On Sunday afternoon, 9 June 2019, it was confirmed that Zandile Gumede is stepping down, temporarily, from the position of mayor of Ethekwini (Durban). The decision was taken by the KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial leadership following her appearance in court on corruption charges. This issue has many of the ingredients that make up today’s heady political […]

South Africans marched to the polls on May 8, 2019 to elect members of its National Assembly and in the process pick the new president of the nation. The ruling African National Congress, ANC, went into the election with mixed signals but one thing was clear, that the party was due to maintain its dominance in the national assembly. The […]

Pretoria – So-called smaller political parties on Thursday said they were willing to take the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to the Electoral Court over irregularities in Wednesday’s general election. More than 10 political parties including the African Peoples’ Convention (APC), National Freedom Party, African Transformation Movement (ATM), Black First Land First, Land Party, […]

On May 8, Cyril Ramaphosa will inevitably secure his first mandate from the South African electorate, but the play of numbers in a poll where voter loyalties are wavering can determine whether he emerges with firmer control of his divided party and returns for a second term in 2024. Poll forecasts vary so wildly that […]

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Monday published a scathing open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, criticising him for being “in the belly of the beast which was the [Jacob] Zuma administration”. In a statement issued on the IFP’s official website, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP national spokesperson, writes: “Utterances attributed to you that in Davos you […]

While South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed delegates at events marking the 107th birthday of the ruling party, it was ex-president Jacob Zuma who received all the verbal support, ahead of key national elections in May. Party supporters chanted “Zuma! Zuma!” after Ramaphosa finished his hour-long speech, which is perhaps not surprising considering the events […]

A new political party in South Africa has claims to represent the interests of black people, has distanced itself from defended itself from association with the country’s former president, Jacob Zuma. The Mazibuye African Congress, formed in May in Zuma’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal, insists that Zuma is not a member of their party but […]

Embattled North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has addressed supporters attempting to disrupt what could be his final provincial executive committee meeting as chairperson. Earlier, a group of supporters, singing struggle songs and chanting Mahumapelo’s name, attempted to force their way into the meeting. Mahumapelo and his PEC are holding an emergency meeting at Mahikeng’s Embassy […]

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says President Cyril Ramaphosa must not bluff about following through with plans to allow land expropriation without compensation. Ramaphosa told Parliament during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday that the ANC will go ahead with plans to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation. But […]

South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday vowed a “speedy resolution” to talks on the future of embattled leader Jacob Zuma, expected to step down after mounting political turmoil. President Zuma is under growing pressure to quit in favour of Ramaphosa, his deputy and African National Congress (ANC) party leader, with local media suggesting […]

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