A large section of the electorate feels handouts are tantamount to vote buying – except for the perception that the practice is not that effective.
The Nkandla ConCourt should have helped a small black-owned business owed R9.6m by the provincial government but it hasn’t.
Minister Edna Molewa says the Mail & Guardian had not reported about her role in the Sassa case fairly.
The ruling party has insisted women’s league president Bathabile Dlamini was not in the wrong in her public criticism of Thuli Madonsela.
Ahead of the elections, the public protector has warned about using public money for party-political ends.
The ANC Women's League, Youth League and Mkonto we Sizwe Military Veterans in Gauteng said on Wednesday that they stand by Zuma.
Advocate Thuli Madonsela has absolved Davies from wrong-doing in a 2013 event in which the Democratic Alliance complained state funds were misused.
Opposition MPs argued that, in light of the Concourt ruling on Nkandla, Parliament should apologise to the public protector. ANC MPs disagreed.
Calls for President Jacob Zuma's removal from office have had support from some ANC stalwarts, including Ahmed Kathrada and a few ANC Gauteng members.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has requested that the public protector add further costs for non-security features built at Nkandla.
"The president humbled himself and apologised to the nation," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Friday.
The public protector will only celebrate the ConCourt ruling affirming her powers when the Hawks and NPA drop their investigation into her conduct.
The Mail & Guardian has tracked down the bizarre comments made by the president's staunchest defenders to explain his Nkandla 'fire pool'.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was vindicated by the Constitutional Court on Thursday regarding her 2014 Nkandla report.
Following the release of her report on Nkandla, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was ridiculed and abused by ANC members.
The Concourt ruled that Thuli Madonsela's finding was binding, and that President Zuma must pay for the non-security upgrades at Nkandla.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has said that the remedial action taken by the public protector against President Zuma had a binding effect.