South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has sparked a minor internet bedlam after he was spotted travelling to Durban in economy class

South Africa's deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa takes part in a press conference after South Africa presented their bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London on September 25, 2017 The World Rugby Council will hear the presentations from candidates France, Ireland and South Africa and the Rugby World Cup Board will make its recommendation on October 31 before the final decision on who will host the 10th edition is made on November 15. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has sparked a minor internet bedlam after he was spotted travelling to Durban in economy class.

Ramaphosa, who assumed leadership of South Africa last month was reportedly spotted aboard a Safair flight from Pretoria as he travelled to attend the Covenant Fellowship Church International in eSikhaleni, Kwazulu Natal north coast.

Many passengers on the flight snapped photos with the president which were shared on social media as they expressed their delight.

While some commended the South African leader for cutting costs and exhibiting a new style of leadership, others were cynical, dismissing the gesture as a PR stunt.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said in an interview with News24 that the president will at all times use the mode of transport which is most practical, convenient and cost effective for his duties.

Here are some of the tweets spurred by his action…

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Mlimandlela Ndamase@PrinceNdamase

President Ramaphosa on-board a Fly SafAir flight to Durban this morning…

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Whilst he’s flying SAfair, his ministers are sleeping in expensive hotels and spending millions of the state’s money on parties.. what is he doing about it

Ramaphosa, 65, is the leader of the ruling African National Congress and succeeded former President Jacob Zuma on 15 February as the country’s fifth president.

He has promised to rid the country of corruption and revive their ailing economy.

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