ECDC graft fight big ‘cover-up’

Holomisa hits out at suspension of Mase over Madiba’s funeral R22-million scandal. A MEMBER of parliament says top-level battles in the Eastern Cape Development (ECDC) are a smokescreen to cover “the cancer of corruption” that...

Sadtu boss must answer charges

SUSPENDED teachers’ union boss Thobile Ntola is to appear before the union’s national disciplinary committee on Monday to state his case. The South African Democratic Teachers Union’s (Sadtu) president was suspended in August last year...

Sizani lashes ‘disdainful’ Madonsela

THE ANC caucus has shouted down public protector Thuli Madonsela, accusing her of being “condescending” to parliament and President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet ministers. The ANC caucus has also come out guns blazing against the DA,...

UDM calls for Madonsela to be protected

Lawyer feared for her life during probe. UNITED Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has called on civil society to help protect the country’s public protector Thuli Madonsela from attacks by the ANC-led government. This follows...

ANC should listen when people like Tutu criticise it

SUSPENDED union boss Thobile Ntola said the ANC was shooting itself in the foot trying to silence the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Ntola said the party should produce more leaders like Tutu, to...

Kiviet called to explain R700k of funds spent on takeaways

PREMIER Noxolo Kiviet needs to explain how money meant for Nelson Mandela’s memorial services and funeral was used to buy takeaways and T-shirts. So said ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane yesterday. Political parties described the...

Give that man a job

EASTERN Cape ANC secretary Oscar Mabuyane has again come under fire for interfering in the appointment of senior municipal officials. Mabuyane allegedly sent a text message to leaders of OR Tambo District Municipality regarding the...

ANC at 102: when the revolution eats its own

LIEUTENANT General Sean Tshabalala died of a broken heart. His body was found in his locked office at the police headquarters in Pretoria on Christmas Eve. Tributes at his memorial service and funeral tell the...

Union warns Zuma foes to back off

Jobless group claims four million members. THE South African Unemployed Workers’ Union (Sauwu), which claims to have more than four million members, has warned those against President Jacob Zuma to back off. At a meeting in...

Zuma to map out the way ahead for ANC

THE continent’s oldest liberation movement celebrates 102 years of existence on Wednesday. Next Saturday, ANC president Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the ANC’s traditional annual January 8 Statement where he is expected to outline...

Thinking about the future does not undo the past

ANC provincial working committee member Mlibo Qoboshiyane recently argued that journalists must remain independent of the people and parties they write about (“Media must obey ethics code of independence”, DD, November 26). He is...

Numsa breaks official link with ANC alliance

THE country’s biggest union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), has officially broken ties with the ANC. Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim yesterday announced that the union would not endorse the ruling...

Numsa belongs to members: Dube

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA belongs to its members, the union's former leader said on Friday."You pay subscription fees every month, you choose who you want to lead you from the branch...

Mandla is Mandela head say traditional experts

TRIBAL authorities have said that whether anyone likes it or not, Mandla Mandela is the correct head of the Mandela family. “Whether we like Mandla or not, he is the only person we are looking...

Zuma entrenched but ANC faces flagging support

THREE things over the past week or so should have the ANC worried: the booing of President Jacob Zuma by party members at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela; the suggestion by South Africa’s...

Ministers defend Nkandla spending

PUBLIC Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said allegations that state funds were used to upgrade President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla residence were unfounded. Nxesi and ministers of the justice and security cluster yesterday released a task...

Numsa talks tough on leaked Nkandla report

IF THE leaked public protector’s report on the upgrade to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home was true, there must be accountability, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said yesterday. “There is no justification for spending R200-million...

Ex-mineworkers’ long wait for Juju

THOUSANDS of disgruntled former Eastern Cape mineworkers yesterday waited more than four hours in King William’s Town for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema. An estimated 3000 former mineworkers from across the province had...

Numsa heads for Zuma clash

ONE of South Africa’s largest unions will debate in the next three days on whether to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa) newly elected president Andrew Chirwa...

Numsa mulls split from ruling party

MORE than a thousand metalworkers meet in Boksburg from today to decide whether or not Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, Numsa, should cut ties with the ANC and start its own working-class party. Among the major decisions...

EFF calls for Union Buildings’ renaming

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) yesterday rejected the centenary celebration of the Union Buildings and called for the seat of government in Pretoria to be renamed. “To celebrate the Union Buildings as a ‘union’ is...

COPE leaders battle it out again

THE Eastern Cape’s official opposition party, the Congress of the People, is at it again, fighting for positions in the provincial legislature following the outcome of yet another court challenge. COPE members aligned to the...

COPE leaders battle it out again

THE Eastern Cape’s official opposition party, the Congress of the People, is at it again, fighting for positions in the provincial legislature following the outcome of yet another court challenge. COPE members aligned to the...

King will attend funeral

THE family of AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has managed to convince him to attend the funeral of former state president Nelson Mandela. The breakthrough comes after numerous family meetings were held to persuade Dalindyebo to...

Priest likens Mandela to Christ

FORMER South African president Nelson Mandela was yesterday likened to Jesus Christ during a prayer session in his honour. “Tatu Mandela, just like Jesus Christ, was through and through God’s deployee on earth so that...

Push to get king to funeral

KING Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is preparing to snub Nelson Mandela’s funeral if President Jacob Zuma is there. According to those close to the AbaThembu king, he refuses to share a stage with Zuma. A meeting between close...

