- President Cyril Ramaphosa has inspired a challenge after battling with a cloth face mask during an intense briefing on Thursday evening
- After announcing a phased approach to ending South Africa's lockdown on Thursday, Ramaphosa's mask got the best of him
- With the nation under immense stress in the face of Covid-19, the moment has become iconic and a source of endless amusement
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Leading the country during a national health emergency is no easy task and President Cyril Ramaphosa's efforts have been lauded far and wide.
Although the situation remains serious and the future of the country hangs in the balance, citizens were able to find a light-hearted moment towards the end of his speech.
After calling on every citizen to protect themselves from the coronavirus with a cloth face mask, Ramaphosa attempted to lead by example by putting his on.
It quickly became transparent that Ramaphosa should have practised a few times beforehand when the moment turned into a battle between his face and the mask.
South Africans appreciated the giggles the frustration provided, with numerous citizens taking part in the #CyrilMaskChallenge on Friday morning.
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Whether it was joy over the lockdown relaxing slightly or just amusement over the blooper, Mzansi is definitely here for this moment.
This nation is a country that gets through the toughest times by laughing together and Ramaphosa unintentionally fuelled some happiness with the awkward moment, made even more uncomfortable by his silence during it.
Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa would enter into Level 4 lockdown on 1 May, with some restrictions eased.
Take a look at just a few reactions and even some clips of people's own versions of the challenge below
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