There’s been loss, tragedy and fear but also camaraderie and laughter.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused fear to creep into the hearts of many across the world, yet somehow there’ve still been some magical moments.
In South Africa, no matter the circumstances, we find a way to laugh or lighten the mood, and these unusual times are no different.
Here are a few laugh-out-loud moments that have come out of this pandemic:
1. President Ramaphosa struggles with his mask
Last month President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the easing of some lockdown restrictions and rounded off his speech by struggling with a demonstration of how to put on a mask, the BBC reports.
The incident led to widespread jesting on social media, with the trending hashtags #MaskOnChallenge and #CyrilMaskChallenge.
The president later joked he’d start a TV channel to “teach people how to put on a mask”.
2. When people zol . . .
Cape Town-based producer Max Hurrell enjoys creating entertainment from South African politics so when he used a clip of minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma he turned it into a hilarious banger, according to Channel 24.
In the clip Dlamini-Zuma made a speech justifying the National Coronavirus Command Council’s tobacco ban, claiming the sharing of cigarettes doesn’t comply with social-distancing regulations. “When people zol, they put saliva on the paper, and then they share that zol,” she said.
This one line was then classically packaged by the producer into a hit song.
3. The “vibrator” mistake
Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu made an epic slip-up that left social media in stitches.
During an interview on Newzroom Afrika the minister mistakenly referred to “vibrators” instead of “ventilators” while explaining what equipment was needed in preparation for the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The minister soon realised his mistake and rectified his statement on Twitter.
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