- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has encouraged citizens to use public transport
- Citizens seem unimpressed, calling for the politician to practice what he was trying to preach
- Mbalula seemed equally bemused with the negative response to the suggestion
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula seems to have touched a nerve after suggesting citizens use public transport.
In a social media post, Mbalula encouraged people to reduce traffic on SA's roads by effectively carpooling:
"You are not stuck in traffic, you are the traffic. Use public transport!"
This irked some people, who responded that Mbalula should lead by example by using public transport himself, and others saying vast improvements needed to be made to unreliable examples of this kind of transport
"This definitely has to be the single most hypocritical posts I’ve seen in weeks. Let’s not discuss the blue light convoy you as a single person have been using for years now. As Always The People Are To Blame but I guess we don’t pay enough taxes to afford you a 22 seater Sprinter." @DudeFloyed
"YOU and your comrades first. For a start, let’s not promote this bad habit by no more buying cars for ministers." @shuaib_abed
"Fix public transport Min and stop imidlalo and rhetoric. Metrorail can't even keep one simple schedule and be on time. Mcm." @WeleSeg
"One of the great failures of this government is the failure to provide reliable public transport. Does this mean you are actually going to do something about it? Not holding my breath." @colinbryden1
In response to the negativity surrounding his call to action, Mbalula simply shared a picture of himself looking unamused.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mbalula has bigger problems on his hands at the moment, the minister is currently a person of interest in a high-profile murder investigation.
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