President Cyril Ramaphosa has stunned South Africans as he was spotted travelling to Durban in economy class.
It was on a Safair flight from Pretoria on Friday morning. He was on his way to attend the Covenant Fellowship Church International in eSikhaleni, Kwazulu Natal north coast.
Ramaphosa’s co-passengers snapped photos with the president which were shared on Twitter, according to News24.
While some commended the South African leader for cutting costs, some others were cynical, dismissing the gesture as a PR stunt.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko told News24 that the president will at all times use the mode of transport which is most practical, convenient and cost effective for his duties.
Ramaphosa who is 65 years old is South Africa’s fifth President. He succeeded Jacob Zuma on 15 February 2018. Zuma resigned after the African National Congress recalled him.
Here are some of the tweets spurred by his action as reported by News24.
— Mlimandlela Ndamase (@PrinceNdamase) March 30, 2018
A friend of mine is flying Safair to Durbs, and there's a guest on the plane … pic.twitter.com/25Obe9suYb
— Mike Stopforth (@mikestopforth) March 30, 2018
Is this supposed to show us that Ramaphosa is a man of the people? Mxm
— Unathi Kwaza (@Unathi_Kwaza) March 30, 2018
Whilst he's flying SAfair, his ministers are sleeping in expensive hotels and spending millions of the state's money on parties.. what is he doing about it
— Tshezi (@OnlySimphiwe) March 30, 2018
Praise where praise is due
— rowland cunningham (@bhanaC) March 30, 2018
He deserves praise here indeed. Cutting costs
— Khozality🇿🇦 (@khozalities) March 30, 2018