Year In Review: Videos that went viral in 2016

Year In Review: Videos that went viral in 2016

Varsity Cup match disrupted

Viral Videos of 2016

Varsity Cup match disrupted


The FNB Varsity Cup match between FNB Madibaz and hosts FNB UFS Shimlas at Shimla Park, Bloemfontein, was disrupted due to protest action on 22 February. Play was stopped 17 minutes into the first half when protesters invaded the field of play. The footage shows rugby players and supporters assaulting the group of protesters.

Giant snake turns heads on N2


Motorists travelling on the freeway south of Amanzimtoti in KZN were shocked to see a group of men carrying a massive python on a pole along the N2 highway near Umgababa in April.

Lion in the streets of Johannesburg


A video showing a lion strolling through the streets of Braamfontein went viral in April. It was all part of a movie being filmed in the city.

Harambe Gorilla


Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio shot and killed Harambe the gorilla after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure on 28 May. A video of the incident shows how the 180 kilogram gorilla dragged around a four-year-old boy. The zoo's dangerous animal response team shot and killed the gorilla around 10 minutes after the boy first entered it, causing global outrage.

French gymnast breaks leg


A video showing how French gymnast Samir Ait Said suffered a gruesome injury during an artistic gymnastics men's team qualification at the Rio Olympics left many people cringing in August. The sound of his leg snapping could be heard throughout the arena.

Arrests at Rhodes University


The #FeesMustFall protests across the country made headlines for the greater part of 2016. A video of arrests being made at Rhodes University stood out, showing the police clamp down on protesting students in Grahamstown in September. This video made many South Africans question the force used by police during student protests.

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