OVER the past year, African women have made their mark on the Internet.

According to search engine Google, the woman in Mzansi who was most researched this year was Vuyo Mbuli’s widow, Savita.

Speaking about their list of top 10 most searched women, Google spokeswoman Julie Taylor toldDaily Sun that they compiled the list using Google Trends, which can be used by everyone.women

“We’ve also filtered out spam, irrelevant queries and repeated queries so our lists can best reflect the spirit of the times,” she said.

After the death of her husband in May, many South Africans started following Savita on Twitter. She continued sharing her thoughts on the social network throughout her grief.

She made headlines again shortly afterwards when she hired three bodyguards and claimed she had received a call from someone who told her there was a hit out on her.

The second most searched woman was popular TV and radio presenter Kuli Roberts. She sparked controversy recently when she collected Savita’s Feather Award for Drama Queen of the Year.

Fourth on the list was Mamphela Ramphele, who started Agang SA this year and announced that she was planning to challenge the ANC in next year’s elections.

Next on the list was Durban tender queen Shauwn Mpisane, whose business was awarded tax clearance by SARS in October this year.

This was despite the fact that she was in court for tax fraud in a case brought by SARS. Sixth on Google’s list was Thandi Maqubela, who was convicted of murdering her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

Next were TV personality Noni Gasa and Asanda Jezile, who became popular when she became a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent.

Following the release of her single Phendula, singer Zahara became the ninth most researched woman.