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By Cornelia Le Roux

Digital Deputy News Editor

‘Kanti, when do you start work?’: Ramaphosa dragged for ‘Woke Up’ Tyla post

President Cyril Ramaphosa got roasted on social media for his congratulatory message to SA's Grammy-winning songstress Tyla.

South Africans were quick to pounce on President Cyril Ramaphosa after his “Woke up to the News” X post in which he congratulated Johannesburg-born Tyla on bagging her first Grammy award on Sunday.

The 22-year-old hitmaker came out tops with her song Water in the newly added category for Best African Music Performance against fellow nominees Musa Keys and Burna Boy.

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Cyril Ramaphosa blasted for Tyla post

With Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) looming large this Thursday, social media users could not resist dragging the president for the wording of his message, commenting that he “woke up very late” for someone who is the leader of a country.

“Woke up to the news of our very own Tyla winning the Best African Music Performance for her song ‘Water’ at the #Grammys.

“We congratulate, and we celebrate with you. Your win affirms South Africa’s sustained success in various international fora. Thank you for your authenticity and for flying the flag.”

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What about Dricus du Plessis…and electioneering?

The question was also raised as to why Ramaphosa never congratulated South African mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Dricus du Plessis for his UFC middleweight title win recently, with one X user @krugersville raising the matter of the upcoming 2024 national and provincial elections.

“She’s not voting for the ANC, forget about it, Mr President!”

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‘You can’t even supply water to KZN’

Internationally renowned South African musician, producer and parody artist David Scott aka The Kiffness also weighed in with a reference to the title of Tyla’s award-winning song and the water crisis in KwaZulu-Natal:

“Meanwhile, you can’t even supply ‘water’ in KZN.”

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@GodessOshun commented on the cost-of-living crisis and rising interest rates which has been impacting negatively on the nation:

“Our economy is on its knees and the president wakes up at 9am? Register to vote, please.”

@RoundHouseBet referred to the president’s now-famous “mask fumble” when he addressed the nation in 2020 during Covid-19 hard lockdown:

“Trying to remove your sleepwear and realising what’s happening in SA.”

WATCH: Tyla’s ‘Water’

Singing sensation Tyla toured with rapper Chris Brown during February and March 2023 before releasing her hit song Water in July.

NOW READ: Who is Tyla? – Mzansi artist who broke Master KG’s record and is making global waves

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