GARETH VAN ONSELEN: The state of the ANC

An inept party of incompetent, anachronistic amateurs, denialists and egg-beaters

Political Party Funding Act expected to be implemented by April

The act was signed into law in January 2019 and has been awaiting Ramaphosa’s decision on an implementation date

POLITICAL YEAR AHEAD: Virus will continue to reshape political activity

The government faces court challenges over vaccines procurement and  stricter lockdown restrictions

Scrap R10bn SAA bailout money to pay for vaccines, DA asks Mboweni

Leader John Steenhuisen says a vaccine programme replacing lockdown is the only way to rescue SA from Covid-19

ANC cancels its live January 8 celebration

The decision to drop the anniversary of the party’s founding in 1912 is due to the rapid growth of the coronavirus’s second wave

Ace Magashule to remain ANC secretary-general, for now

Spokesperson Pule Mabe says the party is still developing guidelines for removing officials accused of graft

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Ramaphosa to address the nation on Covid-19 ahead of the festive season

The ANC will again be in the spotlight after its secretary-general, Ace Magashule, appeared before the party’s integrity commission last week

Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA is finally a registered political party

The Electoral Commission of SA registers Mashaba's ActionSA after the party created a new logo instead of going to court

ANC shuns Magashule with Limpopo venue for its January rally

Ace Magashule has previously and unilaterally declared the rally would be held in his home province of Limpopo

Ramaphosa takes firm line at NEC meeting as ‘step-aside’ resolution splits ranks

In a swipe at corruption-accused Ace Magashule, the president is emphatic that ANC unity does not mean accommodating and condoning corruption

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Corruption in ANC and government in focus

Issue of stepping down has rocked the ANC as Ace Magashule plans to stay in his post despite being formally charged in a corruption case

DA to abstain in no-confidence vote in Cyril Ramaphosa

The DA says the ATM, which tabled the motion, is a faction of the ANC representing secretary-general Ace Magashule

DA speaker elected in Free State municipality amid ANC infighting

Eric Motloung elected in third attempt after acrimonious earlier votes were abandoned

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Cyril Ramaphosa faces a testing week

National Assembly to debate a motion of no confidence, and the ANC will discuss its decision on stepping aside of members facing formal charges

WATCH: What president’s no-confidence vote means for SA

Political analyst Daniel Silke talks to Business Day TV about the African Transformation Movement’s motion of no confidence

GARETH VAN ONSELEN: What happened to the art of speechmaking?

Repetition wrapped in clichés inside a PR slogan is the hallmark of SA’s forgettable political speeches


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