Twitter not happy Msimanga and Co look happy in train wreck pic

Picture: Twitter (@SollyMsimanga).

Picture: Twitter (@SollyMsimanga).

The Tshwane mayor was questioned for uploading an image of what appears to be a lighthearted moment following the tragedy.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga was on the scene this morning in the aftermath of the horrific train accident that took place in Mountain View, Pretoria, on Tuesday morning.

Three people were killed and, reportedly, more than 600 injured in the crash.

While the mayor issued heartfelt condolences to the families of those who passed away, some on Twitter noticed that in one picture, Msimanga is seen smiling and possibly joking around with a police officer.

“On the scene of this morning’s train accident at the Mountain View Station. It is confirmed that four people have passed on, our heartfelt condolences to the families,” Msimanga tweeted.

Some on Twitter, however, voiced criticism at the choice of pic to go with the above caption. The tweet was subsequently deleted.

Some questioned why the mayor is seen “laughing”.

Not everyone agreed with the backlash to the picture.

Another user felt that this may have been an old picture and that it is the “media liaison person” rather than the mayor himself, who should be held accountable.

At the scene of the accident, Msimanga said he had always raised concerns about the infrastructure of railway lines and their outdated resources.

“I don’t want to speculate about what happened this morning because they are still investigating. But I think there’s a need now to immediately have a meeting with Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa). We cannot lose any more lives, there needs to be some kind of upgrade in terms of signalling that is in here.”

Msimanga said he planned to meet with the families of the deceased.

(Additional reporting by ANA)

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