NEWS: South Africa’s communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been placed on special leave by President Cyril Ramaphosa for violating a government-imposed lockdown.
The president had summoned the Minister yesterday, Tuesday 07 April 2020. Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his disapproval of the Minister’s actions, which undermine the requirement that all citizens stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The President has accepted the Minister’s apology for the violation however he was unmoved by mitigating factors. The minister has been placed special leave for two months and has had a month’s pay docked. Ramaphosa’s spokesperson added that “the law should take its course” regarding the violation.
This, after Ndabeni-Abrahams was exposed on Instagram for having lunch on Sunday with former deputy minister of higher education Mduduzi Manana, violating a government ban on social activity until April 16 imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Watch Minister Abrahams apologise to the South African nation.