A week of political machinations, joy and despair saw South Africans heading to Google to keep abreast of the happenings in Mzansi.
It was an eventful week in South Africa with the running of the Comrades Marathon, and the passing of two well-loved local personalities. Not to mention the continuing soap opera around the deputy president.
South Africa’s top Google searches this week
Gerda Steyn notably earned a R1 000 000 payday as she shattered the up run record beating second-placed Alexandra Morozova by more than 18 minutes.
- Watch: The heartbreak and human spirit at the 2019 Comrades cut off
- Gerda Steyn breaks Comrades Women’s Record with sub-six hour win
- Comrades to reduce carbon footprint by turning IV bags into school shoes
- SABC to broadcast Comrades Marathon after reaching agreement with ASA
“Nichume” was the most searched term of the week with about 100 000 searches. Nichume Siwundla’s tragic suicide sent shocked netizens to Google to learn more about her passing; and the rumours alleging Mobi Dixon as possibly being the cause.
Bathabile Dlamini’s resignation
Bathabile Dlamini’s resignation from parliament was one of many ex-ministers to resign during the past fortnight. However, she is the only one who handed in an eight-page resignation letter as far as we know.
There were more than 20 000 searches on Tuesday as the country learned of the former Minister’s resignation.
It turns out that the recent glut of resignations is most likely an attempt by former ministers to preserve their ministerial pensions, which they would lose out on if they remained as normal members of the National Assembly.
- Bathabile Dlamini won’t go quietly: Five bombshell claims from her resignation letter
- Dlamini to be hit with fresh criminal charges
- Bathabile Dlamini: Details of her criminal charges and the possibility of jail
R.I.P Christine Basson
Sadly, South Africa bid farewell to Christine Basson; who garnered 20 000 searches on the day we learned of her passing. Christine was the much-loved figure from popular soap operas like Egoli and Agter Elke Man.
The week that was started off with allegation that ANC and South African Deputy President Ace Magashule was being investigated by the ANC for his role in the formation of the African Transformation Movement (ATM).
The ATM is one of several parties that popped up in the run-up to the election. About 10 000 Google users were searching “Ace Magashule”; trying to find out more about the former Free State premier who has been surrounded in controversy in the past weeks.