Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramakgopa is now being criticized for his extravagant wardrobe choices, after being teased for his love of “groove” and flaunting his dance talents at public gatherings.
The man in charge of Eskom and load shedding was photographed wearing an expensive shirt during a TV interview, which did not go over well on social media.
In a recent interview with eNCA, the Minister of Electricity discussed the anticipated rise in power over the winter months.
Instead of focusing on his energy-saving tactics, such as turning off geysers and unneeded appliances, social media users were transfixed on his fancy garment, an R6 000 Michael Kors sweater
Here’s how Twitter users reacted:
Koeberg Only Runs Slightly 💡
KORS and EFFECT or lost Kors?
Jokes aside: Our Minister of Electricity speaking very convincingly on his plans for power supply 🙏
May they all prove to be highly effective. pic.twitter.com/noxdRrVw1J
— Mike Abel (@abelmike) June 4, 2023
@abelmike: “Koeberg Only Runs Slightly. KORS and EFFECT or lost Kors?”
@CharltonPhiliso: “KORS sweater reflects tone-deafness on his part given the country’s poverty levels and electricity situation right now.”
@Boet_Singo: “South Africans want to know that you are a part of their struggles. It’s important.”
@Bonisa_Bonani: “As a public servant, you must appear neutral, especially while on official duty or addressing the nation.”
@LilakoiM: “So that’s where our electricity money goes to?”
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Minister of Electricity make a fashion statement.
In March, Kgosientsho Ramakgopa kicked off his 10-day tour of Eskom’s power stations with a casual yet totally appropriate fashion look. The qualified engineer wore a black T-shirt, which he paired with denim jeans and a pair of sneakers.
But it was his slogan tee that had his Twitter following, giving his work the thumbs up. Across his T-shirt was a picture of a power plant with the words “searching for light.”
A few weeks earlier, the minister had been spotted wearing a designer watch, a Patek Philippe Nautilus timepiece valued at over R4 million.
The watch and similar other ones are seen on his Instagram account.
According to Chrono24, the brand has various high-end pieces in its range, which are priced between R1 million – R16 million.
My bf and i spotted our new electricity minister sports a Patek Philippe watch or two … pic.twitter.com/fEQUdAfUog
— Kimberley (@kimberleydujour) March 8, 2023