SA politics still hogging the headlines, says media monitoring agency

2016-04-17 11:55

Johannesburg – South African political controversies dominated news headlines in South Africa this week, media monitoring company, ROi Africa, said on Sunday.
“There is precious little outside of politics,” managing director, Tonya Khoury, said in a statement.
Just over 21% of all stories related to the Gupta family and 16% were about their rumoured close companion, President Jacob Zuma.  
“But if you add all the related stories, like Nkandla, impeachment, Zuma Step Down, Dubai, [this] amounts to almost 40% of our news reporting across top stories,” said Khoury.
The 23rd anniversary of the slaying of SACP secretary general and anti-apartheid activist, Chris Hani, and the impending release on parole of his assassin, Janusz Walus, made up just under 5% of all news coverage for this week.

Zuma-related buzz

The current political landscape also garnered most of the attention on social media. Over 40% of all social media discussions were about Zuma-related buzz, while the Guptas acquired a one-fifth slice of the pie.
The ANC's election manifesto – launched on Saturday in Port Elizabeth ahead of this year’s local government elections – also made its debut on social media with just under 10% of all posts dealing with this matter.
Meanwhile, overseas, Zuma also made some ripples, garnering 3.26% of international news coverage.

However, the US elections still dominated global interest with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz all in the limelight.

Earthquakes in Equador and Japan made “little impact”, garnering a 0.5% and 2.43% proportion of press reports.

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