- President Cyril Ramaphosa was joined this morning by hundreds of Soweto residents for what has become his famous early morning walk
- The newly elected president has expressed joy that people are following his example and joining him in a health seeking activity to promote better fitness
- He is also using the walk to encourage first-time voters and the youth to register to vote in elections to be held next year in 2019
It all started with a walk along the Seapoint promenade when cameras and the public began following Ramaphosa’s example and his daily exercise routine was brought into the spotlight.
That morning the country woke up to news that former president Jacob Zuma had resigned.
Now the early morning walks have almost become a trademark of Ramaphosa’s with communities around the country having access to him in a way that few would ever have imagined South Africans would have access to their president in years gone by.
Briefly.co.za gathers that Ramaphosa is also using the walks to promote healthy living. He has said he is pleased to see how many people have joined him in his walks.
ANC elections chair, former police minister Fikile Mbalula, as well as former Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau were seen walking alongside Ramaphosa. Gauteng Premier David Makhura and ANC national working committee member Zizi Kodwa also joined the walk.
On Friday the president tweeted his intentions to walk in Soweto this morning. “I am encouraged by the positive response from many South Africans joining my morning walks and even starting their own walks in their communities,” he said. “I invite those who can, to join me in Soweto tomorrow [Saturday] morning ahead of the voter registration drive this weekend.”
He also popped in to a local mall, a taxi rank, and various spots in the township where locals followed him as he walked, much to the amusement of some onlookers.
Ramaphosa also checked his voter registration details in Chiawelo, Soweto, but there were some on Twitter who found it amusing that his convoy was allowed to block the entrance of his voting station, posting a picture of his official vehicle in the gateway to the school.
While on his walk with the people of Soweto, the president also took time to talk to those too young to even vote for him in 2019, giving one youngster a special executive order to pursue education.
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