NEWS & FEATURES


“We sincerely hope that by the mere casting of a vote the results will give hope to all South Africans and make all South Africans realise this is our country. We are one nation.”

- Nelson Mandela, 27 April 1994


Kariega shows strong support for FF+

Political campaigning took a festive turn in Kariega at the weekend with a brass band and the green, orange and white ...

Riaan Marais
News reporter

Muslims are our enemies in their minds but we love them: McKenzie

“The Muslims are our enemies in their minds, but in our minds they are our brothers and sisters. I can never hate any ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

DA’s John Steenhuisen hits the campaign trail in Kouga

As the general election inches closer, DA leader John Steenhuisen visited the Kouga municipality, where his party ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

WATCH | Dudu Zuma-Sambudla takes the spotlight as dad is a no-show

Zuma-Sambudla told party supporters her father was attending to security risk matters and could not attend the event on ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

PODCAST | Maimane says SA is responsible for influx of Zimbabweans

South Africa allowed Zimbabwe to be run into the ground, says Mmusi Maimane on the Sunday Times Politics Weekly ...

Mike Siluma
Sunday Times deputy editor

Don't vote ANC or IFP as Mandela and Buthelezi are gone, says Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema has appealed to elderly voters to stop voting for the ANC and the IFP because of loyalty to ...

By ZIMASA MATIWANE

Race quotas chasing away investment and jobs — DA

The DA has again denounced the Employment Equity Amendment Act, saying the law drives away investment and leads to ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

MK Party gets 1.4% in North West by-election as ANC gets boost with 70%

Jacob Zuma’s MK Party recorded 1.41% votes in a by-election in Madibeng, North West, on Wednesday.

By Sinesipho Schrieber

EXPLAINER | Key issues for investors in South Africa's 2024 election

For the first time since the end of apartheid 30 years ago, polls suggest the ruling ANC is at risk of losing its ...

By Rachel Savage and Libby George

Unemployment worsens as politicians promise jobs if you vote for them

Election season in South Africa is often characterised by grand promises from political parties vying for the votes of ...

Modiegi Mashamaite
Multimedia reporter

Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor’s election tactics questioned

After refusing to bow to alleged undue pressure to participate in an ANC election campaign blitz, three Bay ward ...

By Andisa Bonani

Nelson Mandela Bay coalition not going anywhere after election, says Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema has insisted that the results of the national and provincial elections will have no bearing on ...

By Andisa Bonani

Mixed views from unions

Trade unions have reacted to the news of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans to sign the controversial National Health ...

By Nomazima Nkosi and Brandon Nel

Eastern Cape jobless rate highest in country at 42.4%

The unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape increased in the first quarter of 2024, reaching 42.4%.

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

What will signing of NHI Bill mean for you?

The public announcement that President Cyril Ramaphosa will sign the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill into law on ...

By Nomazima Nkosi and Brandon Nel

Kou-Kamma mayor told to resign

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has directed the mayor of the Kou-Kamma local municipality to resign.

By Nomazima Nkosi

Helen Zille blasts Gayton McKenzie’s 'interference' in Joshlin Smith case

DA federal chair Helen Zille believes Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie’s involvement in the case of missing ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

Solidarity warns of legal battle if Ramaphosa signs NHI Bill into law

Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday threatened legal action on the eve of President Cyril Ramaphosa's signing of the ...

MK Party ConCourt outcome will not affect ballot paper, says IEC

The outcome of the Electoral Commission of South Africa court case about the eligibility of former president Jacob Zuma ...

By ZIMASA MATIWANE

GOOD party offers free Wi-Fi in Bethelsdorp

Often, Benny Weitz drives his two daughters to the Dan Sandi Centre in Bethelsdorp where they can access free Wi-Fi ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

Appointment of Knysna municipal manager Sebola overturned

Sixteen months after Ombali Sebola was appointed as the Knysna municipal manager, the council must start the process ...

By Siphokazi Mnyobe

ANC members turn against party’s mayor in Kou-Kamma

ANC members in the Kou-Kamma local municipality have rallied against one of their own, calling for the removal of mayor ...

By Nomazima Nkosi

Thabo Mbeki warns ANC leaders to ‘keep election promises’

Former president Thabo Mbeki has concluded his KwaZulu-Natal election campaign with a stern warning to the ANC to keep ...

