Deputy President cancels Bay visit after plane experiences technical difficulties

MARCH 22, 2016

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday cancelled his scheduled visit to the Nelson Mandela Bay where he was due to lead the local Human Rights Day event in Uitenhage after his plane experienced technical difficulties, the Presidency said.

Ramaphosa was expected to join other leaders including Minister of Higher Education, who is also the Secretary General of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Dr Blade Nzimande; Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo; and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Dr Danny Jordaan, in addressing the commemoration service of the 31st anniversary of the Uitenhage massacre.

“The South African Airforce aircraft (SAAF) in which Deputy President Ramaphosa was scheduled to fly to the Eastern Cape developed technical difficulties, necessitating the cancellation of the visit to the Eastern Cape,” said the Presidency in a statement on Monday.

It said all stakeholders including organisers of the commemoration service were duly informed.

“Deputy President Ramaphosa extends his thoughts and prayers to families of the victims of the 1985 Uitenhage massacre while wishing the best to the organisers of today's commemoration service,” said the Presidency.