Morning Newspaper Report
The headlines of the leading newspapers on 08 February 2024:
# Business Day:
Reports the spokesperson of the Presidency, Vincent Magwenya says the South African Intelligence Agency is stable and equipped to deal with threats of foreign interference in the country’s elections.
Leads with the murder of the 67-year-old owner of Hikers Paradise in Centurion, Leni Hamilton. She was shot dead in her shop when she addressed a group that was making noise.
And secondly, the paper reports on the emotional scenes when next of kin had to identify the bodies of the six bus victims in the Free State. The parents of the six girls say they believe there was negligence and an investigation should be carried out.
# The Star and Pretoria News:
Firstly, writes about Bafana Bafana’s 4-2 defeat against the Nigerian soccer team in the Afcon semi-final.
And secondly, it reports a study indicates the EFF can do better than the DA in this year’s election.
Also leads with the Bafana defeat and writes on its cover: “BATTLE WELL FOUGHT”.
# And The Citizen:
The paper’s headline reads: “WHAT IF THE ANC LOSES?” The paper writes that even though president Cyril Ramaphosa is full of bravado about the ANC’s victory in the election, the question remains with which party it will form a coalition to remain in power.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Devotes its entire front page to the bus accident in the Free State that claimed six learners from Riebeeckstad Hoërskool. The paper reports on parents who visited the accident scene, the experiences of eyewitnesses who survived the accident, and the last hours before the accident happened.
# Die Burger:
Has the same lead as Beeld and Volksblad about the bus accident.
And secondly, the paper reports Markus Jooste’s former alleged mistress, Berdine Odendaal’s court application to gain access to her frozen bank accounts was turned down.
# And Cape Times:
Writes the EFF says that even though some of their members are banned from Parliament for the State of the Nation Address, they still hold Ramaphosa accountable.
And secondly, the paper also reports on Bafana’s shattered dreams.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Reports the controversial Nelson Mandela Bay housing manager, Mvuleni Mapu who was suspended when he was accused of fraud, is back at work. Mapu claims his suspension has expired.
And secondly, the paper writes firefighters from Nelson Mandela Bay believe that arson may have led to the approximately 400 wildfires that they have had to put out since January 1.
# Daily News in Durban:
Writes a survey shows the residents of eThekwini have lost faith in Ramaphosa. One resident said he prefers to watch the Disney Channel before following the State of the Nation Address on television.
And finally from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Reports a former senior superintendent at the Namibian Correctional Services has been unemployed since July 2021 despite a court order to rehire him.
And secondly, the paper writes the body of a well-known farmer and major player in hunting and tourism circles, Roysten Wright, was found next to his bakkie after trying to put out a wildfire.