- President Cyril Ramaphosa and German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently attended the handover of 5 BMW vehicles
- The cars are set to be used in the fight against gender-based fiolence and Femicide
- However, the move had Mzansi scratching its head wondering how the vehicles would help
President Cyril Ramaphosa and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the handover of 5 BMW vehicles on Thursday.
Briefly.co.za reported that Merkel was treated to a warm welcome, the leader of one of South Africa's biggest European trade partners, Germany.
The vehicles are intended to be used in the fight against gender-based violence and femicide:
"This initiative is part of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (R6 billion), which has been established to transform the automotive value chain & enable participation by previously and historically disadvantaged groups, including women, youth & persons with disabilities."
Speaking during the handover ceremony at the BMW Group production plant in Rosslyn, Ramaphosa said that the cars would help save lives.
The president expressed his gratitude to BMW, which donated the vehicles, encouraging others to do the same.
Commenting on the donation, Ramaphosa claimed it would send a clear message to other companies:
“This practical expression of good corporate citizenship is sending a very good and clear message that we would like many other companies to also notice and adopt. The existence of BMW in South Africa demonstrates long-standing and strong economic ties between [Germany and SA]."
But citizens were less than impressed, with many questioning who would use the vehicles and how they would help in the fight against crime.
With the issue gaining more attention in South Africa it seems as if Ramaphosa dropped the ball on this one.
Take a look at just a few of the many responses to this situation from social media below:
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