South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has sparked a minor internet bedlam after he was spotted travelling to Durban in economy class.
Ramaphosa, who assumed leadership of South Africa last month was reportedly spotted aboard a Safair flight from Pretoria as he travelled to attend the Covenant Fellowship Church International in eSikhaleni, Kwazulu Natal north coast.
Many passengers on the flight snapped photos with the president which were shared on social media as they expressed their delight.
While some commended the South African leader for cutting costs and exhibiting a new style of leadership, others were cynical, dismissing the gesture as a PR stunt.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said in an interview with News24 that the president will at all times use the mode of transport which is most practical, convenient and cost effective for his duties.
Here are some of the tweets spurred by his action…
— Mlimandlela Ndamase (@PrinceNdamase) March 30, 2018
— Crayg Hitzeroth (@CraygH) March 30, 2018
Is this supposed to show us that Ramaphosa is a man of the people? Mxm
— Justice4All (@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
— Jalamba (@simphiw_) March 30, 2018
Praise where praise is due
— rowland cunningham (@bhanaC) March 30, 2018
He deserves praise here indeed. Cutting costs
— Tshepo David Khoza (@khozalities) March 30, 2018
Ramaphosa, 65, is the leader of the ruling African National Congress and succeeded former President Jacob Zuma on 15 February as the country’s fifth president.
He has promised to rid the country of corruption and revive their ailing economy.