This year has been a roller coaster ride when it comes to political uncertainty and economic stability, both locally and abroad.
Here are some unexpected political events that caused an international stir in 2016:
2. SA pulls out of ICC
Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced that the South African government will withdraw from the Rome Statute, the legal instrument that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Masutha and others claim the Rome Statute is a hindrance for the country to engage in international relations.
3. The Panama Papers
World leaders, celebrities, sport stars and business moguls from across the world were all named in a data leak exposing tax evasion and money laundering.
The global elite were implicated after a group of investigative journalists deciphered over 11 million documents from a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.
4. Donald Trump elected US President
5. US pastor Steven Anderson booted
Home Affairs denied controversial American pastor Steven Anderson entry into South Africa in ahead of his schedule visit in September.
The gay-bashing pastor was also banned from the United Kingdom and deported from Botswana.
Anderson made international headlines for his position on homosexuality, and called Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other religious leaders perverted for their stance on equality and gay rights.