- Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula shared a proudly South African moment, but was roasted by social media users on Wednesday
- Mbalula was severely questioned for his claim that the new Metrorail trains are being locally manufactured
- The EFF's Floyd Shivambu pointed finger as well, but Mbaks had the last laugh
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula came under fire on Wednesday following claims that the new Metrorail trains are being locally manufactured.
The minister's tweet should have been a proudly South African moment, but he was roasted for his efforts.
Social media users weren't sold that Mbalula had his facts straight and were adamant that the reality is that they are merely assembled here.
Briefly.co.za noted that the tweet went viral as more and more South Africans roasted Mbalula.
Twitter user @Sikelela_D said,
"You mean assembled by a French company and little black consortium for BEE purposes."
Sgubhu&scotch (@yourfe_et) asked,
"Assembled or manufactured here? Let’s be clear please."
Phila Mzimela (@muzimoss3) raised other concerns:
"Y'all worried about assembling n manufacturing. Will they keep time? People are losing jobs daily because of poor service by Prasa."
EFF deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, joined the bandwagon and dared Mbalula to confirm the percentage of locally made components.
Mbaks was vindicated in the end and had the last laugh as he confirmed that local sourcing amounts to 46% currently.
The minister went on to add that this number will rise to more than 70% once peak levels are attained.
Mbalula cheekily invited Shivambu along for his next site visit.
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