Ramphele calls on SA to vote wisely

AGANG founder Dr Mamphele Ramphele called on South Africans to stop giving the ANC a blank cheque by voting it into power even though it was failing the electorate. Addressing community members and schoolchildren at...

Calls for AmaMpondo unity

SPEAKERS including Premier Noxolo Kiviet, former premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile and Bishop Mvume Dandala called for unity and peace among the AmaMpondo during the funeral of Eastern Mpondoland King Mpondom bini Sigcau. The speakers said...

Don’t deny apartheid legacy, says minister

SOUTH African Communist Party national deputy chairman Thulas Nxesi lamented the media and opposition Democratic Alliance for using assassinated SACP leader Chris Hani’s name to “demonise” the current tripartite alliance leadership. Speaking at a gala...

FW wades into apartheid fray

SOUTH Africa’s last apartheid president FW de Klerk has waded into the fray, and yesterday accused President Jacob Zuma of using apartheid to cover his own government’s failure to tackle joblessness and poor education. Attempts...

EC ANC allies want move of teachers

A POLITICAL solution to the transfer of excess teachers to other schools has been reached, according to the tripartite alliance – though the main teachers union seemed less certain. The Daily Dispatch spoke to ANC...

Madiba trustee ouster ‘will be opposed’

MVEZO chief and grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Mandla Mandela, has rejected claims he signed an affidavit supporting legal action against legal eagle George Bizos, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally...
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Angie returns the reins

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga is planning on downgrading her department’s intervention in the Eastern Cape education department. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday , Motshekga said she would approach the National Council...

Zille sets DA sights on Sterkspruit

THE Sterkspruit Civic Association (SCA) distanced itself from the visit by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip who were in town yesterday. About 500 people converged at the Bensonvale College...

Zuma fires Mbizana 4

ANC PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, in his second Eastern Cape intervention in as many months, led a high powered delegation to Mbizana on Friday to sack the council’s top four leaders. Mayor Zoleka Busuku, speaker Phikolomzi...

Zuma in EC to address infighting in Mbizana

ANC heavyweights led by party president Jacob Zuma arrived in Eastern Cape yesterday to resolve infighting in the troubled ANC-led Mbizana local municipality. ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed yesterday that Mbizana senior councillors as...

ANC oversight row

ANC councillors in some Eastern Cape municipalities find themselves stuck between a political rock and a hard place as they try and play their oversight role without earning the wrath of party leaders. The auditor-general,...

AG slams meddling politicians

NATIONAL auditor- general Terence Nombembe has found councillors in at least 11 Eastern Cape councils illegally interfered with the municipal administration . The troubled councils where politicians overstepped their boundaries include BCM, Nelson Mandela Bay,...

Insight: How president misled parliament on the CAR

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma did not tell parliament the truth about the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the Central African Republic (CAR). The president is required to inform parliament “promptly and...

Chikane shrugs off ‘hero worship’ claim

FORMER politician Frank Chikane on Tuesday criticised corrupt elements in the governing ANC as “a cancer that will eat us up”. Chikane’s latest book The Things That Could Not Be Said: A(ids) to Z(imbabwe), published...

EC leaders to blame for R5bn waste

EASTERN Cape municipalities blew R5.1-billion in unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in the 2011-2012 financial year – more than double the previous year. Auditor-General Terence Nombembe told the premier, Noxolo Kiviet, and other provincial...

Oops, BCM employee accepts wrong order

A SENIOR manager at Buffalo City Metro’s (BCM) fleet management unit is in hot water after accepting delivery of six buses ordered by the council, even though they did not match the specifications set...

Lawyer to face law society

AN APPLICATION to strike prominent Eastern Cape attorney Mike Randell from the roll of attorneys can go ahead after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last week reversed a High Court decision to stay...

Brics bank talks to iron out sticking points

THE Brics nations will now open formal talks to set up a development bank, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday . “We will enter formal negotiations to establish a Brics Bank,” he said following talks held...

KSD council speaker set to resign after ANC push

KING Sabata Dalindyebo council speaker Funeka Dondashe is set to officially announce her resignation at a council meeting today. Dumani Zozo, KSD’s ANC sub-regional chairman is to take over the reins from Dondashe. Dondashe was pressured...

First Brics summit on African soil

THE establishment of Brics was not to create a new “talk show”, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday . “Brics is not a talk show. It is a serious grouping. “I’ve just identified here that ever since...

Angry mob beats up EC council Speaker

MBIZANA community members allegedly dragged the council Speaker Phikolomzi Sirhamza from his municipal office yesterday morning and beat him up. They accused him of supporting the return of sacked municipal manager Simphiwe Thobela. Thobela was found...

BCM mayor appeals for end to violence

BUFFALO City mayor Zukiswa Ncitha called on citizens to stop destroying property and violating others’ rights when they want to be heard. Speaking at a business breakfast hosted by the Black Management Forum to observe...

Cry freedom – with votes

HLUMELO Biko urged South Africans to use their voices – and votes – to challenge the power of the ANC. Biko, the son of murdered Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) activist Steve Biko and businesswoman Mamphela...
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Parties want full Nkandla report tabled

OPPOSITION parties have vowed to put the report on the R206-million security upgrade to President Jacob Zuma’s private residence at Nkandla under sharper scrutiny. Parties said the report, released yesterday and in which government admitted...
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E Cape big guns elected to NWC

TWO Eastern Cape ANC heavyweights have made it into the party’s second highest decision making body – the National Working Committee (NWC).The national executive committee (NEC) held a special meeting last Thursday and secretary-general...