President Cyril Ramaphosa boarded a train for a ride from Mabopane to the Pretoria city centre when the train came to a sudden halt.
Part of the African National Congress’ (ANC) mobilisation campaign saw President Cyrial Ramaphosa boarding a train from Mabopane to the Bosman station in Pretoria. Ramaphosa was to engage with the commuters when the train got stuck en route to Pretoria. The president was on his way to the ANC top six meeting and the delay resulted in him running late for the meeting.
The president, who was with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, boarded the train at 07:30 and it was reported still stationary at 10:15, resulting in about a two-hour delay.
“Levels of frustration are quite high, but the people surprisingly remained very patient. Patient because they are hoping that the ANC will see what’s happening and bring about changes,” he said.
He said that himself, along with the premier, are inspired now more than ever, to bring about these much-needed changes.
“The way people are transported is not ideal, this not how we want to see working people being transported, some of them are students and some of them are job seekers. You just really destroy their enthusiasm about getting into a public transportation system like this.”
He says the ruling party will be paying attention to this transportation issue, and that he is glad to have witnessed this for himself.
“I am glad that I came, and I have seen for myself. We are going to take steps to change the situation.”
The president said they will engage the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa at the highest level.