From the chaos in Parliament, signal jamming, load-shedding, water shedding, to Nkandla, Marikana and mass student protests, South Africans really saw it all this year. 2015 will go down as one of the most exciting, scary and outright crazy years in news.
This week, we handed the baton over to our listeners and readers to handpick their top stories and newsmakers for 2015. VOC has been running a daily poll in the Breakfast Beat show and the results of the poll were announced on Friday 1st Jan.
Here are your choices:
South African news story of the year
SONA 2015 and the signal jam
Eskom and loadshedding
Zuma Must Fall and Nene saga
WINNER: Fees Must Fall protests
International news story of the year
European refugee crisis
Makkah crane collapse and the Mina stampede
WINNER: ISIS and its path of brutality
Mampara of the year
Dianne Kohler Barnard
WINNER: Jacob Zuma
Newsmaker of the year (for good or bad publicity)
Julius Malema and the EFF
WINNER: Jacob Zuma again.