Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, was flooded with messages of joy as South Africans celebrated Tyla Seethal’s historic Grammy victory for her hit song ‘Water’, and President Cyril Ramaphosa also posted a message.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, while adding his congratulations, found himself at the centre of a trolling storm initiated by citizens across the nation.
Tyla Seethal’s Record-Breaking Achievement
Tyla Seethal made history by becoming the youngest South African to win a Grammy Award. Notably, this accolade marks her first award to date.
Not long after the announcement of her win, President Cyril Ramaphosa took to social media to extend his congratulations to Tyla. He commended her for “flying the flag” and acknowledged her significant achievement in the global music scene.
“Woke up to the news of our very own Tyla winning the Best African Music Performance for her song ‘Water’ at the #Grammys. She is the youngest African to win such a prestigious award, adding herself to the list of eminent South African artists and musicians who have made an indelible mark on the world stage. @Tyllaaaaaaa, we congratulate you and 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,” he wrote.
Varied Reactions to Ramaphosa’s Congratulations
Despite the nation’s jubilation over Tyla’s success, not everyone shared the same enthusiasm for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s congratulatory message. Many criticized him for what they perceived as a delayed response, questioning his priorities as a leader. Some suggested political motives behind the congratulatory post, speculating that it was an attempt to garner favour for the upcoming elections.
Here are a few reactions to Cyril Ramaphosa’s post congratulating Tyla:
- @_mashesha: “You only waking up now? Kanti when do you start at work wena?”
- @cypherpunkHRH: “A nation of winners…ruled by a bunch of losers. It’s time for change.”
- @Shonny_SA: “You must also wake up to news of losing elections next month.”
- @krugersville: “She’s not voting for ANC, forget about it, Mr. President!!”
- @SwakotekaVukona: “We need a public holiday to celebrate this prestigious award 🥳🥳🥳”