President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived at the Pretoria train station as the ANC embarks on its train station blitz election campaign, and got first-hand experience of train delays. The train he was meant to leave on was two hours late.
The party is canvassing votes in the capital, which has been under DA-led administration for over two years now.
It is understood that the locomotive was stuck in Marabastad, with questions being raised about whether the delay is connected to the widespread power outages currently gripping the country.
Eskom says stage four load shedding is expected to last at least to the middle of this week, as the utility battled diesel shortages.
President Ramaphosa’s train arrived over an hour late at the Mabopane station, prompting calls from frustrated commuters who took the opportunity to urge the president to improve the public transport system.
“We’re going to be fired. Where’s the train? Nobody says anything. What’s the point of going to work?”
Ramaphosa interacted with voters ahead of the May elections.
The ANC’s Gauteng deputy chair Panyaza Lesufi said that it was extremely important for the party to regain Tshwane from the DA-led government in the capital.
“We have two of our metros governed by another political party. It has brought lots and lots on imbalances. It has taken us back.”
At the same time, the party has called on all potential voters to ensure that they go out in their numbers on 8 May, when the country to due to head to the polls.