Tuesday 17 September 2019

Why is the Cork suburb of Togher at the centre of South African election campaign?

Pic: Renaldo Geows/Twitter
Pic: Renaldo Geows/Twitter

Ralph Riegel

THE PROUD Cork suburb of Togher has found itself at the centre of the South African election campaign following an embarrassing ANC gaffe.

The ruling party in South African erected a number of posters over recent days in the Nelson Mandela Bay area of Port Elizabeth urging voters to: "Let's Grow South Africa Togher."

An embarrassing omission of two letters, 'et,' left 'Togher' instead of 'Together' on the posters.

'The South African' website was quick to realise that 'Togher' is a proud suburb of Cork city - and queried, tongue-in-cheek, whether the ANC and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa employed proof-readers in their re-election machine.

One South African politician, Councillor Renaldo Gouws, highlighted the faux pas via social media.

The ANC insisted that all incorrect posters - including one giant road sign on the main approach road to Nelson Mandela Bay - would be replaced.

However, Cork politicians were quick to join in the fun over the gaffe, Sinn Féin's Donnchadh O'Laoghaire TD, who represents Cork South Central in which Togher is located, took to social media to highlight the South African connection and vow: 'Togher Abú.'

Needless to say, the 29-year-old politician - elected for the first time in the 2016 election - proudly hails from Togher.

The southside suburb of Cork city is best known for its proud athletic club, Togher AC, as well as being the home of Olympian and World Champion Rob Heffernan and former Manchester United and Ireland footballer, Denis Irwin.

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