- President Cyril Ramaphosa placed Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave after she violated the lockdown regulations
- The news spread like wildfire on social media and South Africans gave their two cents' worth
- Some felt Ramaphosa acted accordingly while others said the minister should have been arrested like the "poor" who break the rules
President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken action against Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams after she violated lockdown regulations to dine with friends.
The head of state met with the Communications and Digital Technologies minister after a photo of her wining and dining during the lockdown went viral.
The Presidency confirmed that the minister has been placed on special leave after the scandal erupted on Tuesday.
South Africans have taken to social media to share their views on Ramaphosa's punishment for Ndabeni-Abrahams.
While some applauded the head of state's decision, others felt Ndabeni-Abrahams should have faced harsher consequences.
Social media user, @325C_K, commented:
"It is working. He is showing leadership with the emphases of being a leader. His corrective measure is not to destroy her rather allow her to learn from her mistake. He is emotionally intelligent in his approach."
Mpiyakhe Dhlamini, who goes by the Twitter handle @turing_1991, said:
"I cannot bear to live in just another African country where govt officials are above the law. I refuse."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Ndabeni-Abrahams apologised for violating the lockdown regulations.
Ndabeni-Abrahams says she deeply regrets the transgression and hopes that the nation will be able to forgive her.
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