2018 in headlines: Top 10 EWN stories that got SA talking
These are the top 10 most-read stories produced by EWN in 2018 (of course, political antics lead the pack).
JOHANNESBURG - The sun is setting on the year that was 2018 and true to the interesting place that South Africa is, the year has been filled with highlights ranging from the sad to the happy, funny, infuriating and down-right ridiculous.
Eyewitness News has been at the forefront of bringing news that matters to our readers, with a number of notable highlights of our own that have been recorded as a result.
These are the top 10 most-read stories produced by EWN in 2018 (of course, political antics lead the pack):
1) 'SHARING SEX VIDEO A VIOLATION OF MALUSI GIGABA'S PRIVACY'
Yes, the most-read story in 2018 on EWN involves a top-ranking minister and a video of a sexual nature.
In October, social media lawyer Emma Sadleir said she was against the sharing and posting of a sex video that featured Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
2) ZUMA: I RESIGN AS PRESIDENT OF SA
Valentine's Day came with a big surprise for South Africa this year when then-President Jacob Zuma tendered his resignation, making him the second democratically elected president to not finish his second term.
3) KEEPING UP WITH THE RAMAPHOSAS: MEET SA'S NEW FIRST FAMILY
Everybody knew Cyril Ramaphosa when he stepped into Zuma's presidential shoes, but his family? Well, back then, little was known about the Ramaphosa family.
We now know more about the first lady, his sons and his daughters.
4) PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA'S NEW CABINET
The new king wasted little time revealing all his new men (and new women) when he did a bit of a Cabinet reshuffle, effectively booting out the likes of Malusi Gigaba as Finance Minister.
5) OR TAMBO AIRPORT OFFICIALS TO HAND OVER FOOTAGE OF AJAY GUPTA LEAVING SA
A fugitive. That's what Ajay Gupta effectively became when it was announced that authorities were looking for him after they skipped the country.
OR Tambo International Airport spokesperson Leigh Gunkel-Keuler told EWN that their records showed that Ajay Gupta left the airport on a Dubai-bound Emarites flight days before he was officially sought.
6) BAD NEWS FOR CT KFC CUSTOMERS
Do not get in between Capetonians and their fried chicken.
KFC South Africa announced in January a chicken shortage at some of its Cape Town branches, which was not good news for customers.
7) ZUMA FAMILY APOLOGISES FOR FIRST LADY’S COMMENTS
The Zuma family released a statement apologising for the social media comments by then First Lady Thobeka Madiba-Zuma just before her husband resigned.
Taking to Instagram, Madiba-Zuma posted a picture of her and the president and captioned it "my everyday crush".
As other users commented on the picture, she responded and said “Kuzoshuba ungalwi nomuntu ongalwi nawe”, which loosely translated, means: “It’s going to get rough, don’t fight with someone who is not fighting you”.
8) REIGER PARK PRINCIPAL RESIGNS AFTER SEX VIDEO WITH PUPILS EMERGES
The Gauteng Education Department confirmed in January that the principal of Reiger Park NR 2 High School in Boksburg handed in his resignation after videos and pictures of him having sex with pupils in his office emerged on social media.
9) SA'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY - AND IT'S NOT JOBURG OR CAPE TOWN
Durban is often considered South Africa's third wheel, not as rich and racy as Johannesburg but equally not as glamorous and glitzy as Cape Town.
Durban may not be any of these things, but what it can lay claim to is being South Africa's most liveable city.
10) 'WE’RE PREPARED TO DIE FOR LAND EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION'
In August, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said they were prepared to die if it meant South Africa would achieve land expropriation without compensation.