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“This thing of referring to the President by his first name must STOP now. Cyril this Cyril that. Stop it. President Ramaphosa. Get it, media!”
It was a naively endearing tweet, and not a little bit surprising: it hadn’t occurred to me until that moment that Cyril Ramaphosa’s granny might be on Twitter, keeping a beady eye on the internet to make sure little Matamela was being treated with the respect he deserves.
A moment later, however, I realised how unlikely this was. The president is, after all, 66 years old. No. The tweet had clearly been written by an angry six-year-old who had just learned what a president was, and was seething with that particular sort of righteous fury that afflicts officious preteens when they see protocols being ignored.
But then my eye fell on the name of its author, and I became very confused. Almost exactly a year ago, Tito Mboweni took to Twitter to share a Business Day article about Ramaphosa’s first hundred days in office. His comment: “So far, so...
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