Gordhan tops Parliament fracas in media coverage

2016-05-22 16:21
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: Bloomberg)

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Johannesburg – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan garnered more media coverage than the fight in Parliament this week, media monitoring company, ROi Africa, said on Sunday.

Stories about Gordhan comprised just under 12% of stories in the media following the Sunday Times report last weekend that he faced arrest for his alleged involvement in the SA Revenue Service’s “rogue unit”.

Gordhan responded on Tuesday, referring to the allegations as “malicious rumours and accusations” and dismissed them as being “false and manufactured”.

While EFF’s latest and most violent eviction, from the National Assembly on Tuesday appeared in 8% of all news stories, Zuma’s question and answer session got 10% of the media’s interest. The EFF MPs were thrown out for trying to prevent Zuma from speaking.

“The only story bigger than Gordhan this week is President Zuma as an independent analysis,” ROi Africa head, Tonya Khoury, said in a statement.

War talk and Malema

The ANC Youth League’s "war talk" reaction to the EFF’s and its leader Julius Malema’s behaviour made 7.65% of all news. 

In social media, protests at Fort Hare University, Gordhan and the EFF parliamentary fracas all made a big impact.

The expropriation bill, which the National Assembly passed on Wednesday, bringing it a step closer to being signed into law, made little impact.

Local rapper AKA’s decision not to perform for opposition parties got four times more attention.

Metered taxi drivers attacking Uber cars got more attention than the Guptas. On Friday, three metro police officials were injured when metered taxi drivers stoned two Uber cars and two metro police vehicles in Sandton during protests against the online taxi service.

Internationally, the Cannes Film Festival was the biggest news entry with just over 10% of all stories covering the glamourous gathering. 

Overall, the US presidential candidates continued to dominate global headlines.

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