Ramaphosa cracks whip, docks Ndabeni-Abrahams pay for violating lockdown rules
President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months, one of which will be unpaid, for violating lockdown rules.
This comes after many citizens called for Ndabeni-Abrahams to face music following the emergence of a picture where she was having lunch with former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Mduduzi Manana despite the national lockdown.
In a statement, the Presidency says Ramaphosa accepted Ndabeni-Abrahams's apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered.
#COVID19 | PRESIDENT CENSURES MINISTER STELLA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS FOR LOCKDOWN LUNCH— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 8, 2020
President @CyrilRamaphosa has placed Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave for two months – one month of which will be unpaid.
#COVID19 | As to allegations that the Minister violated the lockdown regulations, the law should take its course. This follows the revelation on social media that the Minister had recently visited the home of a friend who hosted a lunch, contrary to the lockdown regulations.— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 8, 2020
#COVID19 | The President accepted the Minister’s apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered.— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 8, 2020
The President said: “The nation-wide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans. Members of the National Executive carry a special responsibility in setting an example to South Africans, who are having to make great sacrifices.— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 8, 2020
“None of us – not least a member of the National Executive – should undermine our national effort to save lives in this very serious situation. I am satisfied that Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams appreciates the seriousness of what she has done and that no-one is above the law.”— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 8, 2020
Ms Khusela Diko, Spokesperson of President Ramaphosa on Minister Stella Ndabeni's censuring by the President pic.twitter.com/gT2ZEuBqoM— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 8, 2020
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