ANC E Cape condems Zuma booing

Booing President Jacob Zuma at the memorial for former president Nelson Mandela was despicable behaviour, the Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) said on Wednesday. "This was a well-planned and co-ordinated action by people who...

DA distances self from royal mudslinging

THE DA in the province has distanced itself from its controversial member AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s outburst at the weekend during which he insulted his wife. Dalindyebo attacked his wife, Queen Noluntu Dalindyebo, calling her...

Royal strife hits Mandelas

GRIEVING family of former president Nelson Mandela start arriving in the Eastern Cape tomorrow as ructions in the clan threaten to tear apart the AbaThembu nation. The Daily Dispatch was told that Mandela’s grandson Mandla...

Numsa boss to SACP: Stop Blade or I’ll sue

METAL workers union boss Irvin Jim warned South African Communist Party members yesterday to stop Blade Nzimande from making defamatory comments about Numsa leaders. He said if they didn’t, the union would sue him, and...

Official uses ratepayers’ funds for home music studio

... then has DA and press arrested for trespassing. A SENIOR manager in Matatiele municipality, accused of using municipal funds to build a recording studio in her house, has charged a councillor and journalist with...

Bay corruption cases top R70-million mark

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is investigating fraud and corruption cases totalling over R71-million. The metro’s internal audit committee has identified more than 40 cases since 2011 and this year referred to the council’s legal...

Union boss Jim to lay formal charge after receiving Facebook ‘death threat’

NUMSA boss Irvin Jim will this morning open a case with the Hawks after someone posted what appeared to be a death threat against him on Facebook. The threats emerged yesterday at a press conference...

ANCYL task team named

Kumbaca and Lali expected to lead new provincial structure. AFTER more than three weeks without provincial leadership, the Eastern Cape ANC Youth League’s provincial task team has finally been named. Although there has been no official...

Mystery of BCM’s R13m payments

Spokesman says process ‘not flouted’. BUFFALO City Metro authorised payments of more than R13-million to three different companies for information technology systems before the contracts had even been signed. The payment authorisations were made days before...

DA needs to rethink its stance on job equity

IN AUGUST last year, Gavin Lewis, DA member of the Gauteng legislature, penned arguably the most racist letter to an editor I have ever read. Published in a financial magazine, the letter was about transformation...

Madonsela: report will be released

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela says she shot herself in the foot by giving security cluster ministers her draft report into the R206-million security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Madonsela said she was under...

Bhisho wastes R614-million on ‘ghost’ pupils

THE EASTERN Cape government paid out R614-million to educate “ghost” learners in its last financial year. This was revealed when outgoing auditorgeneral (AG) Terence Nombembe released an Eastern Cape audit report last week. The education department’s...

Comrade Mandela’s legacy to the ANC

The assistance the party received from the Soviet Union still influences the ideology of the current government, says top Moscow academic Irina Filatova. EVER since I began planning my most recent book, The Hidden Thread: Russia and...

Malema: I will never steal from SA citizens

JULIUS Malema has denied stealing from South Africans, saying there are no criminals in his family. Addressing his supporters after his brief appearance at the Polokwane High Court yesterday where his case was postponed, Malema...

DA, ANC fight over dead man’s house

A PORT Alfred pensioner’s dying wish to have his house completed in time for his funeral has caused a political storm after ANC members chipped in R60 000 to finish the 13-year project. Lungelo Menti,...

Metro boss up on fraud charge

BUFFALO City Metro municipal manager (MM) Andile Fani is being charged with fraud for allegedly submitting false educational qualifications when he applied for the top job in 2011. Fani faces the fraud charge for claiming...

Voting can still bring change to SA

IT SEEMS that some us still think a boycott is the solution to most if not all the problems facing this country. I suspect that this has a lot to do with our past. Boycotts...

Lekota adamant Shilowa faction will have to renew membership

Bona fide leader charting a way forward for COPE.  CONGRESS of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, mostly for being at loggerheads with the co-founder...

Welcome back to SA’s politics of the gutter, sir

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is struggling to rid himself of the corporate suits in exchange for political boxing gloves, has predictably sparked controversy with his “boer” remark. While electioneering in Limpopo at the...

Welcome back to SA’s politics of the gutter, sir

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is struggling to rid himself of the corporate suits in exchange for political boxing gloves, has predictably sparked controversy with his “boer” remark. While electioneering in Limpopo at the...

Bona fide leader charting a way forward for COPE

CONGRESS of the People (COPE) leader Mosiuoa Lekota has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, mostly for being at loggerheads with the co-founder of the party, Mbhazima Shilowa. Five years after COPE...

Ministers back off on their Nkandla stance

THE fallout over President Jacob Zuma’s R206-million Nkandla residence has turned into a personal bunfight at taxpayers’ expense. Yesterday, the ministers in the security cluster abandoned an urgent court bid to halt the release of...

Security cluster abandons legal bid

Security ministers have abandoned a bid to stop the Public Protector from releasing her draft report on upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead, according to news reports on Thursday. Eyewitness News and eNCA reported...

Cosatu affiliates demand Vavi call be made public

THE suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi by the federation’s central executive committee (CEC) three months ago has pitted the provincial Cosatu leadership against its affiliates. This follows a provincial executive committee meeting and...