ANC’s electoral committee secretary Chief Livhuwani Matsila survived a 20-hour kidnapping ordeal last week. The City Press carried a report on Sunday that Matsila was kidnapped by people who were asking questions about his role in the ANC.

Chief Matsila has also been vocal against those implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal. He was kidnapped on Sunday and released on Monday morning after making means to pay ransom money.

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Matsila has described the incident as the most terrifying moment of his life. “Terrifying [incident] indeed. Very scary. I have never really experienced something like this,” he told SABC Radio Station SA FM on Monday.

“Of course, this is the third time that I was confronted by criminals. So I was driving home from Sandton where I was going to rest in Pretoria. As I was traveling, there was a car that was following me.

“I couldn’t see what kind of car but definitely I started to realise that the car was following me. So my thinking was that they wanted to corner me when I got to the gate at my place of residence,” he explained.

ANC official Chief Livhuwani Matsila shares kidnapping ordeal
ANC Flag


“Suddenly they turned on the blue lights and they looked like the normal VIP kind of car but not the Police because the car was not even marked. So they overtook me and stopped abruptly infront of me.

“I reversed in panic trying to run away and two gentlemen came out of the car holding guns and they had dull police uniforms including bulletproof vests branded as Police,” he continued.

“They forced me and pushed me into their car, ordered me to lie down in the back seat. Tied my hands with a cable tie and put some folding material all over my face and they drove with me at a very high speed.

They then started telling me that if they could get the money they could consider letting me go unharmed. But if they didn’t get the money they would definitely have to execute me,” explained Matsila.

“So I asked how much money and they asked how much is your life worth then they asked R 10 million. So we discussed until midnight until I could get hold of a nephew who had some cash on him.”

Matsila was released on Monday morning in Hartbeespoort after making arrangements with people close to him to organise the money. 

Recently axed Public Protector advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane was announced as a member of the EFF on Monday. Mkhwebane says she is joining the EFF because she believed in its seven cardinal pillars and wished to continue to protect South Africa.

She also clarified that the EFF was her first political home and that she was never part of the African National Congress.

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“I joined the EFF because I could relate to their seven cardinal pillars,” said  Mkhwebane.

“Our people are landless, and the EFF is saying that they would expropriate land without compensation. I believe that the State should be creating and enabling an environment for the poor and marginalised, especially on issues of the economy,” she added.

Busisiwe Mkhwebane joins the EFF 
Busisiwe Mkhwebane during a media briefing 


“I could relate to the EFF. As Public Protector, I said I would protect the poor and marginalised. So with the EFF, I can continue to do that. I am not joining the EFF for positions.

“I was dealt harshly by the ANC and DA. At the end of the day, I could stand this treatment to expose them for not being there for the poor and marginalised,” she said.

Mkhwebane was officially introduced as an EFF member during a press briefing organised in the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality.

Mkhwebane was recently removed as a Public Protector after over 80% of Members of Parliament voted to impeach her.

They supported the Section 194 Committee’s finding that Mkhwebane was incompetent, guilty of misconduct and unfit to hold office.

Member of the National Assembly Collen Malatji has been elected the new president of the ANC Youth League. He was elected unopposed at the 26th ANCYL elective Congress at Nasrec Exhibition Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng on Saturday.

Malatji was the only candidate to garner enough support to make it onto the ballot through branch nominations.

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It is also the first congress to be convened by the youth league in eight years. The 30-year-old started his political career at the age of 13, joining the Congress of South African Students [COSAS] in Tembisa, and eventually serving as its president.

He became the youngest member of the National Assembly at the start of the sixth administration in 2019.

“I want to be known for being a president of the youth league that’s worked very hard to restructure the economy. I am a very principled cadre, when I say I am going to implement something I will, I don’t change along the way,” said Malatji on Saturday.

Collen Malatji elected ANC Youth League president
Delegates at the ANC Youth League elective congress


President: Collen Malatji Deputy President: Phumzile Mgcina Secretary General: Mntuwoxolo Ngudle Deputy Secretary General: Tsakani Shiviti 2nd Deputy Secretary General: Olga Seate Treasurer: Zwelo Masilela

Meanwhile, the conference was marred with issues on day one. There were attempts to register delegates in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Some provinces raised issues over the number of delegates accounted for. Regions such as Vhembe, Tshwane and Chris Hani also complained about representations.

The ANC has expelled its former secretary General Ace Magashule, the party announced on Monday.

The party confirmed that its national disciplinary committee [NDC] met to deliberate on charges preferred against Magashule and found him guilty of contravening ANC rules and its constitution.

This comes after Magashule failed to make any representations to the NDC. He also missed Friday’s deadline to explain, why he shouldn’t be expelled from the party.

