R15m stadium brings out the best in SA memes

Have you seen the memes reacting to the ridiculous R15m sports facility officials “opened” in Lesseyton village yet? 

Officials from Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape posted images of the “completed” stadium in a self-congratulatory Facebook post earlier this month. It made headlines and created a buzz on social media, given how completely shoddy the allegedly finished product – which officials boasted cost R15 million – looked. Even the “ribbon” used for the “ribbon cutting” was barrier tape! 🤦🏽‍♀️

It wasn’t long before the memes started. Tweeps have posted pics of people standing on a rickety log over a trickling stream with farcical captions like, “The Eastern Cape’s new R20m bridge!” 😂

Turns out a picture is worth more than just a thousand words (or, um, R15m?). The photos caught various authorities’ attention: the Hawks are probing the matter and the DA’s Helen Zille even visited the spot. The Eastern Cape government has asked the municipality for an explanation. We’ll be watching for some real accountability.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 14 October 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.