SWINE POLITICS: ANC slams Balindlela over piglets given to 3 EC villages

THE ANC has described as “swine politics” a gift of 24 piglets to three villages by a prominent Eastern Cape member of the DA. The ANC’s provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane lashed out at former Eastern...

Holomisa wants Pule suspended

Allegations over R500m E Cape cellphone plan UNITED Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa has demanded the Presidency suspend Communications Minister Dina Pule over a half billion rand deal. Holomisa wrote to President Jacob Zuma on Saturday...

Mantashe denies metro divisions

‘No tension’ between mayor and municipal manager ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe yesterday insisted there was no political instability or interference in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. Speaking to the media at Nangoza Jebe hall in New...
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Municipal bosses set to lose ANC executive positions

THE ANC is on a campaign to clean up the country’s local governments.   A week ago the ANC secretarygeneral Gwede Mantashe wrote to all provincial secretaries instructing them to implement a national executive committee (NEC)...

Mannya ‘lied convincingly’ in education graft sting operation

“I LIED convincingly,” former Eastern Cape education boss Modidima Mannya told the East London Regional Court yesterday. Mannya was testifying in a corruption case that saw him assist in exposing three businessmen who allegedly tried...

DA opts out of planned coalition of smaller opposition parties

A PLAN to challenge the ANC in next year’s national elections by forming a coalition of opposition parties has collapsed after one of the major players opted to go it alone. United Democratic Movement leader...

BCM council approves raft of tariff increases

Infrastructure investment is key BCM has approved a mediumterm budget increase of more than R300-million. The city’s budget allocation for the 2013-2014 financial year, which starts in July, will be R5.3-billion, up from last year’s R5-billion. The...

MEC Pemmy ‘hit me’ in front of the police

Female hospital worker files assault case against women’s rights champion THE Eastern Cape champion of women’s and children’s rights, Pemmy Majodina, is facing criminal charges … for assaulting another woman. Majodina is MEC for Social Development,...

Mabuyane’s future not written in stone

Branches seeking change gain ground EASTERN Cape ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane’s political fortunes in his homeground, the Chris Hani region, are in flux. ANC branches around the province are in the midst of an intense...

Mantashe hits out at ANC greed

Comrades loot state resources ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says the party is bedevilled by money because comrades want to accumulate wealth. Addressing ANC members and supporters during the regional launch of the ANC book “Umbutho weSizwe”...

Key Points Act scrutinised

Advisory committee to ensure KPAS align with Constitution POLICE Minister Nathi Mthethwa has appointed an advisory committee to help him review the National Key Points Act, which has been used by government to justify the...
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ANC bleeds EC members

Figure drops 63 000 in 17 months THE Eastern Cape ANC is haemorrhaging members. The latest reports show a drop of almost 28 000 in 11 months. This should be of huge concern to Calata House...

Top ANCYL members want services of legal aid lawyer

BUFFALO City Metro’s ANC Youth League regional deputy chairman Ntembeko Dodo told the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday he could not afford a private attorney and requested legal aid. Dodo appeared with Mandla Peter accused...

Cracks in Amathole ANC

Divisions over EC leadership BARELY three weeks after their appointments, cracks are already showing in the ANC’s Amathole regional executive. This follows a highly divided REC (regional executive committee) meeting on Monday where the majority endorsed...

BCM land problems in spotlight

Councillors meet to find solutions THERE might soon be a major breakthrough in Buffalo City Metro’s (BCM) challenge of eradicating informal settlements and dealing with its housing backlog . All BCM councillors will spend two days...

Former MEC has marriage annulled

Family of Nombulelo Mabandla challenge Phumzile THE marriage of former human settlements MEC Nombulelo Mabandla to her second husband Phumzile Mabandla was this week annulled, 15 months after her family filed the application in the...

Zuma ‘does not need to explain Gupta relationship’

IT WAS unnecessary for President Jacob Zuma to explain his relationship with the Gupta family to the ANC, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday. “Did the president take us into his confidence about the relationship between...

EC mayor accused of demanding kickback

But he rejects businessman’s claim and advises him to open a case AN EASTERN Cape businessman has alleged the mayor of Port St Johns tried to solicit a kickback from him after the man’s company...

Provincial underspend worsens

Millions set aside for teacher salaries not used UNDERSPENDING by the Eastern Cape province tripled in the year to March, with R692-million set aside for teacher salaries left unused. Though the province failed to spend as...
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Rival ANC faction wants new PEC execs

WITH about a month to go before the hotly contested Eastern Cape ANC conference, the party’s top leader appears likely to retain his position. A new ANC faction met in Bunkers Hill on Saturday night...

Lobby group to back Mabuyane

A GROUP calling themselves “progressive collective” has been formed to lobby for the retention of the ANC’s present provincial party leadership. The group has been circulating a document to members supporting the existing provincial executive...

Ngonzo describes education collapse

EDUCATION head Mthunywa Ngonzo has described a shattering state of affairs in his department , telling the court of complete administrative collapse and systemic disintegration of the entire school system. In an affidavit to the...

R12.5m fraud arrest ‘just a coverup’

AN ANC councillor in Mbizana municipality has come out in support of its director of planning and infrastructure who was arrested for fraud and corruption. Councillor Justice Madikizela claims there was a plot to have...

ANC’s task team happy with ANCYL in E Cape

THE national task team of the ANC Youth League is so far satisfied with its Eastern Cape executive and has no plan to disband them. “We had a discussion to find out whether the province...

Chris Hani region dumps Mabuyane

IN AN unprecedented move the Chris Hani region has ditched one of its sons, ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, in his attempt to retain his position at the party’s elective conference in Port Elizabeth...

