Tshabalala-Msimang was responsible for some of the most talked about stories of 2007, according to The Times and City Press.
Wits Caxton professor of journalism, Anton Harber, wrote in a Sunday Times column the “prize for the bravest and most controversial story of the year” should be a tie between this paper’s story entitled http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=542808 Manto: A drunk and a thief” and http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=323087&area=/insight/insight__national/, Mail & Guardian‘s stories about allegations that Selebi “was in bed with some of the country’s most notorious gangsters”.
The controversy surrounding Selebi’s possible prosecution is on The Times and Marie Claire lists of the biggest stories of the year.
Selebi is one of Rapport‘s top newsmakers of the year. The others are ANC president Jacob Zuma and the axed former Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.
The http://www.citizen.co.za/index/article.aspx?pDesc=51083,1,22, Springboks’ victory over England is Rapport‘s story of the year. It is also on The Times, City Press and Maire Claire lists.
According to The Times and Maire Claire the http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=2502&fSetId=662&fArticleId=3660422, Fidentia scandal deserves a place on the list of top news stories of the past year.
Other stories on The Times list included: http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=523460. the prosecution of Phillip Matthysen after he had decapitated his Siberian husky with a chain-saw because it had eaten his parrot. Matthysen has since been killed in a car accident.
East Rand teenager Francesca Zackey’s “visions” of the Virgin Mary and http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=vn20070619003153395C634163, a woman’s claim that she was possibly blinded after she had looked at the sun because Zackey had told her to do so.
The Cape Town city council http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3045&art_id=vn20071024035649955C840450 spy saga.
The http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20070708235249396C274676, fallout from Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride’s car crash.
The world’s “largest diamond” that http://www.miningweekly.co.za/article.php?a_id=118467 turned out to be a fake.
The list of news highlights included:
The sentencing of serial rapist http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20071214044118211C977517 Mongezi Jingxela.
The http://www.dispatch.co.za/2007/07/12/Easterncape/aalead.html of the death of newborns due to alleged negligence at the Frere Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
The http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2190049,00.html suspension of the director of the National Prosecuting Authority, Vusi Pikoli.
The http://www.businessday.co.za/specialreports/Strike.aspx?Page=BD4P221034 public service strike.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3045&art_id=vn20071019144058391C752262 Reggae star Lucky Dube’s murder during an attempted hijacking.