The 10 Sona memes that kept us laughing

2015-02-13 15:56

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It may have been the most chaotic state of the nation address South Africa has ever seen, but that meant that Sona 2015 was also the most watched.

And now that South Africans have mastered the art of tweeting while watching TV, last night’s audience effectively created a big virtual lounge with their social media camaraderie.

Everyone had something to say as they watched the Economic Freedom Fighters get kicked out of the National Assembly, and it wasn’t just the written Facebook posts and tweets that saw the hashtag #Sona2015 trend across the world.

The meme creators were pretty quick off the block. Long before Jacob Zuma had even finished speaking, South Africans had created pithy visual comments on everything from the battle over #bringbackthesignal to Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s head gear.

One of the most shared memes of the evening featured an image of National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and her counterpart in the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, as they battled to maintain order in the house. The text hilariously referenced the recalcitrant attitude to the media’s request that the cellphone signal be unscrambled.

Some weren’t particularly hopeful that president Jacob Zuma would respond to demands that he compensate for the public money that was spent on security upgrades at his private residence in Nkandla.

Everyone’s favourite legal eagle, Gerrie Nel – the prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius case – was appropriated to express some viewers’ sentiments about the Nkandla debacle, using a controversial phrase initially coined by the DA that became the subject of a court case.

Even Jan van Riebeeck was brought back to life courtesy of an old R10 note to make a comment on the issue at the centre of the chaos.

Some comments were less than kind.

Mel Gibson’s iconic scene in the classic film Braveheart made it into the mix too, with a meme that took on both loadshedding and the signal scrambling at once.

A particularly hip audience member quoted from the cult film Napoleon Dynamite to express their frustration.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s choice of headgear was probably a traditional symbol of leadership, but that didn’t exclude it from fair play. And when Gatsha stood up and called the proceedings in Parliament “a disgrace”, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Even brands got in on the action. Continuing the chicken outlet’s playful take on current affairs, the Nando’s Twitter account sent out a cheeky sales pitch after the EFF were kicked out of Parliament and the Democratic Alliance and United Democratic Movement staged a walkout, leaving large gaps in the chamber.

This meme referenced the classic comedy improvisation show Whose Line is it Anyway which has no real rules ... much like Parliament, some readers felt.

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