WATCH: SAPS guards mess up salute at Richard Maponya's funeral
Cape Town - Twitter had a field day after footage emerged showing police guards not knowing their left from their right.
The salute that went horribly wrong took place at the funeral and memorial service of business leader Richard Maponya at Westpark Cemetry. The faux pas was shown during a live broadcast of the funeral on SABC.
President Cyril Ramaphosa honoured Maponya with a Special Official Funeral Category 2. Special Official Funeral Category 2 has elements of police ceremonial honours and Maponya's remains will not lie-in-state.
Our police doing wonders; confusing the enemy ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/VtyHVQ9rCQ— Olwethu Sipuka (@osipuka) January 14, 2020
Maponya died in Johannesburg on January 6 a few days after celebrating his 99th birthday. During his career, which spanned over 50 years, he created many job opportunities for black citizens during the apartheid regime.
Ramaphosa also delivered Maponya's eulogy. The president described him as a man of "extraordinary resilience" who "persevered until he reached the pinnacle of success".
"And yet he remained humble, magnanimous and generous. South Africa indeed has lost one of her finest sons."
Ramaphosa added that Maponya was driven by the conviction that South Africa would never be truly free until the fruits of prosperity were shared by all its people, saying the entrpreneur had stood for self-upliftment and inspired a new generation of business people.
Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe were also in attendance, along with other dignitaries and politicians.
South African tweeps saw the humour in it, while others feared that South Africa would become the "laughing stock of the world".
This is an embarrassment joooo— Fizz pop (@FezileGobile) January 14, 2020
Normally this should be rehearsed, but ke the country is not normal— Valdi (@valdesmongezi1) January 14, 2020
They dont know their left from their right. No wonder the @SAPoliceService is in such a mess. And these are their top ranking people too!!— Itshe wa Afrika (@AQuill9) January 14, 2020
We have reached a point of No Return. Question is what is it that we have not messed up? Even a mere drill we just mess it up spectacularly! We deserve oscars!— The Other View (@TheOtherView3) January 14, 2020
Poor performance— ChesterQha (@ChesterQha_) January 14, 2020
They should have rehearsed