Magashule loyalist attempts 400 kilometre journey to support him in court

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

While others drove in cars and busses to Bloemfontein to support Ace Magashule during his court appearance, one man rode half the distance on his bicycle. 

That’s about 225 kilometres of the full 400 kilometre distance.

Moses Mokgatle started his journey from Moletsane in Gauteng to Free State in Bloemfontein on Friday at about 3am. 

He said his passion for cycling and support for the ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule motivated him to do it. 

He said: “I love cycling and I saw an opportunity to show my passion when I took a ride from Moletsane to Free State.

“When I was at the Vaal, supporters in the passing busses felt sorry for me and gave me a lift. I was not looking for help because I am used to long rides. But they insisted and after I rode 225 kilometres.”

The 56-year-old hates alcohol and doesn’t smoke but still feels as young as a 25-year-old-man. 

“Only death will separate me from my bicycle and I do want to challenge all those who think being over 50 is the end of life. I came to support Ace Magashule and feel good that I achieved the goal.”

He was given a hike back to his home in the same bus again. 

Fellow Magashule loyalist Ntombi Mtshali, 35, said: “Even when we offered him a lift at Vaal river, he still looked very fresh and not tired. He is old enough to be my father but still going strong. I wish most men were like him.”

Moses said he was considering riding again in August when Magashule is due to appear in court.

“Hopefully I will have new tyres,” he said.