Gordhan, Joburg mayor dominate SA news

2016-08-28 10:30
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (AP)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (AP)

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Cape Town – Finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the election of the new Johannesburg mayor dominated the news this week, while elections continued to hog the social media spotlight, media monitoring company ROi Africa said on Sunday.

Gordhan was thrown back into the media spotlight this week when the public spat between him and the Priority Crime Investigative Directorate again flared up.

The minister was accused of fraud, and was told to present himself at the Hawks office on Thursday, an invitation he declined.

Meanwhile, in a long sitting, the DA’s Herman Mashaba was elected as the mayor of Johannesburg.

He beat ANC’s candidate and previous mayor Parks Tau with 144 votes to 125. The DA also claimed positions of speaker of council and chief whip.

ROi Africa’s said Gordhan and the Johannesburg mayor storm across the media charts with almost 25% of the news coverage this week. 

“The Gupta exit entered the chart yesterday and is likely to grow over the next week. Elections 2016 remains as one of the largest stories on the charts.

Jason Rhode, ArcelorMittal, Desmond Tutu

Many new entries on the chart but none with a great impact, Jason Rohde, ArcelorMittal, Desmond Tutu, Prasa and Springboks combine to make just under 10% of news media,” they said.

The Gupta family on Saturday announced their intension to sell all their South African shares.

On social media, the elections took up 20% of the conversation, while the election of the Johannesburg mayor took up 19.8%.

“Interesting to note that Oscar Pistorius is almost 5 times the size of the Olympics, and GuptaExit is one of the bigger stories on the charts over 7 days,” ROi Africa said.

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