Valentine’s Day 2018 left South Africa shook, and not because someone sent us roses unexpectedly. Not since the Zimbabwean coup-lite last year has this country been under as much stress as this week. The one and only President Jacob Zuma – the laughing one, survivor of the no-confidence vote, shunner of the rape accusations, first of his name – went on live television and actually resigned. Sjoe. Some of us refuse to believe it.
I can’t believe it!
Actually, I’m still waiting for Leon Schuster to pop out on the screen any moment now to say “Dis ‘n grappie julle… You’ve been Schucksed!”#ZumaResigns
â€” KubenK (@KubenKDJ) February 14, 2018
Announced so late at night that most of us probably haven’t received the news yet, the resignation sent South African twitter into hysteria.
ðŸ¤”ðŸ¤”It is very risky to sleep in this country! You will wake up to a new cabinet or a new president
â€” MollyK (@thatzimlady) February 14, 2018
On Valentine’s Day even? Some of us can’t tell if we got dumped or received the best gift ever!
â€” Tegan Phillips (@Unclippd) February 14, 2018
I mean, what;s a box of chocolates compared to the rand at R11,67 to the dollar? Right?
â€” IG: mvunyelwaradebe (@MvunyelwaRadebe) February 14, 2018
It isn’t really a victory, but sometimes you just need to celebrate anyway.
From a butternut to a cupcake. Weigh that shit up. Count calories.
â€” Kwanele Sosibo (@KwaneleSosibo) February 14, 2018
But maybe it is a little bittersweet. After all, this has been a long, long relationship. It’s hard to let go sometimes.
â€” Misozi_Gondwe (@_Misozi) February 14, 2018
Either way, whether you’re head-over-heels or heartbroken, no one can say South Africa isn’t an exciting place to live! Now to prepare ourselves for the next scene…
â€” T.H Maloa (@frozenthoughtz) February 14, 2018