The headlines of the leading newspapers from 03 January 2022:
The front pages of today’s newspapers are dominated by news about the fire in Parliament in Cape Town.
# Business Day:
Will be published again on the 10th of January.
Reports there were allegedly no guards on duty when the fire broke out in Parliament over the weekend. The paper writes the alarm and sprinklers were also out of order and reports a 49-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned by the Hawks.
# Pretoria News:
Leads with the headline: “HAWKS TO PROBE PARLIAMENT BLAZE”. The paper reports CCTV shows there was someone in Parliament in the early hours of the morning.
# The Star:
Also reports on the fire in Parliament.
Has also not resumed publication for 2022.
# And The Citizen:
Leads with the headline: “WHO DID THIS?” The paper asks who or what was responsible for the fire in Parliament and also reports on the person who was arrested.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Also leads with the fire in Parliament in Cape Town and reports about the guards who were apparently not on duty and the sprinklers and alarm that were out of order.
# Die Burger:
Has the same lead as Beeld and Volksblad about the fire and also asks why there were no guards on duty when the fire broke out in Parliament.
And secondly, the paper reports about an attack on an elderly couple in the La Clémence Retirement Village in Stellenbosch.
# Cape Times:
Firstly, writes about the Hawks’ investigation into the fire in Parliament.
Then it is reported there is a call for the Cape Town International Airport to be named after the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
And lastly, the paper writes 11 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in the Western Cape in the past 37 hours.
# And Cape Argus:
Reports Parliament has requested that no stone be left unturned in the investigation into the cause of the fire and writes several high-level investigations have already been instituted.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Has pictures of the fire in Parliament and even of the damage inside the building. Furthermore, it is reported no one was injured in the fire.
The paper also writes about Desmond Tutu’s ashes that were placed in St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
# Daily Dispatch in East London:
Reports about the person arrested for the fire in Parliament and the historical articles destroyed in the fire.
Then the paper writes that 246 New Year’s babies were born in the Eastern Cape.
And lastly, it is reported fewer people visited East London beaches over the New Year weekend this year.
# The Witness in Pietermaritzburg:
Writes about the murder of 62-year-old Sharon Deetlefs in her home in Prestbury. It is reported there have been several burglaries at her home in recent times.
# And Daily News in Durban:
Reports the State of the Nation Address of president Cyril Ramaphosa will still be delivered.
And secondly, the paper writes there more than 15 thousand people have already died of Covid-19 in KwaZulu-Natal.
And finally from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Will publish its first edition for 2022 tomorrow.