SA seeks additional measures in genocide case against Israel

South Africa has filed an urgent request with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the indication of additional ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

“The right of a person to vote freely in democratic elections, to express him or herself without hindrance, to gather and associate as one wishes, to move freely in one's land - these are precious freedoms that lift the human spirit and give expression to our God-given rights.”

- Nelson Mandela, 22 November 2000


30 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY 


As the country gears up to commemorate 30 years of democracy, our team hit the road to assess the good, the bad and the ugly of service delivery in parts of the Eastern Cape over the last three decades 

The sad decline of Central

As SA prepares to mark 30 years of democracy, significant milestones have been reached, but crime, poverty and the use ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

Filthy Graaff-Reinet dumpsite ‘a chaotic ...

As SA prepares to mark 30 years of democracy, significant milestones have been reached, but crime, poverty and the use ...

By Brandon Nel

Neglected, vandalised sports grounds tell sad ...

As SA prepares to mark 30 years of democracy, significant milestones have been reached, but crime, poverty and the use ...

By Brandon Nel

Kou-Kamma municipality tackling financial challenges

As SA prepares to mark 30 years of democracy, significant milestones have been reached, but crime, poverty and the use ...

By Brandon Nel

Poverty, crime and the bucket system haunt Walmer Township

As SA prepares to mark 30 years of democracy, significant milestones have been reached, but crime, poverty and the use ...

By Tshepiso Mametela

Farmers pitch in to help make Krakeel River a better town

Frustrated by the neglect of their town, farmers from Krakeel River have rallied together, using their own money to fix ...

By Brandon Nel

The forgotten people of Twee Riviere

Since Christmas, Die Kampie informal settlement where Fiela Jaftha resides in Twee Riviere, has been shrouded in ...

By Brandon Nel

Aberdeen mom risks her health to feed her children

An Aberdeen mom’s lungs are taking strain.

By Brandon Nel

Middelburg’s sewage nightmare

The sight of sewage and filth flooding the streets of Middelburg has become commonplace, forcing people to trudge ...

By Brandon Nel

Mabuyane calls for defence force to guard ...

The deployment of the SA National Defence Force to the Eastern Cape government’s mega-projects is needed, given the ...

By Nomazima Nkosi

Once-bustling Middelburg sports centre now a ruin ...

A stadium that was once the jewel of Middelburg lies in ruins and is now home to vagrants.

By Brandon Nel

Drug abuse a big problem in small Karoo town

Willowmore residents are exasperated by a growing problem of drug abuse in the community which, they say, is driving a ...

By Brandon Nel

Graaff-Reinet Town Hall in disgraceful state

Bird droppings plastered across the walls and floors, a foul odour in the air, and roofs leaking and covered in mould ...

By Brandon Nel

Nxuba’s legacy lies in ruins

Persistent vandalism in Nxuba is increasingly fraying the nerves of residents, with the public swimming pool, cemetery, ...

By Brandon Nel

Aberdeen drowning in water issues

After three decades of democracy, some parts of a small Karoo town still grapple with dry taps, filling buckets from ...

By Brandon Nel

Once-bustling Middelburg sports centre now a ruin inhabited by vagrants ...

A stadium that was once the jewel of Middelburg lies in ruins and is now home to vagrants.

By Brandon Nel

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the province to unveil their plans to tackle some of the most pressing issues 

How FF+ vows to tackle pressing issues

As the elections draw closer, The Herald is providing space for political leaders to share their plans to tackle some ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

How EFF will address crime, education and health issues

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald is providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Andisa Bonani

ANC working to address all major challenges — Mabuyane

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald is providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Nomazima Nkosi

UDM's recipe for growth, jobs, better services and a safer province

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald is providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

How the DA will create jobs, slash crime and fix health care, education

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Nomazima Nkosi

PAC's plan to improve infrastructure, create jobs

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

'How we’ll get SA firing on all cylinders' — ActionSA

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Michael Kimberley

RISE Mzansi's plan to turn Eastern Cape around

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Ntsikelelo Qoyo

We’ll incentivise investment in key sectors, equip jobseekers with skills

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

Assisting development of farmers is among BOSA’s priorities

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Nomazima Nkosi

How I would fix the Eastern Cape, by Lance Grootboom

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Michael Kimberley

We need inclusive growth, skills development and small business funding

As the national and provincial elections draw closer, The Herald will be providing space for political leaders in the ...

