Zuma voted 2009 newsmaker

2010-01-14 12:23

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has been named newsmaker of the year 2009.

It was the second time that Zuma has been nominated by the National

Press Club-Glenrand MIB for the title.

He was also nominated in 2005 when he hogged the headlines for most

of the year during his corruption trial.

According Yusuf Abramjee, the National Press Club chairperson, Zuma

was in the news for various reasons in 2009 and dominated space in the print and

airwaves in the electronic media.

“This award is made on the grounds of impact, news value and media

attention,” he said.

Zuma joins former presidents De Klerk, Mandela and Mbeki as

previous recipients of the award.

Zuma beat other nominees which included ANCYL president Julius

Malema, athlete Caster Semenya and ex-Springbok rugby captain Joost van der


According to Monitoring South Africa, a media monitoring and

reputation analysis body, Zuma’s name was mentioned 22?300 times in the print

media, nearly 33?000 times in broadcast media and more than 12?500 times


Abramjee said 2009 was Zuma’s year because he went on a successful

election campaign, he had corruption charges against him dropped, was elected as

state president, launched his presidential hotline and made a number of

appointments including that of chief justice, police commissioner and national

director of public prosecutions.

A date will be announced where Zuma will be presented with the

award at a formal banquet.

The National Press Club- North-West University Journalist of the

Year Award will also be presented on the same night.

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