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'Its not good enough to say you just found out that SA trains are never on time'

19 March 2019 11:19 AM
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Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on president Cyril Ramaphosa's train expirience on Monday.

After President Cyril Ramaposa's train from Soshanguve to Pretoria was delayed for two hours on Monday, Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on what he thought of the situation.

The train that Ramaphosa was travelling on, arrived two hours later to its destination, Ramaphosa apologised for the poor state of the country’s rail infrastructure to commuters and vowed 'heads would roll' at Prasa.

Watch: President Ramaphosa caught a train to Pretoria...and it was very late!

Eusebius says it was positive to see politicians stuck on a train alongside ordinary people.

It really is fantastic when your elite life is disrupted by the struggles of ordinary people.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

And the president was shocked to his system to discover that trains are unreliable and that they are unsafe and said that heads must roll.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Mr president where were you in 2015? Did you not hear of 'De-railed', the report by Thuli Madonsela? You have to have lived in cloud cuckoo-land to not know the relentless daily calls to radio stations and the activism of groups in relation to Prasa and how useless it is.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He says the reason the president was shocked by the whole situation is that the elite is insulated from the struggles of ordinary people unless it is an election year.

Read: Journos describe 2-hour late train ride with Ramaphosa who vows heads will roll

Then you will see Tokyo Sexwale sleeping in a shack or a president wishing to be returned to power jumping on a train. They never jump on a train in year one of their being in office, it is always on the eve of an election.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

You know why they do that? It is because they think that you are stupid. That you are suddenly going to think that oh my god these guys really care for me.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

I don't accept this idea that heads will roll and suddenly there is a sense of urgency to deal with Prasa.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

The findings of the then public protector on Prasa are available for the president to read and every single major part of the corruption that has been endemic at Prasa is in the report, Eusebius notes.

Also read: Prasa explains: 'The president's train ride started on a bad day'

I am sorry, Cyril Ramaphosa, it is simply not good enough to pretend that you only found out yesterday that trains in this country don't arrive on time, they are not safe and unreliable.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Where have you been? I know where you have been, you have been in Thabo Mbeki's framework which is part of the one country inside the borders of South Africa which live a very cushy life.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Watch below to hear what McKaiser had to say:

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19 March 2019 11:19 AM
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