In a tweet on Friday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa appeared to joke about his reflections on his first 100 days in office.
He said his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, had never warned him the job would bring with it so much work.
Ramaphosa wrote: “If there is one thing that Former President Zuma never told me about the job of President is that kusetyenzwa way-waya! Had I known, Nxamalala, perhaps I would have changed my mind.”
If there is one thing that Former President Zuma never told me about the job of President is that kusetyenzwa way-waya! Had I known, Nxamalala, perhaps I would have changed my mind
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) May 25, 2018
The jokey, respectful nature of the tweet towards Zuma (Nxamalala is a title/name for Zuma signifying respect), with whom Ramaphosa was sharing space with last night at an event honouring struggle stalwart Sophie de Bruyn for her 80th birthday, caused EFF leader Julius Malema to shake his head in disbelief.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) May 25, 2018
Others shared Malema’s misgivings, though there were those who advised him to lighten up.
We see him, acknowledging a known thief, this #ThumaMina is begining to sound like an insult to bra Hugh.
— biasseDDD(moAfrika)® (@biasseDDD) May 25, 2018
Udiniwe ubathuma bayontsontsha! pic.twitter.com/zLiH4mmQPK
— Mazizonke Mkokeli (@Mazizonkemkoke2) May 25, 2018
That clearly shows he was sleeping during his term as deputy o tsoga nou while SA is already being sold nxn
— Castro Sebata (@Sebata35) May 26, 2018
He is playing y'all. Cyril spend years and years mastering politics. This is a stunt
— Tumzaza (@cafulele) May 25, 2018
Is he now trying to tell us that Zuma has worked for this country???
— Tando (@zitotando) May 26, 2018