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2016: Abongile Nzelenzele reflects on the US election

This October, CapeTalk is celebrating its 20th birthday by reliving some of the most impactful stories of the past twenty years, as told by some of our favourite personalities. Click here to view the rest of the stories.

On 8 November 2016, millions of people around the globe stared at their TV screens in disbelief as the US election results were released, naming Donald Trump as the new president of the United States.

The only man who could make George W Bush look like an altar boy.

Kieno Kammies, Breakfast Show host

One of those people was CapeTalk's Early Breakfast host Abongile Nzelenzele, who was broadcasting from the Taj Hotel at the invitation of then US Consul General, Teddy B Taylor.

The first time I said 'eish' on air, it was that day.

Abongile Nzelenzele, CapeTalk Early Breakfast host

Most of us - including myself, by the way - had already chosen Hillary as the winner, and we were all just waiting for the formalities.

Abongile Nzelenzele, CapeTalk Early Breakfast host

And when the results started coming in, Nzelenzele and his team were in disbelief, and started asking "why the graph's wrong".

It was so surreal ... You're looking at all of these people, and they're trying to take it in, and you can see no one can actually comprehend what's just happened.

Abongile Nzelenzele, CapeTalk Early Breakfast host

Nzelenzele also drew parallels between the 2016, and South Africa's next general elections.

The US election was all about choosing the lesser evil, and look at us in 2019 in South Africa - that's where we're sitting at.

Abongile Nzelenzele, CapeTalk Early Breakfast host

Watch Abongile Nzelenzele reflect on the 2016 US elections below:


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