Shrien Dewani in top 100 personalities of the year in South Africa

Johannesburg: Shrien Dewani, acquitted on charges of orchestrating the murder of his wife Anni, is among the eight Indian-origin people in the annual list of 100 headline makers in South Africa.

34-year-old Dewani, who flew back to his native Bristol a fortnight ago after charges against him were dropped, was beaten into second place by paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who was found guilty of culpable homicide after firing at his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Heroes category featured the 9-year-old 'Save the Rhino' campaigner Afeefah Patel who shot to fame two years ago after President Jacob Zuma responded to a letter she wrote to him requesting his assistance in saving the endangered rhino from rampant poaching.

It also named Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of the internationally-renowned relief organisation 'Gift of the Givers' which has assisted in natural and man-made disasters such as war in myriad countries, including India and Pakistan.

Other Indian-origin South Africans named were Juby Mayet, an octogenarian journalist and veteran freedom fighter Muhammed Desai, who leads a campaign calling for divestment in Israel and Trusha Reddy, the young coordinator of the International Coal Network at conservation NGO Earthlife.

Novice actor Zahir Bassa who bagged a role in the US series Homeland also made it onto the Television list, while prolific letter-writer Farouk Araie was one of the top ten in the Letters category of the daily. The list was compiled by the daily 'The Star'.

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