South Africa: Meet the White House Reporter Who Can't Identify an African President

The tweet by Darlene Superville.
26 August 2019

Cape Town — South African Twitter users are outraged at a United States reporter who apparently does not know who President Cyril Ramaphosa is.

Darlene Superville, whose Twitter biography says she is the White House reporter for The Associated Press, tweeted a picture on Sunday evening (Central Africa Time) with the words: "World leader bear hug before the group photo @ #G7Summit in Biarritz, France. ⁦@EmmanuelMacron ⁩ ⁦@narendramodi ⁦@JustinTrudeau and one unidentified leader."

The "unidentified leader" is clearly Cyril Ramaphosa, who is attending the G7 Summmit in France.

As of 9.20am South African time, some 11 hours after it had been posted, the tweet was still present on Superville's timeline, who it seems has not been reading the 577 replies or 229 retweets which her tweet has accumulated.

Political analyst Dr Sithembile Mbete sums up the situation: "Darlene, you just triggered South African twitter on a Monday morning. Good luck!"

Other people have not been as polite:

@MissSteelo:  we demand an apology for this disrespect

@HLABAZ:  Lol African Americans are so ignorant, and it is really embarrassing. These people don't care to learn anything about Africa and its people.

@miss_vimbayi:   Oh because the "unidentified leader" is from Africa you automatically don't know how to do proper research on who he is. A whole journalist

@LeeRaa_B:   You are being unreasonably lazy with your research

@AngeloCoppolaSA: Wow! Really? You can identify someone who's back is completely against the camera by not the man facing the camera? Inexcusable.

@AlastairMcA30:   This is very embarrassing. A 30 second Google search would have revealed that he is Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa.

@PearlPillay: Wow the @AP  really got the cream of the crop here.

@Sisonkemsimang: She's gonna have some questions to answer at the family reunion this year.

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