Imagine preparing for a news briefing and your iPad – with your speech, notes and other valuable bits of information – goes missing while you’re already live on air. This is how President Cyril Ramaphosa’s day is going.
Ramaphosa’s iPad mysteriously vanished during a press conference on Tuesday, leaving him so confused and dazed, one cannot help but feel sorry for him.
The president visited the Port of Cape Town where he announced the decision for the establishment of the National Ports Authority as an independent subsidiary of Transnet.
However, a missing iPad delayed the day’s proceedings by a few minutes when the President stares into the camera wide-eyed and whispers: “I had my iPad, do you know where they took my iPad to?”
"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."
He then stares off into the distance before saying: “I had my iPad, I had it in my hand.”
It’s gone. I’ve lost it, it seems.
When directed to sit down while the search party investigates the mysterious case of the missing iPad, Ramaphosa repeats: “Should I sit down? Okay.”
Ramaphosa had to sit down again until a backup copy of his speech was brought.
Some found this funny while others decried what they thought to be the brazenness of a crime that it could happen to our first citizen.
They even steal the President’s IPad/ Amasela r all over. Where was the security. pic.twitter.com/q4oraomzIn
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) June 22, 2021
But, it seems crime may not have been to blame for the lost-and-found episode.
A few hours later, the "first iPad", as Ramaphosa's head of digital called it, was found and back in its owners hands, to his relief.
The First iPad has been found compatriots 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/SBZGskAQLw
— ATHI GELEBA 🇿🇦🏳️🌈 (@AthiGeleba) June 22, 2021