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ME­DIA Tokoloshe of the year!

Last year marked our in­au­gu­ral Tokoloshe of the year! (with an ex­cla­ma­tion mark be­cause all Daily Sun head­lines have ex­cla­ma­tion marks) and was won by the ex­tra­or­di­nary ad­di­tion to tabloid jour­nal­ism of the “twerk­ing tokoloshe”. This year’s tokoloshes in the Daily Sun have had to con­test a great many questionable pas­tors and prophets, but held their own. Some of the most hi­lar­i­ous head­lines were Farty Tokoloshe Won’t Leave Me Alone! (in which, every morn­ing, a ter­ri­ble tokoloshe knocks on Tebogo’s door, “farts, laughs and runs away”); Twin Tokoloshe Ter­ror! (“Ka­belo was go­ing crazy ... twin tokoloshes were blow­ing horns in his ears and ru­in­ing his busi­ness”); and Yel­low­bone Tokoloshe In My Bath! (“Sharaz told Daily Sun a beau­ti­ful, well-shaped tokoloshe joins him every day for a splash in the bath”).

But what could pos­si­bly beat Singing Tokoloshe Ter­ror!, in which eight tokoloshes singing maskandi songs in­sult and as­sault Skhum­buzo, a mu­sic lover? Eight, friends. Imag­ine that. We are grate­ful to the staff at Daily Sun – which, back in 2007, showed us an ac­tual tokoloshe on the cover (pic­tured) – for bring­ing some cheer to an oth­er­wise mis­er­able year.

We also ap­pre­ci­ate their dili­gence in ex­pos­ing false tokoloshe pur­vey­ors. In the story Fake Tokoloshe For Sale!, the in­trepid news­pa­per ex­posed Dr Akram, “a man who claims to be a tra­di­tional healer”, for try­ing to sell a tokoloshe us­ing a photo of said tokoloshe which was, in fact, that of a tokoloshe from a Bri­tish TV se­ries called Mad Dogs. – Charl Blig­naut

SO­CIAL ME­DIA Hash­tag of the year

While pol­i­tics dom­i­nated the head­lines this elec­tion year, so­cial me­dia did its ut­most to lighten things up. #PoorBaba – in which Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma was roasted – was a hit, com­ing in a nar­row sec­ond this year. Every awk­ward mo­ment, every photo with the Gupta fam­ily, it all got vented. But our award this year goes to

#IfDAWins, whereby so­cial me­dia spec­u­lated on the white­ness of fu­ture things – from shades of twang to TV shows – in the event of a DA vic­tory in the elec­tions. It re­minded us of last year’s hi­lar­i­ous #AskM­musi. The DA leader’s Twit­ter Town Hall turned into a com­edy fes­ti­val as tweet­ers asked him ques­tions that ranged from clar­i­fy­ing the mean­ing of the lyrics of Thembi Seete’s Nkaiket­sang, to where he thought the guy who presses the load shed­ding but­ton lived. – Gugulethu Mh­lungu

Tweeter of the year

This has to be Don­ald Trump, and for all the wrong rea­sons. And, who can forget the “Don­ald Zuma” mashup that Daily Sun put on its cover? – Gugulethu Mh­lungu

Yho mo­ment of the year

Penny Spar­row’s blacks-on-the­beach rant. She set the tone for a wild year. – Gugulethu Mh­lungu

What­sAp­per of the year

Re­mem­ber Mar­garet van Wyk? She was the poor mom from Sch­weizer-Reneke in North West who ac­ci­den­tally sent a pic­ture of her gen­i­talia – meant for her hus­band – to a What­sApp group for the hockey moms at her daugh­ter’s school. The pic­ture landed up online and went vi­ral, much to the shock and glee of many in­ter­net users. Mar­garet gets this award not only for weath­er­ing the storm, but also for keep­ing her mar­riage spicy. Well done to you, Mar­garet, and your moem­fie! – Grethe Kemp

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