Elections, coalition talks dominate media coverage

2016-08-14 18:15
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Cape Town – Elections and the coalition talks dominated news coverage in South Africa this week, while #RememberKhwezi made a bigger splash than the Olympics on social media, according to media monitoring company ROi Africa.

Managing director Tonya Khoury said elections, political party references and coalition talks took about 50% of news coverage during the week.

The Olympic Games had a major impact on news media this week, becoming the second largest single-themed story of the past seven days, ROi Africa said.

“Women’s Day/Month bombed in news media and the interviews for Public Protector made notable impact and the silent #RememberKhwezi protest was not so silent!” Khoury said.

However, social media gave a stronger voice to Women's Day than the news media, ROi Africa said, with over 13% making it one of the biggest stories this week. 

Elections still took up the majority of the social media conversations, with just over 30%. “The Public Protector and coalition talks are neck and neck in our social conversations,” said Khoury.

Remember Khwezi

The Public Protector was at 10.65%, while coalition talks took up 11.64% of the social media conversations.

The Olympic Games in Rio made less impact than #RememberKhwezi, with 2.34% talking about the protest and 2.13% about the games.

Following the elections, a group of women protesting against rape disrupted President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the IEC’s results centre on Saturday, August 6.

They said nothing, but stood in front of the podium, facing the audience, and held up pieces of cardboard handwritten with the words “Khanga”, “Remember Khwezi”, “10 yrs later” and “I am 1 in 3”.

They were making reference to Zuma’s rape accuser, who was called Khwezi by the media. She was a family friend and considered Zuma her father. 

She wore a khanga, or a wraparound cloth, when she claimed the president raped her in his Forest Town, Johannesburg home, 10 years ago.

Zuma was found not guilty.

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