State of the Nation protests come to Grahamstown

About 350 people joined in protest action against President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle, on Church Square at lunchtime on Friday. Many protesters were carrying placards urging government to put an end to corruption, to stop radical economic looting, to defend democracy and to recall the president.

*Patronage still stifles development

The system of patronage networks is not a new phenomenon. Designed to benefit dominant dynasties at a particular time, it takes different forms according to the context.

A struggle for justice in education – or for the fall of the State?

Why is ‘free education for all’ such a terrible idea?

Planga takes over from MM Meiring

Makana Municipality has appointed Mandisi Planga to replace Riana Meiring as the acting municipal manager after the latter had acted in the position for more than a year. 

Democracy at home? 'The ball’s in your court'

In the current climate, any local councillor who does not listen properly to their constituency and do their job is in for the high jump. That’s the word from a senior government official on a visit to Grahamstown last week.

Housing: Mayor takes the heat

Turning the municipality around requires active citizenship, says Makana Mayor Nomhle Gaga.

Kabuso report finally out

The long-awaited Kabuso report, which implicates several Makana Municipality employees and councillors in wrongdoing has finally been released to the public. However, the report didn't even make it on to the agenda of this week's council meeting. The embattled municipality had indicated that the implementation of the final report would be discussed in this week's meeting, but there was no sign of it in Council documents.

Our problem is bad leadership' - Madonsela

South Africa's celebrated public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela returned to Grahamstown for the second time this year.

'Peter left a legacy of corruption' - Mxube

Grahamstown businessman Lungile Mxube was scathing in his criticism of the ANC-led Makana Municipality, accusing former mayor Zamuxolo Peter of entrusting his legacy of corruption to Nomhle Gaga.