Making an effort to experience life like the average South African, President Cyril Ramaphosa boarded a Metro train from Soshanguve to Pretoria. The country’s leader seemed thrilled by the experience, evident by a video showing his huge smile, which was shared by the ANC on social media.
Many South Africans on social media applauded his efforts and proudly remarked that it is clear he grew up in Soweto. Some Twitter users expressed their appreciation for Ramaphosa’s efforts to reunite the country and improve basic services.
Many users commented on Ramaphosa's 'gangster' hand signals, proudly remarking that he was "the people's president".
Some Twitter users also felt that if officials and politicians were to use public transportation on a regular basis, the service would improve greatly, Briefly.co.za found.
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Others, however, felt that his attempts at winning the favour of the people were a little too late and commented on the general state of trains in the country. Many 'snarkily' suggested that the president should try taking a train to Khayelitsha or anywhere in Cape Town just to experience the appalling conditions.
One user pointed out that the train Ramaphosa was on was probably the safest in the country because officials would have actually ensured everything was up to standard in preparation for his visit.
A few users also felt that the president was excited about something that many South Africans have to do on a regular basis. Cynical about the whole ordeal, other Twitter users questioned whether he even had to buy a ticket.
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