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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 5 January 1 pm

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In this bulletin:

# UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says people implicated in the state capture report should be held accountable
# The flooded Orange River disrupts traffic in southern Namibia
# And Tennis: Australians are angry after Novak Djokovic receives medical exemption to play in Australian Open

# UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has applauded president Cyril Ramaphosa for making the state capture report public. He also says all senior government officials implicated in the report should be brought to book. Holomisa says the report will show if all grievances outlined by other political parties against the Gupta family has been accounted for:

Play sound: ENG UMD Bantu Holomisa

# Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is delighted that the eleven-year-old girl learner from E.P. Baumann primary school in Mayfair, Johannesburg who was kidnapped last year was returned safely today. The grade five learner was kidnapped at gunpoint outside the school gate. The department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona says according to information at its disposal, the learner’s mother received a call from the police this morning informing her to come to fetch her child at the police station:

Play sound: ENGSteveMabona

# The amount of alcohol confiscated from Cape Town’s beaches and other public amenities is just shy of totals during the last pre-lockdown festive season. This was announced by the mayoral committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith. He says the City’s enforcement agencies have confiscated more than eight-thousand bottles of alcohol this festive season. The bulk of the confiscations happened on the Day of Goodwill. He says on New Year’s Day, confiscations totalled one-thousand-206 bottles:

Play sound: ENG FIN JPSmithONAlcohol

# The Orange River in flood has disrupted traffic in southern Namibia, resulting in the closing of roads after being flooded. Namibian officials say no warning has been received from South Africa over the flooded Orange River. According to the Namibian Roads Authority, the road between Rosh Pinnah and Aussen-kehr in the south has already been closed and motorists must use the road between Keetmanshoop and Aus to Rosh Pinah, until further notice. The Authority says it will constantly monitor the situation and keep motorists informed.

# Tennis: Australians are angry after world number one Novak Djokovic received a medical exemption from having a Covid vaccine in order to play at this month’s Australian Open. AFP reports tournament chief Craig Tiley said the defending champion had been given “no special favour” but urged Djokovic to reveal why he got the exemption to soothe public anger. Players must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption. Premier Scott Morrison said that if the reasons for Djokovic’s exemption were insufficient the Serb would be on the next plane home.

# And financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-90-cents and the euro at 17-rand-99-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-53-cents and Bitcoin trades at 46-thousand-966-dollar-70-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-819-dollars-10-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-90-cents a barrel.

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