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“After a guilty verdict by the NDC, comrade Ace Magashule was allowed to show cause why he should not be expelled from the ANC. Upon the lapse of seven days, the NDC had not received any representations to that effect,” ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri said in a statement.

“Consequently, the NDC confirmed the expulsion of comrade Ace Magashule from the ANC as a final sanction.”

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Magashule is also found guilty on two counts of misconduct and contravening the party’s Constitution. In 2021, Magashule wrote a letter of suspension to the party president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ace Magashule expelled from the ANC
Ace Magashule expelled from the ANC


At the time, Magashule himself was also suspended in the midst of a corruption trial in the Free State. Magashule is also accused of suspending Ramaphosa without consulting the necessary party structures. His refusal to apologise for suspending President Ramaphosa also leaves him in the political wilderness. The NDC has now decided the fate of the former Free State Premier.

Magashule had initially told the SABC that the explanation reports rubbish and were fake. On Monday, Magashule told IOL after his expalsion was announced that he was unbothered.

“I’m fine, I saw breaking news on social media and television. I’m OK, I’m not perturbed,” he said.

Former Minister of Energy and ANC Member of Parliament Tina Joemat-Pettersson has died, the SABC reported on Monday.

She was 59-years-old. TimesLIVE are  further reporting that ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina confirmed the passing of Joemat-Pettersson. 

“She is no more, her family has confirmed she has passed away. I spoke to her sons as they are the ones who informed me about her passing,” Majodina told TimesLIVE.

Former Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has died
Tina Joemat-Pettersson

“I don’t have further details for now,” added Majodina.

Tina Joemat-Pettersson was minister of energy under former president Jacob Zuma. 

She held other positions in the cabinet: Minister of Energy, from 2014 until 2017, and Minister of Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, from 2009 to 2014, was 59-years-old.

She was an active member of the Azanian Students Organisation between 1985 and 1986. She lost out on becoming the first deputy secretary general of the ANC to Nomvula Mokonyane at the party’s 55th elective conference. 

Joemat-Pettersson had been nominated for a top six position in the upcoming ANC Women’s League conference.

She was the chairperson of the National Assembly’s police portfolio committee at the time of her death. Joemat-Pettersson also served in the section 194 committee conducting an inquiry into suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office. Details surrounding her death are still unknown at this stage. 

More to follow…

The ANC Vhembe region in Limpopo elected two new leaders in the RGC during the recently concluded council. The Regional General Council was convened to fill the positions of regional deputy chairperson and regional deputy secretary.

The positions were vacant after the passing on of the late Cdes Makonde Mathivha and Moss Maluleke respectively.


Samuel Munyai was elected as Deputy Chairperson while Miyelani Chauke was elected Deputy Secretary. They Dowelani Nenguda and Collins Chabane Municipality Mayor Shadrack Maluleke who were also vying for the top positions.

ANC Vhembe Region elects new leaders in Limpopo
ANC Vhembe Region elects new leaders in Limpopo

“We congratulate the newly elected. They are both seasoned cadres of the movement, whose election will undoubtedly add political value in the life of the REC and region,” said the ANC in Limpopo.

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“We are confident that they will execute their revolutionary duties with dedication, selflessness and distinction.
“The ANC Limpopo commends the REC of Vhembe and the PEC deployees for the region for the sterling work in organizing such an incident-free council. Our special thanks go to all delegates for the highly disciplined manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the process.”

SA Deputy President David Mabuza resigned as a member of the National Assembly on Tuesday. He has also officially ends his term as Deputy President of the country.

Mabuza tendered his resignation to the National Assembly speaker, Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula.

The decision is understood to have also been made in consultation with President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa is also expected to reshuffle his cabinet as soon as Thursday.

The former Mpumalanga Premier also first indicated in February that he was ready to leave his office. This was also to make way for the newly elected ANC deputy president, Paul Mashatile.


President Cyril Ramaphosa also confirmed Mabuza’s resignation on Wednesday.

“The Presidency wishes to advise that Deputy President David Mabuza has resigned as a Member of Parliament. Ending his term as Deputy President of the country.

“This follows his request to President Cyril Ramaphosa to step down from the position of Deputy President, which the President announced in his reply to the State of the Nation Address on 16 February 2023.”


“On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, President Ramaphosa has extended gratitude and appreciation to Deputy President Mabuza for his exceptional service to the country over the last five years.

“The Deputy President has undertaken the responsibilities of his office with dedication. I am grateful for the support he has provided to me throughout his term. For the leadership he has provided to the work of Government,” President Ramaphosa said.

“His contribution has been valued by the many constituencies with which he has engaged. cluding Traditional Leaders, Military Veterans, civil society formations and international bodies. As Leader of Government Business, he has ably managed the relationship between the Executive and Parliament, working to ensure that the transformative legislative programme of this Administration is advanced,” he said.

