President Cyril Ramaphosa looked lost without his iPad earlier today when he was speaking about the establishment of the Transnet National Ports in Cape Town.
A visibly distressed but Ramaphosa kept asking where his iPad was as he needed the device to read his keynote from. All this was live on Eyewitness News.
While many assumed the president was the victim of theft, Ramaphosa calmly expressed that perhaps he had lost it.
“I had my iPad. Do you know where they took my iPad to? This is the problem of always handing out your gadgets to other people. It’s always best that I keep all these things with me all the time. I had my iPad. I had it in my hand. It’s gone. I lost it, it seems.”
The president’s keynote was delayed until a backup copy of his speech was brought to him.
South African’s found the president’s dilemma hilarious and started a quest to find the #1stiPad
Meanwhile the Presidency issued a statement that the president was simply making a joke while waiting for the iPad.
— The Musician (@bongzmessi) June 22, 2021
What’s this now? Is it a speech about a lost iPad? Some people never cease to clown and amaze! pic.twitter.com/Pc8lOXzT1J
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) June 22, 2021
Thank you, South Africa. There was no question of the iPad being missing or stolen. The President was making a light-hearted point while waiting for the iPad to be brought to him – which it was before he began his remarks to media.
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) June 22, 2021