TimesLive - Politics Police still negotiating for Ditsobotla municipality mayor's release 2017-05-24T21:54:37.000000000+00:00 Police negotiators are still busy negotiating for the release of Ditsobotla municipality mayor Daniel Buthelezi after he was taken hostage by a group of unhappy community members. DA calls for calm in Ditsobotla as mayoral hostage drama unfolds 2017-05-24T20:43:15.000000000+00:00 The Democratic Alliance in Ditsobotla has called for calm in the North West municipality where a hostage situation is said to be unfolding amid violent service delivery protests on Wednesday evening. Buildings alight and mayor taken hostage in Ditsobotla 2017-05-24T19:58:48.000000000+00:00 Parts of the Ditsobotla municipal offices in North West have been set alight and the mayor has been taken hostage by members of the community. ANC accused of 'dirty tricks' in Nquthu elections by opposition parties 2017-05-24T19:37:12.000000000+00:00 As the sun set on Nquthu 73-year-old Ntombizini Mbatha went to bed on Wednesday night with high hopes of a better life for this tiny northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Nquthu. Tshwane suspends dodgy contract signed by previous administration 2017-05-24T18:30:58.000000000+00:00 The City of Tshwane has suspended a dodgy multimillion rand contract which had been signed by the previous council under dubious conditions. SADTU slammed by minister in secret 2017-05-24T18:23:26.000000000+00:00 Minister of Education Angie Motshekga has secretly slammed the SA Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) as being linked to the scandal in which teachers’ jobs were sold‚ yet on Wednesday told parliament the exact opposite. ANC MP asks for Guptas to be summoned as parliament grapples with state capture 2017-05-24T16:09:29.000000000+00:00 ANC MPs are increasingly losing patience with the Gupta family's sphere of influence in procurement deals of state-owned companies - such that they are considering summoning them to parliament. Motshekga exonerates SADTU in jobs for cash scandal 2017-05-24T15:33:47.000000000+00:00 Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga has shifted blame for the teaching jobs for cash scandal to district officials in provincial education departments‚ saying members of the trade union SADTU had not been linked to it by evidence at her disposal. Civil servants protest after ‘technical glitch’ results in thousands not receiving a salary 2017-05-24T14:52:18.000000000+00:00 A supposed “technical glitch” in the Msunduzi Municipality’s electronic payroll resulted in thousands of city employees not receiving a salary. Gordhan makes rousing comeback in Parliament 2017-05-24T14:25:38.000000000+00:00 Pravin Gordhan has made a rousing comeback in parliament as a public enterprises committee member and was present at its first meeting on Tuesday.