2016 Year in Review

Eskom CEO, #WitsShutDown and State of Capture report marks explosive 2016

The student protests against university fee increases and decolonised education saw the #WitsShutdown2016 bring Braamfontein to a standstill.

702's John Robbie spoke to EWN reporter, Gia Nicolaides, as she shares her thoughts on the news that dominated the headlines this year.

I left with three bulletproof vests in my arms and a helmet. I walked into that situation not knowing what to expect.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Another moment that captured South Africa was the state of capture debacle which played out in court.

A court ruling instructed the Office of the Public Protector to release the State of Capture report that President Jacob Zuma and ministers Des van Rooyen and Mosebenzi Zwane had attempted to interdict.

Former Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe, was mentioned numerous times in the report compiled by Thuli Madonsela. He then resigned following a tearful press conference where he tried to clear his name from any wrongdoing in awarding lucrative contracts to a Gupta-owned business.

He [Brian Molefe] was really agitated by the fact...he wasn't able to explain the deal that Eskom had made with Tegeta or his relationship with the Guptas.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

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