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2013-12-15 14:00

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Nelson Mandela was famous for his sense of humour – and ordinary South Africans, too, know how to laugh even when they’re mourning. Here were some of the funniest moments of the week that swung wildly from the sublime to the ridiculous, and back again

»?@QunuDog– “Apparently the SPCA is looking for me *hides*,” this suddenly famous ekasi mutt tweeted.

The account sprung up after a newspaper reporter working from Qunu tweeted a picture of a village dog and sent it to the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, suggesting that the animal was skinny and possibly neglected.

By Tuesday, the pooch even had a life partner, @QunuBitch, who suggested wistfully: “Maybe Oprah will open a Qunu School of Dogs and we can prosper.”

(Yahoo. Dustbin Woolworths. Carpet. Carpet remote control. Box. Towel. Handrail! @MemorialSigner)

»?Boogate After some sections of the crowd at FNB Stadium booed President Jacob Zuma, Twitter wags weighed in with their thoughts.

Satirist Ben Trovato tweeted: “The crowd at Madiba’s memorial booed Zuma. A Mexican wave can’t be far off.”

Others, trying to soothe Zuma’s possibly bruised ego, suggested that lanky Bafana Bafana star Matthew Booth – who is welcomed to the field with cries of “Boooooooooth!” may be the reason for the all the shouting.

City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee had this to say: “JZ thought bubble: ‘Note to self: hold all future national gatherings at Moses Mabhida stadium. All.’

The hilarity wasn’t confined to Twitter. Someone with a bit of time on their hands and a knack for Photoshop whipped up posters featuring a grinning Zuma with the caption: “They love me, they’re calling me boo!”

(Mango tank. Sad chair talks. Jam angel. Fisheries. Shiny duck. Shiny ducks. @MemorialSigner)

»?Obama’s e-tag – US President Barack Obama’s route to FNB Stadium took him through the gantries, whose very existence have left drivers foaming at the collective mouth. Many wanted to know whether the US embassy had organised an e-tag for the US President. Others suggested that the best way to avoid getting e-tolled on Tuesday was to slip in behind the Obama motorcade.


»?#fakeinterpreter After sign language trended in South Africa for all the wrong reasons, @MemorialSigner became a Twitter sensation. Here’s his biography: “Fish rabbit car park. Telephone telephone. Sellotape. Pine tree tissues.”

After two days of incomprehensible tweets, and as interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie’s story shifted from comedy to tragedy, @MemorialSigner logged off.

His/her parting tweet: “Hamba kakuhle, Tata Madiba. Enkosi. Goodbye. x”

(Nataniël. Ten disappointments. @MemorialSigner)

»?RIP Mandoza Some obviously confused South Africans misdirected their mourning, and pictures of the very much alive kwaito star circulated wildly on WhatsApp, BBM and social networks, promising to keep his legacy alive. (Pretty hosepipe. Kelp. KELP!! @MemorialSigner)

»?Oprah comes to Africa Tipping a hat to the women who work tirelessly to prepare food for funerals, someone Photoshopped talk show queen Oprah Winfrey into a picture of women chopping vegetables.

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