-Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has apologised after joking about the coronavirus outbreak
- Zulu had faced immense backlash after a video revealed her blowing off the call to stay home and avoid public places
- The minister said she was finding it difficult to stay at home during the outbreak
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has resorted to apologising for her comments on the coronavirus.
Zulu had ignored the numerous calls to self-isolate during this difficult time for the nation, jokingly saying that:
"Stay at home if you can, I am finding it difficult to stay at home."
Briefly.co.za reported that this had earned the minister fierce condemnation from citizens after calls from the government to practise social distancing.
News24 reports that political analyst Judith February weighed in on the controversial situation:
"This is the kind of person who is NOT needed in any cabinet. A history of underperforming and this clip just captures the foolishness that is Lindiwe Zulu."
Issuing a statement in the aftermath of the clip, Zulu apologised and claimed she is committed to the safety precautions laid out by President Cyril Ramaphosa:
"I, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development, have noted the comments around the video posted on my Instagram page where I stated that the 'the virus must go away' and that I was having a hard time staying at home. I wish to mention that together with all South Africans, I am also frustrated with our current situation and how this epidemic continues to cripple our economy and our social system. My statement does not in anyway seem to undermine the severity of the virus. I wish to reiterate my commitment to the guidelines and safety precautions as prescribed by President Cyril Ramaphosa. I hereby wish to apologise to South Africa for this video. As the President and my other Minister colleagues have said, we should not panic but should understand the severity of the situation and we have to do all we can to beat this virus and bring our economy back to sustainability."
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!