High­lights and low blows of the year that was

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Zuma’s exit. Af­ter years of civil or­gan­i­sa­tions and key ANC fig­ures call­ing for his head, for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s exit on Valen­tine’s Day was dra­matic. He dug in his heels af­ter be­ing re­called by the NEC and told the na­tion through a TV in­ter­view he was go­ing nowhere be­fore he fi­nally

re­signed. State cap­ture in­quiry. From Au­gust, the state cap­ture in­quiry heard ev­i­dence from wit­nesses who placed Zuma at the heart of state cap­ture. These in­cluded cur­rent and for­mer min­is­ters Pravin Gord­han, Nh­lanhla Nene, Ng­wako Ra­matl­hodi, Bar­bara Ho­gan and other ANC stal­warts. The com­mis­sion re­sumes in Jan­uary.

Gi­gaba sex tape. The dis­graced for­mer home af­fairs min­is­ter re­signed af­ter a video of him plea­sur­ing him­self went vi­ral. The story turned him into a so­cial me­dia

clown.

Nene, Supra and Manana walk. For­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene re­signed af­ter dis­clos­ing that he lied about meet­ing the Gup­tas. In North

West, for­mer premier Supra Mahumapelo stepped down af­ter com­mu­ni­ties re­volted against him, while con­tro­ver­sial for­mer deputy min­is­ter Mduduzi Manana quit as an MP, be­fore he could ap­pear be­fore the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion.

VBS scan­dal un­rav­els. Called the great bank heist, the scan­dal that started last year and saw R1.8bn looted from the poor un­rav­elled as prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties from the ANC and EFF were im­pli­cated in du­bi­ous loans and pay­ments.

SABC/PSL black­out wars. This year was char­ac­terised by the never-end­ing tele­vi­sion rights war be­tween the SABC and Safa re­gard­ing the broad­cast­ing of matches in­volv­ing the PSL and our na­tional teams.

#To­talShutDown marches. To mark Women’s Month, #To­talShutDown marches high­lighted high rates of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren. Bizarrely, some or­gan­is­ers were charged with pub­lic vi­o­lence, but the case was later dropped.

Vicki Momberg goes down. Racist Vicki Momberg was sen­tenced to three years in prison for crimen in­juria with one year sus­pended for a racist tirade that hap­pened in 2016. Momberg was re­cently granted leave to ap­peal her

sen­tence. She is on R2 000 bail.

Omo­toso trial. Nige­rian pas­tor Tim Omo­toso’s trial, where he faces 63 charges in­clud­ing rape, hu­man traf­fick­ing and sex­ual as­sault, be­gan in Oc­to­ber. The flam­boy­ant pas­tor treated court like a run­way as he pa­raded avant garde fash­ion while vic­tim Ch­eryl Zondi was ex­alted as a na­tional hero for her tes­ti­mony.

Barcelona visit. Cour­tesy of the Mot­sepe Foun­da­tion, lo­cal soc­cer lovers saw soc­cer wiz­ard Lionel Messi and his team­mates play against Sun­downs to hon­our Man­dela’s cen­te­nary year. Barca beat our star-struck lo­cals 3-1.

Obama’s visit. Still on Man­dela’s cen­te­nary, Mot­sepe dug deep in con­junc­tion with the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion, invit­ing for­mer US pres­i­dent Barack Obama to speak at Wan­der­ers sta­dium for the an­nual Man­dela lec­ture on the eve of the icon’s birth­day.

Soar­ing sui­cide rate. De­pres­sion was high­lighted as a chal­leng­ing men­tal is­sue in black com­mu­ni­ties when per­son­al­i­ties in­clud­ing mu­si­cian HHP, UCT’s car­di­ol­o­gist pro­fes­sor Bon­gani Manyosi and lo­cal ac­tress Shoki Mok­gapa com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Zuma’s new baby mama. Msholozi added to his large brood when news broke that a 24-year-old had given birth to his lat­est child in April. Zuma’s fam­ily said lobola was paid to Nonkany­iso Conco’s fam­ily.

Win­nie dies. Strug­gle ma­tri­arch Win­nie Madik­ize­laMan­dela died on April 2 and her death ex­posed the pro­pa­ganda by Strat­com in tar­nish­ing her name. Af­ter years plagued by al­le­ga­tions of po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, and var­i­ous heads leav­ing un­der a cloud, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s ap­point­ment of Shamila Ba­tohi to head the NPA was wel­comed. ■ Com­piled by Amos Mananyetso and Ma­pula Nkosi

Nonkany­iso Conco

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