A video showing South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing his missing iPad has been widely shared on social media.
President Ramaphosa looking seemingly distraught in the video is heard saying “this is the problem of always handing your gadgets to other people” as he stands unable to deliver his speech.
He said, “They stole it… I had my iPad I had it in my hand, it’s gone.”
He didn’t have his speech on papers when he rose to deliver an address at an event.
The two-minute video of the president shared severally on Twitter is also a trending video on YouTube with comments from many viewers.
The president was later told to have his seat while officials tried to get his gadget back.
The presidency’s head of digital communications in a Twitter later post said that the “first iPad has been found” after the president went ahead to deliver his speech.
According to the presidency, the president was making a “light-hearted point while waiting for his iPad.”
The incident has got South Africans online reacting.
“In many countries, presidents and prime ministers travel around with the nuclear codes for their missile systems. In SA, our own president’s team can’t even safeguard his private iPad,” one Simon Grindrod tweeted.
Meanwhile Tumi Nkosi another online user said, “The president had the same expression of despair as many of us whose stuff gets stolen daily.”