By Andisa Bonani

OPINION


Rise Mzansi will make a difference

I remember standing at the bottom of Callaway Street opposite Jubilee Hall waiting for the motorcade transporting Botha ...

By Dr Sangxa Rozani

Let’s build on gains made in past 30 years

Thirty years ago, South Africans were gearing up to vote in the first democratic elections.

Plenty of reasons to celebrate 30 years of freedom and democracy

Tomorrow, April 27 2024, SA’s young democracy turns 30.

By Oscar Mabuyane

ActionSA’s blueprint to chart a new course for South Africa

As we stand on the cusp of our seventh national democratic election, I find myself reflecting on the tumultuous ...

By Athol Trollip

Herald series highlights the need to vote wisely

Over the last few weeks, The Herald has been running a special series — 30 Years of Democracy — and will continue to do ...

Zuma’s going to kill the spineless ANC

There is one thing you can say about the ANC without fear of contradiction: these guys don’t listen.

Bid to stop Zuma running was stupid from the start

Former president is now officially the grand bogeyman of SA politics

Peter Bruce
Editor-at-large & columnist

Our choices are diminishing, despite the plethora of parties

It is a truly extraordinary thing that 2024 offers us so many more parties and candidates to elect from, and yet ...

Watch out for fake news onslaught as election nears

And so it starts: politically inspired and motivated fake news.

Why it is so vital that we all vote

It is widely expected that 2024 will prove to be a crucial year politically, thanks largely to growing dissatisfaction ...

Importance of youth vote cannot be overstated

By all accounts, this past weekend's Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) voter registration was a success.

Multiparty charter talks a positive step for SA

With next year’s general elections fast approaching, pre-election coalition talks are on the go.


PODCASTS


LISTEN | ANC confident of outright win in May 29 poll

With less than three weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for a fiercely contested general election, ...

LISTEN | What the UDM manifesto is offering voters

With three weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for a fiercely contested general election, have you made ...

LISTEN | Vote, don’t sip: Malema says no drunkards on May 29

EFF leader Julius Malema says voters should not be tempted by alcohol on election day but prioritise the polls.

Bulelani Nonyukela
Audio producer

LISTEN | What Build One SA has to offer you

With four weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for a fiercely contested general election, have you made ...

LISTEN | What RISE Mzansi plans to do for SA

With four weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for a fiercely contested general election, have you ...

LISTEN | DA’s rescue plan ‘to put SA back on a pathway to prosperity’

In Behind the Herald Headlines with Daron Mann, we catch up with DA Eastern Cape leader Andrew Whitfield, who says the ...

Zuma, MK Party given until Tuesday to file papers in IEC application

The Constitutional Court has granted former president Jacob Zuma and his uMkhonto we Sizwe Party until next Tuesday to ...

By TimesLIVE

LISTEN | Let's get criminals out of the ANC: Mbeki has not buried the ...

Former ANC president Thabo Mbeki says he has not put his grievances aside with the party, which “will have to get the ...

Bulelani Nonyukela
Audio producer

LISTEN | What the Patriotic Alliance has planned for you

With five weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for what is expected to be a hotly contested 2024 general ...

LISTEN | Malema changes tune on vote rigging as elections loom

EFF leader Julius Malema claims load-shedding will be implemented when vote counting starts and votes will be stolen.

Bulelani Nonyukela
Audio producer

LISTEN | 'Fight fire with fire': Malema says criminals must live in fear

EFF leader Julius Malema says the language criminals understand is violence and police should "fight fire with fire" so ...

Bulelani Nonyukela
Audio producer

LISTEN | FF+ East Cape leader believes party will double numbers in ...

With six weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for what is expected to be a hotly-contested 2024 ...

PODCAST | Zuma is out for revenge and has nothing to lose

Zuma feels wronged by corruption allegations and is out for revenge against his successor and will wreak havoc, we hear ...

Mike Siluma
Sunday Times deputy editor

LISTEN | Golden period ahead for SA, says ActionSA’s Trollip

With six weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for what is expected to be a hotly-contested 2024 general ...

LISTEN | EFF’s Mzwanele Manyi explains party’s land ownership stance

With just more than six weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for what is expected to be a hotly ...

LISTEN | The ACDP’s Lance Grootboom talks election offering

With just over six weeks to go before South Africans head to the polls for what is expected to be a hotly-contested ...

LISTEN | 'Whoever becomes president must not have a bloated cabinet' — ...

