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  • Google South Africa said former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi testimony at the Zondo Commission created a “search frenzy” as he laid bare the mechanics of bribery and corruption.
  • The company received over 100,000 search queries in a week.
  • Implicated minister Nomvula Mokonyane was looked up 50,000 times on one day.
  • Other top local searches overshadowed by the State Capture Commission included the death of acclaimed Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi.

The testimony of former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi at the Zondo Commission created a “search frenzy” for the term "Bosasa", Google South Africa said.

With over 100,000 search queries in a couple of days, "Bosasa" outperformed searches for Ariana Grande and her new music video "7 rings", and rumours that South African actress Charlize Theron was dating Brad Pitt.

"Bosasa" was closely followed by the term "Nomvula Mokonyane", which received over 50,000 searched on Monday alone, and “Agrizzi” with over 10,000 searches on Friday.

At the Zondo Commission on Monday, Agrizzi testified how Bosasa paid Mokonyane’s holiday grocery list for years, and how the minister insisted that Bosasa pay for former President Jacob Zuma’s birthday cake.

Former Bosasa Chief Operations Officer (COO) Angelo Agrizzi testifies at the Raymond Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture. (Alaister Russell, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)

“Agrizzi’s testimony painted a grim picture of allegedly brazen corrupt practices at the facilities management company, where a fund of more than R4 million was kept in a vault for the purposes of bribing government officials and journalists as and when needed,” Google South Africa said.

Other top local searches, overshadowed by the mechanics of state capture, included the death of acclaimed Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi who died at the age of 66.

Zimbabwean media reported that he passed away from diabetes, exactly a year after his close friend and South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

American singer Chris Brown also trended in South Africa on Tuesday, with over 20 000 search queries for his name after it emerged that he had been arrested for rape in France.

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