The headlines of the leading newspapers from 07 February 2022:
# Business Day:
Writes president Cyril Ramaphosa is considering reserving certain positions for South Africans before the State of the Nation Address.
Reports the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga said the approximately 20-percent of teachers who have not yet been vaccinated will first have to receive their vaccinations before returning to schools.
Then there is a report on widespread flood damage and loss of life in Gauteng following the weekend’s floods. Many people are still missing.
Finally, the paper writes about the arson in the St. George Cathedral in Cape Town. The swift action of security officers and firefighters prevented serious damage.
# Pretoria News:
Writes the spokesperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation, Mzwanele Manyi says the visit of acting chief justice Raymond Zondo to the former president will be referred to his legal team.
And secondly, the paper also reports on the floods in Gauteng.
Reports on the extradition application against the controversial preacher Shepherd Bushiri in Malawi. Several South African witnesses form part in the application and the verdict is expected tomorrow.
# And The Citizen:
Writes about Motshekga’s announcement that all learners can return to school after the rotation model for schools has been abolished.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Firstly also reports on Motshekga’s announcement about learners returning to school.
And secondly, there is a report about the site manager of the Voortrekker farm near Lindley in the Free State, Chris Giliomee, who drowned rescuing children who were camping from floodwater.
# Die Burger:
Leads with the murder of 13-year-old Gerobejin van Wyk from Klawer whose body was found in a drain. A fifty-six-year-old man was arrested by the police and will appear in court today. Van Wyk was allegedly killed after he apparently stole two mangos.
And secondly, the paper also reports on Motshekga’s announcement.
# Cape Times:
Firstly, also writes about the arson at the St. George Cathedral during the weekend.
It is further reported the EFF is gunning for Zondo after the acting chief justice admitted he had met former president Jacob Zuma.
And lastly, there is a report on another school principal being shot dead.
# And Cape Argus:
Also reports learners’ full-time return to school is widely welcomed,
and secondly the paper also writes about the fire in the St. George Cathedral.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Writes the so-called assault victim who was rescued from the sea in Humewood is now the main suspect in an incident in which seven people were injured. Police are currently searching for the 32-year-old foreigner.
And secondly, it is reported police have arrested two men in Ikamvelihle after they returned to the house robbed to steal more goods.
# Daily Dispatch in East London:
Reports the Buffalo City Metro attributed the disruptions in water supply in East London to load-shedding.
# The Witness in Pietermaritzburg:
Leads with the headline: “ARE SCHOOLS READY FOR PUPILS?” This follows after the provincial Department of Education gave the green light for all learners to return to school.
# And Daily News in Durban:
Reports KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala has warned tribalism could mean the downfall of the ANC.
And finally, from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Writes since the new requirements for water and sewerage infrastructure were implemented in Windhoek in 2020, not a single new stand has been approved.
And secondly, it is reported the bodies of three men were found after they drowned in a dam.