Politics

Zuma Cleared To Contest 2024 Elections

Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been cleared to run as a candidate and…

R26 Billion Kwazulu-Natal Water Project Expedited  

Kwazulu-Natal water utility Umgeni-Uthukela Water says it has expedited a R26 billion water project to…

Minister Set To Visit Giyani Bulk Water Project 

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu is expected to visit Giyani in Limpopo to see…

Mchunu Calls For Private Sector Partnership To Build Infrastructure 

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has called on private sector players to come forward…

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula: A Renowned Defender Of The Rights Of Women, Children, And The Poorest People In Africa

JOHANNESBURG – Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is a prominent feminist, activist, and defender of the rights of women, children, and the poorest people in Africa. Born in a small village on the outskirts of Zambia, she suffered inequality and injustice at an early age. She saw bright moments of opportunity amidst hardship and ignorance. Her dedication to the struggle for equality, social justice, and better living conditions for the most vulnerable groups of people has made her one of the most prominent…

Electoral Court Rules Against ANC, Paves Way For MKP To Contest Elections

In a major blow to the ANC, the Electoral Court of South Africa has ruled in favour of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Party, paving the way for former president Jacob Zuma’s party to participate in the upcoming national elections on May 29, 2024. This decision comes after weeks of uncertainty surrounding the party’s future, following attempts by the governing party to challenge the MKP’s registration in the court, which sat in Bloemfontein, Free State. The ANC’s objections centered on…

MK Party Accuses NPA Of Selective Prosecution As NA Speaker Fights Off Arrest In Court

The Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of selective prosecution and weaponising the judicial system. It also claims President Cyril Ramaphosa is using the NPA to fight his political battles and prevent the party from challenging the African National Congress (ANC) in the general elections on May 29. The Electoral Court sitting in Bloemfontein is expected to deliver a verdict in the case between the ANC and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The governing…

Giyani Water Project Contractors Make ‘Significant Progress’

AFTER a decade-long delay attributed to poor performance and alleged tender irregularities, contractors appear to have made significant progress towards the R4.1 billion Giyani Bulk Water Project.   Residents say their water supply has improved since late last year, after the government made notable progress in installing water pipes and refurbishing the reservoirs.   They told African Times that while water rationing remains, the new contractors appointed by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) have repaired leaking reservoirs and connected water…

MK Party Seethes Over DA’s ‘Derogatory’ Claims As IEC Raises Concerns About US Invitation

The MK Party has strongly condemned the DA’s claims that it poses a threat to national security, labelling the official opposition’s call for the US to intervene in South Africa’s upcoming general elections a “treasonous act.” The newly launched political party led by former President Jacob Zuma threatened legal action against the DA unless it withdrew the “derogatory” allegations against it. South Africa’s independent elections body, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), also expressed reservations about the DA’s unorthodox approach which…

‘IEC Leak Revolting, But Being Handled Internally,’ Says IEC Chief

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa has responded decisively to address concerns about the security of its systems after the leak of sensitive information from the lists of candidates of the African National Congress (ANC) and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) political parties. An official from the country’s independent elections management body has been identified through a preliminary investigation, according to the IEC’s chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo. Mamabolo was addressing the media at the IEC offices in Pretoria on…

National Assembly Speaker Denies R2.3m Bribery Allegations

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has denied the widely publicized allegations of personally benefiting from military tenders during her time as South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. According to the Sunday Times on Sunday, a whistleblower identified Mapisa-Nqakula as one of the beneficiaries in an affidavit to the Independent Directorate of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). It added that businesswoman Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu had decided to testify against South Africa’s legislative branch leader, who served as…

Former Eskom Bosses, Private Sector Using ‘Revolving Door, Insider Trading’ To Score Tenders 

  Several energy companies are recruiting former Eskom executives allegedly to gain an unfair competitive edge, benefit from insider trading, and position themselves for billions of tenders at the power utility.  According to insiders and industry sources, the growing trend raises questions about an alleged revolving door phenomenon involving former Eskom bosses, the power utility’s failure to enforce the government’s restraint of trade policy, and threatens the credibility of the state-owned company’s procurement processes.  Former Eskom Group CEO Brian Dames,…

Ramaphosa’s Tintswalo Narrative Backfires

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been met with criticism from South African political parties and social media users, who have expressed their skepticism towards his portrayal of a prosperous country. On Thursday, February 8, 2024, Ramaphosa delivered his final SONA for the sixth parliament but delivered what detractors called an ANC re-election campaign. Using a metaphorical approach, Ramaphosa shared the fictional story of Tintswalo, who was born in 1994 and experienced the positive effects of…

The Significance Of Iran’s Accession To BRICS

One of the new partners of the BRICS international association is Iran. Iran’s accession to BRICS, as well as a number of Arab states, allows us to talk about the creation of a regional platform for a dialogue and cooperation between countries in the Near and Middle East. This is one of the main objectives of the BRICS and is also of great importance for the implementation of such large-scale international initiatives as Greater Eurasia and One Belt, One Road…

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