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Zandile Gumede And South Africa’s Beauty Queen Tops Google Search Queries This Week


It’s been quite the week and there were many topics South Africans needed clarity on, from the former KZN mayor and new national beauty queen. Of course our one-stop place is Google.

South Africa’s top Google searches this week

Miss South Africa – 100 000 Google searches

Zozibini Tunzi made headlines on Friday when she was was crowned as Miss South Africa. South Africans generated more than 100 000 search queries for “Miss South Africa 2019”.

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Along with the title, Tunzi also walked away with R3m. From its inception in 1943, the Miss South Africa pageant has attracted thousands of beautiful, empowered women from across the nation.

This year, the pageant held on national Women’s Day, boasts a new crown named ‘uBuhle bethingo lenkosazana’, a celebration of women, diversity and the beauty of the rainbow.

Jeffrey Epstein – 20 000 Google searches

“Jeffrey Epstein” garnered more than 20 000 search queries on Saturday after the well-connected alleged sex trafficker was found dead in his prison cell.

Epstein, a convicted pedophile who befriended numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center from “an apparent suicide”.

Zandile Gumede – 10 000 Google searches

“Zandile Gumede” garnered more than 10 000 Google search queries on Tuesday after the former eThekwini mayor was released of her council duties.

The news followed the ANC’s KZN provincial working committee’s recommendation for her dismissal was carried out.

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Hong Kong – 10 000 searches

Searches for “Hong Kong” surpassed the 10 000 mark on Monday as protests intensified against a proposed extradition law that would allow citizens suspected of crimes to be deported to mainland China.

Elijah Mhlanga – 5 000 searches

In other top Google searches this week, South Africans generated more than 5 000 search queries for Department of Basic Education spokesperson, “Elijah Mhlanga”, on Wednesday.

This followed after parliament’s portfolio committee on education found his #ReadtoLead tweets, featuring scantily clad women, inappropriate. One image showed a naked woman lying in bed and reading.

The caption read: “Let’s make reading sexy. Do it as a habit. You can do it every day. It feels good when you get into it.”

The Educators Union of South Africa has since called for Mhlanga’s suspension.

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