- Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has apologised over violating the lockdown regulations
- Ndabeni-Abrahams says she deeply regrets the transgression and hopes that the nation will be able to forgive her
- This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa placed her on two months' special leave, one of which will be unpaid
Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has addressed South Africa over her lockdown lunch scandal.
Apologising for her actions, Ndabeni-Abrahams accepted the punishment handed down by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
"I regret the incident and I am deeply sorry for my actions. I hope that the President and you, South Africans, will find it in your hearts to forgive me. The President has placed me on special leave and I undertake to abide by the conditions of the leave. I wish to use this opportunity to reiterate the President's call for all of us to observe the lockdown rules, they are a necessary intervention to curb the spread of the virus that has devastated many nations."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had held an urgent meeting with the minister where he reprimanded her over the incident and placed her on special leave, one month of which will be unpaid.
In the meantime, Minister of the Presidency Jackson Mtembu will serve in her place. Ramaphosa said that the minister is not above the law and, like other citizens, Ndabeni-Abrahams will face the consequences of her actions.
While the President has left the matter up to the courts, the Democratic Alliance feels that firing her from his Cabinet is the most fitting punishment for this crime
“He must set an example as the President of South Africa that lawlessness while our country deals with a global pandemic will not be tolerated, regardless of from whom it comes. He therefore ought to lay a criminal complaint against Ndabeni-Abrahams, a person who he appointed as a Minister and member of his Cabinet, and he must go a further step by removing her from his Cabinet.”
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