Biggest news stories on Bloemfontein Courant in 2016

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Traumatized students as fighting errupted during the Varsity Cup match between FNB Shimlas v FNB NMMU Madibaz held at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein on February 22, 2016. ©Frikkie Kapp /SASPA

It was a year which saw Jonathan Jansen step down as the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Vice-Chancellor and Rector.

Revolutionary student movement #FeesMustFall brought the country’s tertiary institutions to a halt for a second year running and the political landscape saw a shift in power in some of South Africa’s biggest metros during the municipal elections.

These are just some of the memorable events after a year which produced a plethora of good, bad, inspirational, funny and sometimes unbelievable stories.

Here are the most read news stories to come out of Bloemfontein in 2016:

    1. Three degrees behind his name, yet unemployed

    2. PHOTOS: Shocking pictures of Kovsie campus today

    3. Three hijacked in Bloemfontein over the weekend

    4. Awerbuch’s – die einde van ‘n era

    5. Groundbreaking surgery makes history in Bloem

    6. DJ murder suspect granted R1 000 bail 

      Bloemfontein DJ Thato 'Blueboy Bond' Booyen's murder accused was granted R1 000 bail after appearing in the Bloemfontein Magistrates court on late last year. Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi
      Bloemfontein DJ Thato ‘Blueboy Bond’ Booyen’s murder accused was granted R1 000 bail after appearing in the Bloemfontein Magistrates court on late last year. Photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi
    7. Breaking News: Cash-in-transit heist at Preller, undisclosed amount stolen

    8. UFS Female Res Student Stabbed in Shower Room

    9. Prof Jonathan Jansen steps down as UFS Vice-Chancellor and Rector

    10. Hailstorm turns Bloemfontein Streets white

    11. VIDEO: Luck changes for Master’s graduate

    12. Two rhinos poached at Bloemfontein Zoo

    13. Mangaung faces total shutdown – DA

    14. Well-known Bloemfontein businessman dies in shooting incident

    15. VIDEO: Driejarige deur Rottweiler aangeval

    16. PUBLIC ALERT: Be wary of these crime tendencies

    17. VIDEOS & PHOTOS: UFS calm today after violent protests

18.  Widespread shock as famous FS DJ is shot and killed

19.  Bloemfontein-vrou ontvoer en beroof

20.  Little Poppie van der Merwe laid to rest

21.  Watch: Students kicked out of exam hall by Fees Must Fall protesters

22. Human skull found at nightclub in Heidedal

23.  Bloemfontein jazz musician killed at his home

24.  Wateronderbreking raak slegs dele van Bloemfontein

25.  Bejaarde egpaar in hul plaashuis by Kroonstad aangeval

Compiled by Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News