Social media trends - We're not a happy nation this week

Social media trends - We're not a happy nation this week

This week's social media charts are out and reflect a dark week for South Africa.


According to Acumen Media director, Tonya Khoury, conversations on social media trends were dominated by politics.

Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, and President Cyril Ramaphosa topped the chart.

"The Public Protector right at the top of the firing line, a quarter of the dashboard belongs to her largely due to the Estina Dairy case and also to the fact that the crowd funding has been raised for her and obviously the spat with president Ramaphosa," says Khoury.

South Africans are well-known for seeing the lighter side to a story, but not this time around.

"This week though, the only positive sentiment that comes through is the Springboks and the Rugby Championships.

"People are taking it very seriously, specifically the Ramaphosa leaks, the Public Protector, the NHI Bill, Gupta leaks, all those appear on the darkest of the sides of negativity. So, we're not a happy nation at the moment," adds Khoury.

Read below for some of this week's trending stories:

Mkhwebane files Ramaphosa evidence at high court

The records were filed in the high court in Pretoria on Wednesday. These include leaked emails and bank statements whose veracity has been called into question. Last week Ramaphosa's legal team requested the court to seal certain information contained in the record of Mkhwebane's report on Bosasa.

Ramaphosa granted interim interdict in Bosasa battle

The report, released by the last Mkhwebane last month, found that President Ramaphosa had deliberately misled Parliament on a donation from Bosasa for his CR17 campaign. When confronted about the issue initially in Parliament, Ramaphosa told the house that it was a donation meant for his son Andile.

NHI set to create 'healthier population'

Mkhize explained the bill at a function in Johannesburg on Thursday - the day it would be officially introduced in Parliament. ALSO READ: NHI bill not ready for Parliament, says Motsoaledi Mkhize said when the NHI becomes law all South Africans to receive universal health coverage.

Springboks, Pumas poles apart ahead of World Cup warm-up

While the South Africans are on the rise and looking increasingly like contenders to win the global championship a record-equalling third time, the Argentines are in the doldrums. Since mid-July, the Springboks have won convincingly at home to Australia and away to Argentina and drawn with world champions New Zealand in Wellington to lift the Rugby Championship for the first time.

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