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Media group finds Zuma has been dominating local conversations

A social media survey by R.O.I Africa has found 72% of local conversations have focused on #ZumaMustFall.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As widespread debate continues over the sacking of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, a social media survey by media monitoring R.O.I Africa, has found that at least 72 percent of local conversation over the past seven days has focused on #ZumaMustFall.

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma announced his decision to replace Nene with little known Member of Parliament David van Rooyen.

The move sent shockwaves through the South African markets.

The rand broke through the 24 rand barrier to the pound, 16 rand to the dollar and 17 rand to the euro.

Over 60,000 people have signed a formal online petition under the hashtag #ZumaMustFall calling for the president to be recalled.

R.O.I Africa's Tonya Khouri said, "Locally 72 percent of our social media conversations over the past seven days refers to Zuma must fall and that pushes Oscar Pistorius right off the charts and this type of activity on Zuma must fall is unprecedented."

Meanwhile, the hashtag #ZumaMustFall has been trending on Twitter with people rallying behind the hashtag and asking others to sign the petition: