2016 Year in Review

Semenya makes history at Rio Olympics and Tshwane protests dominate 2016 news

Scenes of violence during the #TshwaneUnrest unfolded in the weeks leading up to the 2016 local government elections in August this year.

Violent protests have erupted in Tshwane, allegedly over the African National Congresss (ANC) decision to put forward Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate. The latest flare up is in current Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopas home town, Atteridgeville. Picture: Solly Msimanga @SollyMsimanga.

What initially seemed like disgruntled ANC (African National Congress) supporters rejecting Thoko Didiza as City of Tshwane's electoral candidate soon turned into mass looting and wide spread damage to public property.

EWN reporter, Reinart Toerien, recalled his experience of covering the story across Mamelodi, Soshanguve and Atteridgeville.

The quicker the protests spread, the more people started questioning the motive behind what was actually going on with more property damage and looting.

Reinart Toerien, EW reporter

Another highlight was Team South Africa's performance at the 2016 Rio Olumpic Games in Brazil, which saw Caster Semenya becoming the first black South African woman to win a gold medal in her 800 meter race.

South African Olympic Athlete Caster Semenya. Picture: AFP.

Also because of the criticism Caster has to endure from almost every corner of the world and for her to overcome that.

Reinart Toerien, EWN reporter

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