Google, the American multinational technology company that specialises in Internet-related services and products, this week revealed that Julian Assange, Elliot Moyo, Sjava and Lady Zamar were among the top searches.
“Wikileaks founder, the death of the resurrected, and local music industry’s secret romance all captivated South African netizens this week,” Google said in a statement.
The tech company said search trends information was gleaned from data it collated based on what South Africans had been searching for and asking it.
Google said it processed more than 40,000 search queries every second, which translated to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches a year worldwide.
This week one of the top searches was that of the man who was reportedly brought back to life in a controversial “resurrection” by Pastor Alph Lukau and had reportedly died again, according to Zimbabwe news outlets.
“His second death led South Africans to generate more than 20,000 search queries for ‘Elliot Moyo’ on Monday.”
However, the Citizen newspaper reported that most social media users don’t believe the reports, saying there could be yet another resurrection miracle on the way’.
South African music fans went crazy on Saturday after award-winning recording artist and actor Sjava took to Twitter to post pictures of himself and singer Lady Zamar. His post said: “Yeah we dated from June 2017 and ended things in March 2019… That’s all so y’all can stop with the questions …”
Google said fans generated more than 10,000 Google search queries for “Sjava and Lady Zamar” on Sunday.
“As news broke that Australian activist and founder of Wikileaks had been arrested, South Africans generated more than 20,000 Google search queries for ‘Julian Assange’ who for the past seven years had been living in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London,” said the tech company.
Assange now faces US federal conspiracy charges linked to one of the largest leaks of classified government documents in the world.
The tech company said on Tuesday South African fans of the early 2000s hit TV series, Smallville, generated more than 10,000 search queries for “Allison Mack” as she plead guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges as well as blackmailing two women as part of an alleged New York City sex cult who carried out sex trafficking and other crimes.
Google said on Wednesday it received more than 20,000 search queries for “black hole” as the first ever pictures hit the internet.
In a statement the tech company said: “As it turns out, two South Africans, Professor Roger Deane from the University of Pretoria and Dr Iniayn Natarajan from Rhodes University, were instrumental in the capture of this space object 55 million light years away from the earth”.
– African News Agency (ANA)