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has been re-elected to the position after garnering more votes than competitor Zweli Mkhize

The ANC‘s leadership election is taking place at the party’s 55th National Conference.

On Sunday, delegates voted for the top seven. More than 4 000 delegates voted at the conference for their leaders who will be in charge for the next five years.


Ramaphosa received 2476 votes while Mkhize received 1897.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zweli Mkhize
ANC President Ramaphosa and Zweli Mkhize


President: Ramaphosa

Deputy President: Paul Mashatile

National Chairperson: Gwede Mantashe

Secretary-General: Fikile Mbalula

First Deputy Secretary-General: Nomvula Mokonyane

Second Deputy Secretary-General: Maropene Ramokgopa

Treasurer-General: Gwen Ramokgopa

The ANC NEC have ordered its MPs to support its president Cyril Ramaphosa and vote against the adoption of the section 89 panel report in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

This was revealed by acting secretary-general Paul Mashatile during a media briefing on Monday. 

A meeting of the special NEC rallied behind President Cyril Ramaphosa against the section 89 panel report. This is to block a push for Cyril Ramaphosa to be subjected to an impeachment process.

The adoption of the report by Parliament on Tuesday through a simple majority would mean Cyril Ramaphosa would be up for impeachment.

Mashatile said the special NEC also decided it would oppose the adoption of the report. Because Cyril Ramaphosa had taken the report on review. 

The president has also approached the Constitutional Court arguing that the report was unlawful and should be set aside.

ANC Support Cyril Ramaphosa against section 89
ANC Support Cyril Ramaphosa against section 89


Mashatile said that while ANC NEC members disagreed on the matter, by the end of the meeting it decided that its Members of Parliament should be instructed to not support the report’s adoption should Parliament proceed with its sitting on Tuesday. 

This means President Cyril Ramaphosa will survive the onslaught from his enemies within and outside the ANC. Some within the ANC have also been calling for his head. 

“It was a unanimous decision by NEC members,” said Mashatile. 

“Given that the president was challenging the report, the ANC should not support the adoption of the report,” 

Mashatile said other institutions, including the Hawks, were investigating the matter. 

He would brief the ANC caucus in Parliament to not vote in favour of the adoption of the report.

Mashatile was adamant that given this decision by the NEC, Ramaphosa remains the president of the state and the ANC for now. 

Parliament will also sit to discuss the report on Tuesday. 

ANC Electoral Committee head Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday formally announced the Top 6 candidates for the party’s 55th national conference with branches showing faith in Cyril Ramaphosa to lead again.

The conference will be held from 16 to 20 December in Nasrec , Gauteng

While announcing the candidates, Motlanthe said the conclusion of the nomination process meant the stage was set for voting at the conference. 


“Our records indicate that a total of 3 543 out of a grand total 3 982 branches in good standing have held successful branch general meetings. Which produced the approved outcomes of the nominations for both branch delegates and NEC candidates.

“This effectively means that 89% of the ANC branches have successfully participated in the nomination process. Thus comfortably surpassing the 70% threshold required for the national conference to take place as per the ANC constitution.”

Current President Cyril Ramaphosa has received twice as much support from ANC structures than his competitor, Zweli Mkhize for the Top position. 

Ramaphosa received a majority with 2 037 branch nominations. Former health minister Zweli Mkhize received 916 nominations for the ANC presidency.

Mdumiseni Ntuli vying for ANC SG position
Mdumiseni Ntuli vying for ANC SG position

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Lindiwe Sisulu did not make the ballot paper for nominations for the presidency position.

Paul Mashatile, Ronald Lamola, and Oscar Mabuyane are nominated for the position of Deputy president.

For national chairperson, Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha, Gwede Mantashe and David Masondo are up against each other. 

For secretary general, Mdumiseni Ntuli, Phumulo Masualle and Fikile Mbalula received the nomination. While for deputy secretary general it is Nomvula Mokonyane and Febe Potgieter.

Benjamin Chauke, Pule Mabe and Mzwandile Masina will be vying for the position of Treasurer.


President: Cyril Ramaphosa (2037); Zweli Mkize (916)

Deputy president: Paul Mashatile (1791); Ronald Lamola (427); Oscar Mabunyane (397)

Secretary general: Ndumiseni Ntuli (1225); Phumulo Masualle (427); Mbalula (749)

Deputy secretary general: Nomvula Mokonyane (1779); Febe Potgieter (905)

Chairperson: Mathabatha (1492); Gwede Mantashe (978); David Masondo (501)

Treasurer general: Benjamin Chauke (552); Pule Mabe (428); Mzwandile Masina (348)