Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu has railed at President Cyril Ramaphosa for “advertising a Japanese car.”
He was reacting to a picture of Ramaphosa test driving a Nissan Leaf semi-autonomous drive-assist model on Wednesday.
The Presidency posted the image on Twitter from Japan, where Ramaphosa is attending the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).
Ramaphosa was on a guided tour of the Nissan Motor Corporation Oppama Plant as part of his investment drive.
However, Shivambu quoted the tweet and said South Africa’s president should “showcase a made in South Africa car.”
A President of South Africa should showcase a MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA car.
With many assembling factories for years, South Africa can and should manufacture its own cars, to avoid a president advertising a Japanese car, where AFRICAN Heads of a state were convened by 1 country.Floyd Shivambu
Twitter users react
Shivambu’s comment sparked debate among Twitter users, with some supporting him but others disagreeing.
Now you are talking. We need to invest in own production. We need our own cell phones, cars etc.
Our universities are producing engineers mostly to fix what they didn’t invent. That’s what you must be discussing in parliament and stop wasting time discussing Pravin Gordhan.Twitter user @pfhedz
Guys we love to criticise…we don’t have autonomous driving vehicles here as yet. It’s just test driving such that you can see how others are doing it akere?@Hommann