- Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will need to answer to President Cyril Ramaphosa following her antics during the 21-day lockdown
- Ndabeni-Abrahams was pictured having lunch and drinks with former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana
- The photo sparked huge controversy, but Manana claims that Ndabeni-Abrahams came to his home to collect masks and protective gear
Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams landed herself in hot water over her lockdown lunch and drinks session with former higher education deputy minister Mduduzi Manana.
Briefly.co.za reported that 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?"
Ramaphosa took the incident seriously and confirmed that he called a meeting with Ndabeni-Abrahams.
However, Manana has come out in defence of his former colleague and claimed that the visit had merit.
SowetanLIVE reported on the statement issued by Manana, which explains that Ndabeni-Abrahams opted to drop by his residence to collect masks and protective gear for students.
Manana said, “On her arrival, my family was having lunch and I courteously invited her to join us. She then collected the material and headed to her next assignment. She took the first batch for the Fourways students and indicated that the next visit will be tomorrow (8 April) at the Menlyn site which our team will be delivering.”
Briefly.co.za understands that the controversial Instagram post featuring the photo of the festivities has since been deleted.
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