The headlines of the leading newspapers on 04 January 2024:
Reports more than 33-thousand civil servants receive social grants under false pretences. There is doubt whether they will be prosecuted.
Then the paper writes about the court appearance of Pardon Danhire for the murder of Nadine Terblanche and her nine-year-old son Ruandré in November. Danhire was Terblanche’s gardener.
And finally, there is news about 71-year-old Louis Zeelie of Colesberg’s narrow escape when a pack of lions awaited him at a toilet in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
# The Star and Pretoria News:
Writes about the release of Oscar Pistorius tomorrow.
And reports former president Jacob Zuma says his party will end load-shedding.
# And The Citizen:
Reports Sars’ statistics do not indicate the true state of affairs. Although the collection of taxes is up by 7.8-percent, a growing number of taxpayers are leaving the country.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Reports on the murder of 18-year-old Hesty-Ann Green from Brandvlei in the Northern Cape on New Year’s Eve. The police are investigating the possibility that the incident is related to drug syndicates.
And secondly, the paper also writes about Louis Zeelie of Colesberg’s lion encounter.
# Die Burger:
Reports on the destruction of the Shelley Point Hotel near St Helena Bay. The owners say the building is irreplaceable and around 130 staff could lose their jobs.
And secondly, the paper writes about the extremely hot weather that is predicted for the Western Cape this week.
# And Cape Times:
Writes Turkey supports South Africa’s charge against Israel at the International Court of Justice.
And reports on the first day of the second Test between South Africa and India at Newlands.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Reports criminal acts by Eastern Cape police members could end up costing the state up to 7.5-billion-rand in civil claims. About 4-thousand-349 cases are still pending.
And secondly, the paper writes about the death of a municipal electrician while he was busy with repairs.
# Daily News in Durban:
Also writes Zuma’s MK Party has pledged to end load-shedding and cut fuel costs.
Then there is a report on the numerous problem cases that the SPCA has to deal with following the fireworks over the New Year.
And finally from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Reported the spokesperson of the Namibian judiciary, Vikitoria Hango has confirmed that advocate Philanda Christiaan has been appointed as judge of the High Court. This follows the Judicial Service Commission’s public interviews on 8 December.
And secondly, there is news about Gabi Serrer’s business venture, GreenPlanet Gardening, which makes compost from recyclable materials in Namibia.