What had started out as an exciting adventure for President Cyril Ramaphosa ended up being a drawn-out nightmare. The president was reportedly furious after his train ride from the Pretoria station was met with delays, something South Africans encounter regularly on their commutes.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's smiles as he boarded a train this morning were evidently too good to be true, at least in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the president had boarded a train at the Pretoria train station, embarking on the ANC's election campaign.
According to Eyewitness News, the train had been stuck in Marabastad, resulting in a delay of over three hours.
This had naturally garnered frustrated calls for action from commuters, and evidently from the president himself:
"It is unacceptable that a 50km trip took as 4 hours per train. This must be corrected. Heads must roll."
The ANC officials had made the trip unannounced according to their social media account, resulting in a genuine experience with no officials warned of the president's visit.
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Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Deputy Chair for the province, took the opportunity to encourage voters to return Tshwane from the Democratic Alliance, who had won the metro from them in the previous elections:
"We have two of our metros governed by another political party. It has brought lots and lots of imbalances. It has taken us back."
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