Delayed for hours, Ramaphosa and Prasa trend after chaotic train trip
Delays, packed cabins and broken windows dominated President Cyril Ramaphosa's train trip as part of the ANC's blitz election campaign on Monday, thrusting the president to the top of the trends list.
Ramaphosa got to experience first-hand the daily frustrations of those who use trains to commute to work, as the train he eventually got on board of was more than an hour late.
Squashed in a cabin with commuters, Ramaphosa said the delay was "unacceptable" after a 50km trip took four hours. So delayed was the attempt to canvas votes, that the president was late for a scheduled Top-6 ANC meeting.
After a two hour delay at Mapobane, the train gets stuck again at Marabastad station. The President speaks with commuters saying this should not be allowed. Our people must get to work on time, with reliable safe and efficient transportation. #GrowSouthAfrica #ThumaMina pic.twitter.com/rjgHlfEEOI— #GrowSouthAfrica (@MYANC) March 18, 2019
As scenes from the president of the republic being held up on public transport went viral, Twitter had a field day in response.
I like what President Ramaphosa did today. I suspect it’s a publicity stunt but I still appreciate it. If only Aaron will get treated in public hospitals then we’ll be good.— Big Daddy (@ComradeAfro) March 18, 2019