PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma seems set to live up to his image of "man of the people".
On Sunday night, Zuma joined commuters travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg on a South African Airways commercial flight.
As president, Zuma has a private jet at his disposal for travelling.
Zuma, who was attending an ANC national working committee meeting in Cape Town, boarded SAA flight 572 to Johannesburg.
He travelled business-class but, according to his spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, "he would have liked to be with the people in the economy class".
Kodwa said Zuma's flying on a commercial flight was in line with the commitment he made during his electioneering that he would remain who he was - "an ordinary man from Nkandla who happened to be elected president of this country".