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Election Day


Morning Newspaper Report

The headlines of the leading newspapers on 20 February 2024:


# Business Day:

Reports the ANC has handed over a redacted version of its cadre deployment records, which comply with the Personal Information Protection Act, to the DA. It details how loyal ANC members are appointed to positions in the public sector. The DA says it will make the records public once he has studied them.


# Beeld:

Leads with the Gauteng premier, Panyaza Lesufi’s Provincial Speech. He says after further negotiations, the Gauteng government hopes to resolve the e-toll issue by March. Lesufi says investments will be made, among other things, in manufacturing and 23-billion-rand will be used to rebuild the economy.

Then it is reported about the 13-year-old boy from the Primrose Primary School in Germiston who shot the headmaster Noko Selepe. He apparently planned to shoot other staff members as well.

And finally, there is news about a three-legged turtle from Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal that needs a name.

# The Star and Pretoria News:

Also writes about the suspicion that the boy from Primrose Primary planned to shoot the deputy principal and a class teacher.

And secondly, reports deputy president Paul Mashatile’s proposal for general elections on 24 May was rejected by opposition parties.

# Sowetan:

Also reports on Lesufi. The premier outlined the achievements of his government in fighting crime, creating jobs, and supporting township enterprises.

# And The Citizen:

Writes although the DA and EFF’s policy directions are vastly different, experts believe that if they work together they can dethrone the ANC in the elections.


# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:

Reports the application for dismissal by Rudi Gericke in the Sorour murder case was rejected in the Circuit Court in Ficksburg. The decision was welcomed by the next of kin of the murdered farmer, Evan Sorour.

And secondly, the paper writes patients at the Universitas Hospital in Bloemfontein complained about the terrible conditions and poor service in the hospital.


# Die Burger:

Leads with the Al Kuwait with about 19-thousand cattle on board which docked in Cape Town to take feed on board. The SPCA visited the vessel and came across the appalling conditions under which the animals were being transported from Brazil to the Middle East.

And secondly, the paper reports the bodies of a mother and her ten-year-old son who were found in their home in Bergvliet. At this stage, it appears that the son was poisoned and the mother committed suicide.

# And Cape Times:

Also writes about the conditions on board the Al Kuwait.

And reports that the drama surrounding the ANC’s cadre deployment is far from over.


# The Herald in Gqeberha:

Reports on two little brothers from Kariega who died this weekend when a bakkie ran over their homemade go-cart and drove away.

And writes a 70-year-old resident of Bethelsdorp was murdered in her home for her mobile phone.


# Daily News in Durban:

Writes the South African Human Rights Commission has now intervened in the water problems in eThekwini.

And finally from NAMIBIA:

# Republikein in Windhoek:

Report the Engoyi Combined School in the Oshikoto region is in a terrible state and the dilapidated structures pose a danger to the 514 learners.

And secondly, the paper writes the Namibian Port Authority must in terms of a court order return about 80 cargo containers from Tradeport Namibia Investments.