As 2023 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on a year that has been incredibly challenging for most South Africans, particularly for celebrities and their families. This year, the nation mourned the loss of several stars, including the rapper AKA, and was shocked by the audacious actions of Thabo Bester.

Mourning the Loss of AKA

The death of rapper AKA was a significant blow to the South African music industry. His untimely demise left a void in the hearts of many fans and fellow artists.

The Shocking Tale of Thabo Bester

In a twist that seemed straight out of a movie, Thabo Bester faked his own death and escaped from prison with the assistance of his lover, the qualified doctor Nandipha Magudumana. This audacious act left the nation in disbelief.

Also read: Bail denied! Dr Nandipha Magudumana to remain in custody

South Africa’s Most Googled People of 2023

Despite the tragedies and dramas, several other stars managed to trend and consequently made their way onto the list of South Africa’s most googled people for the year.

Thabo Bester

Thabo Bester topped the list after his daring escape from Manguang Prison with the help of his girlfriend, Nandipha Magudumana. The pair were eventually captured a year later while shopping together at Woolies.

Cyan Boujee

Model and DJ Cyan Boujee also trended this year following the leak of a raunchy tape online. She later claimed that the person who filmed the clip was musician Prince Kaybee.

Also read: Cindy Makhathini VS Cyan Boujee: Who did the Tik Tok ceiling trend challenge better?

Nadia Nakai

Nadia Nakai, known for her hit songs and relationship with the late rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes, was another popular search.

Dr. Nandipha Magudumana

Dr. Nandi’s involvement in Thabo Bester’s prison escape left many puzzled, questioning why a professional like her would fall for a convicted murderer and rapist.

Andrew Tate

American-British media personality, businessman, and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate made headlines after his arrest late last year.

Derick Hougaard

Famous rugby player Derick Hougaard caused concern among his South African fans following a health scare earlier this year.

Steve Harvey

American actor and TV personality Steve Harvey trended after rumors circulated that his wife Marjorie had cheated on him.

Sim Dope

Sim Dope was revealed to be AKA’s secret best friend, which led to him making headlines.

Anele Tembe

The late ex-girlfriend of AKA, Anele Tembe, also trended following his death as discussions about their troubled relationship and her suicide surfaced.


Tyla Seethal, the latest musical sensation from South Africa, took the world by storm with her hit song “Water”.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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