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ANC leadership race heats up

Even though the ANC’s national elective conference is still eight months away, and despite former president Thabo Mbeki’s warning last week for members to focus on serving communities rather than who gets elected to be a leader, the picture across the provinces points to heavy contests taking place.

The big ANC branch behind Mkhize

Most ANC branches struggle to manage a minimum of 100 members, but Mbongi Hlongwa runs a branch with up to 4 000 members in ward 1 in KwaXimba, KwaZulu-Natal – and this week, that branch threw its weight behind former health minister Zweli Mkhize’s lobby to take over from President Cyril Ramaphosa as the leader of the governing party.

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“Love me tender,” they all sobbed, “before I knew it, I’d been robbed.”

A number of relatively well-off, but lovelorn women are singing the blues after they had hundreds of thousands of rands, jewellery and clothes stolen from them by a man they met on dating site Tinder.

Covid-19 education fiasco

A report from Stats SA has revealed that only one in 10 education institutions offered the option of remote learning when schools and higher education institutions were closed to curb the spread of Covid-19 in 2020.

Depression – a slow poison that triggers suicide

A strong desire to escape despair and pain can often trigger suicidal thoughts. In South Africa, mental health remains largely stigmatised, preventing people from seeking help and talking about what they are experiencing.

Ndiki’s steamy video thrusts Bala away

Singer Phelo Bala allegedly moved back home three months ago and left his husband Moshe Ndiki. This was disclosed by close friends this week after Ndiki posted sexual videos of himself and former The Queen actor Sthembiso “SK” Khoza.

Lesufi faces Maile

There are just months to go before the ANC’s Gauteng elective conference, and contenders are accelerating their campaigns, with more names of people vying for the top five being revealed.

‘Minister must not be soft on Eskom’s failure to reduce pollution’

Environmental groups are appealing to Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy not to grant power utility Eskom further leniency to meet the air pollution standards, as it has failed before to limit the emissions from its coal-fired power stations.

The lasting legacy of the Kotini King

‘Wrote a letter to my n****s, I’m hoping they read it/ Took a break from socialising, I’m feeling defeated/ I’m feeling fatigued, I cannot do it no more/ Emotionally in need of something I threw on the floor, I want a Gucci velour/ Wanted the praise from the fans; to tell the truth I only needed love from my friends.”

Masemola, Lekganyane join forces ahead of provincial ANC conference

Former Limpopo ANC deputy chairperson Dickson Masemola and current party secretary Soviet Lekganyane are joining forces ahead of the upcoming elective conference to “save the party from a VBS take-over”.

Lesbian mother must be ‘recognised as parent’

A court has ruled that a lesbian woman whose artificially fertilised egg cells were transplanted into her partner should also be considered their twins’ legal parent.

Ukraine war: Russia has violated UN principles, international law

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. This attack is a breach of the UN Charter, which is unprecedented since it came into force in 1945. It shatters the very foundations of the charter. Now, no UN member state can be sure that its borders and its existence will not be called into question tomorrow.

Ace Magashule and his lieutenants upbraided

The ANC in the Free State has harshly criticised naysayers who have denounced the provincial renewal and unity programme, and is intent on going ahead with stringent measures to root out anyone who does not represent the party properly.

The KwaZulu-Natal awards that made empty promises

Maskandi music royalty Khuzani Mpungose is taking the organisers of the KwaZulu-Natal Entertainment Awards (KZNEA) to the cleaners for allegedly failing to pay him more than R500 000.

Mpungose walked away as the biggest winner at the inaugural KZNEA show, which was held at the Durban International Convention Centre in December 2020.

Mashatile caught in factional crossfire

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile’s efforts to put out fires in North West caused by the dispute over the party’s mayoral candidate in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality have been rejected by disgruntled ANC councillors as an “endorsement of deviant behaviour”.

Matric results at risk as MEC battles HOD

The factional battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa and suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has spilled over into the top-performing department of education in the Free State.

Education MEC Tate Makgoe and his head of department (HOD), Tsoarelo Malakoane, are engaged in a political battle that has divided the department into two camps.

The ANC is in a race against time

The ANC in North West is racing against time to meet its target of holding its provincial elective conference (PEC) next month.

The province was hoping to hold the PEC in two weeks’ time, but indications are that it might not hold the conference over the weekend of March 18 and 19 as planned.