It was quite an eventful morning on Wednesday 1 April as news and current affairs were given a stir with some inventive stories. Below, in no particular order, are today's most interesting April fool's day hoaxes:
1. TimesLive reported that President Zuma would pay back the money.
In a Timeslive article, Jacob Zuma is said to have won the Lotto and planning to pay back the Nkandla money. If only that were the case, then EFF could finally catch a break from chanting in Parliament!
2. EWN: Rhodes statue to be moved to Joburg
Eyewitness News claimed that after numerous meetings the UCT Senate recommended that the statue of Cecile John Rhodes be moved to Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Bridge. In actual fact the statue will remain boarded up until a final decision is made on its future.
3. Miz Mooz's introduces selfie shoes!
The latest innovation in the selfie-game business was launched in a parody video by shoe company Miz Mooz. Would you invest in a pair?
4. "Load shedding stage 3G" reported by IOL
Independent media alleged that load shedding would be extended to mobile internet usage. "Eskom’s plan is to get cellphone operators to switch off the data specific transmitters in each cellphone mast across the country." Many locals are surely relieved that this story is not true.
5. Google announced new ground-breaking technology
Internet giant Google launched some cutting-edge gadgetry. Don't be fooled by how they resemble some practices from the past.
Behold, the mailbox:
And, introducing internet Dial-Up:
6. The first 250 e-Toll defaulters arrested
Journalist and Crimeline Head Yusuf Abramjee tweeted that officials had arrested their first batch motorists who haven't paid their e-tolls in Gauteng. Fortunately for some, this is not yet the case.
7. A new ball for left-footed players
Arsenal Football Club and sportswear brand PUMA announced that they had collaborated on a new football for left-footed players.
8. Vavi joins the EFF, according to Daily Maverick
The Daily Maverick reported that former Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi would replace Julius Malema as the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
9. The Presidency announced new cabinet positions
President Jacob Zuma's office announced new additions to the National Executive which were said to have been made to further enhance service delivery. This one got the public going.
10. Nkandla open for family getaways
Nestled between the picturesque towns of Kwanskop and Eshowe in rural KwaZulu-Natal, close to the rolling hills of Magengela and just two hours from the tranquil lagoon resort of Richards Bay, this simple homestead - recently renovated to the tune of R250 million - offers everything the discerning family demands in luxurious holiday extravagance.
Listen to CapeTalk/702's Stephen Grootes in conversation with journalist Gus Silber about today's funniest stories.