Twitter's #JuliusMalemaChallange brings smiles amid sadness

Twitter's #JuliusMalemaChallange brings smiles amid sadness

- Twitter’s newest trending hashtag is in reaction to Julius Malema’s asking for a sign during his heartfelt tribute to Winnie Mandela at her funeral on Saturday

- #JuliusMalemaChallenge and started trending on Saturday and showed no sign of stopping by Sunday afternoon

- South Africans love using twitter to entertain and inform each other, the buzz around this new trend was able to add some levity to a society broken hearted at the loss of the Mother of the Nation

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Saturday, 14 April, was a very sad day in South Africa. It was the day a nation said goodbye to their mother. Yet amid all the tears and sadness, South Africans drew strength from their unique ability to find something to bring a smile through the tears.

As media personality and twelebrity, Tumi Sole put it in a tweet: “Mama, it was a painful day until I saw this hashtag! Tweeps will make you laugh even if you don't want to Mama! I love this app Mama & I love Black Twitter Mama!” gathers he was speaking about the trending hashtag that took on a life of its own following the speech delivered by EFF leader, Julius Malema at the funeral where he pleaded again and again “Mama, give me a signal, Mama, give me a sign”.

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The speech birthed the hashtag #JuliusMalemaChallange and, as South Africans do so well, Twitter had a lot of fun with it. People used it to list everything from the type of people who do wrong, to an appeal to a "mama" the ultimate symbol of authority, for permission and advice on how to proceed.

The trend even spread to neighbouring countries with prominent Zimbabwean personalities getting in on the action.

Malema and Madikizela-Mandela clearly shared a special bond, they both can only be described as firebrands and the depth of their relationship was almost akin to a son and mother in many ways. How deeply entrenched this connection was became very apparent during Malema’s speech.

In the speech, Malema pleaded of Madikizela-Mandela for a signal on what to do about the issues he felt so hurt by. He called her “mama” and begged her for a sign, and at times it almost seemed as if she might rise from her casket and give him one.

When it rained as her casket was taken to be buried, the rain was seen as a sign of blessings in the African tradition.

READ ALSO: South Africa lays her mother to rest

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