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Technical plane problems ground the deputy president

Ramaphosa was to attend the commemoration service of the 31st anniversary of the Uitenhage Massacre.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been forced to cancel his planned visit to the Eastern Cape today because of a technical problem with the plane meant to fly him there.

Ramaphosa was set to attend the commemoration service of the 31st anniversary of the 1985 Uitenhage Massacre.

His office didn't give any details of exactly what went wrong with the South African Air Force plane.

Ramaphosa's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says, "The deputy president extends his thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of the 1985 Uitenhage Massacre while wishing the best to the organisers of today's commemorations."

Last month, President Jacob Zuma was left stranded in Burundi after a problem with his presidential jet.

Zuma was there to meet with other Heads of State over peace talks.