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THE past year was one of ups and downs with celebrities dying, huge political events and extreme weather. And as the year draws to a close, the SunTeam has chosen the following events and people as Daily Sun’s newsmakers of the year:

  • Cyclone Dineo: In February, Mzansi was hit by a huge tropical cyclone, which brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to many areas, with KZN being hardest hit.
  • Zimbabwe: Last month President Robert Mugabe stepped down, ending his 37-year rule. This was after a military take- over of Harare.
  • Karabo Mokoena: The country was horrified when the burnt body of the 22-year-old was found in a ditch in Joburg in April. Her lover was later charged with her murder.
  • The Money Fight: Sports fans across the world tuned in to watch boxing great Floyd Mayweather fight mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor in August. Mayweather won the fight by a technical knockout in the 10th round.
  • Fallen celebrities: This year Mzansi lost national heroes such as Dumi Masilela, Joost van der Westhuizen, Joe Mafela, Ray Phiri, Mandla Hlatshwayo, Ahmed Kathrada, Jabu Kubheka, Lundi Tyamara, Anthony Motaung, Iko Mash, Washington Sixolo and Matlakala Ramathoka.
  • Grace Mugabe: Model Gabriella Engels (22) accused Mugabe of assaulting her with an extension chord in a Joburg hotel.
  • Vote of no confidence: President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived an eighth vote of no confidence in Parliament in August.
  • Shembe: Vela Shembe, who led the Thembezinhle faction, died last month.
  • Eskom saga: The power company had a bumpy ride over the past year. A new board was finally appointed at the beginning of the month.
  • Brian Molefe: The former Eskom CEO, who famously cried at a press conference where he claimed he had no dealings with the Guptas, made headlines throughout the year.
  • ANC elective conference: The most closely followed news of the year was the governing party’s leadership race, which saw Cyril Ramaphosa defeating Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become party president.
  • Fees Must Fall: Since 2015, students have been coming out to protest every year, demanding free education. Earlier this month, Zuma announced free education for the poor.

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