- Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been at the centre of a social media storm after an Instagram post allegedly exposed her breaking the lockdown regulations
- With the rules being strictly imposed on citizens, many were offended that the minister seemingly transgressed them
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has intervened in the matter, saying that he called for a meeting with the minister
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has allegedly been caught red-handed breaking the current coronavirus lockdown regulations.
In an Instagram post, Ndabeni-Abrahams was seen wining and dining during a gathering with a fellow politician who posted the picture with the following caption
"It was great to host a former colleague and dear sister Comrade Stella Ndani-Abrahams (Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies) on her way back from executing critical and essential services required for the effective functioning of our country during the nationwide lockdown."
In the ensuing online storm, One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene:
"Cyril Ramaphosa we can’t have favourites doing as they please. This virus does not care who is a minister and who is not. How is it that some see it fit to violate lockdown regulations to have dinner and wine with their exiled colleagues?"
It seems that Ramaphosa was already made aware of the situation, commenting during a media briefing that:
"I have seen the picture of Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams sitting at the luncheon with a number of friends and other people. I have asked her to come and see me, so she is going to come to see me and I am going to have a discussion with her about the impact of visuals like those on what we are trying to do."
Ramaphosa made it clear that instances like this go against the current efforts to limit the spread of the virus
"We are trying to instil a clear message to all our people that social distancing is important. Let us stay at home, let us not be going around with visitations and if you have to, it must be work-related."
The same minister recently raised eyebrows when her husband accompanied her on a working trip, with Ndabeni-Abrahams strongly denying having ever been to Switzerland on taxpayers' money, but then admitted to travelling to Geneva.
Briefly.co.za reported that a man was recently arrested allegedly en route to visit his girlfriend, a violation of the current regulations.
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