Video Available: Business Breakfast with Pravin Gordhan

The Dispatch Business Club, in association with the ECDC, presents Pravin Gordhan, the Minister of Finance. Pravin Gordhan was discussing the challenges and opportunities for economic growth in the Eastern Cape. He took questions from the...

Mileham to fill Trollip’s shoes in Parliament soon

KEVIN MILEHAM, the Democratic Alliance’s chief whip in Buffalo City Metro council would soon be off to Cape Town to replace Athol Trollip as the party’s member of Parliament. This follows what Mileham described as...

We mustn’t be seen as liars – MEC

EASTERN Cape health MEC Sicelo Gqobana warned politicians not to expose themselves as liars who played with people’s expectations by making empty promises. He said such behaviour was detrimental not only to the government but...

Chris Hani region awaits ANC ruling

THE ANC’s top brass are scheduled to present a report to the party’s national executive committee next week on their findings on the party’s troubled Chris Hani region. This follows a visit by the party’s...

ANC bails out mayor after graft claims

ANC heavyweights have rallied behind under-fire Ndlambe mayor Sipho Tandani by helping him settle a R92000 account owed to a local hardware store. The anonymous bailout comes weeks after Tandani was provisionally sequestrated in the...

ANC gets go-ahead to vote

THE ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial elective conference received a green light to convene at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth on June 26 to 29. This was announced yesterday by the party’s provincial secretary...
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Opposition blasts ANC for ‘costly’ policy jaunt

OPPOSITION parties have lashed out at the ANC in the Eastern Cape for using state resources to fund last week’s party meeting with its councillors. The DA said it would table the matter in the...

Ramphele asks youth to challenge leaders

AGANG leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele has called on young people from across the continent to hold their leaders accountable “for their promises and actions”, to eliminate the looting of state resources. She was speaking to...
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Thuli seeks fairness for all citizens

PUBLIC protector advocate Thuli Madonsela’s reputation for hard hitting, no-nonsense investigations into state corruption and maladministration is earning her fanatical support. She is determined to do what is right and fair, and to make sure...

Porn claim infuriates Sexwale

TOKYO Sexwale’s divorce got a whole lot messier when the lawyer of his estranged wife, Judy, accused the Minister of Human Settlements of attempting to blackmail her with allegations of using hardcore pornography. Divorce lawyer...

DA blames Jonas for ELIDZ budget cut

A MOVE to cut the East London Industrial Development Zone budget by 15.2% this financial year is raising a political storm. The Eastern Cape MEC for economic development, environmental affairs and tourism (Dedeat), Mcebisi Jonas,...

Four of six vacant EC head admin posts filled

ONLY two Eastern Cape government departments still have to recruit and appoint permanent administration heads. Premier Noxolo Kiviet declared provincial departmental head vacancies across six departments in December last year. The four departments that have since...

Somyo takes the chair

FORMER district mayor Sakhumzi Somyo made a clean sweep in the ANC’s Amathole regional conference yesterday, upping the stakes ahead of the party’s Eastern Cape conference next month. Somyo defeated Fundile Gade in the race...

ANC admits DA poses threat in EC

THE ANC is facing the possibility of losing control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMM) in Port Elizabeth to the Democratic Alliance. Local government and traditional affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane made the admission while...

ANC councillors spend big in EL

MORE than 1000 ANC councillors met in East London yesterday, bringing an economic boost to the city. Hotels across the city were booked up on Sunday night with roughly 1050 visiting councillors. ANC provincial chairman and...

Mom accuses EL school of ‘discrimination’

AN EAST London woman claims she was discriminated against by a staff member at Southernwood Primary School because of her political affiliation. The allegation came after Southernwood resident Zusakhe Javu tried to enrol her child...

BCM has more black middle class than Bay

NELSON Mandela Metro (NMM) has 510382 compared with 306408 residents who earn nothing in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) and there are hundreds more black middle class earners in BCM than in the Bay. These were...

Angie demands apology after underwear protest

A “DISGUSTED” and “pained” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has written an open letter to teachers’ union Sadtu and labour federation Cosatu demanding an apology for the display of panties purported to be hers...

Majodina: SA justice system fails women

EASTERN Cape social development and special programmes MEC Pemmy Majodina has fired a salvo at the country’s justice system, accusing it of failing South African women. Speaking exclusively to the Daily Dispatch at the weekend,...

Insight: NDP and active citizens

THE NGO world suffered a blow in March this year when Idasa closed its doors as funding for democratisation programmes reduced to a trickle. As a well-resourced NGO, it had done much to advance...

Daso holds campus campaign unchallenged

PROMINENT political figures descended on the University of Fort Hare this week in anticipation of yesterday’s student elections. Former Eastern Cape premier Nosimo Balindlela, national DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane and DA Youth federal chair hopeful...

Secrecy bill another step closer

CHANGES introduced by the National Council of Provinces to the Protection of State Information Bill were adopted by the National Assembly despite warnings by opposition parties that the bill may still be unconstitutional. A heated...

Police asked to probe Ndlambe mayor for graft

THE Ndlambe Democratic Alliance has asked police to investigate corruption charges against Mayor Sipho Tandani. The move follows allegations in court that he offered a local hardware store a lucrative municipal piping contract as a...

Oppelt: Pule must prove accusations

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Dina Pule must provide evidence that the Sunday Times was involved in a smear and blackmail campaign against her, editor Phylicia Oppelt said yesterday . “If she cannot, she should do the right...

ANC hits back as DA likens it to NP

THE ANC in the Eastern Cape has lambasted the opposition Democratic Alliance for its election campaign document, which it says portrays the ruling party as being no different to the apartheid government. The ANC is...