What a week (and a weekend) it has been South Africa. Sink your teeth into Monday and catch up with the social highlights and news you missed this week.
Peter Ndoro ‘kills’ Cyril Ramaphosa, takes a break from the SABC
SABC anchor Peter Ndoro on Thursday was asked to take a break from anchoring the channel’s newsdesk after he accidentally announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa had died, and not late Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
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#PeterNdoro was outshone by #SONA2018, but nonetheless regained trending status on Saturday after DA leader Mmusi Maimane posted the below tweet.
Why when an individual has served with such great distinction makes an honest mistake, we crucify. #PeterNdoro had been working through an extended period with immense pressure. He must rest and come back to work on Monday. Let there be peace.
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 17, 2018
SABC employees also came to Peter Ndoro’s defence.
#PeterNdoro is pure class. I’m shocked at the exaggerated response to the error on air. Hope he’s back on air soon and they don’t use this to get rid of him.
— Sebenzile Nkambule (@SebeNkambule) February 17, 2018
“We have to remember the poor guy was on air from 15h00 until 02h00 the previous night; ELEVEN hours of LIVE television!” Ronesh Dhawraj, a researcher at the SABC revealed.
— Ronesh Dhawraj (@ronesh) February 17, 2018
It’s not yet known when Peter Ndoro will return.
#GodsPlan: the million reasons why Drake’s new video is trending
Oh goodness, Drake is controversial again.
In his new video “God’s Plan”, the Toronto-born rapper gave away more than US$1-million in cash to the public.
GODS PLAN VIDEO https://t.co/miRvCFIUfz
— Drizzy (@Drake) February 17, 2018
Some believed it was the “best music video ever”.
Drake might’ve made the best music video ever… #GodsPlan
— jshor (@jshor10) February 16, 2018
Even politicians, from both Toronto and filming-location Miami, were impressed.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) February 16, 2018
— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) February 16, 2018
Others just couldn’t understand the hatred.
— Yung Jefe (@NICOFRM4300) February 16, 2018
Drake dropped one of the most inspiring videos in Rap music history and people are complaining he “wants credit for doing good deeds”. Are y’all really that ignorant, the song is called “God’s Plan” ffs, if anything, he’s giving God the credit for using him as a vessel. #godsplan
— Since 1984
(@Tahoe17) February 16, 2018
#GodsPlan became one of South Africa’s hottest talking points on social media this week.
#WakandaForever: Black Panther celebrated across the world
The only hashtag that could rival #SONA2018 this weekend, Marvel’s Black Panther opened to South African audiences. It’s safe to say that people really enjoyed it?
This was Bloemfontein Friday night:
— #LPConceptStore (@ShaxeKhumalo) February 17, 2018
— Mxolisi Makhubu (@Mxo_Makhubu) February 17, 2018
International celebrities called the movie a “movement” rather than just a superhero flick.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 17, 2018
“BELIEVE. THE. HYPE. All hail the king,” wrote Ryan Reynolds. This tweet also began trending in South Africa Saturday afternoon.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 17, 2018
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 17, 2018
Still not sure your should see it? Read our review here.
In other news…
Mexico shaken by mag 7.2 quake
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked southern and central Mexico on Friday. There were no reports of casualties as a result of the quake, but a reconnaissance helicopter crashed while surveying the area affected, killing 12.
— Miguel Ángel Mancera (@ManceraMiguelMX) February 17, 2018
England and Wales joined in too
That’s right, an “actual tiny earthquake”.
Measuring magnitude 4.2 on the Richter Scale, it wasn’t felt by many. But it had others shook. Pun definitely intended.
In case you saw Ajay Gupta this weekend…
A tweet by IRS Forensic Investigations, better known as @FraudWatchZA, went viral Saturday after it nonchalantly shared the passports of Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta and Duduzane Zuma.
“WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN TERMS OF POCA, PRECCA AND PFMA. Contact local authorities with any details,” the tweet read.
WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN TERMS OF POCA, PRECCA AND PFMA.
Contact local authorities with any details. pic.twitter.com/qdmJwAJY9w
— IRS Forensic Investigations (@FraudWatchZA) February 17, 2018
As chill a tweet as you’ll ever see.
A reward was also offered for information that leads to Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta, Tony Gupta and Duduzane Zuma’s arrests. Naturally, Twitter lost its mind. Read all about it here.