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This past Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa demonstrated that the State of the Nation Address (SONA) can go on without Jacob Zuma. And South Africa’s meme game (like its currency) was stronger than ever.
So what were some of the gems that were inspired by this year’s address? Sit back and enjoy the five best memes from this year’s SONA.
SONA 2018 meme #5: Ministers of Unemployment
Widely believed to be replaced as the
Minister of Twitter Minister of Police in the coming days, Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter Friday to rubbish claims he was afraid of Ramaphosa’s potential plans.
But instead of opposing jokes of his possible unemployment, he welcomed them.
“Satafrika my beloved country,” he tweeted on SONA day, attaching this gem.
Satafrika my beloved country. Hahahaha!!! pic.twitter.com/NkkSVEOzoE
— Min of Police: Mr Fearfokkol (@MbalulaFikile) February 16, 2018
Mbalula wasn’t the only one browsing jobs forums this weekend…
— Lauryn Michelle (@LaurynMichelleK) February 16, 2018
A rare picture of Bathabile Dlamini after realizing that President Ramaphosa is on a cleaning spree 😂😂 🇿🇦🇿🇦, pic.twitter.com/1G6SygItF9
— Booi Dikotla (@BooiDikotla) February 16, 2018
SONA 2018 meme #4: Cyril Ramaphosa’s mixtape
Really South Africa?
He’s arrived pic.twitter.com/5EBxTJnVpR
— TIBITIBI (@a_Trodeyes) February 16, 2018
Okay, we’ll allow it.
After taking a leisurely jog on Cape Town’s Sea Point promenade this past week, President Ramaphosa not only lit up Instagram, but the hearts of South Africans too.
We — like many other South Africans — were disappointed when Cyril Ramaphosa did not reveal a forthcoming mixtape at SONA 2018.
SONA 2018 meme #3: “Squirrel Ramaphosa”
Woah. Please. We’re only just getting used to our new president, and now this squirrel thinks it can just take it all away? Okay, it is cute, but Squirrel Ramaphosa was about as cunning a rodent as you’ll find in the Company’s Gardens.
Well known for stealing nuts from tourists’ hands, this particular specimen also wanted in on the presidency (or the Minister of Police job perhaps).
The below was a group effort, with EWN photojournalist Aletta Harrison behind the camera and a yet-to-be-celebrated Twitter user behind the caption.
— Aletta Harrison (@AlettaHarrison) February 16, 2018
SONA 2018 meme #2: #ANCBae
Last year we had #ThePeoplesBae, but South Africa is a thirsty nation. The country wanted a new top political model to go with its new president and ANC member Dominic Khumalo was this year’s eligible candidate.
Say hello to #ANCBae.
— METROFM SABC (@METROFMSA) February 17, 2018
Comrades, please line up in an orderly fashion.
SONA 2018 meme #1: #SendMe
Thanks to Ramaphosa quoting lyrics from the late Hugh Masekela’s “Thuma Mina”, #SendMe began trending across Twitter after SONA ended.
— Adrian Saville (@AdrianSaville) February 16, 2018
And South Africans, for once, felt hopeful again.
— GoodLuck Music (@Goodlucklive) February 17, 2018
#SendMe Is there anywhere we can volunteer? I want in!!
— Geoff Malyon (@GeoffMalyon) February 17, 2018
— A+ Sean. (@Mangi_Sean) February 16, 2018
Feature image: Min of Police: Mr Fearfokkol (@MbalulaFikile) via Twitter