Top 10 Trending Topics On Twitter In South Africa
1. #ZumaMustFall: This hashtag was used extensively during the protests that took place in South Africa on December 16, 2015, calling for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma. The protests were sparked by Zuma's firing of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, which was widely seen as a move to control the country's finances for his own benefit.
2. #FeesMustFall: This hashtag was used during the student protests in South Africa in 2015 and 2016, calling for free tertiary education. The protests started at the University of Witwatersrand and quickly spread to other universities across the country.
3. #RhodesMustFall: This hashtag was used during the 2015 student protests in South Africa, calling for the removal of the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town. The statue was eventually removed, but the protests continued, calling for other symbols of colonialism and racism to be removed from the university.
4. #BlackLivesMatter: This hashtag was used in the wake of the police killings of black Americans, such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The hashtag was also used in South Africa in 2015, after the police killed a black man, Collins Khosa, in a case of mistaken identity.
5. #WinnieMandela: This hashtag was used after the death of anti-apartheid activist and former wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela was a controversial figure, but was revered by many as a symbol of resistance against apartheid.
6. #Zimbabwe: This hashtag was used after the death of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe. Mugabe was a controversial figure, but his death sparked a period of hope for change in Zimbabwe.
7. #ANC: This hashtag was used after the African National Congress, the ruling party in South Africa, was accused of corruption. The party has been in power since the end of apartheid in 1994, but has been dogged by allegations of corruption and mismanagement.
8. #SouthAfrica: This hashtag was used after a series of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The attacks, which targeted foreign nationals, were widely condemned.
9. #Joburg: This hashtag was used after a fire at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The fire, which started in the early hours of the morning, caused no injuries but caused significant damage to the building.
10. #Sona: This hashtag was used after the State of the Nation Address, an annual speech given by the president of South Africa. The speech was widely criticised, with many people calling for President Zuma to resign.