- President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on two months' special leave
- This comes after the minister allegedly violated lockdown regulations to dine with friends
- One of these months will be unpaid leave, according to the Presidency
President Cyril Ramaphosa's meeting with Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams evidently didn't go too well for the politician.
The Presidency confirmed that the minister has been placed on special leave after the scandal erupted on Tuesday
"President Cyril Ramaphosan 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."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ndabeni-Abrahams had enraged citizens after a photo of her wining and dining during the lockdown went viral.
Ramaphosa says the law in this regard should be allowed to take its course when it comes to these allegations:
"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."
The President had 'expressed his disapproval' of the action and while he has accepted her apology, Ramaphosa was 'unmoved' by the excuse provided.
Minister Jackson Mthembu will now be acting minister in her place, with Ndabeni-Abrahams reprimanded and ordered to publicly apologise to SA.
“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
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