South Africa's Ramaphosa gets stuck on train

Monday March 18 2019

Ramaphosa stuck on train

The train President Ramaphosa was stuck on was travelling 50km from Mabopane to Pretoria. PHOTO | ANC 

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa may have hoped that joining the morning commute would mark him out as a man of the people ahead of elections in May.

That plan has either backfired or worked, depending on how you view it.

He and other passengers were stuck on a train for four hours on a journey that should have taken 45 minutes.

"It is unacceptable," President Ramaphosa said after the train reached its destination.

Have lost jobs

He said the national rail operator, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), had to act to improve the situation "otherwise heads will roll".

Train delays are a daily frustration for millions of South Africa's railway users and some have lost jobs because of late arrivals at work, says the BBC's Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg.

Angered commuters have even set trains alight.

The delay to the train the president caught in Gauteng Province was caused by another train that had to stop after its driver was hit by a stone which had been thrown at him, a Prasa spokesman said.

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