Here’s what South Africans searched for the most last week

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. Assange now faces US federal conspiracy charges linked to one of the largest leaks of classified government documents in the world.

Google Search received more than 20 000 search queries for “black hole” last Wednesday as the first ever picture of a black hole hit the internet. 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 capturing this space phenomenon 55 million light years away from the earth.

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 pleaded 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.

The man who was reportedly brought back to life in a controversial “resurrection” by Pastor Alph Lukau has reportedly died again, according to Zimbabwean news outlets. His second death led South Africans to generate more than 20 000 search queries for “Elliot Moyo” on Monday. The Citizen reported that ‘most social media users don’t believe the reports, saying there could be yet another resurrection miracle on the way’.

Two participants lost their lives during the Ironman African Championship held at Hobi Beach in Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday. Leon Stanvliet (63) and Andre Trichardt (58) both passed away during the 1.6 km swimming leg of the competition. More than 20 000 search queries were generated for “Ironman South Africa” as the tragic news broke that day.

Local music fans went crazy on Saturday as the award-winning recording artist and actor Sjava took to Twitter to post pictures of himself and singer Lady Zamar captioning them “Yeah we dated from June 2017 and ended things in March 2019… That’s all so y’all can stop with the questions…” Fans generated more than 10 000 Google search queries for “Sjava and Lady Zamar” on Sunday.

Last Friday Pretoria residents generated more than 20 000 Google search queries for “Pretoria weather” as forecasts predicted cold, rainy weather over the weekend.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at

Source: Capricorn Review