- Ramaphosa started his SONA speech joking that if EFF wins, he'll sing Thuma Mina
- He was referring to a joke Malema made at the SONA last year
- Ramaphosa joked that Maimane would join the band too
SONA 2019 started with a bang, letting Mzansi know exactly what President Ramaphosa has in store for the evening’s processions. President Ramaphosa has already made a seemingly successful effort to soften the Economic Freedom Fighters’ cacophony, by making a clever joke at Julius Malema’s expense.
Cyril Ramaphosa joked that if the EFF were to win the upcoming elections, the president would sing Thuma Mina on stage for Malema. Even Juju saw the humour in Cyril’s comments and was forced to chuckle at the president’s funny side, Briefly.co.za discovered.
The joke worked on many levels, perhaps even managing to convince Malema to keep the crazy antics out of the president’s second SONA.
Ramaphosa’s comments hinted at Malema’s performance at the SONA last year. The buzzword, ‘Thuma Mina’, taken from a legendary Hugh Masekela quote, became a trend on social media platforms across the country.
Juju provoked the president last year, when he suggested that Ramaphosa actually sing the song, and not just quote it.
Ramaphosa took his joke further and added that Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane should jump on board and join the band of singing democratic leaders, perhaps to rival Mr. Zuma’s ‘upcoming’ album release.
Mzansi was in stitches, realising that Ramaphosa actually has a deep sense of humour when he feels like showing it off. The question remains, is his being funny enough to win the trust of the country?
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Twitter user, @Millerkruger from Pretoria joked that the president got his attention, but not yet his vote, highlighting just how important the SONA address is for the ruling party which is hanging on to its rule by a few fragile threads.
Nevertheless, the ease with which Ramaphosa addressed his loud opposition gave Mzansi a sense of foreshadowing of what chaos the South African leaders have hidden up their sleeves.
Perhaps after Mzansi votes in the National elections, social media users will cue up to vote for the name of Ramaphosa and the opposition’s new band.
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