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President Cyril Ramaphosa dragged by SA Twitter as cost of living rises

The honeymoon period is officially over, South Africa.

Earlier this year, the country rejoiced when President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in, replacing Jacob Zuma.

For a few weeks afterward, we enjoyed the memes, his run along Sea Point promenade, and even the jokes shared with EFF leader Julius Malema.

Now, 141 days into the Ramaphosa Presidency and South Africans are struggling to stave off the rising cost of living. Food, fuel and even the recently cold snap are being blamed on the president.

The hashtag #SinceWeSentRamaphosa began trending across the country Friday afternoon, and South Africans were all too ready to embrace it.

Some took it quite seriously.

Others used jest as a coping mechanism.

And some tweets were just, well, you decide.

The rising discontent on Twitter is notable, considering Ramaphosa’s likeability on the social network.

In mid-February 2018, Ramaphosa boasted a Twitter account with some 106 000 followers, up from 19 600 two months prior. Now, more than 252 000 people follow his daily activities.

Feature image: Former South African President Jacob Zuma (left), and 5th South African President Cyril Ramaphosa by GovernmentZA via Flickr (CC 2.0 BY-ND)

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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