Martin Williams
3 minute read
9 Oct 2019
6:01 am

Hypocrisy squared: Blue-light driven Ramaphosa, Mbalula urge us to use public transport

Martin Williams

The president should order ministers to use public transport for all official engagements, not just one-off stunts.

President Cyril Ramaphosa taking part in Transport Month. Picture: GCIS

When you are chauffeur-driven in blue-light convoys, it’s hypocritical to urge the hoi polloi to use public transport. Both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula made the same call last week, without a hint of irony. Transport month is once again a silly season. Do as we say, not as we do. You plebs go via public transport, we’ll use escorted luxury. From his limited experience, Ramaphosa knows public transport sucks. In March, he and Gauteng Premier David Makhura boarded a Metrorail train at Mabopane, bound for Pretoria. What should have been a 45-minute journey starting at 6.30am,...