When the President’s iPad went missing in Cape Town yesterday, as he was about to deliver a keynote address about the Transnet National Ports Authority on live TV, he instead delivered a humorous monologue about how his iPad had been ‘stolen’. He was of course joking (although visibly a little shocked). It didn’t take South Africans – with typical SA humour – long before they were producing some really funny memes and jokes about the incident.
The iPad was successfully reunited with its owner, although the Presidency was forced to issue a statement clarifying that it had never been stolen.
“Thank you, South Africa,” said the Presidency. “There was no question of the iPad being missing or stolen. The President was making a light-hearted point while waiting for the iPad to be brought to him – which it was before he began his remarks to media.”
— Gandìa Fezekile Siko (@SikoFezekile) June 22, 2021
All this talk about how someone stole Cyril's iPad but I'm just trying to steal your heart: pic.twitter.com/KYaiNk871B
— Satan (@yashveen_xyz) June 22, 2021
Cyril’s iPad already for sale 👀 https://t.co/hcKAomZc8X
— Shakeel Garda (@ShakeelGarda) June 22, 2021
Cyril: These are the people that stole my Ipad. pic.twitter.com/LpvQOAX9KF
— Tumi👑 (@TumiDaKing) June 23, 2021
You must be Cyril's iPad cos I've been looking for you
— Tina Snow❄️ (@Dinielia_) June 22, 2021
Cyril when he finds his iPad : pic.twitter.com/dWx64ys35a
— ThatSaltyArab (@_abdurrahmaan_) June 22, 2021
Not everybody thought it was funny. The EFF’s Floyd Shivambu tweeted: “Weak and wobbly attempts to spin. He evidently didn’t know what to say and had no clue of what he was expected to say and wholly depended on the notes they prepared for him. Leaders who respect their responsibilities should always know what to say when, how and why. Simple!”