at the OR...

Cosatu unions take federation to court

Nine Cosatu-affiliated unions have reinstated their court case to compel the trade union federation to hold a special national congress, they said on Wednesday. "We have reinstated our court case... as the crisis can clearly...

New DA chair’s star keeps rising

Growing up on the dusty streets of Ntseshe village in Ngqamakhwe as a staunch ANC follower and supporter, Veliswa Mvenya never imagined she would one day lead the official opposition party in the province. Mvenya,...

Speaker ‘interfered’ with council tenders

A confidential forensic report into the running of troubled Ngqushwa municipality has alleged that ANC council speaker Zukisa Jowela interfered with tender and employment processes. Jowela said council had not yet received the report and...

ANC’s threat to rebel councillors

ANC Buffalo City regional secretary Pumlani Mkolo, who was called upon to resign recently following his alleged involvement in the misuse of Nelson Mandela funeral funds last year, has warned ward councillors who refused...

Numsa must explain or go: NEHAWU

IF Numsa does not explain why it should stay in Cosatu it will be expelled this week, Nehawu said on Monday. Numsa had to give its reasons at Cosatu's 7th central executive committee meeting on...

Mvenya elected as DA chair

The Eastern Cape’s new Democratic Alliance chairwoman says her election as the party’s first black senior leader will open more doors for the growth of the party in the province. She won at a highly...

Vavi and Mantashe use congress to settle scores

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe and Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi used a congress of a union as a battleground to widen the rift between the two former political allies. Addressing the national congress of the...

Education boss turns to court over suspension

SUSPENDED Eastern Cape education boss Mthunywa Ngonzo has taken the education department to court to interdict disciplinary proceedings against him. Ngonzo wants premier Phumulo Masualle to mediate before his disciplinary hearing proceeds any further. Yesterday Ngonzo’s...

COSATU weaker than ever: Vavi

Cosatu has never been as weak and paralysed as it is today, its general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday. "I am extremely exhausted and unable to sleep because of the palace politics and boardroom...

Task team to rescue tea estates

The Eastern Cape government has appointed a task team to rescue the embattled Magwa and Majola tea estates, in which millions of rands have been invested. Rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane announced...

Zuma has not responded to Protector letter

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has not had a response from President Jacob Zuma to a letter her office sent him more than a month ago, her office said on Wednesday. "The letter was sent on...

Race hots up for DA’s top position

Two Democratic Alliance (DA) MPLs are set for a showdown this weekend when they go head-to-head in a battle for the party’s provincial chairmanship. The looming battle, which will see the current provincial deputy leader...

Second senior Bhisho manager suspended in sex-for-jobs probe

An inquiry into sex-for-jobs claims in Eastern Cape government circles has seen another senior manager suspended. Vuyokazi Sonamzi, general manager in the office of the head of the cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department,...

SA kids prefer spider-man as president

South African children would prefer having fictional characters like Spider-Man as president instead of President Jacob Zuma, according to a survey released on Tuesday. According to website Parent24's kids nation survey, 38 percent of children...

The poor trust us: ANC

THE ANC on Tuesday denied assertions made by Numsa that the poor and working class had lost faith in the party. "Since 1994, the working class and the poor have had and continue to have...

Numsa push for new party

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) is going ahead with its plan to form a political party to contest power against the ANC. The union sustained its attack on the ANC, which it said had...

Education department can’t explain lost R1.4-billion

THE Bhisho legislature’s public finance watchdog Scopa and provincial auditor-general’s office have raised concerns about financial controls in the education department, predicting a regression in future audit outcomes. The troubled department was given a tongue-lashing...

ANC gears up for by-elections

A HIGH-POWERED ANC delegation touched down in the province this weekend to garner support for the party ahead of crucial by-elections in  two weeks’ time. ANC bigwigs led by the party’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, ...

Limpopo man wants Malema chastised

A Limpopo man wants EFF leader Julius Malema punished following a brawl at a take-away outlet in Limpopo, AfriForum deputy chief executive Ernst Roets said this morning. “He said he is particularly vexed and angry...

Sex-for-jobs task team fails deadline

A task team appointed to investigate sex-for-jobs claims in Bhisho has missed the deadline to submit a report on its findings. The task team, led by chairman of the Transkei Society of Advocates Vusumzi Msiwa,...

Vavi: Cosatu consumed by divisions

The make-or-break meeting of the Cosatu top brass got off to a shaky start yesterday over the agenda of the meeting. This is the same meeting at which Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is scheduled...

ORT Youth League picks Mzobe over Mabe, Lamola

The ANC Youth League in OR Tambo want national convener Magasela Mzobe to lead them come the national elective conference. This was one of the resolutions taken during the youth league’s regional elective conference yesterday. The...

Bhisho plans multipurpose centre

The Bhisho legislature is considering building a 5000-seater multipurpose centre. According to minutes of the internal arrangement committee seen by the Daily Dispatch, the centre will be used by all government departments. “The multipurpose centre is...

New union to challenge Cosatu

A new union expected to challenge the dominance of the ANC-aligned Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), is preparing its formation. It will be called the Public Service Unions of South Africa (PSUSA) and...

Trollip returns to Bhisho after peace talks

Democtratic Alliance provincial leader Athol Trollip has been reinstated to the provincial legislature after he apologised for “any misunderstanding or embarrassment” caused to premier Phumulo Masualle on the Mandela funeral scandal. His statement came as...

Shape up or ship out, Gordhan tells CFOs

Chief financial officers at 17 Eastern Cape municipalities have a few months to acquire the right qualifications – or face the axe. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan instructed his provincial counterpart MEC...

Race is on for Bhisho plum job

The provincial government has begun the process of recruiting for the soon-to-be vacant post of provincial director-general (DG) in the office of the premier (OTP).The contract of the current DG, Mbulelo Sogoni, ends in...

Trollip drops Bhisho ban court action

Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip and the offices of the provincial premier and speaker yesterday settled their differences out of court. This after Trollip challenged his suspension and fine in the Grahamstown High...