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  • US man who killed someone on Facebook still at large

    Update, 19 April 8.43am: Police have confirmed that Steve Stephens took his own life during a car chase in Pennsylvania yesterday. Original article: Ohio police are still searching for alleged murderer Steve Stephens after he shot an elderly man on Sunday and posted a video of it to Facebook. The video, originally reported as live but later found to be previously recorded, depicted Stephens shooting 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr as he was picking up aluminium cans. Stephens told Goodwin that a woman (whose name has been kept private) was the reason for his death. Goodwin was forced to say her name before asserting he didn't know who she was....

  • South Africa wishes Jacob Zuma a happy birthday with #WhyIHateZuma

    Oh South Africa. It's your President's birthday today and this is how you wish him? #WhyIHateZuma has been on our watchlist for much of the day, leading the charge alongside #NationalDayOfAction and #BusStrike as the country's big three trends this Wednesday. But it's notable that the hashtag should feature so prominently on Zuma's birthday. President Jacob Zuma turns 75 today, but some on Twitter weren't exactly wishing him a 'happy birthday' Turning 75 today, Jacob Zuma has had a tough beginning to 2017. After removing some screws on his cabinet for maintenance, the country has been about as wobbly as it's ever...

  • Julius Malema looks cool as hell handing out pamphlets in Pretoria

    Once one of South Africa's most maligned politicians, EFF leader Julius Malema has seemingly reinvented himself in just a few short years. Since he was kicked out of the ANC Youth League in his younger years, which subsequently opened the doors for the birth of the EFF, Malema hasn't exactly remained on the periphery of popular culture. One of his most notable achievements is arguably his mastery of social media. This online fame is definitely notable on the streets too. Case in point? Malema took to Pretoria's streets this week to hand out pamphlets to citizens, and raising awareness for the #NationalDayOfAction...

  • #BusStrike: slew of commuters left stranded across South Africa

    If you logged in to Twitter or Facebook this morning, you probably would've noticed the hashtag #BusStrike trending across South Africa. Employees of the country's larger bus operators are partaking in strike action today, that is until demands for a 12% wage increase are met. The strike has left a number of commuters across the country's urban and rural hubs stranded or searching for alternative transport, as a slew of popular services were suspended. This includes Cape Town's MyCiti and Johannesburg's Rea Vaya. The #BusStrike affects a number of services across South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg's inner city networks As a...

  • Zapiro’s controversial South Africa ‘rape’ cartoon debated on Twitter

    Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known professionally as Zapiro, has long been known for his unadulterated take on South African current affairs. But social media users have just about had enough following his latest sketch. Published on The Daily Maverick today, "She's all yours, Boss!" references his controversial 2008 sketch "Rape of Lady Justice". Only this time, Lady South Africa herself is the victim, being held down by minister of social development Bathabile Dlamini, The New Age's editor Moegsien Williams, and minister of state security David Mahlobo. Atul Gupta is also depicted with half-removed slacks, standing in front of South Africa, clad...

  • Naspers ploughs R960m into Takealot, becomes majority shareholder

    Naspers has invested R960-million in Takealot, the online retailer announced today. It's not the first time Naspers has conducted a major deal with the online retailer either, having merged its Kalahari online store with Takealot back in 2015. The deal saw Naspers gain a 46.5% interest in the combined retail powerhouse. In a joint statement on the latest deal, the duo wrote that SA's online retail sector still accounts for "less than 2% of the non-grocery retail market and less than 1% of the total retail market". It added that, as a result, there was a lot of potential for the sector. "We...

  • United Airlines outdoes Pepsi as social media’s most hated this week

    Pepsi might've been first to piss off the internet this week, but it didn't have to beat up a man on a plane to do it. Yes, United Airlines, we're looking at you. The American airline landed itself in hot water Monday evening CST after one of its passengers were violently removed from a Chicago flight because the flight was overbooked. The airline states that no passenger was willing to give up their seat, and chose four passengers randomly to leave the flight. When one man refused, things got ugly. According to a number of videos published on Twitter and Facebook, the...

  • Telkom keeps S&P Global credit rating, but…

    Ratings agency S&P Global has maintained Telkom's BBB- credit rating, but has revised its outlook to negative in the wake of South Africa's political upheaval and subsequent credit rating downgrade. The decision means that Telkom's credit rating still sits at one grade above the so-called "junk" level. S&P said that South Africa's overall downgrade and potentially worsening economic conditions "implies increased risks" to Telkom. "We are therefore revising our outlook on Telkom SA to negative from stable and affirming our 'BBB-' long-term ratings on the company," the agency wrote. However, it's also explained its reasoning behind the outlook. "We limit the differential to...

