The headlines of the leading newspapers from 05 January 2022:
Dedicates its entire front page to the launch of part one of the Zondo Report handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday.
The paper writes about the reasons for former president Jacob Zuma’s decision to withdraw from the commission, about the recommended fraud investigation against former SAA chairman Dudu Myeni and about the Guptas’ influence on Zuma.
# Pretoria News:
Reports the EFF has accused the government of gross negligence for the fire in Parliament.
The paper secondly reports about the alleged parliamentary arsonist, Zandile Christmas Mafe’s first court appearance.
# The Star:
Writes Ramaphosa said during the handover of the Zondo Report nothing can stop the National Prosecuting Authority or the Hawks now from taking action against state captors.
Reports Ramaphosa has undertaken to withdraw from the implementation of the Zondo report’s decisions if he is implicated in any irregularities in the report.
# And The Citizen:
Writes judge Raymond Zondo said during the handover of the first report of the State Capture Commission that it is now clear that the Guptas used Zuma to hijack the government.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Firstly reports on the funeral services of the four people who died in a motor vehicle accident on the N6 outside Bloemfontein. One victim was buried in Bainsvlei in Bloemfontein and the other three in Rouxville.
Secondly, the paper writes about Ramaphosa’s undertaking to carry out the recommendations of the Zondo Commission.
# Die Burger:
Has the same lead as Beeld on the Zondo Report.
And secondly, there is a story about almost 100 Huskies sledding on Muizenberg’s beach on weekends.
# Cape Times:
Also writes about Ramaphosa’s undertaking to step aside if he is implicated in the Zondo report.
Then it is reported that Mafe’s legal team says he is the scapegoat in the parliamentary fire.
And lastly, the paper has a strange story about twins who were born in different years.
# And Cape Argus:
Lead with the headline: “ZONDO: ‘CORRUPTION THRIVED AT SAA ’”.
And secondly, it is reported the alleged arsonist, Mafe, also allegedly used explosives in Parliament.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Reports Zondo says it was an exhausting four years to lead the state capture commission.
And secondly, it reports about the search for the Bay teacher, Silvia Wittal, who has disappeared without a trace.
# Daily Dispatch in East London:
Writes the ANC spokesperson, Pule Mabe called on South Africans to accept the findings of the Zondo Report and put state capture behind them, and build an ethical state.
Then the paper reports that the ANC’s chairperson race in the Eastern Cape is heating up.
# The Witness in Pietermaritzburg:
Reports the Msunduzi Municipality needs 400-million-rand to repair the storm damage to the electrical infrastructure in Northdale.
# And Daily News in Durban:
Also reports on Ramaphosa’s position that the NPA and Hawks must now take action against state captors.
And finally from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Reports floodwaters from South Africa have already flooded the road between Aussenkehr and Rosh Pinah on the Orange River. There is also concern about structural damage to the new tarmac road to Oranjemund.
And secondly, the paper writes although the doors of Germany, the USA, and Britain are again open to Namibians, there are still 91 countries that apply travel restrictions against the country.