Chris Hani's widow Limpho says whoever becomes president after the May 29 general elections should not have a bloated ...

Thabo Tshabalala
Multimedia producer

PODCAST | 'Saying elections are rigged is misinformation' — activist ...

We the People executive director and 30-year-old activist Lindiwe Mntambo says elections are not rigged and those ...

Thabo Tshabalala
Multimedia producer

LISTEN | National election set for ‘big ballots’

It is two months until South Africans take to the polls in the country’s seventh democratic national and provincial ...

PODCAST | ‘We have to protect the future by voting’ — youth activists ...

Steven Nkonyeni and Tebello Letsoalo, activists from Activate Change Drivers, reflect on 30 years of democracy as ...

Thabo Tshabalala
Multimedia producer

LISTEN | Crunching the registration weekend numbers

The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) in the Eastern Cape is pleased with the turnout at the weekend’s voter ...

LISTEN | IEC not expecting disruptions during voter registration weekend

The Electoral Commission of South Africa's chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo says the commission is not expecting ...

Thabo Tshabalala
Multimedia producer

PARTY MANIFESTOS


ACDP

“Now is the time to elect God-fearing, competent servant leaders of integrity who understand the need for good stewardship of state resources, and are committed to restoring trust through Godly governance.”

- Rev Kenneth Meshoe, ACDP President


ActionSA

“ActionSA believes our manifesto offers the most credible alternative to the failed politics of the establishment. It will inspire millions of South Africans to take action by going to the polls on the 29th of May and voting for an alternative that prioritises the needs of our people. Because only action will fix South Africa.”

- Herman Mashaba, ActionSA President


ANC

“By renewing the mandate of the ANC, we build on the foundations of the 30 years of freedom. We continue the journey towards a better life with equal opportunities for all South Africans, now and into the future. Together, we will accomplish so much more.”

- Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC President


BOSA

“The time for political change in South Africa is now. As BOSA, we will rebuild our country through an integrated, citizen-centred approach that requires us to protect what we have built and to invest in a future we can all be proud of.”


DA

“The 2024 election provides a historic opportunity to rescue South Africa. For the first time in 30 years, South Africans have a realistic chance of electing a new government this year. For the first time in 30 years, the DA has a credible path into national government if enough of our voters turn out on Election Day.”

- John Steenhuisen, Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance


EFF

“The EFF, through its 10 years of active political engagement, positions itself as the forerunner of real economic change, advocating for policies that ensure inclusive growth and genuine empowerment of the black majority. Our manifesto for the 2024 elections, informed by public consultations, our founding principles, and parliamentary experience is a pragmatic action plan for governance.”

- Julius Malema, EFF President and CIC


FF+ Plus

“This Manifesto reveals a building plan for a better dispensation. It contains the FF Plus’s plan to bring about restoration in the short term as well as its policy positions for building a better dispensation.”


GOOD

“GOOD’s vision is for a fairer and just South Africa, where nobody is excluded from the good that it has to offer. Nobody is homeless. Nobody lives in poverty or hunger. Nobody feels the lingering effects of apartheid as they wake up each morning for their daily struggle. Everyone shares in the spoils of the wonders and opportunities that this rich and beautiful land has to offer.”

PA

“We in the PA have worked with a single-minded vision since the founding of the Patriotic Alliance in 2012 to build this party into what it has become and continues to become: a place for true patriots to be the change they want to see in South Africa, under the hand of a merciful God.”

- Gayton McKenzia, Patriotic Alliance President


PAC

“This 2024 Manifesto is an outcome of collective work by the various leaders at national, provincial, regional and branch levels. In the 2024 elections we are making a statement: Our Land and Our Legacy - our territorial heritage as a people — comes first. The African people are rising to reclaim the national space and achieve total liberation.” 

- Mzwanele Nyhontso, PAC President 


Rise Mzansi

“In this People’s Manifesto we demonstrate why our approach to politics, policymaking and leadership is what South Africa needs in this time of crisis. Let us go and get the government we deserve.”

- Songezo Zibi, National Leader: RISE Mzansi


UDM

“The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is a social democratic party with a strong moral sense, in both the social and economic areas. We advocate for a dispensation where our people can become wealth creators in their own right, so that there is less dependence on government. But that government must do more to create a conducive environment for our people to thrive.” 

- Bantu Holomisa, President of the United Democratic Movement 



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