  • #SouthAfricaIn3Words: one complex country, one complex hashtag

    South Africa. Another large, populous country in southern Africa that harbours a wealth of promise, but hasn't yet lived up to it this century. With the recent economic upheaval, widespread protests from citizens, and calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign, stability isn't a word that could be used as a descriptor for the state of the nation. Nope. Instead, Twitter users needed at least three others today to describe South Africa as acutely as possible. #SouthAfricaIn3Words is one of those hashtags that don't stem from any particular news story, or furthers one general rhetoric, but rather takes a look at...

  • #HandsOffZuma vs #ZilleMustGo: a hashtag war is brewing on Twitter

    Social media users might seem to travel altogether in fast-flowing streams and strong currents, but that's rarely ever the case. While there are more than a few hashtags supporting the countrywide protest action in South Africa today against President Jacob Zuma, a new hashtag has emerged that is supporting the current president. Memeburn's #AntiZumaMarches coverage: #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today’s anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter Everything you need to know about South Africa’s #AntiZumaMarches Memeburn's images from Cape Town's 7 April 2017 protest #HandsOffZuma is one such trending counter-hashtags to emerge today. It...

  • #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today’s anti-Zuma protests across South Africa

    Social media is abuzz with hashtags and images from the marches across South Africa today. Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Tshwane metro and Durban are hosting some of the largest demonstrations, but a number of other townsfolk are also joining the country's citizens. As more people take to the streets today, the images and videos continue to stream in. We'll be sure to update this piece as the demonstrations develop across South Africa today. For now, have a look at just some of the media filtering through on Twitter from today's protest participants and journalists on the ground. Memeburn's 7 April Protests coverage: Everything...

  • Updating: Everything you need to know about South Africa’s #AntiZumaMarches

    Today is a big day for South Africa. Whether you support the protests against President Jacob Zuma or not, many across the country will partake in a number of demonstrations. We've put together a list of essential information, from where these protests will take place, the social media accounts and hashtags you should follow on Twitter and other networks, and the apps you should download if you're interested in joining the demonstrations. Memeburn's 7 April Protests coverage: #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today's anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter #HandsOffZuma vs #ZilleMustGo: a hashtag war...

  • Friday’s proposed #NationalShutdown gains traction on social media

    The past few days in South Africa have been tumultuous to say the least. We haven't seen protests or mass mobilisation from the public (at least not yet anyway), but the country's nearly eight-million Twitter users have seemingly had enough, whichever side of the fence they may stand. #NationalShutdown began trending on Twitter across South Africa at 11am SAST, at the same time the ANC National Working Committee was due to address media regarding leaked minutes from an internal meeting. The ANC labelled this leak as "erroneous communication" late Tuesday evening, which also revealed the party's stance on its leadership structure, its...

  • 9 depressingly beautiful pictures of Cape Town’s biggest dam

    It's getting desperate, Cape Town. The City of Cape Town announced the latest dam levels, and it's not positive. As it stands, the Western Cape dam storage system has just over 25% capacity left. The largest dam in the system, the Theewaterskloof, is just 21% full. Calling this situation a "glass half empty" is being generous. We've seen a number of videos from vloggers and drone pilots in the past few weeks documenting the drought from the air, but sometimes, a still image from the ground is so much more shocking than a moving picture. With that in mind, we took to Instagram...

  • Johannesburg rattled by Klerksdorp and Botswana earthquakes

    Update, 9.34pm SAST: How mighty was that Botswana quake? It seems that even those along Durban's northern and southern coastlines felt tremors tonight. Durban is over 1100km away from the earthquake's approximate epicentre. Felt it in North Beach, Durban #tremor https://t.co/h7sT9UtNeo — Vibhav Ramcharan (@VibhavRamcharan) April 3, 2017 Everybody in Durban South Beach are standing at the streets bacause of the #tremor that happened few minutes ago 😔😔😭 — Bongekile Ntinganti (@ItsMe_Bongie) April 3, 2017 1. #Tremor Short break in Durban but too afraid to sleep now. Can still feel that hectic tremor. We grabbed cellphones and hit fire escape. — DeviSankareeGovender (@Devi_HQ) April 3, 2017 Original...